October 20, 2017

Orlowski takes opening qualifier in Warsaw

While he didn’t fair well in the times in practice, ending up only 9th quickest, Michal Orlowski hit the top in the first qualifier of Season #7 of the Euro Offroad Series posting a TQ run in Q1 of 2WD in Warsaw.  Double winner of last year’s Polish EOS encounter, the Schumacher driver topped the first of the four qualifiers from Joona Haatanen after recovering from a crash with Hupo Honigl with 2-minutes remaining.  Behind the two teenagers, Ty Tessmann continued his strong EOS debut with a P3 run ahead of Lee Martin, Martin Bayer and Neil Cragg.  Having topped practice Bruno Coelho would set the early pace as he lead away the field but then had a number of mistakes that would slightly delay both Tessmann and Bayer.

‘I really enjoyed the run’ was Orlowski’s reaction after Q1.  The reigning 2WD Champion added, ‘I was confident after practice. We made a small change to the car and I had broken in tyres for Q1 so it was really good’.  ‘I was just trying to keep the gap between me and Joona but then got caught up with Hupo.  It was my fault.  I had to push as hard as I had to make back up the time but I got it at the end’, the separation only half a second.  Looking to Q2, he said, ‘we might make some changes for the next one but I don’t want to ruin the car.  I would like a little more steering but the car still feels pretty good’.

Having secured his first overall EOS TQ at the penultimate round last season, Haatanen was happy to kick off the new season mixing it with the champion and his close friend for a TQ run.  The Finn said having run a rear swaybar in the last practice they removed it for Q1 and his Associated was ‘way easier to drive’.  Feeling he made a slow start, trying to avoid making any mistakes, he said he then started to ‘run more consistent times’ after that.  On his car set-up, he said, ‘I think I will leave it the same and then if I get another good run I can look at trying something different’.  Asked what he would like to improve he replied, ‘it a little pushing in the corners’.

‘I just basically drove around so as not to crash’ was how Tessmann summed up his first ever EOS qualifier.  The former 1:8 World Champion continued, ‘I had new tyres on so I knew it was going to be difficult to drive.  I was surprised when they announced I was leading but I just tried keep doing what I was doing’. Describing the heat as ‘a bit chaotic’,  he said ‘Bruno crashed in front of me which I saw but then I had to avoid the marshal.  I also touched the pipe once but I don’t know how much that cost me’.   The Canadian concluded, ‘for my first qualifier I’m pretty happy with how that went’.

Martin summed up his opening qualifying performance as ‘average’ adding, ‘I didn’t really get into it’.  The Yokomo driver added, ‘It’s not easy out there.  I had a few little bobbles and it seemed like a long race’.  In contention for a TQ run he said, ‘I could see where Ty, Bruno and Bayer were and based off that was not pushing too hard but I had no idea where Jonna or Orlowski were and it seems they were quicker than before’.  In terms of his car, the 5 time 2WD race winner said while they improved the feel of the car in the corners he ‘still needs a bit more’ in terms of corner speed.

Reacting to Q1, Bayer said, ‘I made a really good start but lost time when Bruno crashed in front of me’.  The Xray designer continued, ‘this caused me to lose places and speed but I picked it up again at the end’.  Describing his XB2 as working ‘really good’, the Czech driver is upbeat about his own performance saying, ‘the speed is there and I made no mistakes of my own’.

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