February 24, 2018

Orlowski takes first win of EOS title defence

Michal Orlowski has claimed the first win of his Euro Offroad Series 2WD title defence, the Schumacher driver claiming victory at the Hudy Arena from Martin Bayer and Lee Martin.  The half way stage of the championship Orlowski came into the weekend a point adrift of Bayer in the standings but leaves the home of Xray and enters the final two rounds of the EOS with a two points advantage.  Top Qualifier in Slovakia, Orlowski led A3 from start to finish albeit with Bayer throwing all at it on the final lap but the Polish teenager was always in control wrapping up his 4th EOS career win in 2WD, three of which have come at the Hudy Arena.

‘I did what I wanted to do”, was Orlowski reaction after taking A3 and the overall win.  Winner of the event last year, he continued, ‘Bayer started quicker this time but I was able to react and keep in front. I can’t wait for the next round’.  Asked about his successful record at the Hudy Arena, it being where he claimed his first ever EOS victory four seasons ago,  he replied, ‘every time I come  here I have pretty good result. My worst finish here in 2WD in second.  I’m happy with that given it’s Xray’s home’.  With the event now switching to 4WD the Pole, winner in Daun last month concluded, ‘I hope in 4WD I will be as quick as in Germany’.

Continuing his run of podium finishes, a very pleased Bayer said, ‘I’m super happy I’m fighting with a person that told me at Round 1 that I should stop racing.  At home you always want to win but my own mistakes cost me the fight with Michal.  I was very close on the last lap (of A3) and tried something super crazy but it didn’t work out, still very happy with my pace this weekend’.  The Czech driver continued, ‘from 3 races I finish on the podium all the time and I am very happy with this’.

‘It’s good to be back on the 2WD podium. It’s not as high as I wanted to be but it’s the best we could have expected given our pace’, was how Martin summed up his 3rd position overall.  He continued, ‘Michal was good, he is always good here, I think he likes big open tracks.  Its Bayer’s home track and he made a lot of his time on the big table top.  We have a lot of work to do to get the set-up we crave & desire. I will do testing when I get home.  It is funny, corner speed was not an issue the last round but this weekend it is’.  Behind Martin, Kája Novotný would finish 4th ahead of Neil Cragg, a promising start to the weekend for the Round 2 winner not delivering the result the Associated driver had hoped for.

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