Michal Orlowski has won the first A-Main of 4WD at the EOS opening round at the Nurburgring. The Schumacher driver came under intense pressure from Xray’s Bruno Coelho, who momentarily took the lead at the end of the straight before coming off worst when the two buggies touched. Giving Orlowski a huge break, the reigning champion would make a mistake half way through the race, which now 2nd placed Joern Neumann emulated, allowing Coelho a second go at his rival. Having just put in the fastest lap of the race, 3/10ths better than that of Orlowski, he would make a mistake at the centre table, allowing Top Qualifier Orlowski to take the win. Behind, Daniel Kobbevik completed the Top 3 just ahead of the recovering Neumann.
Reacting to the race, Orlowski said, ‘I was on my set of tyres from Q4 but forgot to make a change to my car for this. I knew straight away in the warm-up that the car didn’t feel as I wanted it’. Eventually winning by half a second, the Polish ace said, ‘It was a good battle with Bruno. I got lucky at the end of the straight that he rolled over but then made a stupid mistake after the corner table top which let him catch back up but I was able to keep ahead’. Looking to A2, he concluded, ‘now I will be on new tyres so I hope to be to pull away’.
‘It was a good final. I had a little bad luck with Orlowski. I got down his inside but we touch and I ended up in the wrong direction’, commented Coelho. Winner the last time the EOS ran at the Nurburgring, he continued, ‘he then had a mistake and I got back with him. I tried to overtake at the table but touched the board’. For A2 the Portuguese driver said, ‘the car is working very nice after some changes so I will make pressure on him to get a mistake and hope I have more luck next time’.
‘Stable but not fast’, was Kobbevik’s reaction to his P3. The 13-year-old Norwegian talent said a change of tyres was the reason the car lacked the same speed as earlier but with new tyres planned for A2 he feels ‘the next one should be fast’ as he ‘wont need to push’ as hard as he did in A1. The Xray driver said, ‘I had a good race with Bruno and Joern at the end but I’m looking for better on the new tyres’.
Neumann was pleased with his opening race saying, ‘It was very good. At the start I could make some good passes and got up to second but then I saw Michal crash and crashed also. The rest of the race I was behind Daniel Kobbevik and there was no way to pass him, it is very difficult on this layout’. On tyres the German said he ran new tyres adding he is happy with his performance as he likes more running on used tyres reporting his Schumacher on used tyres is ‘at the end much faster than the beginning (of the 5-minutes)’.