November 18, 2018

4wd goes to A3 as rivals can’t find way passed Coelho

Bruno Coelho has resisted enormous pressure to take 4wd A2 in Poland. Seeming to lack pace compared to those in pursuit, drivers lined up to take a shot at the leader but in the end the Xray driver held on for the win in a final that was enormously enjoyable to watch. Michal Orlowski finished 2nd, having dropped to 3rd after a failed passing attempt, with Joona Haatanen in the mix finishing 3rd. Jorn Neumann, who made also made a pass on Coelho only to roll over took 4th, with Daniel Kobbevik completing the train of drivers vying for the win ending up in 5th. A relived looking Coelho said ‘I’m not used to that, normally I’m first but not used to having so many people behind me and I don’t like the sensation’ he joked, ‘It was a great final, I tried to defend myself from the Schumacher guys that were very fast behind me. Everything ran very good and I try to do the same the next final.’

Orlowski, who won the opening A-main was clearly quicker than the Portuguese driver but couldn’t find a way passed, despite a number of attempts, one of which resulted in him dropping behind his team mate Neumann with 1 and half minutes to go. ‘It was exciting to watch I guess, I would prefer to be a spectator than to race it. It was big chaos, Bruno didn’t have the pace as before and probably he didn’t want to make mistakes so it was like a big train which was pretty good’ said the Warsaw local. Continuing ‘My car felt really good so I had lots of chances to pass him, obviously he did a great job keeping me behind. I made some small errors and he made some small errors. I will take the 2nd.’ With Orlowski with the fastest time from A1, Bruno needs to win A3 to take the overall victory here in Poland.

Taking 3rd, Associated star Joona Haatanen really enjoyed the final, commenting ‘It was super good, I was so pumped after the final. There was like 5 guys fighting for the win.’ Finishing just 0.5 second behind Michal, the young Finn enthused ‘I know Bruno was slower than normal, but I had the same pace as he and Michal so it was such a nice race. To race with them with 4wd, for the first time, so nice.’

Jorn Neumann would take 4th following a passing attempt in the same corner as his team mate, which netted the same result with the German rolling out of 2nd and back behind Orlowski and Haatanen. Talking about the attempt he said ‘I tried to overtake Bruno but clipped the pipe and rolled over, the top 5 was super close together.’ Asked about the deciding A-main the former Champion said ‘for the next one we will see, everything is still possible.’

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