November 17, 2018

Coelho gifted A1 win as Orlowski makes late error

Bruno Coelho has taking the opening 2wd A-main at the Euro Offroad Series in Warsaw Poland this morning, the Xray driver benefitting from a late mistake by then leader Michal Orlowski that saw the Polish driver demoted to 2nd. Daniel Kobbevik came through from 5th to take 3rd at the finish just in front of Paul Crompton in 4th with Neil Cragg completing the top 5. Commenting after the race, Coelho said ‘It was a very good final, I got stuck on the first corner and think I blocked 8 guys behind me’ continuing ‘but after that it was very good. I had a small mistake during the run when I was right behind Orlowski, I tried to close a little more and made a small mistake and then he pulled away.’ Able to close the gap again, Bruno was there to pounce when the Polish driver made a mistake and could come through to take the win.

Orlowski led the race from the start and looked to have the win sewn up but coming through the 5-corner chicane in front of the driver’s stand he managed to catch his Schumacher buggy on the corner. Describing the start of the final he said ‘I had a good start, I saw Bruno pushing really hard but I could see him making small mistakes catching some pipes. In the end I tried to keep my pace and maintain the gap between me and him.’ On the crash that saw him lose the spot to his Xray rival he simply said ‘I guess it was a stupid mistake and some bad luck as well’ but looking forward to A2 he was still upbeat saying ‘The car feels good, there is still two more to go, I have good tires so its all still on the line.’

Young Norwegian Daniel Kobbevik was able to drive a clean race and avoid those crashing around him, first as Lee Martin made a mistake on the opening lap and then when Joona Haatanen pulled up on lap 6. ‘No mistakes, I didn’t push that much. I had new tires so maybe it will be more difficult for the next one.’ commented the Xray driver before continuing ‘The first final was pretty good to have a 3rd.’

Coming through the field, the Yokomo driver starting back in 9th, Paul Crompton kept his head down to take 4th for the round ahead of fellow British driver Neil Cragg in 5th. Jorn Neumann, 3rd place starter Lee Martin, EOS A-final debutant Jessica Pålsson, Joel Valander and Joona Haatanen completed the top 10 standings for the round.

In the Stock 13.5 class it was Juraj Hudy who took the win, the Xray boss taking the lead late in the race following a good race-long battle with 2nd place finisher Marcel Röttgerkamp. Stephan Eberding with finish in 3rd ahead of Damian Rogodzinski in 4th and Rene Levetzow in 5th, while pole man Pawel Ntkovca ended the race in 6th.

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