Michal Orlowski bounced back in Q3, following a bad start to 4wd qualifying at the Euro Offroad Series in Warsaw, to take the top spot, and importantly in the fastest time of the 3 rounds so far. Bruno Coelho, who took both rounds yesterday evening, would claim 2nd in front of Jorn Neumann, with British Yokomo driver Paul Crompton in 4th just ahead of a greatly improved Wesley van Helmond. Happy to get his qualifying back on track the Warsaw native said ‘I got what I couldn’t get in Q1’ a mechanical error putting him out of the lead in the opening qualifying run. Continuing ‘the car felt really good, I will stay with the same setup for Q4 and try to take the TQ from Bruno’, ending by saying ‘I think we are in the game now.’
Still sitting in provisional pole thanks to his TQ runs in Q1 and 2, Bruno Coelho had to settle for 2nd this round but put the pace difference down to the tires, saying ‘I think it was ok, I was on used tires, they are already very used since I ran them since the practice.’ His run also contained a number of errors saying ‘I made two mistakes and I lost 3 or 4 seconds’, the difference separating the front pair some 4 and a half seconds at the end of the 5 minutes.
Jorn Neumann was another who ran on heavily used tires for this round saying ‘I was on 3rd run tires, I think the same as Bruno, we had similar pace so I’m pretty happy with that. Michal was on new tires, it’s always a little faster.’ Asked for what changes the Schumacher driver plans for the final qualifying round he simply said ‘I think I go for new tires and we have the advantage.’
Despite showing good pace in practice, Yokomo driver Paul Crompton was having a difficult qualifying up until Q3, when he was able to put it together and stick in a top 4 run. Asked to explain his change in fortunes, he remarked ‘I just kept it on its wheels, didn’t make any mistake,’ explaining further ‘I needed a run because yesterday was pretty bad.’ Completing the top 5, Dutch driver Wesley van Helmond kept it tidy to post his best run so far, with Martin Bayer and Lee Martin completing the top 7 for the round.