November 18, 2018

Michal Orlowski takes controversial home victory

Home town hero Michal Orlowski has won in Warsaw after a controversial call in A3 that involved the two main protagonists, Orlowski and Coelho. Just before the 2 minute mark the Xray driver got into the side of the Schumacher which resulted in the Pole ending up on his roof. Bruno tried to marshal the stricken car but at the same time they were swallowed up by the chasing pack, the Portuguese driver deemed to have left the incident early and so was asked to let Orlowski back passed. This ended Bruno’s challenge and so he pulled up, letting the race announcer know his feelings on the situation, deeming it unfair following a similar incident in the same location of the track in A1 didn’t receive a similar call. With a bad feeling in the air, despite taking the win, Orlowski didn’t celebrate, saying ‘during the race, I thought Bruno should wait, I spoke to him and he compared it to A1, In A1 he made a mistake and I touched him just after because I couldn’t react quick enough and then he made a mistake on the next jump. It’s a difficult situation.’ With two wins from two events Michal leaves Ptak Expo Warsaw as the leader of both modified championships, ‘Overall I’m happy cause it’s been such a difficult weekend especially in 4wd. Overall it’s a very good weekend’, ending by saying ‘I don’t know how to feel about the win.’

Bruno Coelho was understandably upset following the incident, the Xray driver needing to win to take the overall victory, the call to let Orlowski, who was back in 7th, back past ending his chance to win the final and so he pulled up in frustration knowing he could still get the 2nd place based on this A1 and 2 results. Keeping his report about the race short, he said ‘I crashed Orlowski out super bad and I was called to let him go by’, following up by saying ‘In the first one he did the same to me and no one called anything.’

Joona Haatanen was the biggest beneficiary of all the chaos in A3, the understandably delighted Finn saying ‘Super happy, with the 4wd I won the main, it’s never happened before, I’m so happy, my car was working so good. I was fighting with Lee, it was a crazy final but it turned out good.’ Jorn Neumann, who was also in contention for the overall victory and also needing a win, led the race for a while before dropping back 8th, eventually recovering to 6th and so had to settle for 4th overall, with Yokomo driver Lee Martin taking 5th overall, helped greatly by his 2nd spot in A3.

In the 4wd 10.5 class Mirko Morgenstern, driving an Xray, took the win from Xray boss Juraj Hudy in 2nd while Sven Rudig had to settle for 3rd with his Team Associated. All 3 drivers taking a win a piece, with Morgenstern the only driver to back that up with a 2nd place the 2nd main. In the modified truck class Joona Haatanen won in 2 from Kaja Novotny in 2nd and Jorn Neumann in 3rd.

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