November 18, 2018

Orlowski capitalises on mistake by Coelho to win A1

Michal Orlowski took first blood in the 4wd class at the Euro Offroad Series in Warsaw, the battle with top qualifier Bruno Coelho failing to materialise after the Portuguese driver got it wrong on lap 3 and dropped down the order. Jorn Neumann would make it a Schumacher 1-2 as he took the runner up spot, with a recovering Coelho in 3rd and his Xray team mate Martin Bayer having a good run to 4th. Recounting the race, Orlowski said ’I had a new set of tires and pushed hard at the beginning, Bruno had an error on the double. I tried to avoid him but I couldn’t brake in the air and we had a small contact and on the next jump he made another mistake.’ Once in front the young Polish driver put his head down and ran the fastest 5 minute run of the weekend. ‘I just kept it on 4 wheels, I just had a clean 5 minute run, so I have a fast time for the tie break if it’s needed.’

Neumann had a lonely race in 2nd, explaining ‘it was ok, maybe in the first couple of laps I didn’t drive too nice so I lost the contact and then it was difficult to catch up but a one-two for Schumacher is great.’ Looking to make some changes for the next main the German believes if he can keep contact with the leading pair at the start he a has chance to challenge for the win.

Ending the final in 3rd, having started out on pole position the Xray driver commented ‘It was not so good final’, elaborating by saying ‘In the beginning I started OK but on the 3rd lap on the double single I jumped too short and Michal touched me and immediately after on the double I jumped wrong and hit the board.’ Out of touch with the leaders, the winner of the 2wd class yesterday said, ‘I then just drove to save the 3rd place.’

Starting 6th on the grid, Martin Bayer, who is responsible for Xray’s offroad car development, jokingly commented ‘Everybody crashed’. Explaining further ‘It was perfect, I made no mistake, clean run, didn’t expect so much and it just me bumped me to the front.’ Having a race long battle with Joona Haatanen, the Czech driver said ‘he was very fast but he crashed and I was 4th, very good, I’m very happy.’ Haatanen would complete the top 5, followed by Lee Martin, Daniel Kobbevik, Pekko Iivonen, Paul Cromption and Wesley van Helmond.

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