It was more of the same in the second round of qualifying here at EOS Poland, however reigning champion Michal Orlowski had to work hard for the TQ this round having lost a lot of time in a crash at the mid way point while leading. Lee Martin would once again take 2nd for the round, less than one second back, in front of the Team Associated pairing of Joona Haatanen and Neil Cragg in 3rd and 4th, with Swedish Kyosho driver Jessica Palsson completing the top 5. Describing his run, Michal said ‘It started off really good, I looked at my lap times and I had really low 19s, I had a cushion but made a mistake on the wall’. Continuing, ‘I was stuck on the pipe and then after followed Lee around trying to push as hard as possible to put pressure on him and he made a mistake and rolled over before the double so then I just tried to make the gap to go to the lead and it took about 2 laps’. Ending by saying ‘it wasn’t a clean run, it was way tougher than the first one but luckily in the end it was another TQ so looking good so far.’
Yokomo driver Martin led following the incident that saw Orlowski get stuck up on a pipe on the wall ride but still felt the car wasn’t able to match the pace of the young Pole, saying ‘It was pretty much the same as the first one. Michal was a bit faster than me, I didn’t feel comfortable to push it still.’ Commenting on the incident in which he was able to take the lead he said ‘he (Michal) made a mistake coming on the wall, but then I made a mistake, traction rolling coming onto the double in the middle which allowed him back in front.’ While the Schumacher driver was able to pull out a one second lead in the closing laps, the former Champion called the run a ’fair result’.
Winner of the season opener in Germany, Joona Haatanen was finally able to put in a solid run to take 3rd for the round. Describing his 2nd round qualifier as ‘not too bad’, he summed it up by saying ‘a couple of mistakes, one roll and I think I am a bit off the pace, my car is not too good yet so I am looking for more steering but overall not too bad.’
Former World Champion Neil Cragg took 4th for the round but was not happy with his driving describing it as ‘OK, too scrappy, too many crashes, just driving a little too tired, not flowing around the track’. Continuing ’the car’s good, I don’t think its fast enough to win yet, Orlowski and Lee have got a little over us but its mostly down to driving, few too many little crashes’. Ending by saying ‘3 seconds off TQ there and I had to be marshalled. Its not the end of the world but the driver just needs to get his head on.’
Better known for her exploits in 1/8th Offroad, Jessica Pålsson put in a very clean run from the second fastest heat to take 5th for the round having taking 7th in Q1. Asked about her run to 5th, the Kyosho driver said ‘My 2nd round was really good, I’m really happy with the car, the car is new for this year and it has taken some time to find the setup but I am really happy with it now.’ Daniel Kobbevik ended the round as top Xray driver in 6th, having made a big mistake in the closing stages of his run, while Bruno Coelho continued to struggle, making too many small mistakes to end up 7th.