Michal Orlowski has posted another TQ run at the Euro Offroad Series third round, this time the Schumacher becoming the first driver to record 14-laps around the uniquely shaped, large indoor carpet track in Daun, Germany. Having taken Q2 after a late error by Q1 pace setter Daniel Kobbevik, Orlowski took a convincing TQ in the penultimate round able to focus solely on his own driving as both Kobbevik and Xray team-mate Bruno Coelho made early errors. Behind Orlowski, Lee Martin secured the second fastest time denying Schumacher a 1-2 with Joern Neumann topping the second fastest heat to get a 3rd for his efforts. Coming into the weekend sharing the points lead with Orlowski, Joona Haatanen would enjoy his best run posting a P4 time ahead of Hupo Honigl, who running in the second fastest heat would end up the fastest Xray for the round ahead of Coelho and Martin Bayer.
‘That was a decent run’, was how Orlowski described his latest TQ run with only Kobbevik now remaining as a potential rival to denying the reigning champion pole position for tomorrow’s triple A-Mains. The Polish teenager continued, ‘my far felt very mellow. It was very comfortable to drive and when Daniel & Bruno made mistakes at the beginning I just did my own thing and stayed calm. With that run, now only Daniel can beat me for the TQ’. Looking to the final qualifier, he said, ‘I think we will go with new tyres for the last one to break them in for the finals. The car will be edgy for the start but I know my pace is there to finish the heat strong’.
Summing up his second P2 run of the day, Martin said, ‘I made a pretty big mistake but would have had to drive pretty hard to keep up with Orlowski so I’m happy with 2nd’. The Yokomo driver added, ‘a few people are very fast but they are struggling to hold it together. I m going to go harder in the last one and see how it goes’.
Neumann said, ‘I still crashed two times and lost maybe four seconds’, explaining, ‘I jumped the centre table top too short and the rear flipped over’. The former multiple EOS Champion added, ‘the car is alright but running in the second fastest heat it is difficult to know how hard to push. It’s easy to go faster when the other guys around you are going the same speed but with this 3rd place I just need another good round to secure 4 or 5th on the grid for the final. Fighting for first would have been better’.
‘That was better than the previous two rounds’, was the reaction of a much happier looking Haatanen, the Associated driver adding, ‘I made a couple of small mistakes and lost some time but overall it was a much better run’. He added, ‘I was fighting with the car and just didn’t have the speed but we went with harder oil in the shocks and for less rear toe in for Q3 and the car was much better. For the last one we will go with even less toe-in as I still have too much compared to everyone else’.
Happy to take his best run so far in Q3, Honigl said, ‘my car is perfect but I am just driving with no confidence. I can’t use the car as I want so I am not getting the maximum from it’. A veteran of the Euro Offroad Series, the Austrian RC distributor added, ‘I am so busy outside of racing and because of that I am finding it hard to focus’.