February 2, 2019

Martin takes exciting A1 encounter in Daun

Lee Martin has taken the opening A-Main at the third round of the Euro Offroad Series in Daun, Germany.  Starting fourth on the grid the Yokomo driver took advantage of mistakes from drivers ahead of him including Top Qualifier Michal Orlowski, who crashed on the opening lap.  The race would see three different leaders with Martin putting in a faultless race to secure the victory over long time race leader Daniel Kobbevik with Xray team-mate Bruno Coelho completing the Top 3.  While Orlowski tried to recover with a ‘miracle’ pass on the final dash to the line, that causing a pile up involving Coelho and Haatanen, he came out worst with Haatanen, who challenged Martin for the lead in the middle of the race, getting fourth as Orlowski dropped to 7th.

Reacting to his win, Martin said, ‘we changed the car back to our Q3 set-up. I didn’t like the Q4 one and now the car was easy to drive’.  The former champion continued, ‘my tyres went off a bit as they were on their third run but overall the car was nice and safe.  A few others made mistakes which made my job easier and I hope the same thing happens again in the next one’.  Planning to leave his car unchanged, he will change tyres for A2.

Taking his achievements this weekend in his stride, 14-year-old Kobbevik said, ‘It was a good run I think. I had the one mistake but it was still a good race’.  He explained, ‘I ran wide coming off the wall and hit the pipe and after that my car felt broken. It kept pulling to the right. I need to check the steering’.  Chasing his first 2WD podium, having achieved the result twice in 4WD, he concluded, ‘I am super happy to get a second from the first one’.

‘It was a strange final’, was Coelho’s description of A1.  The EOS Poland winner continued, ‘There were three different leaders.  This is a very difficult track and its very hard to pull away so everyone is taking risks’.  Setting the fastest lap of the race, the Portuguese driver added, ‘I had a good fight with Lee and more with Daniel but for the last two laps I decided I don’t take risks anymore and it was best to take the 3rd position’.

While the result came short of the potential he showed in Rd1, Haatanen said, ‘That was a good race, it was a good race’.  The EOS Nurburgring winner continued, ‘I just had that one stupid mistake when I hit the inside pipe on the table top and that cost me second place’.  With the Associated team struggling compared to their rivals in qualifying at the race they won last season with Neil Cragg, Haatanen said, ‘My car feels good today. The only problem this morning was with my driving but I’m fired up for the next two’.

Summing up his race, Orlowski said, ‘I just got out of shape and jumped to the left’.  The Schumacher driver continued, ‘On the last lap I tried to make a miracle happen and I came out the worst of it but I’m ready to go out again in the next one and put myself in the fight for the overall win in A3’.

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