March 17, 2019

Coelho wins A1 easily after early touch with Orlowski

Bruno Coelho took an easy and comfortable win in the opening A-Main of 4WD at EOS Slovakia, the Xray driver leading his team-mate Martin Bayer, Lee Martin and Michal Orlowski.  Starting from the TQ, the first lap saw a bobble from Coelho who went wide as he got up on two wheels allowing Orlowski to the front but it was short lived. Under pressure from Coelho, the Schumacher driver make a number errors leading to him touching the piping, and trying to get back on to the racing line there was contact with the Pole fairing off worst as his car flipped and needed to be marshalled.  From there, already with gap over the chasing pack, Coelho opened up the lead lap after lap ahead of Daniel Kobbevik until the Norwegian made a mistake with just 3-laps to go.  This allowed Bayer back up to second but he had Martin and a recovering Orlowski right behind.  Orlowski got by Martin but handed it back again with a mistake on the final jump as he attempted a final pass to get by Bayer.

Commenting on his A1 win, Coelho said, ‘On the first lap I got on two wheels and went wide trying to save it and this let Orlowski go by but I came straight back at him and put pressure on him and he started to make a few mistakes.  He touched the pipe and ended up on the outside and I had the inside but for the next corner he would have the inside but he tried to come back on the line and we touched. I think it was just bad luck for him or maybe good luck for me’.  He continued, ‘my car was very good and I did not have to force to make good laps’.  The only driver to run a 21-second lap looking to A2 he said, ‘I’ll try to not let him by this time on the first lap and the car I will leave the same’.

Asked about the contact with Coelho, Orlowski said, ‘the race started good. Bruno made a small mistake and I got by but then I hit the pipe and when I went back to the racing line we touched. It’s always different when you are racing and when you see it from the outside but I think it was OK. I’ll have to watch the video’.  He concluded, ‘I’ll just put new tyres on for the next one and race it again’.

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