March 15, 2019

Q3 Update – Orlowski fastest from Bayer

Despite a lengthy late error in which his Schumacher needed to be marshalled, Michal Orlowski has TQ’d the third round of qualifying at EOS Slovakia.  Having taken the opening qualifier but made a mistake on the opening lap in Q2, Orlowski posted his second TQ run of the day’s 2WD to top the times from Q2 winner Martin Bayer.  With Lee Martin completing the Top 3 ahead of Hungarian driver Adam Izsay,  Bayer is now the only driver who can deny Orlowski from going for his third consecutive EOS win at the Hudy Arena from pole position.  In order to make it a home TQ for Xray, Bayer will need to TQ the fourth & final qualifier in a quicker time than that set by Orlowski in Q1 but will all the leading drivers still having a second set of tyres at their disposal the opportunity is there for an improvement on the Q1 time.  One driver to use his second set of tyres in Q3 was former champion Joern Neumann but having a 4-second mistake, he ended up with a P5 for the round ahead of Neil Cragg. Cragg was the best Associated driver with team-mate Joona Haatanen unable to build on his Q2 Top5 run after pulling a rear corner off his car.  Another of this season’s race winners, Bruno Coelho had another rough qualifier ending up P7 but the top seed still has the opportunity to start P2 behind Orlowski tomorrow if he can deliver a TQ run in the final round.

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