May 19, 2019

Flawless drive for Neumann in opening 4wd final

Jorn Neumann has continued to stamp his authority on the 4wd portion of the 5th round of the Euro Offroad Series here at the Arena33 after he withstood intense pressure in A1 from his team mate Michal Orlowski for the entire 5 minutes. Bruno Coelho, who was struggling with the very high traction ended the race in 3rd, while Wesley van Helmond and Daniel Kobbevik completed the top half of the field. ‘It was good, a very clean run’, was how Neumann described the first final, continuing ‘it was very smooth from the first lap to the last’. Able to maintain the same gap back to Orlowski, the German was very happy with his car and will ‘try to do the same again’ in A2.

Quick to admit that ‘Jorn drove amazing’, Orlowski said there was no chance to pass as both cars had the same pace from the start to the finish. Mentioning that not only is the traction even higher than yesterday but there are more bumps now due to the rain, making conditions ‘tougher and tougher’. Only planning to refresh his diffs for A2 he will consult with his team about perhaps making a small change.

Bruno Coelho was another to be struggling with the grip levels and early on, after his car was on 2 wheels in most corners, decided to just ‘try and salvage a result’. The former EOS Champion was quickly gapped by the leading pair and so had a lonely race in 3rd. For A2 he will go through his XB4 and check that they have switched back all the settings they used in qualifying yesterday, suspecting they may have forgotten something after they changed the car for the wet conditions this morning.

Wesley van Helmond, who took 4th, said the result was ‘good, but there was something wrong with my car’, elaborating by telling us that he was still running some settings on his car that they used on the morning’s Q4 and this caused his Schumacher to be very hard to drive. Unable to push at all for fear of traction rolling, the Dutchman will make some changes so that he can be more aggressive, saying ‘it will be better the next one’. Daniel Kobbevik was 5th, almost taking fourth in the drag race to the line on the last lap, while Joona Haatanen had a difficult race to take 6th.

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