May 18, 2019

Kobbevik & Haatanen complete the 2wd podium

With Michal Orlowski sitting out A3 having wrapped up the win in A2, it was Daniel Kobbevik who emerged as the winner in a final that none of the drivers seemed to want to win. With multiple drivers taking their turn to lead the race, Daniel was able to slowly pick off those ahead of him as they all made mistakes, the Norwegian also having some early incidents. Paul Crompton lead from the start and with track conditions providing much more traction than in previous races had a difficult time with his Yokomo, a number of mistakes meaning he fell back into the pack only to emerge as the leader a few laps later as those ahead of him also crashed. He would eventually bring his car home in 2nd after some more incidents. Joona Haatanen had worked his way to the lead early on only to have a particularly hard time on the landing of the backside double, which after a handful of crashes on the same point saw him drop back to 3rd by the finish. The Schumacher challenge for the podium from van Helmond and Neumann failed to materialise despite a good start from both, however a couple of comings together meant the team mates were left fighting for the mid pack spots by the end of the race, a result which meant that neither would join their team mate Orlowski on the podium.

Ultimately it was Orlowski who stamped his authority on the 2wd portion of the event early on and with his win today, his third of the season, also wraps up the 2018/19 2wd title a race early, his 3rd in succession. Behind the Polish driver, Daniel Kobbevik would take the runner up spot on tie break from Joona Haatanen, the Xray driver managing to improve his finishing position in each of the 3 mains showing a high level of maturity in the changing conditions. Joona would complete the podium, the Associated driver having the pace to win the final main in the drying conditions but ultimately luck was not on his side. Jorn Neumann would end the event in 4th, ahead of Crompton and van Helmond in 5th and 6th with Martin Bayer, a struggling Bruno Coelho, Hupo Honigl and the young Max Gotzl completing the final overall standings.

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