It was Michal Orlowski who took the win in A2 here in Germany, the reigning champion getting passed Neumann who opened the door to his team mate after hitting a bump on the right side of the track which sent his car off line. Neumann would fall back to 5th by the end of the final, struggling with a difficult car, while Bruno Coelho would finish 2nd ahead of Joona Haatanen in 3rd, with an improved Wesley van Helmond coming home in 4th. ‘I’m happy for now’ was Michal’s response to how his final went, the Polish driver needing to get the overall win to improve his championship points going into the final round next month in Austria. ‘The track is great and I’m feeling confident, I will go for the win and push from the start’, Orlowski also set the fastest final time in A2, should the result need to go to tie-break.
‘A clean final with no mistakes’ said Coelho before admitting that he can’t keep with the Schumacher drivers if they don’t make mistakes. Needing to win and in a faster time than Michal to be able to take the overall win, he knows that this is a big ask for him, especially starting from 3rd on the grid. The former champion concluding with ’I will be there for sure and will do my best’.
Joona Haatanen had a good A2 declaring it as ‘not too bad’, saying he had a good race with Bruno and tried to make a pass at one point but couldn’t pull it off. Changing to harder shock oils on his B74 he has good speed and with the new platform being so competitive Joona is very confident for the future saying ‘it is looking promising for its first race, the pace is already there’.
Wesley van Helmond was again 4th declaring the ‘car is good now’ having made changes following A1 in which it had been very tricky to handle. Now able to push a lot more, with everyone else upping their game he will now just wait for mistakes ahead of him to try move up the order in A3. Finishing fifth, Neumann struggled once Michal got passed, but revealed that he was running old tires while most of his competitors were using new, Jorn having a fresh set of tires to bolt on for the final main as he goes for his first 4wd EOS win since the 2014/2015 season.