Joern Neumann has made it back to back wins in the EOS taking the 4WD win today in Austria in A2, but the biggest prize goes to Bruno Coelho as he wraps up the season with the 4WD Championship title. Having taken the TQ and then the A1 win after an exciting battle with Coelho, Neumann had a much easier A2 after an early mistake from the number 2 starter that effectively dropped him to last. With Coelho out of the equation, Neumann was chased by his team-mate Michal Orlowski. Needing to win today to retain his 4WD title, a mistake from the 2WD Champion on the penultimate lap allowed Neumann to cruise to the finish for the overall win on the championship’s first visit ERT Steyregg. The result also meant that irrespective of the A3 outcome, Coelho was champion again for a third time and Orlowski’s quest for a repeat title double where over. With a rain shower that arrived during the third B-Main delaying A3, the astro surface meaning the track was ready to go back racing once the rain had passed, Coelho went on to cap off his title winning season with the win over Orlowski. Overall this meant Coelho split the Schumacher drivers to claim 2nd on the podium.
Reacting to his title win, Coelho said, ‘It was a super tight championship. We came into the last race with just 2-points separating us. Myself and Michal had very good battles. I think the last race was not perfect for him but I also had bad races at the back’. He continued, ‘the team worked hard for this race and they came here to test. I think to finish 2nd in the 2WD championship showed the World we have done and taking the 4WD title today the team is super happy. Now we look forward to the Worlds’.
Summing up his strong finish to the season having won both the astro turf rounds, Neumann said, ‘my finish to the season was very good. I’m very happy. 4WD on astro is very good for me and next year we need to improve on carpet’. Joking, ‘if they change to all astro next year we should be ok’, the former 3 time 4WD champion having had more experience with the Schumacher this season had helped as he ‘knew what to change for the different conditions’. Asked about A2, the German said, ‘Bruno crashed early on so I had a big lead and cruised to the finish’.
Having wrapped up the 2WD title a round early, on his 4WD campaign, Orlowski said, ‘I’m disappointed obviously. I felt we had the pace to win every time but small stuff happened and this time we came up short’. The Polish teenager continued, ‘we were very close the last round and had the pace at Hudy Arena but we found a problem with the car after the race. Today I felt we had pace and the car felt great and getting four cars in the final shows how good our car is. For now I am disappointed but in a week I will think about the Worlds. Finishing second in 4WD (championship standings) only motivates me more for next season. I believe we have the best package out there on all surfaces’.
In the new for Season #8 4WD 10.5 class it was a dominant campaign from Tim Kunz as he took the TQ and win at all 5 races he contested. Well known RC distributor Sven Rudig would finish runner-up with Marcel Rotterkamp third overall. In the Mod Truck category Joern Neumann is the champion for Schumacher from Xray’s Max Gotzl and ERT Steyregg’s own Philipp Marzinger.