The Euro Offroad Series makes its second trip of the season to Germany this weekend (March 17-19) with the all new Arena 33 the venue for the penultimate round of the championship. With three of the expanded ve round calendar to count, both Michal Orlowski and Bruno Coelho will be targeting wrapping up the Season #6 titles. Completing back to back victories in 2WD last time out at the Hudy Arena, a third consecutive win in Andernach would bring Orlowski and Schumacher their rst EOS title and end Yokomo’s three year reign as champions of electric offroad’s premiere class.
Reigning back to back champion Lee Martin, second in the points standings, is Orlowski’s main title rival but with a season so far void of victory the British driver must win on Saturday if he is to have any chance of retaining his title. Attending the EOS Warm-up race last weekend at Arena33 and winning it, Martin will be hoping this gives him an early advantage on his rivals.
The only other 2WD winner, taking the TQ and victory at the season opener at the Nurburgring, Marc Rheinard has had a tough time since but still nds himself third in the standings and in title contention. Like his Yokomo team-mate however he must win to stand a chance. Having been very much hands on in the building of Arena 33, which is run by his brother Toni, he would love to win the rst international event to be hosted by the indoor track which has future plans to add an outdoor track.
On the same points as Rheinard, Neil Cragg was hoping for more last time out having claimed his rst EOS podium nish in Poland. The Team Associated driver hasn’t lacked the speed and now entering into the concluding part of the season the reigning European & former World Champion will be keen to prove he has nally mastered racing on the carpet surface.
Having clinched the 4WD title in his debut season, Coelho will be looking to successfully defend that impressive feat come Sunday. Kicking off the season with a win, the World Champion will be hoping for a repeat German performance. The Xray driver claimed a much expected win at the Hudy Arena, and only Orlowski has got the better of him this year when he did the double in Warsaw. Orlowski had an amazing recovery drive in Solvakia, turning around 8th in qualifying to nish on the podium behind Lee Martin and Coelho. While former champion Martin would open the season with a TQ, the EOS’ last double champion hasn’t been able to make it onto the top step of the 4WD podium either, a fact he will be determined to try & quash this weekend.
While the debut of its new B64 at Round 3 didn’t net the result they had hoped, Team Associated got a lot of set-up data from the trip to the Hudy Arena. Both Cragg and Joona Hataanen can be expected to be a much stronger force in 4WD this time out.