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Haatanen takes opening qualifier at EOS finale

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Haatanen takes opening qualifier at EOS finale

Joona Haatanen has taken the opening 2WD qualifier at the season finale of the Euro Offroad Series at Arena33 in Germany.  The Team Associated driver posted the fastest time ahead of Bruno Coelho after the Xray driver had a moment on his final lap that would cost him 1-second, the separation just under 6/10ths.  With most drivers having errors over the 5-minutes, Neil Cragg would get it wrong on the opening lap but a good drive for the remainder of the qualifier picked him up a P3 ahead of Daniel Kobbevik and Lee Martin.  For top seed Joern Neumann, a good first lap led the Schumacher driver to push harder on his second lap leading to a mistake with subsequent errors leaving him with a P8 for Q1. Team-mate & championship leader Michal Orlowski also had an error filled run and could only manage the 10th fastest time.

‘I had a clean run’, was Haatanen’s summary of his TQ run.  Top Qualifier at Arena33 last year, that race then held indoors on carpet, the Finish driver said, ‘I was driving around behind Lee and I saw many drivers made mistakes so I knew consistency was important and then on the last lap Bruno had a mistake and I got by for the TQ’.  Happy with his B6.1, having left it untouched from the start of the day, he said he plans to continue to ‘keep it the same and go for another consistent run’.

Coelho said it was ‘a good run except that ‘I flipped twice and then got up on two wheels on the last lap which cost me the TQ’.  Much happier with his car now, the Portuguese driver said, ‘the car is working well.  It is on point now but still we will try to improve it more. The track is very difficult and like said before it is very easy to do mistakes’.

‘I crashed on the first lap, what an idiot, I knew from practice a lot of people are making crashes’, was Cragg’s reaction after the run. The British driver continued, ‘I lost 3-seconds there but except for that it was a good run. To get a Top 3 at the end I’m happy with that’. Pleased with how his B6.1 is working, he said his aim for Q2 is to ‘get another Top 3 in the next one and go from there’.

Finding himself in the second fastest heat having set the 14th fastest time in seeding, Kobbevik said, ‘now it is going good after we struggled at the start.  It was good to get into the Top 5, I’m happy with that’.  Asked what he had struggled with, the 13-year-old Xray driver replied, ‘the car, the track, everything’.  With not that much experience on of running on astro turf, he said it is a ‘strange surface but fun to drive’.

Completing the Top 5, Lee Martin would have crashes on both his opening and closing laps which cost him more than 6-seconds.  The Yokomo driver said, ‘After the first crash I scared myself for a couple laps but the car was pretty good. Then I jumped off the side of the big jump on the last lap’.  The British driver concluded, ‘the car was good, the driver was crap’.

View complete event results here.

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