Jorn Neumann held onto overall TQ after a very close finish in Q5 which saw Lee Martin come within 0.214 secs of unseating the 23 year-old 6x 1/10 European Champion from a double Euros TQ, on the 3rd day of 4WD, day 6 overall, it came down to 2/10ths…
In P3 we have the leading pair’s closest challenger – Hupo Honigl, who really found his feet in Q3 & Q4, Hupo has the speed to challenge in will start 3rd for the A finals and will likely fancy his chances. In 4th a mixed qualifying for David Ronnefalk, the home favourite driver’s position thanks to a decent start to quali, the latter two rounds disappointing, he’ll be looking to recapture the magic, inspired by some Yellow & Blue support.
A fantastic qualifying from Joona Haatanen in 5th, netting two 3rd places, he looks mighty racey and could well pull out a surprise guided by the great Craig Drescher. We wrote about how impressive Robert Batlle’s been at his first 1/10 Euros, performing beyond his own expectations Robert is riding high and deserves the praise considering his lack of 1/10 experience. Occupying 7th, the Norwegian wonderkid Daniel Kobbevik, racing for Sweden at the euros due to rules, he makes it two Associateds in the main after a sterling finish.
Michal Orlowski sits 8th, another new name for us, he hit the highs in Q3 and finished off the job in Q5, the young Pole showing some real Passion and Speed (see what we did there?!…) Finally 9th and 10th, the Brits showing the rest of Europe that they’re still the ‘bees knees’, both drivers out of the top heat but ensuring a Schumacher and TLR make the show.
For those that make it, alot of them don’t, massive disappointment from Martin Bayer, the outgoing 4WD Champion denied a chance to defend his title, qualifying in unlucky #13 ahead of XRAY team mate Miguel Matias in 14th. Juraj won’t be too happy with XRAY’s poor showing this year but must shift focus to 1/8th in two week’s time.
BQ to one of the Flying Finns Petri Strom and equally unlucky Christoffer ‘TQ’ Svensson coming home in 12th, again just missing out on the A final.