January 7, 2018

Orlowski makes it 3 in a row at DHI Cup

Michal Orlowski has made it three 2WD titles in a row at the DHI Cup, the Schumacher driver successfully defending his title with the perfect performance.  Top Qualifier in Odense, taking all four qualifiers, the Polish driver secured the title when he backed up his A1 win with another in A2. Rather than sit out A3, he would use the track time to test, taking that also despite coming under pressure from star of the weekend Elias Johansson.  Johansson would finish second overall being the only driver to mount any challenge to Orlowski over the weekend.  With former champions David Ronnefalk and Joern Neumann not delivering the level of performances expected, Jesper Rasmussen enjoyed a strong race to complete the 2WD podium.

‘It is alway pretty good to start the new year with a win’, was Orlowski reaction to his win.  He continued, ‘we knew the KC is a good car but still it wasn’t easy here with Elias. He makes me feel quite old now but with a start like this I am looking forward to the rest of the season’.  Continuing on the 13-year-old he said , ‘He was quick all weekend. Even in practice I was surprised by his pace.  I had to show him full respect in the finals but luckily I was faster’.  Asked about his decision to run A3, he replied, ‘we tested something, we wanted to see how the car was with softer shock all round’.

‘I’m really happy with my finish. It was more than expected’, was how Johansson summed up his impressive podium finish.  The Associated driver added, ‘I didn’t do anything to the car, I just had to drive it’.  Having a good battle with Orlowski in A3, he said, ‘I was pretty tight in the middle but then he pulled a way a little, racing with Michal is good experience for me. I’m looking forward now to the 4WD finals’.

Summing up his third place, Team Associated driver Rasmussen said, ‘I am pretty happy to make the podium.  In A1 I was on new tyres and the car was terrible.  I changed back to my other tyres for A2 and the last one and also changed to harder oil and a stiffer roll bar and the car was much easier to drive and I could get on the podium’.  Behind the Dane, former Top Qualifier Oskar Levin would finish 4th overall ahead of Ronnefalk and Hampus Berg.

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