October 22, 2016

Coelho recovers from quali disaster to bump to A-Main

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Bruno Coelho has recovered from a qualifying disaster at the Euro Nitro Series season finale to bump up into tomorrow morning’s 1:10 A-Main.  The Xray driver was to suffer engine failures in the opening two qualifiers and with 2 from the reduced 3 rounds to count, the season opener Top Qualifier found himself in the G-Main in Fiorano.  Bumping up a total of six times, when it came to doing the B-Main the World Championship podium finisher had already amassed 90-minutes of race time and that stood to him in the 15-minute encounter which would decide the final to places on the 12-car A-Main grid. Well in his rhythm, starting the encounter from 9th on the grid he would take just 6-laps to get to the front.  Once there he would pull away as his key revivals hit problems.  Running in 2nd, having started from pole, reigning champion Jilles Groskamp would run out of fuel on his in-lap for his first fuel stop, ending the Team Infinity driver’s chances of progressing. Knowing his engine was too rich, the Dutch driver had called to his pit crew that he wasn’t going go the full planned distance, telling him to go one more lap as they got ready for the early stop but with two corners to complete his car ran dry and stopped. The battle for second was then between Spain’s Victor Pelaez and Martin Hudy but the Xray designer’s engine was to go pop at the 9-minute mark leaving Serpent’s Pelaez breathing space to claim the final bump up spot, 1-lap down on Coelho and 4-seconds up on Aigen A-finalist Jakub Rozycki.

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‘A busy day’ was Coelho’s reaction after his B-Main win.  Explaining the engine problems that left the former ENS race winner to qualify so lowly, he said, ‘I broke an engine in the first qualifying yesterday, which we put down to a bad engine.  When we broke another in Q2 we knew there must be some other problem and there was with the fuel tubing’.  Replacing all the tubing for the final qualifier, completing the heat without engine issues although his transponder did miss laps which were latter corrected, he said he knew he had a very good car and going into each final he ‘just needed to drive it’.  Looking to the A-Main he said, ‘for the final everything is open, it is 45-minutes so there is plenty of time.  I’m not here to make the A-Main, I am here to win, so that is what I will be going for’.

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