Bruno Coelho holds onto his lead of the 2016/17 Euro Touring Series, the defending champion winning A3 in Germany to finish second overall behind the Round 2 winner Ronald Volker. With Volker putting in a dominant performance throughout the weekend, wrapping up the win in A2, Coelho’s lead however has been reduced to just a single point as the championship now moves outdoors. Leading away the grid for the closing race, Top Qualifier Volker able to sit out the encounter, Coelho led from start to finish ahead of the Infinity pairing of Marc Rheinard and Akio Sobue. With both drivers making their first ETS appearance as Infinity drivers, Rheinard would mark the occasion by making the podium with his Japanese team-mate finishing 4th. Having missed the podium at ETS Czech, today’s result moves Rheinard up to third in the standings as Round 1 runner-up Viljami Kutvonen had a bad weekend finishing 9th. For Rheinard the switch to asphalt can’t come fast enough with ETS Round 3 in April marking the championship’s first visit to Spain.
With the Pro Stock and Formula classes also decided in A2, Top Qualifier Markus Kreder would finally take a win to get second overall behind Olivier Bultynck with reigning champion Jan Ratheisky registering the first podium finish of his title defence. In Formula Matej Dobnikar would win the third A-Main but bad results in the early mains meant he missed the podium, finishing fourth. Joining back to back overall winner David Ehrbar on the podium would be Ratheisky (2nd) and Dane Mike Gosvig (3rd).
Chassis – Yokomo BD8 Motor – LRP X20 4.5T ESC – LRP Flow X Batteries – LRP LCG 5500mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R Remarks – Current World Champion Ronald Volker has found back his pace on carpet with a number of changes to his Yokomo BD8. Prepared by Yukijiro Umino, the German’s car sports a new one piece motor mount, which is connected to the servo mount by a tie rod. The other changes are a new spring which gives more mechanical grip and using the LCG battery from LRP, which all together make a big change in the car’s handling. On the rear of the car, Volker is using the RTC system but set in neutral which gives more grip in the rear thanks to different weight distribution.