The opening round of the 2018/19 Yokomo Euro Touring Series has come to an end and with Ronald Volker already wrapping up the overall win in the first 2 A-mains, the final race of the weekend was to decide the remaining podium places. Starting from what was effectively pole position, Marc Rheinard was never really troubled in the 5 minute race as his competitors behind him faltered. Starting 2nd, Alexander Hagberg would go slightly wide which let Coelho by, however a lap later in the same spot the Portuguese driver would too make a mistake letting Hagberg back through, followed closely by Freddy Sudhoff. Now in a train of 4 cars with star of the event Thimo Weissbauer bringing up the back of the pack, Hagberg was to make a mistake entering the straight letting the following 3 cars through. Two laps later Coelho would roll out of the track at scoring and timing, letting Weissbauer up into 3rd. And thats how it stayed with Marc taking the win from Freddy, with Thimo 3rd, Alexander 4th and Christopher Krapp, who started 9th up into 5th. In the overall standings the result would secure Infinity driver Rheinard the runner up spot, while Hagberg did enough in the previous 2 mains to take the final step on the podium. The Awesomatix pair of Sudhoff of Weissbauer would complete the top 5, while current champion Coelho will have to hope that his 6th place will be one of the Xray driver’s dropped rounds in the championship.
In the Pro Stock class, again with Lauter securing the win and sitting out the final main, the battle was on to find the remaining places. Max Machler, who had taken 2nd in both the first 2 mains, would take the win to secure 2nd overall, ahead of Tim Benson who was able to claim the final podium spot.
Formula proved to be another exciting final as the overall win was still up for grabs, and it would give us our third different winner with David Ehrbar crossing the line first in the fastest time of the three to take the tie breaker and get his 2018/19 season off to best possible start. Unfortunately for the pole man, Simon Lauter’s race went badly as his car hit problems, meaning he missed the podium, finishing up 4th. This allowed Andreas Stiebler and Jan Ratheisky to come through and complete the top 3 for the round and this was how they ended up in the overall results as well.
In the Masters 40+ class Toni Mateo won the 3rd A-main to confirm his runner up spot in the overall, while Peter Miko, who won this class 12 months ago at the same venue, would take 2nd for the leg which would give the Hungarian the final podium place. In the new for this season Stock class, which runs handout Muchmore 17.5T motors, Daniel Pöhlmann was finally able to wrap up the win, having had an issue in A2 which was the only blotch on an otherwise perfect weekend for the German. Mark Valent would end his weekend in 2nd with Krystian Kopacki finishing 3rd.
Chassis – Roche Rapide Evo Motor – Scorpion (Handout) ESC – Scorpion (Handout) Batteries – Gens-Ace 5500mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa Bodyshell – Bittydesign 6R
Remarks – Roche team driver Jacques Libar is running the Evo version of the Rapide, fitted with an aluminium chassis and long front suspension arms. His car also sports a new rear wing mount, designed by Jacques’ brother Laurent that fixes the wing to the chassis instead of the rear pod for improved overall stability, and an optional short rear pod.