Marc Rheinard grabbed 2nd overall with a late victory in A3 over Ronald Volker at the Euro Touring Series second round in Germany, a result that sees the Infinity driver share the championship lead with race winner Bruno Coelho. With Coelho wrapping up his 11th ETS career win in A2, the closing race of the first ever event at Daun was a dual between touring car’s two great rivals with Volker leading away the 9 car field, Coelho watching from the sidelines. Off the start immediately Rheinard had Volker under pressure but a mistake by the former looked to decide the result when he put his car on its side at the same corner that would later determine the final podium order. Managing to right the car himself, the deficit looked too big but a determined Rheinard was closing. A slight mistake from Volker then set-up the final showdown and with two laps to go Rheinard slid his car down the inside of the Yokomo, contact sending an unhappy Volker wide. With Volker getting caught at the line, the final lap was a lap of victory for Rheinard.
Reacting to his second place, Rheinard said, ‘Its the perfect ending, well obviously 1st would be best but now myself and Bruno have a TQ and a 1 & 2 each. To end the carpet season on the same points is a good start’. A driver who is openly not a huge fan of carpet racing, on A3 he said, ‘I refreshed my shocks before the race and the car felt even better than before. I was really confident because I knew I was a little faster than Ronald but then I rolled, luckily it landed on the tyres. After that I just tried to close the gap and I could see at the end of the straight sweeper that I was closing the gap. One time Ronald went wide and in this direction it was at the only corner on the track where you could make a pass’.
‘Disappointed to finish 3rd’ was Volker reaction. He continued, ‘the car pushed quite a lot in A3 and that’s why I was under pressure from Marc’. The World Champion was also not happy with his rivals move. ‘It was not a clean pass. My car flew into the barrier, sure I went a little wide the corner before the hairpin but I was still ahead. He basically forced his way through. Sure he had to try and there was a big gap behind us but my car flew way too far so in my opinion it was not ok. The referee said nothing so I have to live with it’. Despite his grievances, he concluded, I’m happy with the team result. We made the podium in both Modified and Pro Stock and a great job from Bruno. He was a deserving winner this weekend.’
Chassis – Xray T4 2018 Motor – Hobbywing 5.0T V10 G3 ESC –Hobbywing XR10 PRO Batteries – Sunpadow 5600mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Bruno Bodyshell – Montech Racer Remarks – Claiming the TQ and win at ETS Daun, Bruno had every reason to be happy with his car package this weekend especially as it is his first ETS with a number of elements making up his race winning package. In the electrics department, he is using Hobbywing’s new 5T V10 G3 motor with the power coming from his new battery sponsor Sunpadow. Having launched his own brand, Bruno, here in Germany it was a great debut for his new T4 specific servo – the BR1-BC-1863X. In terms of his T4, the car mainly features aluminium upgrades on the standard plastic kit parts. These include the steering, diff eccenters and all the shims. The car also has a steel spool outdrives. Other options include T7075 brass weights.
Jan Ratheisky has made two Pro Stock wins from two races in the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the Xray driver claiming victory in Germany with the win in A3. Having thrown away a potential win in A1, the Top Qualifier put in improved performances in the next two to end the carpet section of the championship with maximum points. Behind him team-mate Mustafa Alp made it an Xray 1-2, the Turkish driver showing good form this weekend in Daun. Unfortunately for A1 winner Max Mächler his luck was to run out with the Awesomatix crashing out in the next two encounters leaving him with a 6th. The podium would instead be completed by the Yokomo of France’s Alex Kunkler.
In Formula, Olivier Bultynck came out the overall winner. Winning A1 after Top Qualifier David Ehrbar crashed on the opening lap, in A2 Ehrbar redeemed himself to win as Bultynck had a rough race. This set-up A3 as the decider but again Ehrbar had a mistake on lap 1 handing Luke Lee a lead he would hold till the finish. Second place now became the potential decider with both taking turns at leading each other but again a mistake from Ehrbar was his undoing handing Bultynck second and the overall win. Joining them on the podium would be Ratheisky, the championship leader remaining at the top of the standings having turn around a tough qualifying. In the Infinity 40+ Masters Class, Ozer Yürüm lead from tone to tone, as he had done in A1, to take the overall win from Thomas Oehler and Marcus Askell.
Chassis – Yokomo BD8 2018 Motor – Muchmore ZX V2 5.0T ESC – Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 Batteries – Muchmore Impact 6400mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa Bodyshell – Protoform Type S Remarks – Great to see Yannic Prumper back in the mix in touring car again, the multiple ETS race winner is having a good run with his BD8 2018. Overall a standard kit car, the only extra features are extra hard wishbones and a battery holder than Yannic made up himself.