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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Volker & Prumper complete ETS podium

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Ronald Volker and Yannic Prumper completed the podium at Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Germany after the Yokomo pairing claimed a 1-2 finish in the 3rd A-main.  With Marc Rheinard wrapping up his first ETS win on carpet in 5-years with a second win of the weekend in A2 and sitting out A3, the closing race of the record breaking event would see Volker lead an uneventful race from start to finish.  Behind him Prumper, despite making early attempts to pass his team-mate would run the entire race in second despite coming under pressure from a much improved Alexander Hagberg in the closing laps.  Winner of the event last year, Hagberg would be classified 4th overall followed by Viktor Wilck and Christopher Krapp, all drivers having started the leg with a chance of a podium finish.

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Despite crossing the finish almost 2-seconds ahead of Prumper, Volker said he still lacked pace & traction at the beginning and until half way he had a ‘mirror full of cars’.  Getting better towards the end the defending champion said it still lacked overall balance.  Saying he ‘can’t be unhappy with second’, he said he is looking forward to switching to outdoor action for Round 3 in Italy having enjoyed his best season on asphalt last season enroute to his four consecutive title.

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Putting pressure on Volker at the start, Prumper said while he had the faster car he could not find a way passed.  With his car developing understeer over the 5-minutes he said this allowed his team-mate to pull away.  Coming under the attention of Hagberg in the closing part of the race, both driver former 2-time ETS race winners, he said he was a little surprised at how strong Hagberg’s pace was in the end.  Pleased to have two podium finishes from the opening two rounds of the championship, the 21-year-old said having been so close to so many potential wins he hopes Italy will be a better and he can put himself on the top step of the podium.

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Setting the fastest lap of A3, Hagberg said fitting a new carbon chassis plate on his Xray left him with a car that was ‘finally drivable’.  Having found the previous chassis on his T4 to be tweaked, the Swede said the discovery came ‘too late’.

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Changing tyres for the last race, Wilck said he still didn’t have enough grip with the switch.  Running third for 12-laps on lap 13 he ‘hit the curb and that was it’, the Swede finishing fifth behind Krapp but getting the tie-breaker to finish fifth overall ahead of the German on his Serpent debut.  Describing it as a ‘good start with my new team’ he added, ‘the pace was good, I just need to get more points in qualifying and I should be fine for the finals.

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With Pro Stock and Formula also decided in A2, the third main was also about deciding who would stand each side of Marek Cerny and Jan Rathiesky on the podiums.  In Formula, despite having already won, Rathiesky lined up on pole position but with Xray team-mate Bruno Coelho unable to get his Xray X1 to respond to the radio, back to back champion Rathiesky handed over his car to the Portuguese driver so he could complete his Formula class debut.  Getting passed Francesco Martini, Coehlo would win the leg to finish 2nd overall with Martini making it an all factory Xray podium.

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In the Xray Pro Stock A3 encounter Rathiesky would take the win ahead of team-mate Mike Gosvig, a result that would see them both join Cerny on the podium, Gosvig finishing the overall runner-up.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chassis Focus – Marc Rheinard

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Chassis – Tamiya TRF 419
Motor – Muchmore 5.0T
ESC – Muchmore
Batteries – Muchmore 6000 mAh
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Xpert
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – German Tamiya’s star Marc Rheinard got back to victory on carpet using a pretty standard version of the 419, only equipped with a prototype aluminium chassis, mixed titanium and aluminium screws and double joint front driveshafts.

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Rheinard ends 5-year ETS carpet win drought in Germany

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Marc Rheinard took a significant victory at Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Germany today, the win marking the Tamiya driver’s first ETS win on carpet in 5-years. The last indoor win for the championship’s most winning driver came in Warsaw, Poland, in 2010, the year the 4-time World Champion claimed his one and only ETS title.  Having taken an unchallenged A1 win last night at the Muelheim-Kaerlich event, Rheinard secured his 13th ETS victory by cruising to another easy win over reigning champion Ronald Volker in A2.

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‘A good weekend’ was Rheinard’s reaction, him adding ‘I can’t remember the last time I won an ETS race on carpet’.  ‘After the disappointment of Hrotovice I needed to try to come back into contention for the overall championship and this is a good start’. Top Qualifier for the record breaking entry race, as he was at the season opener in the Czech Republic but where he ended up only finishing 4th, the German said the weekend shows Tamiya have made progress with the TRF419 and they are now going in the right direction for the future.  Although supported by TRF engineer and competent racer Takayuki Kono who qualified in the B-Main, Rheinard said the win was also important following the departure of longtime team-mate Viktor Wilck with him joking ‘the next race it will be a Tamiya 1-2 with Naoto (Matsukura)’. Making a shock switch from Yokomo to Tamiya last month, World Champion Matsukura is expected to attend Round 3 of the ETS when the championship makes its long awaited return to Italy.

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Having a pretty lonely race, helped by Wilck making contact with Yannic Prumper on lap 2, Volker who won the season opener said ‘you cant win them all’.  The Yokomo driver said after struggling last night with his BD7, they took the gamble to use a set-up very close to that of Yokomo team-mate Loic Jasmin, the French Champion enjoying a strong event this weekend.  Also changing tyres and opting to do no warm-up at all, Yukijiro Umino placing his car directly on the grid for the start, the 4-time back to back champion said the ‘gamble didn’t pay off’ and the car had too much understeer.  While the car improved over the 5-minutes, his fastest lap being his last lap, he suspects even had he caught up to Rheinard his rival had more speed in reserve.  With second overall still open, he said they will again have to takes risks for A3 and switch back to his qualifying set of tyres to try and improve rear traction so as he can hopefully keep the field behind him and secure the win, Rheinard sitting out the closing race of the event which attracted 408 entries.

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Describing the contact from Wilck as ‘bad luck’, Prumper who had a DNF in A1 said luckily he was able to get back passed Alexander Hagberg and Christopher Krapp for third.  Starting second for A3 behind Volker, the third place qualifier said with 2nd overall still possible he would be going maximum attack for the leg win.  Although he struggled with the rear of his car being loose early in the run he said overall the track had less traction than in A1 but expecting that to improve for A3 he will not make any set-up changes.

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Finishing fourth after getting passed by Prumper on the penultimate lap, Krapp said it was ‘a very exciting final’ for him and he ‘really enjoyed’ the battle with his fellow countryman.  Putting a really good move on Hagberg at the hairpin after the chicane, the Kyosho team driver said his car had Top 3 pace but he needs to get by Hagberg quicker, last year’s winner struggling this weekend.

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Setting the fastest lap of the race, Wilck was pretty annoyed being called in for a Stop & Go penalty for his contact with Prumper. With his Serpent S411 very loose at the start of the race, the Swede said he unintentionally slid into the back of Prumper immediately waiting to give back position only then to be called to also serve a penalty.  With his race over after the Stop & Go as he dropped to 9th on a track where passing is proving almost impossible, he said while the car was fast, him setting the fastest lap of the race, it was difficult to drive as his ‘tyres are done’.  Third in A1 and therefore still a contender for a podium finish in his Serpent debut he will run his other set of tyres for A3.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class, A2 also saw the overall win decided as Mareck Cerny repeated another unchallenged tone to tone win.  The first win of the season for the back to back defending champion, Cerny would win A2 from Awesomatix’ Max Mächler and Czech Republic winner Lars Hoppe.  For Cerny’s team-mates Mike Gosvig and Jan Ratheisky, who started directly behind him on the grid, it was not a good race as Gosvig made a mistake half way in while holding second and Ratheisky got into the side of A1 third place finisher Helge Johannessen.  In Formula, Ratheisky had no such issues as he did a 2013 season Sebastian Vettel and left the rest of the field in his track to secure the overall win, the second of the season for the ETS Champion.

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chassis Focus – Helge Johannessen

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Chassis – ARC R10 2015
Motor – Muchmore (handout)
ESC – Muchmore (handout)
Batteries – Silverback 7200mah
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Futaba
Bodyshell – Blitz TSX
Remarks – One of ARC’s four ProStock A-main finalists here in Muelheim, Helge Johannesen is running a number of optionals on his R10 2015. Choosing to run an aluminum chassis, he also opted for the short version shocks and an entire low friction transmission set. To lower the overall weight, titanium and aluminum screws and turnbuckles have been installed as well as aluminum rear dogbones.

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2014/15 Championship Standings (Rd2 of 6)

Ride Modified Class
1. Rheinard Marc - 308pts
2. Völker Ronald - 308pts
3. Hagberg Alexander - 304pts
4. Prümper Yannic - 304pts
5. Wilck Viktor - 296pts
6. Coelho Bruno - 296pts
7. Fischer Marc - 295pts
8. Levanen Juho - 289pts
9. Kutvonen Viljami - 285pts
10.Stadler Dionys - 280pts
11.Wahl Tim - 280pts
12.Orlowski Michal - 272pts
13.Kaufmann Marco - 272pts
14.Simurda Kuba - 269pts
15.Südhoff Frederik - 267pts


Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Hoppe Lars - 305pts
2. Ratheisky Jan - 305pts
3. Cerny Marek - 304pts
4. Gosvig Mike - 304pts
5. Hettrich Valentin - 296pts
6. Mächler Max - 296pts
7. Hofer Martin - 292pts
8. Gassauer Patrick - 290pts
9. Bopp Bernhard - 288pts
10.Heitsch Henrik - 282pts
11.Johannessen Helge - 279pts
12.Brickenkamp Wolf - 271pts
13.Sparbier Kevin - 269pts
14.Rajki Balint - 268pts
15.Schneider Marvin - 260pts


Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 312pts
2. Martini Francesco - 303pts
3. Pichler Roman - 300pts
4. Ehrbar David - 299pts
5. Bultynck Olivier - 296pts
6. Weber Herbert - 292pts
7. Kölbel René - 292pts
8. Delise Nicolas - 287pts
9. Raimann Daniel - 279pts
10.Wurmhöringer Markus - 275pts

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