Having opened his title defence with a 6th place in Austria, Bruno Coelho made amends for the disappointing result by taking maximum championship points this weekend from the second round of the Euro Touring Series in Daun, Germany. Winner of the same event last year, the Xray driver again secured the overall TQ and despite the best efforts of a very on form Freddy Sudhoff wrapped up the overall win in A2. Sudhoff would secure 2nd overall with the win in A3 ahead of Christopher Krapp who avoided a first lap pile up – 2nd place promoting the Yokomo driver to fourth overall. The incident was triggered by Ronald Volker making contact with Alexander Hagberg and with them crossing the loop to 7th and 9th respectively it was Volker who completed the podium with his 3rd and 4th from the first two Mains. Coming into the weekend as the championship points leader, the 3rd place is enough for Volker to retain that lead – the advantage still 3-points but now over Coelho.
Coelho’s 15th ETS career win, the Portuguese driver said, ‘I’m super happy with the result. We all know on carpet I lose more so to get the TQ and win this weekend I’m super happy for sure’. Enjoying EOS success at the same venue last weekend when he also took maximum points in 4WD Buggy, the World Champion added, ‘I’m looking forward to the next round in Madrid. Two years ago I won there, last year I made too many mistakes, but I like asphalt and I like the track’. On the A-Main win that secured him his latest ETS victory, he explained, ‘It was a perfect final for me. I started very strong and immediately got a gap over Freddy. I don’t know if he was as fast as before or I was quicker, I need to check the lap times, but I was able to pull away and keep that distance between the two of us. He made no mistakes until the last lap. It was a great battle with him all weekend’.
Summing up his valiant effort, his challenge on Coelho a welcomed change from the norm, Sudhoff said, ‘I am super happy with second. It is always great to be on the front row and finish on the podium against the professionals. I still have real job’. On his A3 win, the Awesomatix driver said, ‘I got lucky at the start. There was a huge crash behind me which meant I could just cruise around at 90%’. He added, ‘Overall it has been a great weekend for Awesomatix. Our cars were on the podium in all classes’. Asked if there was a single element that contributed to him being the only driver to take it Xray and in particular Coelho, the German explained, ‘We tested the mid motor car at Longwy and it suited my driving style so I was super confident with the car coming into the ETS. I am looking forward to racing outdoor now. Our car was good on asphalt last year and now we have the mid motor as another option’.
An apologetic Volker said, ‘I feel sorry for having a small touch on Alex which ruined his race in A3’. The former champion continued, ‘he was slower than me and I was trying to take care but Yannic was right behind and I hit Alex. I benefited to make the podium but it was not how I wanted to get on the podium. Having started the weekend quite far of the pace, the German concluded , ‘this and Christopher’s 4th was the maximum we could have expected from the weekend but it could have been a more clean podium’.
‘Sure that was a lucky one’, was Krapp’s reaction to his A3 second place. He continued, ‘I made driver mistakes in the first so it was good to be able to finish of with a good result’. With 4th an improvement on his 9th at the season opener, the German said, ‘We improved the car and 3rd & 4th is an OK way to finish up the carpet season. I’m looking forward to Madrid, asphalt is my better ground’. Behind Krapp, Marc Rheinard would be the best Infinity finisher ahead of team-mate Yannic Prümper and Viktor Wilck with Hagberg’s strong qualifying coming to little as he left Daun with an 8th place.
In Pro Stock an intense and exciting A2 pushed the decider to A3 with Top Qualifier Max Machler repeat his A2 win to complete the perfect weekend. In A2 while the Awesomatix team-mate pulled clear at the front there was a great display of driving between Leo Arnold and A1 winner Simon Lauter there was contact with 3-laps to go. This allowed Jan Ratheisky to finish second setting the stage for a multiple driver showdown in A3 but Machler had it all under control and again led as the Top 4 remained up changed at the finish, Lauter having to recover some positions after dropping to 6th. In the end it was Lauter who secured second overall with Frederik Mikkelsen rewarded for strong runs in A1 & 2 with the final podium placing.
The top honours in Formula went to Jan Ratheisky, the Xray driver wrapping things up in A2 with his second win of the day ahead of season opener winning David Ehrbar. The Serpent driver would win A3 ahead of Andreas Stiebler, that second enough to secure Stiebler a podium finish ahead of Herbert Weber and Olivier Bultynck.
With the 40+ Masters winner decided in A2, ETS Vienna winner Alexander Stocker completing another maximum points haul, the win in A3 would secure Andreas Weyhoven the runners-up spot with Christian Drießle completing the podium on tie break from defending champion Thomas Oehler.
In the new 17.5 Stock class the decider came down to A3 but backing up his A2 win to take the last race ahead of Joachim Altenhof that is how they would also finish in the overall order. Winner of A1, Alexander Müller secured the final step of the podium.
Chassis – Xray X1 2019 Motor – Scorpion Power System (Handout) ESC – Scorpion Power System (Handout) Batteries – Sunpadow 4500mAh Tires – Volante (Handout) Radio/Servo – KO Propo/Savox Signature Edition Bodyshell – Xray Worlds Edition
Remarks – Top Qualifier and winner of A1 here in Daun, Jan is running a host of soon to be released optional parts on his X1. The rear wing of the car is now mounted to the chassis plate which gives ‘way more traction’ as the wing stays flat with the chassis. Also new is the rear battery/wing holder which is stiffer. Also at the rear of the car there is a self made aluminium stiffener mounted across the rear of the pod but Jan explained that the final Xray version will be made from carbon fibre. The chassis is also a soon to be released optional featuring more holes so a longer wheel base set-up can be used. Pointing out he is running a standard wheel base there is also a matching top deck for the longer wheel base set-up.
Bruno Coelho has won the opening A-Main at Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Germany. The Xray driver saw off the challenge of Freddy Sudhoff, the Awesomatix driver mounting intense pressure on the Top Qualifier in the early part of the race. While Coelho would eke out a small gap towards the end of the race, Sudhoff was never more than 6/10ths behind. While the Top 2 pulled clear of the 11 car field, Mugen’s Viljami Kutvonen secured the bump up from the B-Main, it was to be Ronald Volker who completed the Top 3. An early mistake from Alexander Hagberg promoted the Yokomo driver to third which he would maintain until the finish. Running fifth for most of the race behind Yannic Prumper following his roll, Hagberg would come together with Marc Rheinard in the final sprint to the loop and drop to 9th, Rheinard finishing 10th.
Commenting on A1, Coelho said, ‘It was a great final. I had Freddy all the time on my back’. Chasing a repeat of his 2018 Daun victory after a difficult start to Season #12 only netted him a 6th place in Vienna, he continued, ‘at the beginning he made a lot of pressure on me but at the end I was able to get a little space to breath. I am happy with my race, I had no mistakes and I will try to make the same the next one’.
Sudhoff joked, ‘same story different day’, having finished 3 of the 4 qualifier second just tenths off the Xrays of either Coelho or Hagberg. In the hunt for his first ever ETS win, the German said, ‘I pushed 110% at the beginning. Bruno and I pulled clear of the others and I could risk more. Even if I hit a dot I would still be second. It was super intense and I was always with 5 to 6/10ths of him’. Looking to A2 he said, ‘I will try to attack again, especially at the beginning when my car seems to better than his’.
Coming into the weekend as the championship points leader having ended a victory drought at the season opener back in October, Volker was pleased to kick off the final day of the weekend with a Top 3 in A1. Having struggled in practice but recovered to claim the self titled ‘best of the rest’ in qualifying with P4 on the grid he said, ‘Hagberg went off pretty slow and then rolled in front of me which handed me third but that was the best my car has been all weekend. I am now not loosing as much time to Freddy and Bruno’. The ETS’ most crowned Modified champion, added, ‘trying to fight for the podium is now the goal and I hope this is possible’. On his improvement in pace, the German said, ‘We made a big change on the set-up of the suspension. We’ll try something smaller for A2’.
In the first Pro Stock A-Main, there would be four different leaders. Top Qualifier Max Machler looked to take early control of the race but having established a gap over the battle for second he made a mistake allowing Leo Arnold to take over the lead. The Frenchman lead for 8 laps but like Machler with a comfortable advantage made an error and dropping right to the back of the field. From 5th on the grid it as Frederik Mikkelsen who became the third different leader but the Danish driver had Simon Lauter all over his rear bumper. Winner of the opening round of the season in Austria, Lauter made a great pass at the end of the straight driving around the outside of Mikkelsen who a little early on the brakes for the 180 corner. Holding position to the finish behind Machler salvaged a third place from the race. In the other two touring car classes, the 40+ Masters class saw a dominant A1 win for Top Qualifier Alexander Stocker who finished more than 8-seconds ahead of Andreas Weyhoven and Christian Drießle. In 17.5 Stock, Alexander Müller took advantage of a lap 2 mistake by Top Qualifier Torsten Baggendorf to take the win in front of Karsten Bartsch and B-Main bump up Thomas Bemmerl.
The Formula class brought a win for reigning champion Jan Ratheisky who was kept on his toes for the 5-minutes by Round 1 winner David Ehrbar. The Serpent driver came close but just couldn’t quite make a move on the Xray, crossing the line 2/10ths behind Ratheisky. Starting 8th on the driver the Xray of René Kölbel would get third benefiting from a clash between former champion Herbert Weber and Olivier Bultynck.
Bruno Coelho will start tomorrow’s A-Main at ETS Daun on pole position, the Xray driver seeing off a valiant effort from Freddy Sudhoff in the fourth & final qualifier. An exciting qualifying at Round 2 of the championship would set-up a three way fight to be Top Qualifier in Germany, Coelho taking Q1, Alexander Hagberg Q2 and Sudhoff Q3. While a mistake early on put Hagberg out of contention, Sudhoff was more than up for the fight for his first ETS TQ pushing Coelho hard for the first half of the 5-minutes with the Awesomatix driver top of the timing screens. Coelho, however, drove a more consistent second half of the heat and it was enough to give him TQ run no.2 of the weekend by 3/10ths of a second and with it his first TQ bonus point of Season #12, the Portuguese driver having picked up 5 of them on his way to last season’s title. Getting a P5 in Q4, Hagberg’s TQ run and 3rd in Q3 will put his Xray third with the honour of best of the rest going to championship points leader Ronald Volker who got fourth after the tie breaker with Yannic Prumper.
‘It was a very tight qualifying with no room for mistakes’, was how Coelho described the TQ decider. The World Champion continued, ‘Freddy was super fast at the beginning and we fight a lot but towards the end he lost some pace so I could drive more careful and not super close to the dots’. Asked about tomorrow’s finals, the winner of last year’s Daun encounter said, ‘It will be very difficult. All three of us have the same pace. Starting at the front I have to make no mistake and take no risk. I have to be careful with my braking, they can brake later than me’. Having constantly changed his car every run, on his set-up for the final he said, ‘We have 2 cars in the Top 3 so the car works well but we are missing 1%. For sure the car was better in Q4 than before but its not 100% so we will continue to change some details’.
‘Almost TQ’, conceded Sudhoff. The World Championship finalist added, ‘it was just a 3/10ths margin to Bruno. It was a super nice fight with him. Some laps I was quicker, some laps he was quicker but I am super happy to start on the front row’. Putting in one of his most impressive ETS performance’s to date, the German said, ‘the car been working super good and been on point all weekend. Overtaking is going to be hard because the track has a good flow but there are many hairpins which present the chance to brake down the inside’.
Hagberg was clearly annoyed he threw away the chance to fight for the overall TQ. A multiple ETS race winner, he said, ‘I made a mistake early on and lost my rhythm and I couldn’t recover’. Asked about the finals, he replied, ‘I will try my best to fight for the win. Anything can happen so we’ll see’.
‘I won the battle of Best of the Rest’, was Volker’s reaction to his fourth place on the grid. Having taken the TQ and victory at the season opener in Vienna, the Yokomo driver has struggled to match the pace of the Top 3. On Q4, he said, ‘I knew I had to finish close to Yannic (Prumper) to secure 4th on the grid and at least this worked out’. Having changed his set-up for the final round, the former World Champion added, ‘it wasn’t any improvement at the beginning of the run so I changed to a more aggressive driving style to keep up. We are still not where we want to be so will have to do more changes to for A1’. He concluded, ‘I hope something happens in front otherwise it’s going to be hard to challenge them for a podium’.
Qualifying best of the Infinity drivers, Marc Rheinard securing 8th and new signing Viktor Wilck set to debut from 9th, Prumper said, ‘Unfortunately Ronald had a faster 3rd place and I will start 5th. I am slightly faster than him but he starts in front of me’. Struggling with his car in 180 corners, the track layout featuring many of them, he said, ‘It is still pushing and I know now what else to change anymore so I will keep it the same as it is for the finals and try to get the best result I can’.
While Sudhoff was denied his first TQ in Modified, in Pro Stock his mechanic Max Machler delivered the Russian designed car a pole position. Having topped Q3, the popular German repeated the form in the deciding final qualifying to become Top Qualifier ahead of Léo Arnold, the Xray driver making a mistake that dashed his chance of an overall TQ. Defending champion Jan Ratheisky will start 3rd with ETS Vienna winner Simon Lauter lining up fourth. In the new 17.5 Stock class, Alexander Müller took the final qualifier but with a faster TQ time it will be Torsten Baggendorf who starts on pole, while championship leader Daniel Pöhlmann lines up third.
In Formula, Jan Ratheisky capped off qualifying with a third TQ to put his Xray on pole. Behind the reigning champion, the Serpent of former champion David Ehrbar will take up second on the grid with the Roche of Olivier Bultynck third. Inaugural Formula Champion Herbert Weber starts 4th. With Alexander Stocker wrapped up the overall TQ after the third round of qualifying, the order behind him in the Masters 40+ class was decided in Q4 as Andreas Weyhoven 2nd, Christian Drießle 3rd and the defending champion Thomas Oehler fourth.
Chassis – Awesomatix A800X Evo (MMCX-A) Motor – Hobbywing G3 5.0T ESC – Hobbywing Prototype Batteries – Team Silverback 5500 Spiral-G Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/MKS HBL SL575 Bodyshell – Protoform Type S
Remarks – Very much on form here at ETS Round 2, Awesomatix’s Freddy Südhoff is running the latest version of the Russian designed car including the MMCX-A conversion set. His mechanic and Awesomatix Team Manager Max Mächler prepared the car with the newly released BW22 Battery Holders for the use of ultra LCG Batteries. The wiring on the car is credit to Max’s attention to detail on the car. Other optionals on the car include the long suspension arms, and Awesomatix Aluminium Screws on the topside of the car to lower the centre of gravity. Freddy is running a 5.0T motor on the large indoor Daun track combined with a Prototype stage ESC from Hobbywing (blurred out in Chassis Focus photos as requested by Hobbywing).