Volker masters dramatic condition change to win A-1

Ronald Volker

Starting from 3rd on the grid in the first A-Main of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria, Ronald Volker best mastered a dramatic change in track conditions to move to the front of the field after a thrilling opening two laps. A change in weather that saw the arrival of light rain caused a sharp rise in humidity at the roof covered Traiskirchen track making the asphalt surface more like the ice skating ring which the building normally houses. Such was the change that laps times where almost 2 seconds off the pace seen in qualifying. Once in front Volker cruised to an easy 3-second win over team-mate Yannic Prümper who held off a challenge from Top Qualifier Marc Rheinard.

Ronald Volker

Volker, whose passes on Prumper and Rheinard got a huge roar of appreciation from onlookers, was clearly delighted with his performance and was quick to attribute the success to his race engineer Yukijiro Umino. In anticipation of the low traction due to the humidity change Umino changed the set-up on Volker’s LRP powered BD7 along with changing the tyre prep. Volker said that a key factor was also the fact that Umino kept the tyre warmers on the car right until the actual race start. Describing the conditions as very tricky the defending champion, who if he wins here today will retain that title, said while he had the best car for the conditions he had to drive with extreme caution and keep his lines tight and tidy as offline had ‘zero traction’.

Yannic Prumper

Team-mate Yannic Prumper described his second place finish as OK saying he ‘finished where started’. Having dropped to third on the opening lap before getting passed Rheinard on lap 2 to move back into second, last years winner said conditions were ‘really tricky’ and just keeping the car on track was difficult.

Marc Rheinard

Rheinard was clearly frustrated by the race. Needing to take the win this weekend to force the championship to go to the season finale next month in Slovakia, the Tamiya driver said his car would have been ‘faster in the rain’. With a ‘total lack of traction’, the German said he biggest mistake was doing a warm-up lap. Originally not planning to do one, he said due to the delay he thought it would help his tyres but added as Volker showed it was ‘a bad choice’. Commenting on the remaining two legs of the final the Apeldoorn winner said he ‘hopes the sun comes out as in these conditions there is no point in racing’.

Martin Hofer

In the Xray Pro Stock Class, Schumacher’s Martin Hofer put in a spectacular drive to haul in Top Qualifier Marek Cerny who in the first half of the race looked as though he had the leg easily wrapped up. Starting fourth on the grid, former champion Hofer started a charge to the front in the second half of the 5-minute final to come back from being 4-seconds behind to eat into the Xray’s lead eventually passing the Czech driver on the penultimate lap to a huge cheer from spectators. Hofer said having struggled with traction roll in qualifying his Mi5, which has good mechanical grip, worked perfectly in the low traction conditions. Having glued his front tyre walls in an attempt to reduced his grip, the German was worried at the start of the race that this would hamper him in the lower traction but he said he couldn’t have asked for a better car for the race. Cerny who is chasing his third win of the season this weekend, said there was little he could about Hofer due to the conditions changing but is confident everything should be OK again for the next two Mains. With his Awesomatix struggling in the conditions, the No.2 car of Viljami Kutvonen completed the Top 3.

Roman Pichler

The Speed Passion Formula class was won by TOP Racing’s Roman Pichler who got passed a slow starting Jan Asmer at the first corner from where he lead til the end. For Top Qualifier Asmer it was a tough race with the Serpent driver dropping back as low as fourth after himself and Toni Stangl tangled while battling over second spot. Defending Champion Hebert Weber benefited from this to take second with Amser recovering to cross the finish line in 3rd.

View the complete event results here.

View our event image gallery here.

Categories - Racing, Report

Usage

If you republish any elements from this page on another website, including text, original pictures or formatted results please be sure to add a link back to this page as the source.

Comments

Sorry comments are closed for this entry.

Title Sponsor

Primary Sponsors
Associate Sponsors ETS 2013/14 Sponsors Series Partners ETS 2013/14 Sponsors

2013/14 Final Standings

Ride Modified Class
1. Völker Ronald - 622pts
2. Rheinard Marc - 614pts
3. Hagberg Alexander - 608pts
4. Prümper Yannic - 602pts
5. Wilck Viktor - 601pts
6. Südhoff Frederik - 589pts
7. Moore Andy - 584pts
8. Fischer Marc - 582pts
9. Krapp Christopher - 577pts
10.Jasmin Loic - 572pts
11.Levanen Juho - 570pts
12.Kaufmann Marco - 568pts
13.Vässmar Magnus - 565pts
14.Urbain Lucas - 560pts
15.Bultynck Olivier - 560pts


Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Cerny Marek - 622pts
2. Ratheisky Jan - 619pts
3. Hofer Martin - 606pts
4. Heitsch Henrik - 596pts
5. Vogel Tobias - 588pts
6. Gosvig Mike - 584pts
7. Nemcek David - 580pts
8. Simurda Kuba - 575pts
9. Seidl Tobias - 568pts
10.Mateo Toni - 557pts
11.Brickenkamp Wolf - 549pts
12.Buddrus Patrick - 549pts
13.Streit Tony - 542pts
14.Tschupp Philip - 539pts
15.Stutz Beni - 537pts


Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 623pts
2. Bultynck Olivier - 616pts
3. Martini Francesco - 606pts
4. Pichler Roman - 605pts
5. Pumpler Thomas - 603pts
6. Forrai Gabor - 596pts
7. Berlincioni Matteo - 582pts
8. Bühler Andreas - 570pts
9. Slåttsveen Magnus - 565pts
10.Carbone Davide - 554pts

Like Euro Touring Series on Facebook