Bruno Coelho has claimed maximum points at Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Germany, the reigning champion converting his TQ into overall victory. Having to settle for second behind Marc Rheinard at the season opener in Vienna, Coelho was the man to beat from the get go in Daun and duly wrapped things up with another relatively straight forward tone to tone victory in A2 helping by challenger Ronald Volker tapping out during the encounter.
Commenting on his 11th ETS career win, Coelho said, ‘I can’t ask for more. I was using a new 5T motor from Hobbywing and my new BR1 servo for the first time and its also my first race since signing for Sunpadow batteries in January. The quality on the table is there and I’m very happy about that’. On his A2 performance, the Portuguese driver said, ‘It was a very good final for me. Volker pushed a lot behind me but I was still on a safe pace and could have pushed more it I had to. We improved the car a lot from qualifying. Volker’s mistake let me breath easy and then I just controlled the race to the end’. He concluded, ‘It is good to the get a win on the table before we move outdoors for the next race’.
Finishing just under a second behind Coelho in A2, Rheinard said, ‘This time it didn’t start well, I couldn’t find my rhythm for the first minute. I tried to catch Bruno over the last minute be was only closing because he was driving safe’. With second in A2 putting him in with a chance of second overall at his home race which would see him leave as joint leader of the standings with Coelho, he continued, ‘I will try to maybe finish 2nd. I will go for the win but I need to look behind me as Yannic (Prumper) now has a third. I will try to get by Ronald but its important to get at least a podium’.
Crashing on what he thought was both his and Alexander Hagberg’s final lap but Hagberg missing the extra lap by 0.027 of a second, Prumper said, ‘I was lucky Hagberg was already finished. I was fighting with him for position and rolled but only knew afterwards he was already finished and only I got the extra lap’. With Prumper’s return to the front of the pack a welcomed sight this weekend, the Yokomo driver said, ‘I ran less rear toe-in but still the car was understeering but I could still challenge Marc at the start but then fell off. I will go more with the change for the last one. I have a chance of the podium so I go maximum push’.
Ending up sixth after his contact with the boards, Volker said, ‘It started better. I pulled away from Marc and Bruno was just holding the gap at the beginning’. He continued, ‘I tried to catch him and went all or nothing. I took the risk and it didn’t pay off. I hit the board which sent the car tumbling a couple of times. Now I need to win the last one to get second’.