October 27, 2018

Ronald Volker to start from pole at ETS Rd1

We have the extra point and with that feeling going into tomorrow I’m very confident for the finals.”

Ronald Volker

Ronald Volker is the top qualifier for the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series having taken the final round of Qualifying. Set to start on pole position, Marc Rheinard will set off directly behind him while Alexander Hagberg, Bruno Coelho and Freddy Sudhoff complete the top 5. The German Yokomo driver commented, ‘Im very happy to get the overall TQ, it was tough going into Q4 as we all had similar speed’. Having made an adjustment on the rear diff for the final run he said the car felt the best it had done all day, ‘the balance was great so the car was quite easy to drive’. Volker also took the first points on offer, securing the bonus point for TQ, saying ‘we have the extra point and with that feeling going into tomorrow I’m very confident for the finals.’

I knew that if Bruno finished 3rd I have a faster first position so it was only Hagberg that could beat me if he TQ’d this round.”

Marc Rheinard

Winner here 12 months ago, Infinity driver Marc Rheinard was pleased with his starting position despite a bad final run. ‘I think 2nd is still a good spot, I messed up myself on the first lap (of the final heat) and I had to let everyone by’, said the former World Champion. Having to let Sudhoff past following his roll, he was able to retake the Awesomatix driver later in the heat. ‘I knew that if Bruno finished 3rd I have a faster first position so it was only Hagberg that could beat me if he TQ’d this round’ said Rheinard, Bruno ending up 4th while Hagberg only just missed out on the TQ.

You put in an almost a perfect run and you are just 2 tenths too slow.”

Alexander Hagberg

Speaking to Hagberg, the Swedish Xray driver said ‘I mean it was a clean run, I didn’t make any obvious mistakes’, despite this he missed out on the top spot by 2 tenths of a second. Continuing ’I did what I could, I thought the car was alright, I could maybe find a little more speed from the car, but it’s going to be hard, you put in an almost a perfect run and you are just 2 tenths too slow’. Asked on his strategy for the final, he simply stated ‘We will try to race it out and see what happens’.

On this track it is super difficult to pass, but of course nothing is impossible.”

Bruno Coelho

Showing so much speed all weekend but not quite able to pull it together, Bruno Coelho finished the last round 4th, which is where the World Champion will start tomorrow’s triple A-mains. ‘It was not a good qualifier for me, the car was very difficult to drive in the first minute’ said the Portuguese driver, ‘I lost a lot of time, and as the car began to be a bit more stable I tried to force a little bit more to get back the time that I lost in the beginning, but I made a mistake and it was over for me’. Asked on his strategy for the final and his chances from the middle of the pack he said ‘on this track it is super difficult to pass, but of course nothing is impossible’.

In the Pro Stock class, Awesomatix driver Simon Lauter made it a clean sweep of qualifying by also taking the final qualifier, as well as wrapping up the Formula class TQ spot in what has been a very good day for the German. Starting behind him on the grid in Pro Stock will be Max Machler and Lukas Ellerbrock, with Jan Ratheisky and Tim Benson completing the top half of the grid. In Formula, the line up behind Lauter, consists of David Ehrbar who lost out on the TQ on tie break, followed by Andreas Stiebler, Olivier Bultynck and Jan Ratheisky.

Having also wrapped up the top spot in the Masters 40+ class, Stocker also took a clean sweep, this time ahead of Peter Miko who will set off from 3rd on the grid, just behind Toni Mateo. Thomas Oehler will start the defence of his title from 5th on the grid. In the stock class Daniel Pohlmann was the 3rd clean sweep of qualifying as he took all rounds to start in front of Mark Valent from Hungary, with Keving Sparbier in 3rd.

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