Bruno Coelho has retained his Yokomo Euro Touring Series title claiming the championship for the third year in succession with victory on his debut at the Apeldoorn track in the Netherlands. Top Qualifier for the fourth time this season, the Xray driver added the third win of his campaign in A3 after the early demise of his main challenger all weekend Ronald Volker. With both having a win each from the opening two A-Mains, Volker pushed hard but it was to be too much and he rolled his Yokomo over the curbing coming onto the main straight on the first run through. This left team-mate & third place starter Christopher Krapp to take up the challenge but despite a good effort of getting the Portuguese driver in touch the German couldn’t mount an attack. With Volker setting a new track record as he finished out A3 finishing it in 9th, his early results would still give him second with Krapp joining him on the podium. Volker’s best result this season, it was a good weekend for the Yokomo team with Yannic Prumper finishing fourth but once again it was Coelho who was the benchmark.
‘The championship is secured. What more can I ask for. I had flips in qualifying and a body tuck in the final but in the end worked out well so I am very happy’, was Coehlo’s reaction to achieving the title hat trick. On A3 he said, ‘It started very well and Volker started very strong but made a mistake. I think I had a not good batch of tyres because I was not able to pull away like before from Krapp but I was able to manage and take the win’.
Volker said, ‘I push hard and it was too hard obviously. It was basically over for me after that’. The World Champion continued, ‘Sure I was hoping something would happen but I can’t be too unhappy with my own performance and also that of my team-mates. I felt confident going into A3 so who knows what would have happened if I had kept it on track. I would like to have seen what I could have done’.
‘Man I was close. the car was the best it have been all weekend’, was Krapp’s summary of A3. The former ETS race winner added, ‘when Ronald rolled I pushed so hard. I drove 110% but he could drive 90% and then my tyres were done in the last two laps. Good job to Bruno for his win’. Now in his second season with the factory Yokomo team he said, ‘I’m really happy to get my second podium and with our cars finishing 2,3,4 and Nico (Lee) also in the final it shows our form is good. I look forward to the next race’.
In Formula and Pro Stock both titles would also be decided at the penultimate round with Jan Ratheisky emulating his Xray team-mate Coelho by securing both championships with wins in Apeldoorn. In the Scorpion Power System Formula class, Ratheisky had a good battle with Top Qualifier Simon Lauter in A3. With Lauter hanging on for the win, it left the pair tied on points but Ratheisky’s A2 was faster so he took it to claim the over title for a 5th time. In the Xray Pro Stock class after winning A1 but going out in A2, Ratheisky put in a tone to tone win ahead of Olivier Bultynck to take back the title he lost last season. Overall Bultynck would finish Round 5 third behind A2 winner Max Mächler. In the Infinity 40+ Masters class the result would also come down to race winning times with Infinity driver Beni Stutz winning A3 ahead of A2 winner Christian Drießle, A3 the faster race securing ETS veteran Stutz his first ever win of the championship.
Chassis – Yokomo BD8 2018 Motor – Hobbywing G3 4.5T ESC – Hobbywing XR10 Pro Batteries – Sunpadow Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Power HD Bodyshell – Protoform Type S
Remarks – Enjoying his best qualifying of this season’s ETS, claiming 6th on the A-Main grid, Nicholas is unique among his factory Yokomo team-mates as in he is running an aluminium chassis while everyone else is running carbon. The Singapore driver said having used the alu chassis at the recent TOS race held at Apeldoorn he ‘liked it’ with it giving him more corner speed and suiting his driving style. The other main difference on his car is the use of titanium screws, balls and turnbuckles which are supplied by T-Works.
Chassis – Shepherd Velox Formula Motor – Scorpion Power System (handout) ESC – Scorpion Power System (handout) Batteries – LRP Graphene 2 5800 Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Futaba/Power HD Bodyshell – Protoform F26
Remarks – As in Andernach, Olivier is run an extra long version of Shepherd’s Velox Formula car which he has achieved with a base plate he produced himself. The car also features a prototype carbon servo mount from Shepherd which stiffens up the front end. In terns of car options he is running an aluminium rear axle, the battery position conversion kit which moves the battery more to the rear of the car and the chassis is the 2.25mm version compared to the kit supplied 2.5mm. Olivier said the thicker chassis gives more feeling and this is something he likes in a car.
After his body drama in A1, Bruno Coelho took a straight forward win of a processional second A-Main at the ETS in Apeldoorn. The Top Qualifier came under pressure from A1 winner Ronald Volker over the opening laps but seeing off the German, the Xray driver opened a convincing gap to win by 2-seconds. Behind, Christopher Krapp would complete the Top 3 a further 1.2 seconds back with the Top 5 finishing in the order they started. The highest place mover would be A1 3rd place finisher Naoto Matsukura who gained once place to finish 6th.
Commenting on his final, Coelho said, ‘I tried to start with no risk but lost the rear at the first corner so then I had to drive careful and Volker pushed a lot but I managed to pull away’. Asked out his moment at the first corner, the grid having been moved back 2 positions after in the Formula cars had an issue starting on the slight banking, he said, ‘maybe the tyres got cold on the grid but I just had the bad feeling in the first corner but for a few laps I was cautious but once I got the feeling back I could make a gap. Now I will try to do the same in the next one’.
‘He gave me a chance at the beginning as he struggled with the rear but I couldn’t get through’, was Volker’s view on A2. The Yokomo driver said, ‘I had a slide one or two times especially in right corners and then I had no chance to catch him’. He continued, ‘the drop off is too big so we need to try another set-up for the last one and go for it’.
Krapp described A2 as, ‘a pretty boring final’. He continued, ‘It looks like we are still losing steering at the end of the run so we will try more changes. Ronald went away in the first minute or two and then we were the same but Bruno was much faster’. Chasing his second podium fn the season, he said, ‘I hope I can secure the podium and it looks good now. I know it looks boring but I have a 2nd and a 3rd and I am really happy about it’.
With a little more action in Pro Stock, Max Mächler took a close win over Awesomatix team-mate Olivier Bultynck as they touched in the final corner almost handing the win to third placed Tim Benson. Having won A1, Jan Ratheisky got out of shape and lost the lead on lap 10 ending up on the grass. In Formula, Ratheisky would get the win as again Top Qualifier Simon Lauter didn’t execute a great start running wide dropping back to second. Jitse Miedema would take 3rd. In 40+ Masters, Top Qualifier Beni Stutz had a better start and led for 13 laps until he let Christian Drießle through where he would stay to the finish with Arie Manten coming through from P8 on the grid to complete the Top 3.