The opening qualifier for the fourth round of the Euro Touring series here at Apeldoorn in the Netherlands has been completed and it is first blood for defending champion Jilles Groskamp. Intially it was Corally team driver Marc Fischer who set the pace but the German dumped allowing Groskamp to pip him for TQ honours. The Tamiya/Speed Passion driver described his run as ‘clever’ saying he didn’t push hard at the start as practice had shown run time would be an issue especially with everyone running new tyres. Fischer, whose GM powered car is proving very fast in a straight line, put his dumping down to a brand new pack of cells which he said could have done with a few extra charge cycles.
Team Yokomo driver Martin Hofer is really excelling here with the new BD5. The German took third for the round and was ‘pretty satisfied’ with his pace so far on his first major event with the new car. Andy Moore suffered terrible understeer on his Hot Bodies and is at a loss as to exactly why. After practice the former World Champion made adjustments to his Cyclone TC that should have set the car up nicely for his fresh set of Sweep controlled tyres but the changes had the opposite effect. Moore will go back to the drawing board but wasn’t really sure what way to go with set-up for the second qualifier.
Making it 5 different manufacturers in the Top 5, Steen Graversen took his Kyosho Stallion to fifth just ahead of team-mate Christopher Kraap. Graversen said his car is ‘not too bad’ but he feels he could do with more speed and will play around with his gearing for the next outing. Fellow Team Orion powered diver Kraap will also play with gearing but for the young German his reasons are to try and get full run time having dumped on the last lap.
Marc Rheinard sat out the first heat in a gamble he hopes will pay off. Afterwards the World Champion was not so sure the decision was the right one however with most drivers looking to save their second permitted set of qualifying tyres for the finals it appears he should have a clear advantage for the next qualifier. Also sitting out the round was Xray driver Bart Wubben. The Dutch National Champion, who current sits second in the ETS standings, thinks he decision was a good one.
In Pro Stock Daniel Wohlgemuth was on a blistering pace but on his last lap he misheard the race announcer call Danny Essenstam as being finished and pulled into the pits. Realising his error Daniel rejoined but lost 8 seconds resulting in him dropping from a certain TQ run to fifth for the round. Taking advantage of this was Hot Bodies driver Thomas Musial. Musial who really likes the track here at Apeldoorn was delighted with the performance of his car and the German is confident he can repeat his performance in the next heat. Dutch driver Stefan Jansen took second admitting he pushed extra hard on the fresh set of Sweep tyres knowing a number of the top drivers would sit out the round. The Xray driver says he will now sit out the second qualifier as those drivers will now run fresh tyres. Dominik Reschke took third with his Corally while Serpent driver Nicolai Nielsen described his run to fourth as a ‘bit of a surprise’.
Defending Champion Alexander Stocker ended up sitting out the round but not intentionally. On his warm-up lap the German driver’s rear left wheel came off and he was forced to retire. ‘I would like to tell people it was part of my strategy but unfortunately that was not the plan. I am not really sure how it came loose because all the other wheels nuts are very tight’, he said afterwards. One driver who did intentionally sit out the opening qualifier was local ace Vasco Christiaanse.
The big talk here this evening at Apeldoorn is how to determine your real pace as drivers play around with setting up their cars for tyres with varying levels of running on them. Jilles Groskamp, Marc Rheinard and Andy Moore have decided to sit out the final practice run of the day as a result but all three declared themselves happy with their cars. Young Yannic Pruemper doesnt have such a luxury as school committments mean he has only had two runs so far and the extra 5 minutes this evening will be more valuable mileage. The winner of Round 3 of the Euro Touring Series, the Tamiya/Speed Passion driver is loving the fast flowing track and has used his runs to fine tune the settings on his GT2 Pro speedo as others run a fine line in terms of run time.
Marc Fischer has been playing around with shocks on his Corally. A switch to a harder shock has given the car better feeling and made it more consistent over the run. The German is now also happier with his pace on used tyres.
Team Kyosho/Orion pairing Steen Graversen and Christopher Kraap are both happy with their day although Danish Champion Graversen was cautious about his rivals pace once everyone starts running the same tyres. Kraap, who tested here last week in preparation for the fourth round of the Much More backed series, said he really likes the track and that his Stallion is working well both on new and used tyres. Steven Wiess’ world travels have finally started to catch up with him but despite the jetlag kicking in he is happy with his Xray T2 ‘009 after changing to a slightly softer spring all round.
In Pro Stock defending Champion Alexander Stocker is pleased with the feeling of his HB Cyclone but the German feels tactics will play a big roll in the outcome of qualifying tomorrow. This view is shared by fellow HB driver Vasco Christiaanse who has set the pace here today in terms of laps times. We could well see drivers sitting out early heats so as to score better in the later heats as a result of fresher tyres. Round 3 winner Mike Niemann admits that he is struggling to get his Xray to his liking.
Factory Tamiya team-mates Marc Rheinard and Jilles Groskamp are topping the lap times here in Apeldoorn with the pairing seperated by just 1/100th of a second. Debuting his new ‘Marc Rheinard’ outdoor tyre additive this weekend, Rheinard set a fastest lap time of 15.76 with Groskamp posting 15.77. Having run old tyres in the morning Groskamp ran new tyres this afternoon and says his TRF416 was ‘super good’. The Dutch driver has also found a good set-up which allows him to run good times on his second outing with the controlled Sweep tyre.
Marc Fischer has so far posted the third fastest lap time setting a 15.93 with his heavily modified Corally. The German switched from a Speed 6 to the LTC-R Protoform body and found this, along with some chassis adjustments, to his liking. Next up on lap times is Team Yokomo driver Martin Hofer. The German is running the new BD5 in standard kit format and is really happy with the handling allowing him to focus on trying different motor options from GM. Xray’s Steven Wiess and Czech Zdenek Hamak driving a Hot Bodies complete the Top 6.
Andy Moore had his first run on used tyres and while they did bring on understeer he is very happy with the overall balance of his HB Cyclone TC. The British driver says he isn’t suffering the same drop off in lap times as his rivals and is pleased with his runs so far. Next up with the eight fastest time is young Team Kyosho driver Christopher Krapp.
In Pro Stock Vasco Christiaanse is setting the pace with a best lap time of 17.05 from the Xray of Patrick Jongenelis. The Dutch driver will test different shock spring/oil combinations on his Hot Bodies Cyclone TC in this evening’s sessions as he tries to get more from the car on used tyres. In Pro Stock drivers are only permitted one set of tyres for the five qualifiers.
Drivers have two more practice session ahead of them this evening with one final opprtunity to get their cars dialled in with a free practice run in the morning ahead of the first qualifier.
An interesting addition to the regular ETS Modified and Pro Stock Touring Car classes here this weekend is the Pro 10 category. The 1:10 scale pan cars look very impressive around the Apeldoorn circuit and the AMCA Club say the comeback class is attracting strong interest in the Netherlands.
The Much More backed Euro Touring Series has arrived at its latest venue with the beautiful Apeldoorn facility in the east of the Netherlands hosting the fourth round of the 2008/2009 series. Glorious weather conditions have greeted the 100 strong entry for practice as the ETS switches from indoor to outdoor action for the final two races. Defending Champion Jilles Groskamp heads the world class entry but interestingly it has been 2 years since the Dutch Tamiya star has driven here competing in a nitro race on that occassion. His last electric touring car outing here goes back 5 years but as always we can expect Groskamp and his TRF416 to be at the sharp end of the time sheets from the off.
For current World Champion Marc Rheinard this is his second visited to the track but the German had never completed any laps here until this morning. His previous visit to the AMCA track was for the Tamiya Euro Cup for his sponsor Tamiya. Another of the top modified runners to have been here previously but not for racing is Kyosho factory driver Steen Graversen. The Danish ace was here in 2004 acting as manager for Danish team at the Tamiya Euro Cup.
Former World Champion Andy Moore was a late arrival but was nearly a non starter after he came very close to missing his flight from the UK this morning. The Hot Bodies driver is showing good form on tarmac at the moment taking a long over due win at the opening round of the British Nationals two weeks ago and can be expected to challenge for his first ETS win this weekend. Another on his first ever visit to Apeldoorn is Corally team leader Marc Fischer.
Heading the Xray challenge will be local ace Bart Wubben and German Steven Weiss. Weiss is just back from competing at the Reedy Race in the US and made a very brief 5 hour visit to his house before making his way to the Netherlands. No Jetlag yet for the former European Championship Top Qualifier but he expects it might kick in this evening!
Winner last time out when the ETS visited Poland, Yannic Pruemper will be a strong force here in Holland but school must come first for the 15-year-old and as a result the German is not expected to arrive here until sometime after 4pm. Mentor Toni Rheinard has the car ready for the emerging young talent and will take it out for one of the practice rounds to establish a base setting.
In Pro Stock the entry is headed by defending Champion Alex Stocker. The German has raced here before but that was 15 years ago at the Tamiya Euro Cup. Running his Hot Bodies he expects racing to be very close on the fast flowing track. One of his biggest challengers will be SMI Motorsport driver Meik Niemann who scored his first international win last time out in Poland.
Interestingly Team Orion technical front man Oscar Jansen got his bug for r/c racing here in Apeldoorn back in the late 70’s. The Dutch native, who now resides in Switzerland, was a multiple club champion here but this weekend Jansen is here providing support to the likes of Moore and Graversen.
The organisers of this weekend’s Euro Touring Series round 4, that takes place in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands have confirmed further entry from both current World Champion Marc Rheinard and former World Champion Andy Moore. Both last minute entries, their attendance further adds to the quality of the field taking part in both the Modified and Super Stock classes. With great weather expected for this weekend, if you have still not made your entry be sure to do so. For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
The Much More backed Euro Touring Series roars back into action after a near 2 month break following the successful running of round 3 in Warsaw, Poland. The Championship visits the famous Apeldoorn track in the Netherlands for round 4 on the 29th to 31st of May and with entry currently open, we have already attracted some of Europe’s top racers with Jilles Groskamp, Viktor Wilck, Steen Graversen, as well as round 3 winner Yannic Pruemper already placing their entry. For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
In what can only be described as 5 minutes of pure entertainment, the final race of the day here at the 3rd round of the Much More backed Euro Touring Series was eventually won by Jilles Groskamp giving the Dutch Tamiya Factory driver the runners up spot in the overall result behind the star of the event Yannic Pruemper.
With the overall winner decided in Leg 2 the final A-Main would determine the overall order for the rest of Top 10 here in Warsaw. Intially it was 15-year-old star Pruemper who headed the field chased down by Groskamp but the Dutch driver found a way passed after a mistake by the leader. Groskamp then made a mistake himself causing a pile up coming on to the main straight but the Speed Passion driver held position as Steven Wiess came out of the mess in second with Paul Lemieux third. Again Groskamp got out of shape at the top corner handing Weiss the lead. The Xray driver was looking really good for the win but on the final run through the first chicane he rolled giving Groskamp back the lead and the race win. Weiss recovered to take second just ahead of Marc Rheinard. The result meant Groskamp snatched second on the all Tamiya podium from team-mate Rheinard. Fourth in the leg went to Teemu Leino with Austria’s Hupo Honigl taking his best finish with fifth while Andy Moore completed the Top 6. In the overall classification this left Leino fourth, Moore fifth and Weiss sixth.
In Pro Stock Miek Niemann completed the perfect weekend winning the third Leg but didn’t lead from start to finish like in the previous two legs. The pole sitter clashed with Daniel Wohlgemuth, the only driver able to take the challenge to him all weekend, on lap three dropping both drivers down the order. The Xray driver set about a great recovery setting the fastest lap of the race as he chased down and eventually passed long time race leader Dai Sakaguchi’s Tamiya. In the overall result it was Wohlgemuth who took second with ETS Pro Stock Round 2 winner Balint Rajki completing the podium.
So the first international electric race meeting to be held in Poland has been a great success. The facilities provided by the OSM Club, which is part of the Polish Automobile Club who celebrate their 100th anniversary this year, are a credit to all involved. As always it takes a big team to put together such a top class event but one man who deserves a special mention is Niko Triandafilidis. It is because of his great work that we had so many young drivers among the 100 plus entry including four-year-old Maciek Kajko. The Polish race will be remember as a great event but also as the one where emerging star Yannic Pruemper took his first big win.
In practice he impressed everyone with his super fast laps, in final qualifier he snatched TQ honours from some of the best in the sport and now in the Finals young Yannic Pruemper has completed the perfect weekend by claiming overall victory for Round 3 of the Euro Touring Series. Having won the opening Leg of the A Main, the rising German talent once again beat the quality field behind him for win No.2 and his first big international race success.
The 15-year-old resisted intense pressure from his senior Tamiya team-mates Jilles Groskamp and Marc Rheinard but both made mistakes in their quest to take the fight for overall victory to the third A Main. If the pressure of having all these World class drivers chasing him down wasn’t enough Pruemper had to contend with adrenalin pumping commentary of the legendary race announcer Scotty Ernst.
After the race Pruemper was clearly emotional with taking his first big race win over his idol Marc Rheinard. The German was short of words but was quick to thank his mentor and mechanic Toni Rheinard for his support and expert guidance.
Behind Pruemper and Rheinard the big battle was for third between Groskamp, Teemu Leino, Andy Moore and Paul Lemieux. Eventually it was Groskamp who took the spot from the leading Xray of Leino.
In Pro Stock we had an exciting second A-Main that kept the large crowd of spectators on their feet. An ETS podium finisher last year Miek Niemann was in search of his first win having won Leg 1. All looked to be going to plan when Daniel Wohlgemuth made a mistake giving Niemann the break he needed but his nerves appeared to kick in in the dying moments of the race and he rolled his Xray twice allowing Wohlgemuth to close right up the gap from almost 5 seconds to less than 2. Holding it together however Niemann took a popular win to also claim his first big race victory.
We have one more round of Finals to go here at the very well prepared OSM Club track in Warsaw where the lower podium placings are still up for grabs.