Yokomo team driver Ronald Volker has TQ’d the opening round of qualifying here in Budapest where the Top 4 drivers were separated by just 1.7 seconds. The German ace, who opted to run the prototype LiPo chassis BD5, said he wasn’t the fastest on track but keeping the run clean had given him the valuable maximum points for the round as he topped the time sheets by 2/10ths from Xray’s Teemu Leino. Leino reported his T3 as having a little push but was OK with second, having also taken a cautious approach to his driving.
Elliot Harper was on for a potential TQ run but said he over did things and rolled himself off the track. The quick British racer will try softer shocks for the next round but overall was happy to open his account with a Top 3 time. The only other driver to make a 24-lap run, Andy Moore was upbeat after kicking off qualifying with the fourth fastest time. The former World Champion said his Hot Bodies Cyclone was working much better now than in Kastellaun.
Young Slovak driver Zdenko Kunak took his Xray to an impressive fifth fastest ahead of Chris Grainger’s Schumacher. Grainger said his Mi4LP was really hard work for the first three laps but then suddenly felt good, something he has put down to a lack of warm-up laps and the length of time he is applying tyre additive for. Championship leader Viktor Wilck could only manage the seventh fastest time. The Swede said his Tamiya TRF416X was good at the beginning of the run but then developed bad traction roll causing him to go over a number of times. Associated’s Juho Levanen was unhappy with his first run ending up only 8th fastest followed by Xray’s Martin Hudy and Martin Hofer who made it two Yokomo’s in the Top 10. For current World Champion Marc Rheinard it was a disastrous start as he ended up 21st but the German did set the fastest lap with a 12.425. The factory Tamiya/Speedpassion driver said his car was good but trying to drive carefully resulted in him making many mistakes.
In Pro Stock, local driver Gabor Forrai topped the times with his Tamiya from former champion & Kastellaun winner Alexander Stocker. Stocker was on for a TQ run but as he put it himself ‘decided to go to tech inspection early’, referring to his costly 5 second off that saw his Hot Bodies end up under the table in the technical inspection area. Fast in Modified, it was also a productive first round of qualifying for Kunak in Pro Stock as he posted the third fastest time.
For defending champion Balint Raijki the round only netted the fourth fastest time after he rolled his Hot Bodies a number of times. The Hungarian says he needs to drive more carefully and is confident he can better his good friend Forrai in the next run. Japan’s Yukijiro Umino, making his ETS debut, took his Yokomo to fifth with Romania’s Cristian Faur completing the Top 6.
Modified top 6 after Round 1
1. Völker Ronald (DE) – Yokomo/LRP – 24 5:09.311
2. Leino Teemu (FI) – Xray/Team Orion – 24 5:09.584
3. Harper Elliott (GB) – Xray/Nosram – 24 5:10.749
4. Moore Andy (GB) – Hot Bodies/Team Orion – 24 5:11.073
5. Kunák Zdenko (SK) – Xray/LRP – 23 5:00.221
6. Grainger Chris (GB) – Schumacher/GM – 23 5:00.571
It was an early start for drivers competing in the second of the Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series with the bus leaving the official event hotel at 06:55. Containing some of the best touring car drivers in the world it was a rather quiet trip in the 70-seater double deck coach especially within the Schumacher team who got only 3.5 hours sleep after their flight was delayed 2 hours resulting in them getting to the hotel at 02:30 this morning.
The only 2-day event on the 2009/10 calendar, today opened with three rounds of practice for the 160 competitors from 16 Nations which includes Japanese driver Yukijiro Umino. The former Japanese National Champion, who works in the R&D department of Yokomo, is here as part of the team supporting German ace Ronald Volker but is also competing in Pro Stock and he looked very fast in practice.
The winner of the opening race at Kastellaun, championship leader Viktor Wilck is having his first run with the latest Tamiya touring car offering the TRF416X. The Swede said the new car feels good on the high speed track but in the second practice christened the new chassis with its first big crash when he collected the stranded Hot Bodies of Andy Moore whose battery pack had fallen out. Moore missed the majority of the run and said he is yet to find out if he has solved the problem that saw him struggle in Germany.
Runner up at the first round Volker said he is feeling very confident ahead of qualifying and says he likes the fast flowing track that the host club have built. The German ran two cars in each of the practice runs as he back to back tested a new LiPo chassis for the BD5 that the engineers from Yokomo have brought over from Japan.
Juho Levanen is without Associated team-mate Christer Andersson who was a last minute withdrawal from the entry but the Finn is pleased with how his TC5R went this morning. The former European Champion likes the track layout a lot more than that of Kastellaun is hoping he can at least make the podium tomorrow evening.
One team that was on the podium here in Hungary last year was Xray and all three of their drivers are happy with how the T3 chassis went in practice. Martin Hudy, who finished 3rd here last time, said the track feels nice to drive and he is hopeful of running some good times in qualifying. Teemu Leino echoed his comments and welcomed the fast track design saying it added variety to the series. Elliot Harper who is competing in only his second ETS event described the track as ‘completely different’ but the Englishman is happy with his intial set-up.
Despite the lack of sleep last night the Schumacher team, who are making their ETS debut here, are happy with how the practice went. Team leader Chris Grainger, who has won an impressive 5 British National titles on tarmac, is not a big fan of carpet racing but was complimentary of the venue and track. Running the new Mi4LP he said it was working well but was a little worried about the grip levels coming up as the car already creates a lot of mechanic grip. Chris Ashton is carrying the British manufacturers hopes in the Pro Stock class.
So with practice complete it is now down to the serious business of qualifying with 3 of the four rounds, 2 of which count, making up the rest of today’s schedule.
Europe’s best electric touring car drivers will descend on the beautiful city of Budapest this weekend (28/29 Nov) when the Hungarian capital plays host to Round 2 of the Xenon Racing backed Euro Touring Series. Claiming his first ETS win last month at the 2009/10 season opener in Kastellaun, Germany, Sweden’s Viktor Wilck heads the quality international entry for the 2-day event that has attracted over 160 competitors from across Europe.
Championship leader Wilck is making his first visit to the Hungarian event, the biggest indoor track on the ETS calendar, and faces strong opposition with all the leading manufacturer teams in attendance. Within his own Tamiya Racing Factory team, winners of the event last year, he will have to contend with current World Champion Marc Rheinard. The German finished third at his home event and will be determined to be closer to the pace of his team-mate this time round.
Riding high on his Japanese Nationals victory earlier this month, German ace Ronald Volker will also make the trip to Budapest. The factory Yokomo driver is always a potential race winner and will be looking to go one better than in Kastellaun where he finished on the second step of the podium.
After a strong showing in Germany that saw him take his TC5R to a TQ run in the third qualifier, Finland’s Juho Levanen will be looking to build on that performance for Team Associated. The former European Champion will have the benefit of being joined by team-mate Christer Andersson who won last month’s Indoor European Championship Warm Up race in Finland.
Having debuted their new T3 chassis at the series opener, getting fours of the new cars into the A-Main, the Xray team head to the Dabas-Diego Sports Centre with Teemu Leino, Martin Hudy and their young British charger Elliot Harper. Hudy claimed a podium finish at the event last year but with a stronger team presence this time round the Slovak manufacturer will be looking to notch up its first ETS Modified victory.
A welcome addition to the Euro Touring Series this weekend is the entry of the official Schumacher team. Heading the debut of the British manufacturer is five times British Champion Chris Grainger who will drive their latest Mi4 chassis. Hot Bodies will be present with 2006 World Champion Andy Moore who had a difficult start to his ETS campaign but the Englishman is confident he’ll be back mixing it at the front this weekend.
In Pro Stock this is the home event of defending Champion Balint Rajki. The Hungarian driver was forced to miss the opening round in Germany as he became a father with the arrival of twins. The winner here last year, the Hot Bodies driver will be keen to repeat that success as he makes his return to the series.
After a successful opening round in Kastellaun, the next round of the Xenon Racing backed Euro Touring Series moves on to the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary on November 27/28. Making its first appearance on the ETS calendar last season, the race produced one of champion elect Jilles Groskamp’s greatest passing maneuvers as he overtook Toni Rheinard on the last corner of the last lap of the third leg of the A-Main to secure the overall victory. Like the season opener, there will be a strong line-up of team drivers making the trip to the Dabas-Diego Sports Centre.
Heading that entry is championship leader Viktor Wilck who will be joined by his World Champion Tamiya team mate Marc Rheinard. Xray will be in attendance with Martin Hudy, who finished the event on the podium last year, and their young charger Elliot Harper. Associated will be armed with Juho Levanen who showed very strongly with his TC5R in Kastellaun, qualifying third on the grid with a TQ run in Q3. 2006 World Champion Andy Moore is also confirmed. The factory Hot Bodies driver had a tough opening race but is confident he’ll be back mixing it at the front in Budapest. For defending ETS Pro Stock Champion Balint Rajki, Budapest is his home event. The Hungarian driver was forced to miss the opening round in Germany as he became a father with the arrival of twins. Last year the Hot Bodies driver took the win from Czech driver Jakub Plechac and will be keen to repeat the success as he returns to the series.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
It was a full house of wins for both Viktor Wilck and Alexander Stocker in Germany as the duo topped of the perfect weekend with victory in the third Leg of their respective A-Mains. Having already wrapped up overall victory for the opening round of the 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series with victory in legs 1 & 2 earlier in the day, the two Top Qualifiers didn’t back off for the closing race of the three day Kastellaun meeting, putting in yet another dominant performance.
Wilck was handed an extra advantage, as if he needed it, just before the start of the third A-Main when Marc Rheinard’s car completely shut down on the warm up laps. Despite the best efforts of his brother Toni, the World Champion was forced to sit out the race with the problem which they still haven’t sourced. With Rheinard, the only driver expected to challenge Wilck, out the Top Qualifier was easily able to cruise to another win. Behind him the big battle was for second. Associated’s Juho Levanen held the position early on but made a mistake. This looked to have cost the Finnish ace an overall podium placing but later in the race his car would slow when his rear diff started to slip. In the end the 2007 Kastellaun winner finished fifth to claim 4th overall.
This left young Yannic Prumper and Ronald Volker to battle it out for second. Despite the best efforts of Volker, whose BD5 was transformed for Leg 2 & 3 following a switch to the standard chassis, the 16-year-old held on for second. Volker was delighted with third as it gave him second overall, something the soft spoken German never expected at the end of a very difficult qualifying. With no result in Leg 3 Rheinard’s second and third in the earlier Legs helped him claim the final step of the podium.
While Wilck claimed his first ever ETS victory today, Stocker clocked up a very impressive third consecutive Kastellaun win with the Hot Bodies driver having been on the top step of the podium since the first ever Euro Touring Series race here in 2007. Second overall in Pro-Stock went to Yokomo’s Martin Hofer who was the only man to top Stocker in qualifying while ETS Vice Champion Daniel Wohlgemuth claimed the final spot on the podium despite a terrible 3rd A-Main.
So the 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series has gotten off to a very successful start with over 200 drivers from 17 countries enjoying the first round. Drivers have six weeks to prepare for the next encounter as Round 2 of the six race series takes drivers to the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary where last year we experienced one of champion elect Jilles Groskamp’s greatest passing maneuver. A 2-day event, we can expect both Wilck and Stocker, who made winning look easy today, to have to work a little harder.
He’s been a regular podium finisher but today Viktor Wilck finally claimed his first ETS win after claiming another victory in the second Leg of the A-Main here in Kastellaun, Germany. Having dominated the opening leg, the Top Qualifier once again made it look easy but the Swede did have a scare at the first corner. Starting the 2009/10 season opener from pole he got his Speedpassion powered Tamiya up on two wheels but once back on the ground he was able to pull clear when a mistake ended an early challenge from young team-mate Yannic Prumper.
Having finally found a good set-up for his Yokomo BD5 Ronald Volker was looking a lot happier after a great drive to second. Having endured a tough qualifying that resulted in him lining up 7th on the grid, the former European Champion now has good corner speed which has put him right on the pace of the Tamiya team. Laying down a new fastest lap for the finals the new found speed has come too late for the German to take the overall win but he has now set his sights firmly on a podium placing.
Forced to lift at the first corner to avoid hotting Wilck went he got up on two wheels, Rheinard’s race didnt go to planned. Dropping into the pack the 2008 Kastellaun winner suffered a crash when he contacted with another car causing the body to tuck under, sending his Tamiya careering off the track. Rejoining down the field and with his chassis tweaked following the heavy contact, the German worked his way back to third as others made mistakes. After his early stint at the front Prumper eventually took fourth ahead of Juho Levanen. Levanen was third in the opening leg but thought more steering would allow him to close the gap to the Tamiya’s, it was the wrong choice and the Associated driver had to battle with traction roll. Dirk Wischnewski completed the Top 6 with his Xray.
In Pro Stock Alexander Stocker claimed his third consecutive Kastellaun victory with another great display of driving in A-Main Leg 2. The Hot Bodies driver finished a massive 6 seconds ahead of the Xray’s of Daniel Wohlgemuth and Matthias Lang. Interestingly for the second time current DHI Cup Champion Tommy Bergfeldt set the fastest lap with his Advanced Electronics equipped Hot Bodies Cyclone, but the Swede failed to finish.