October 17, 2009

Prumper takes opening qualifier

Yannic Prumper

Current European Junior Champion Yannic Prumper has gotten his 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series campaign off to a strong start by topping the opening round of qualifying here in Kastellaun, Germany.  The young German TQ’d the first qualifier ahead of Xray’s Alexander Hagberg and Yokomo team driver Ronald Volker.

Copying the set-up used by his Tamiya/Speedpassion team-mate Marc Rheinard to record the fastest lap time of yesterday’s practice, Prumper said his modified TRF416 was on the limit in terms of traction rolling but steady driving allowed him to keep the car rubber side down to clock at 26 laps in 5:10.227.  The 16-year-old will not make any set-up adjustment for the second of the five qualifiers but with the best two to count he may run his second set of new tyres next time out to try secure early his place in the A-Main.

Opening his account with second spot, Hagberg said his car had the potential to take the TQ for the round and it was his own driving that cost him the top spot.  With the track grip levels increasing this morning, the Swede started off the run very cautiously but once he pushed he found his new T3 was not as on edge  as he was expecting.

Ronald Volker

Volker said his LRP powered BD5 had understeer, but this made the car very easy to drive in the high traction conditions. Describing his run to the third fastest time, he said the trick now is to find a comprise set-up between a very easy to drive car and one which wants to traction roll. The former European Champion will now concentrate on making changes to the front end of his car.

World Champion Rheinard took the fourth fastest time after his Tamiya traction rolled a number of times. The winner here last year, the German said new tyres might help things but the biggest improvement will be found in changing his driving style. Looking at the time sheets fifth fastest man Juho Levanen said ‘that sucks’.  Having changed the set-up on his TC5 from yesterday, the factory Associated driver got caught out by the extra traction this morning resulting in his Reedy powered car spending a lot of time on two wheels.  The Finn will revert to yesterday’s set-up for his next outing.  Young British star Elliot Harper completed the Top 6 followed by European 200mm Champion Dirk Wischnewski.

Alexander Stocker rocking the all orange shell

In Pro Stock Alexander Stocker TQ’d the round by the narrowist of margins. Heading home yesterday’s pace setter Matthias Lang, the German pair were seperated by just .027 of a second. Stocker said he had to drive with extreme care and couldn’t push at all or his Hot Bodies would flip. Aiming for a hat trick of Kastellaun wins, the former ETS Champion will change the steering ackerman and glue the walls of the control Xenon tyre for Q2.  Lang, who lost two seconds as a result of a driver error, said his Xray T3 was really on the edge and plans to try a different tyre additive and moving the shock positions.  Having qualified 36th at this event last year, Tamiya driver Mike Treder was very surprised to find himself third on the time sheets.  The young German said he drove a steady run in the tricky condition and was delighted with the reward.

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October 16, 2009

Perfect day for new Xray at ETS opener

Perfect day for new Xray at ETS opener

Xray couldn’t really have asked for more today as their new T3 topped the practice time sheets for the opening round of the 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series in both Modified and Pro Stock. In the final session of the day Alexander Hagberg and Matthias Lang each posted the fastest runs of the day in their respective classes.

Swede Hagberg just missed out on a 26-lap run stopping the clock at 5:00.943 but declared himself very happy with his day.  Having only made one change to his new Xray all day, adjusting the position of the shocks, he said the car is very easy to drive and he is looking forward to getting down to the serious business of qualifying in the morning. Knocked off the top of the time sheets despite improving his time by 6 seconds (25/5:02.897) Juho Levanen said his Associated was close to traction rolling during the round. The Finn feels he is closer to Hagberg’s pace but a couple of incidents meant this was not reflected in the overall time.  Making it three different makes of cars at the top of the time sheets Viktor Wilck was best of the Tamiya drivers.  The Swede said changes to his TRF416WE had made little difference to the car and his best run of the day was down to him driving with extreme care although he did still traction roll once.

Although not featuring strongly on the overall time sheets Marc Rheinard and Ronald Volker are both happy with their pace.  Rheinard laid down a new fastest lap with an 11.547 in the final session and is not too worried ahead of tomorrow’s heats.  Volker has not been showing strongly on the time sheets because he was running two cars in each session so as he can try back to back set-up changes.  The factory Yokomo driver said he is happy with his pace but did say his car is very near the edge in terms of traction rolling.

Perfect day for new Xray at ETS opener

In Pro Stock, Andernach ETS winner Matthias Lang ends practice as the pace setter having knocked Alexander Stocker off the top of the time sheets with a 24-lap run in 5:04.121.  The SMI Motorsport driver has been given a new Xray’s T3 chassis for the event and is very happy with his new drive describing it is a ‘big step forward’. The German said he has found a good set-up and plans to leave the car unchanged for the opening qualifier tomorrow morning.  Having suffered ‘intense traction roll’ in the fourth practice session, Martin Hofer found a better set-up for his Yokomo in the final run to be classified third fastest just 3/100th ahead of Daniel Wohlgemuth.

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October 16, 2009

Levanen ups practice pace

Levanen ups practice pace

Team Associated factory driver Juho Levanen has upped the pace here in Kastellaun taking his TC5 to top of the time sheets in practice. Recording 25 laps in 5:08.373, the Finn said a fresh set of tyres made the car more consistent to drive.  Although slower on lap times, overall the result was better and he is hoping a second run on the same set of tyres will bring more speed.  In terms of chassis set-up Levanen plans no changes as he feels he would only be chasing the changing conditions as it comes up to full traction levels.

Having set the pace after three rounds of practice Alexander Hagberg and team-mate Martin Hudy failed to improve their times. Both said their new T3 chassis continued to feel really good but Hagberg had his run ruined when the centre belt turn inside out.  The Swede believes this was cause after contact without car caused the battery to move and hit the belt.  Hudy described the round as messy as he made contact with a number of traction rolling cars one of which caused his bodyshell to tuck under.

Michal Bok

Big movers for the round where Czech driver Michal Bok and young gun Yannic Prumper.  Bok found the new speed by gluing up the walls on the control Xenon Racing tyres while harder front & rear roll bars gave Prumper a less aggressive car.  Bok will now try the same roll bar as Prumper for the final practice while Toni Rheinard’s protege will change shock oil on the Tamiya to try make it more stable over the corner dots.

Alexander Stocker

In Pro Stock, Hot Bodies driver Alexander Stocker improved on his pace to stay top of the pack.  Despite improving his time by almost 2 seconds, his gap over his rivals has been narrowed significantly with Daniel Wohlgemuth closing to within a second, following a strong fourth session. Last season’s Euro Touring Series runner up, the Xray T2 009 driver said going from 450 to 500 shock oil had improved the car and now he plans to increase the weight to 550 for the final round.

Tommy Bergfeldt

Sweden’s Tommy Bergfeldt, who is sporting a new look, managed the third fastest time after making big changes to the set-up on his Hot Bodies. The reiging DHI Cup Champion, who says he much prefers this year’s track layout to the one used in 2008, is making his debut with new sponsor Advanced Electronics and described the new speedo from the Swedish company as ‘awesome’.

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October 16, 2009

New Xray sets early pace in Kastellaun

Alexander Hagberg

Xray’s new T3 chassis is setting the early pace here in Kastellaun at the opening round of the Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series with the new car holding the Top 4 placings after 3 of the 5 practice runs. Over 5-minutes it is Alexander Hagberg who posted the fastest run putting with 25 laps in 5:08.422.  In terms of lap times it is again Xray on top with lead factory driver Teemu Leino producing a best time of 11.751 with the next best time coming from fellow countryman Juho Levanen at the controls of his Associated TC5.

Hagberg who was running the basic kit set-up on his T3 said the car felt really good. Running a 5.5 motor this is Hagberg’s first LiPo race and he is enjoying the reduced work load the new batteries offer. With the traction continuing to increase the Swede plans to make some small set-up adjustments for the final two practice runs. Less than a second adrift of Hagberg, Martin Hudy is very happy with both his early pace and that of the new car.  Only his second outing in the ETS, Hudy featured strongly on his series debut in Budapest last season finishing on the podium and describing the track as ‘great’ he should feature in Sunday’s A-Main. Finishing on the podium here last year, Freddy Sudhoff was next up ahead of British team-mate Elliot Harper.  Sudhoff is finding the new car so much easier to drive and is confident of being back on the podium on Sunday.

Fastest non Xray driver at the moment in fifth spot is Tamiya Racing Factory driver Viktor Wilck.  The Swede said his 416WE feels ‘so, so’ and he plans to try heavier shock oil next time out. Asking last year’s Kastellaun winner Marc Rheinard how he was getting on, his response was straight to the point, ‘I’m not driving good’. Pitting next to the Tamiya pairing is Hot Bodies lead driver Andy Moore.  Asked about his third run the former World Champion replied, ‘I know now what not to try’, referring to set-up changes he made that resulted in his car traction rolling.

Martin Hofer

In Pro Stock it is last year’s winner & former Champion Alexander Stocker who sets the pace from Martin Hofer.  Hofer is normally found mixing it in Modified but the Team Yokomo driver was talked into switching by Stocker and another of Pro Stock’s leading driver Daniel Wohlgemuth at the 2008/09 ETS Finale in Andernach back in July.  Slovak driver Zdenko Kunak, who is competing in both Modified and Pro Stock, was third fastest ahead of ETS race winner Matthias Lang.

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October 16, 2009

3rd edition of ETS underway

3rd edition of ETS underway

The third season of the Euro Touring Series is underway with over 200 drivers here is Kastellaun, Germany for the opening race of the six round Xenon Racing backed 2009/10 Series. One of the biggest changes to this season’s ETS is the switch to LiPo batteries and walking through the pits driver’s tables are a lot less cluttered with chargers and dischargers than normal.

3rd edition of ETS underway

The switch to LiPo has seen most of the top drivers using the opening practice rounds to play around with motor choice with everything from 4.0 to 6.5 being tried by the leading competitors. Current World Champion Marc Rheinard, the winner of this event 12 months ago, tried a 4.5 Speed Passion in his new Tamiya 416X but said the choice of gearing he ran meant he had too much power and he wants to play around with different ratios. This is his first touring car race since finishing runner up at the European Championships in Luxembourg, although the German has been busy winning the 1:10 4WD European Championships between races. Tamiya team-mate Viktor Wilck, who is running the 416WE, has started out with a 4.0 motor with the curve on his Speedpassion speedo set to the lowest setting. The Swede said it felt ok but plans to try a 4.5 later.

3rd edition of ETS underway

2007 Kastellaun winner Juho Levanen, who has plenty of LiPo experience having used them at the Reedy and IIC races over in the US, is using a 5.0 LRP motor in his factory Associated TC5. The Finnish driver, who will be doing all six rounds of 2009/10 ETS, is hopeful of repeating the win he claimed here three years ago but said the quality of the entry this weekend is going to make it a difficult challenge. That quality entry includes 2006 World Champion Andy Moore. With the British National Championship introducing LiPo batteries this year and a 6.5 motor limit the factory Hot Bodies driver has plenty of experience outdoor with LiPo but said it will be interesting working with the lower 1350 gram weight limit here on carpet. Moore has started out with what he knows best, running a 6.5 Team Orion motor in his Cyclone TC.

3rd edition of ETS underway

The Xray team have a strong line up here this weekend with their team drivers running the soon to be released T3 chassis. Team leader Teemu Leino was responsible for much of the development work on the new car and said the new platform is easier to driver and has a lot better traction than the T2. The Finn who hasn’t raced since the European Championship in August as he was busy getting married said he is confident his wedding ring won’t slow him too much! Leino is running a 5.5 motor which he said is plenty for indoor.

Making his ETS debut, Elliot Harper is another with the new T3 chassis. The young British talent has done a lot of testing with the new Juraj Hudy creation and last weekend gave the Slovakian made car its debut win after taking victory at Round 1 of the RugRacers Series in England. Harper says the new car is a big improvement having tested it at two different tracks in preparation for this event.

Heading the Yokomo challenge Ronald Volker is feeling a bit secondhand this weekend after injuring his back during the week while playing badminton. The former European Champion, who has been excused from marshalling duties by race director Scotty Ernst, has done a lot of LiPo testing with the BD5 and is much happier with the overall balance of the car now. Fresh from winning the German Outdoor Nationals last month Christopher Krapp represents Kyosho hopes. The ultra professional teenager is playing around with the positioning of the weight he must carry on his car following the switch to LiPo and is also working on tyre preparation as he becomes familiar with the new ETS control tyre from Xenon Racing.

Dirk Wischnewski

Interestingly there are a number of big name nitro drivers competing here. Current 200mm European Champion Dirk Wischnewski is competing in the modified as is top Italian racer Michelle Romangnoli. A former Italian EP champion Romangnoli has switched to Tamiya for this event having collected on his arrival to Germany a brand new 416WE which was built for him by Toni Rheinard.  Better known for racing 1:8 Oroad racing  in which he is a factory driver for Shepherd, Eric Dankel is competing in Pro Stock driving an Xray and earlier this year won the German Indoor Nationals in the class so we can expect to see him feature strongly against the regular ETS frontrunners like Alexander Stocker, Matthias Lang and Daniel Wohlgemuth.

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October 13, 2009

Capacity entry for Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series opener

The third season of the Euro Touring Series kicks off this weekend when a capacity entry from 17 different countries will descend on the town of Kastellaun in Germany for the opening leg of an expanded six round 2009/10 race program. Welcoming a new title sponsor in Xenon Racing Products, who also become the official controlled tyre supplier of the series, the growing popularity of the ETS is reflected in the star line-up that will battle it out for this season’s title honours. Due to his recent relocation to Asia, defending champion Jilles Groskamp will not be going for a hat trick of titles. Despite his absence the title battle, which ended in a tie break last season between Groskamp and current World Champion Marc Rheinard, is expected to be even more closely fought than ever with many of electric touring car’s biggest names entered for Round 1.

Heading the entry for the top flight Modified class, which will adapt the recently passed IFMAR World Championship ruling on LiPo batteries, is two time World Champion Marc Rheinard. The German, who took the win in Kastellaun last year, faces a quality line up of rival factory drivers including his own Tamiya team-mates Viktor Wilck and last year’s Warsaw race winner Yannic Prumper. Hot Bodies will be present with 2006 World Champion Andy Moore, Yokomo will have the super fast Ronald Volker, flying Finn Teemu Leino and British young gun Elliot Harper front the Xray challenge, Associated are armed with Juho Levanen, a previous winner in Kastellaun, while German Champion Christopher Krapp heads up the Kyosho assault.

Biggest of the three classes that make up this season’s ETS is Pro-Stock with 125 drivers booked in for Round 1. Also switching to LiPo power, the class will run a 13.5 turn motor supplied by Speedpassion. Having taken victory at the previous two season openers in Kastellaun, Alexander Stocker heads the entry looking to make it a hat trick of Pro Stock wins but faces huge competition in the category that produced 5 different winners last season. Joining the schedule on a permanent basis after a number of successful experimental appearances during the 2008/09 Series is the Hobby class. Open to Tamiya TT 01, LRP Maverick Strada and HPI E10 Touring cars, the class is an important breeding ground for the future stars of the sport allowing them to hone their driving skills on the international stage.

Commenting on the upcoming 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series, race director Scotty Ernst, who together with Uwe Rheinard is responsible for bringing the ETS across Europe, said, ‘I can’t believe we are about to embark on our third season of the Euro Touring Series. It feels like my conversation with Uwe that led to us creating the ETS was just last week. The capacity entry we have for Kastellaun is a great endorsement for what we are doing and looking down through the names on the entry list we have all the ingredients for producing some awesome racing.’

The opening round of the Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series, which is also supported by Speedpassion, will kick off with practice on Friday and the event can be followed throughout the weekend on RedRC.net who will be in Kastellaun to report live on all the action.

September 21, 2009

2009/10 Euro Touring Series Season

Now in its 3rd season the Xenon Racing backed Euro Touring Series is back in force, with a 6 race calendar that sees the championship run all across Europe. The brainchild of Scotty Ernst and Uwe Rheinard the ETS will retain its popular Modified and Pro Stock racing classes and will add a 3rd class for Hobby racers as a great way to participate at a large international event in a cost effective manner. The season will kick off next month (October 16th to 18th) in Kastellaun Germany, and will travel once more to Budapest, Hungary for round 2, before making its debut in the Czech Republic for round 3. The series has its final indoor race of the season in Warsaw, Poland for round 4, before going outdoor, returning the MACH track in the Netherlands for round 5 before having its traditional season finale in Andernach, Germany next summer. Scotty Ernst will be present at all rounds, bringing excitement and international flair while Red RC will be once again reporting live from each race. Entry for all rounds of the championship are now open and you can find all the links as well as further information on the official Euro Touring Series website here.

Entry for round 1 can be placed here.

July 19, 2009

Groskamp & Rajki crowned 08/09 ETS Champions

Jilles Groskamp and Balint Rajki are the 2008/2009 Muchmore Euro Touring Series Champions.  The titles went right down to wire at the final round here in Andernach, Germany, with the Modified title actually ending in a points tie between Groskamp and current World Champion Marc Rheinard who was today’s race winner. With identicial counting results and race TQ’s, they had to be seperated by qualifying positions handing Groskamp back to back titles. Having TQ’d and won the opening Leg of the A-Main Viktor Wilck looked set to claim his first ETS race win and to deny Rheinard the chance to challenge for the title but the former DHI Cup Champion made a slight mistake in the second final allowing Rheinard to win both legs and the final thanks to his faster race time.  Before race officials had reached a tie break decision the Tamiya/Speedpassion took the tie break into their own hands literally as they used Rock, Paper, Scisscors to decide. The result was to go the same way with the Dutch star’s scissors being better than Rheinard’s Paper! On collecting his Champion’s trophy, Groskamp said he was delighted to retain his title and for Tamiya who took 1-2-3 in the standings with Tamiya Junior driver Yannick Pruemper finishing third overall.

In Pro Stock a single point decided the title with Rajki coming back from a poor qualifying to take it from Daniel Wohlgemuth who came here as the series leader.  The Hungarian National Champion qualified only ninth for the final but put in two great drives to finish second one place ahead of Wohlgemuth. The Round 5 victory went to Top Qualifier Matthias Lang who was delighted to claim his first major race win but the day belonged to Rajki as he added his first international title to his CV. In the second Leg of the A Main, which was won by Thomas Musial, cruel luck befell defending Champion Alexander Stocker when a drive shaft broke on his Xray while he was leading. With the dust settled the overall championship Top 3 for the 2008/2009 ETS Pro Stock class was Balint on 298 points, Wohlgemuth on 297 and Stocker on 294.

So the second edition of the Euro Touring Series, which was once again supported by Muchmore, Speedpassion and Hot Bodies, has been another great success with 288 drivers registering points during the series’ visits to Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary and Poland. The series produced some great racing not just between the big names of the sport but also the future of the sport. Emerging talent Yannic Pruemper took his first international win in Poland where we also had our youngest ever competitor Maciek Kajko who was just 4 and a half. With the emphasis on having fun and bringing together r/c racing enthusiasts from across Europe, the two men behind the ETS, Scotty Ernst and Uwe Rheinard, are already planning the 2009/2010 series which they tell us is going to be bigger and better. Red RC have really enjoyed bringing you live coverage of each ETS race and to making many new friends along the way. We look forward to returning to Germany in October when the third edition gets underway with the Kastellaun indoor race.

Modified final race results
1. Marc Rheinard – 19pts
2. Viktor Wilck – 19pts
3. Jilles Groskamp – 16pts
4. Ronald Völker – 12pts
5. Steven Weiss – 11pts
6. Christopher Krapp – 11pts
7. Freddy Südhoff – 10pts
8. Martin Hofer – 5pts
9. Mario Sowka – 4pts
10.Patrick Gassauer – 3pts

Pro Stock final race results
1. Matthias Lang – 18pts
2. Balint Rajki – 17pts
3. Daniel Wohlgemuth – 16pts
4. Thomas Musial – 12pts
5. Steffen Still – 10pts
6. Alexander Stocker – 9pts
7. Meik Niemann – 9pts
8. Rob Janssen – 7pts
9. Martin Schmidt – 7pts
10.Michael Kiesewetter – 5pts

Hobby class final race results
1. Joachim Krapp – 18pts
2. Sebastian Kroh – 16pts
3. Markus Arenz – 16pts
4. Joachim Altenhof – 15pts
5. Thomas Lanwert – 13pts
6. Karl-Reiner Mürder – 12pts
7. Peter Hanna – 7pts
8. Andrzej Rozycki – 6pts
9. Andreas Hummel – 5pts
10. Tim Rudersdorf – 1pts
11. Jacek Kajko – 1pts
12. Urzsula Pyzel – 0pts

Hobby class Junior final race results
1. Andre Schäfer – 18pts
2. Frederik Tobiasch – 17pts
3. Christian Schlösser – 14pts
4. Christopher Buchner – 13pts
5. Marcel Klappert – 13pts
6. Elena Hummel – 10pts
7. Nino Triandafilidis – 9pts
8. Michal Orlowski – 7pts
9. Maximilian Schlösser – 7pts
10.Maciek Kajko – 3pts

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