We tipped him as a star of the future in our coverage of DHI Cup he made the A Main and here in Warsaw, among a world class driver line-up, 15-year-old Yannic Pruemper is setting the pace from none less than reigning World Champion Marc Rheinard. Under the tuition of Marc’s brother Toni, the emerging young German star stopped the clocks with an 11.04 second lap compared with Rheinard’s best of 11.10 while Jilles Groskamp ran a 11.13 to give Tamiya the Top 3 after five rounds of practice.
Pruemper, as with all the leading drivers, really likes the track layout and reports his TRF416 as being easy to drive even when he pushes hard. Running a similar set-up to that used at the DHI Cup, the youngster looks really strong over 5 minutes.
Rheinard described his car as so so but its very rare that the two time touring car World Champion ever describes it any other way as he tries to squeeze the absolute limit from the car that took him to the World title in Thailand. The 22-year-old was however very complimentary of the new Speed Passion Gran Turismo 2.0 PRO Blue Edition speedo which he ran in Practice 4 and 5. The speedo was FedEX’d to Poland yesterday from Sweden where it was being tested by Tamiya team-mate Viktor Wilck. Wilck is absent here this weekend due to a clashing Swedish National race.
Defending Champion Groskamp is focusing on tyre additive. The Dutch racer said his TRF416 was better this morning when the traction was lower but is still pretty pleased with his early pace.
Heading the Xray’s challenge is American ace Paul Lemieux who is just 1/100th off Groskamp and 1/100th up on team-mate Teemu Leino. Describing the track as ‘great’, the US Champion is playing with motor set-up as he gets to grips with running five cell packs, one less than he used to. Leino, who had a 5am start this morning so as to catch his flight from Finland, is happy with the progress of his T2 009 so far saying he is just trying small adjustments as the track grip improves with each run. Czech driver Michal Bok completes the Top 6 for Xray.
Hot Bodies ace Andy Moore is running the eight fastest time have tried two different cars. Finding his car a little edgy, the former World Champion will scrub in a new set of race tyres in today’s final practice.
In Pro Stock Daniel Wohlgemuth heads a trio of Germans at the controls of Tamiya’s with a best time of 11.93 from Dai Sakaguchi on a 12.07 and Oliver Nathe. Serpent’s Nicolai Nielsen is fourth fastest with his S400 from ETS Round 2 winner Balint Rajki driving a Cyclone TC.
Drivers have one more round of free practice this afternoon before Day 1 of Poland’s first ever international touring car event comes to a close.
The third round of the Much More backed 2008/2009 Euro Touring Series has arrived in Poland where a World Class entry has descended on the capital city Warsaw. After a three month break, the ETS reaches its mid point with defending Champion Jilles Groskamp facing his toughest line up so far in the second edition of the series. The Tamiya Racing Factory driver won Round 2 in Hungary back in December and leads the current standings from fellow countryman Bart Wubben who took a podium finish at last weekend’s 1:12 Stock Euros.
Heading the list of potential race winners come Sunday evening is defending World Champion Marc Rheinard. The German won the opening round and while he was abscent in Hungary the Tamiya star has been busy adding victories to his CV winning the DHI Cup in January and the first ever Indoor European Championships in February. Another member of the TRF team here this weekend in with a chance of victory is Hupo Honigl who is a late entry to the event. The Austrian was crowned 1:12 European Modified Champion in Italy last month but will be looking to shake the BQ monkey off his back having taken the unenviable 11th fastest time in qualifying at Worlds and both the indoor and outdoor touring car Euros.
Taking the fight to the Tamiya boys will be a very capable Xray line which features US Champion Paul Lemieux who has made the long trip across the Atlantic. The RC America backed driver is really looking forward to his first ETS Carpet surface outing and having finished on the podium on his series debut at Andernach last year is determined to make another strong impression on the series. The Trinity driver, who won the recent Snowbirds race in Florida, says his biggest problem here this weekend will be adapting his driving style to suit the corner dots something he is not used to in the States. So far that doesn’t seem to be hampering Lemieux too much as he heads the time sheets (after three practice runs) from Groskamp when super pole timing is used. The other big Xray challenge comes from factory driver Teemu Leino, who flew in this morning from Finland, and former European Championship Top Qualifier Steven Wiess.
Former World Champion Andy Moore has also made the trip to Warsaw and heads the challenge of the third big factory team Hot Bodies.
In Pro Stock we also have a very strong line up including all three podium finishers from Round 2 of the Speed Passion and Hot Bodies supported Euro Touring Series. Balint Rajki took the win from pole in Hungary but Jakub Plechac and Zdenko Kunák will be out to change the podium order this weekend.
Today drivers have 6 opportunities to practice on the well designed OSM Club track with a final opportunity to tweak their cars tomorrow morning before we get down to the serious business of qualifying.
Following on from yesterdays announcement that Teemu Leino will participate at next months 3rd round of the ETS in Warsaw, Poland, comes the news that Andy Moore will also be participating in this great event. The former World and European Champion has raced at the Euro Touring Series before, most recently at the 2007/08 season finale that took place last summer in Andernach, Germany and is keen to come back for more action. The Hot Bodies driver joins an already World Class field of racers as the ETS makes its debut in Poland on the 6th – 8th of March.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on the ETS site here.
The organizers of the Much More backed European Touring Series, which sees its 3rd round of the 08/09 series take place in Warsaw Poland have confirmed that top Xray Factory team driver Teemu Leino has entered the event that takes place from the 6th – 8th of March. The Finnish driver will make his ETS debut in 2 weeks time and joins other top drivers like World Champion Marc Rheinard, Jilles Groskamp and Paul Lemieux, who is making the trip accross the Atlantic for the event.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on the ETS site here.
The organizers of the Much More backed European Touring Series, which sees its 3rd round of the 08/09 series take place in Warsaw Poland have confirmed that Top US driver Paul Lemieux has entered the event that takes place from the 6th – 8th of March. Paul, who has started out the 2009 Season with wins at the US Touring Car Championships and most recently the Snowbirds, is excited for the up coming event. When asked why he is attending the event Paul said “Modified Rubber tire racing is at the Top Level in Europe and I am looking forward to racing against some of the Top drivers in the world”. Paul made his first entry into the ETS last year when he attended the final event of the 2008 season in Andernach, Germany and achieved a podium finish.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
Jilles Groskamp has won the second round of the Much More backed Euro Touring Series in Budapest, Hungary, after pulling off a stunning move on Toni Rheinard in the very dying seconds of the A-Main third leg. Having sat on the bumper of the German throughout the race, the defending Champion got past Rheinard in a stunning dash to the finishline which saw the pair separated by just 8/100ths of a second.
‘Its always nice to win a race like that’ Groskamp said afterwards. A close friend of Rheinard, who has done little racing this year, the Tamiya factory team driver was full of praise for his Speed Passion team-mate who was a last minute entry and racing a car he had to borrow from his brother Marc, the newly crowned Touring Car World Champion. ‘I felt sorry for what happened to Toni in the second leg and decided to wait till the last minute of the race before making any challenge so hopefully we would have a gap if we touched because the track design made it hard to pass. Then on the very last lap Toni took a different line at the chicane and somehow I got a great run out of the last corner. I think maybe the pressure of Scotty’s commentary may have got to him. Toni is a really talented driver and to perform like this having been away from racing for so long proves that. It would be great to have him back racing full time again.’
‘Awesome’ was how Rheinard summed up the race. ‘I’m am really happy to have had such a great race but I think maybe I’m not so used to the pressure anymore’. Asked if his performance was enough to encourage him to return full time to racing the former German National Champion said no but he did hint that he would like to do the next round of the Euro Touring Series in Warsaw, Poland.
Completing the podium at Hungary’s first big international touring car meeting was ETS debutant Martin Hudy. The Slovak driver was the third driver with a chance of overall honours going into the final leg but could only manage fourth behind fellow Xray driver Bart Wubben after suffering with a down on power motor.
In Pro Stock Balint Rajki completed the perfect result winning all three legs of the A-Main from the pole and was joined on the podium by two emerging teenage talents Jakub Plechac from the Czech Republic and 15-year-old Zdenko Kunák from Slovakia.
Other winners here this weekend in Budapest competing in the supporting local classes included Gergely Cseko who was the dominant force in the F1 class, Peter Miko who took National Stock honours and Oliver Huba who came out top man in the entertaining 13.5 Stock category.
Red RC would like to thank our Hungarian hosts this weekend in particular Laszlo Kiss-Orban and we compliment them on a wonderful facility which is sure to make Hungary a top candidate for many more international races in the future.
Jilles Groskamp has won the second leg of the A-Main here in Budapest after another incident packed final which saw Leg 1 winner Toni Rheinard pull off early. Rheinard led for 3/4 of the race hounded the whole time by the quicker car of his Speed Passion team-mate Groskamp. The Dutch driver touched the rear of the Top Qualifier as he tried everything to find away past his rival & close friend, but each time allowed the German to regain position. This benefited the chasing pack of Bart Wubben, Michal Bok and a fast recovering Martin Hudy.
With the gap closing and just over a minute left on the clock the Tamiya duo made contact again, this time at the chicane before the straight. Rheinard came off the worst as he got swallowed up by the pack and with no change of a good result he pulled up. Groskamp was now the leader from fellow Dutchman Wubben but two laps later the latter was punted out by Hudy. Afterwards Hudy admitted he made the forceful move in return for the one he felt Wubben made on him in the opening lap which dropped the Slovak to 10th. After the dust had settled it was Groskamp who took the win from Hudy, with Bok third. The result means that three drivers, Groskamp, Rheinard and Hudy, go into the third and final leg chasing overall honours.
In Pro Stock Balint Rajki cruised to victory no.2 from the pole to wrap up the overall win for this second round of the 08/09 ETS. The Hungarian Hot Bodies/Nosram driver once again headed home Jakub Plecha and Zdenko Kunák who repeated their Leg 1 battle, the Czech driver eventually taking second.
Modified A-main Leg 2 results
1. Jilles Groskamp – 25 Laps in 307.76
2. Martin Hudy + 1.33
3. Michal Bok + 2.85
4. Bart Wubben + 3.82
5. Balint Rajki + 10.38
6. Zdenek Hamak + 11.53
7. David Ehrbar -1/ 308.55
8. Gabor Forrai -2/ 305.86
9. Zdenko Kunák -2/ 308.71
10. Toni Rheinard -7/ 229.3
Super Stock A-main Leg 2 results
1. Balint Rajki – 23 Laps in 302.86
2. Jakub Plechac + 1.46
3. Zdenko Kunák + 6.50
4. Frans Heinsbroek + 11.23
5. George Spitteler -1/ 304.93
6. Blazej Orlowski -1/ 307.35
7. Jan Van Steeg -2/ 300.58
8. Peter Taal -2/ 306.60
9. Zoltan Tohai -3/ 287.76
10. Marcel Pinkster -4/ 309.76
Despite being visually slower than his rivals Toni Rheinard has taken victory in a rather hectic opening A Main here in Hungary. Starting from pole Rheinard took the early lead as Jilles Groskamp, Martin Hudy and Bart Wubben squabbled over second but just over a minute in all four came together after Hudy tagged the leader at the end of the straight before all hell broke loose. This allowed Wubben’s Xray to briefly lead but the bumping continued and Rheinard found himself back out front once again where he would stay despite a number of challenges from the chasing pack. Afterwards all the drivers had the same feeling that things got a little crazy during the race.
Rheinard said his Tamiya, which he has on loan for the weekend from his World Champion brother Marc, had changed completely from his TQ run this morning and was now rolling a lot in the corners. Knowing his car was slower than his rival the German switched to defensive driving which in the end paid off as his rival tripped one another up. Rheinard will change the front roll bar in attempt to improve his car which was 2/10th off the pace of the fastest lap set by Hudy who eventually crossed the line in second with his body tucked under on the left side from the early race bumper car session. Wubben completed the podium with Champion Jilles Groskamp, who was clearly annoyed by the driving standards, finishing fourth from Michal Bok.
In Pro Stock it was also the Top Qualifier who took the victory but in a much more sedate A Main. Driving his Cyclone TC, Balint Rajki lead from start to finish with the big battle being between Jakub Plecha and Czech Grand Prix winner Zdenko Kunák. Kunák’s No.3 Xray got the jump on Plecha’s No. 2 Hot Bodies but the Czech National Champion finally found a way back past the 15-year-old Slovak driver to cross the finish line in the same order as they originally lined up on the grid.
Modified A-Main Leg 1 Result
1. Toni Rheinard – 25 Laps in 311.63
2. Martin Hudy + 0.67
3. Bart Wubben + 2.03
4. Jilles Groskamp + 3.12
5. Michal Bok + 3.86
6. Zdenek Hamak + 10.72
7. David Ehrbar + 11.75
8. Balint Rajki + 11.83
9. Gabor Forrai -2/ 304.50
10. Zdenko Kunák -14/ 150.43
Pro Stock A-Main Leg 1 Result
1. Balint Rajki – 23 Laps in 303.25
2. Jakub Plechac + 2.55
3. Zdenko Kunák + 4.59
4. Jan Van Steeg + 11.09
5. George Spitteler + 11.82
6. Marcel Pinkster + 12.87
7. Blazej Orlowski -1/ 306.67
8. Peter Taal -1/ 311.48
9. Zoltan Tohai -1/ 312.01
10. Frans Heinsbroek -19/ 60.55