July 18, 2009

Wilck fastest in final practice

Final practice for the fifth round of the Muchmore backed Euro Touring Series has been topped by Swede Viktor Wilck here this morning at Andernach. The factory Tamiya driver produced a fastest lap of 16.56 as traction improved dramatically from yesterday. Wilck said overall track conditions were better today but it was vital to stay off the curbs now as they had become super grippy. Planning no changes to his Speedpassion powered TRF416 for the first qualifier he said he wants to just focus on his driving and keeping as a tight a line to the curbs without actually touching them but admits it will be difficult. His Tamiya team-mate Marc Rheinard, who was second fastest, echoed the challenged ahead, ‘TQ will go to the driver who makes no mistakes, touch a curb and you’re going to roll.’  The World Champion who is in the hunt for the overall ETS title here this weekend also plans no changes to his car prefering instead to adjust his driving style to the conditions.

Third fastest was yesterday’s pace setter Ronald Volker.  Unable to match his 16.55 lap time, the fastest so far of the weekend, the Yokomo team driver said his car is now maybe a little too soft for the tricky conditions and he will switch to thicker shock oil for the first of the five qualifiers.  Defending Modified Champion Jilles Groskamp, fifth fastest in the practice, didn’t look happy after his 5-minute practice saying he found conditions very difficult.

In Pro Stock it was a similar situation for the front runners with the curbs becoming a no go area.  Fastest was Apledoorn dominator Rob Janssen who was much happier with his Corally today following an overnight diff and shock rebuild.  The Dutch driver is looking forward to getting qualifying underway and feels his toughest opponent this weekend will be Daniel Wohlgemuth who he said is very consistent.  Standings leader Wohlgemuth was fourth fastest and hopes a change to lighter shock oil on his Xray for qualifying will help him close the 2/10th gap to Janssen. Second fastest for the final practice was SMI Motorsport driver Matthias Lang. The German, who really likes the technical track layout here, said his Xray felt fantastic this morning and that if it stays dry he is confident he can challenge for TQ honours.

Currently it is dry but the skies are very dark over the track and local forecasts are giving a high possibility of rain showers during the day.

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July 17, 2009

Volker sets pace in controlled practice

Ronald Volker is the pace setter here at the end of controlled practice with the LRP/Yokomo driver posting a fastest lap of 16.55 to top the time sheets from Marc Rheinard who was on a 16.70.  The World Championship runner up switched from an LTC-R to the Speed 6 body for his last run and felt it made his BD5 easier to drive.  Volker is running a new chassis, top deck and harder suspension arms on his Yokomo, which are designed to make the car more suitable for European traction levels, and the German is very happy with the results. Slighlty concerned about the weather, he is confident that if it stays dry he is in good shape for qualifiying.

Finishing the day in second, Rheinard felt he could have run a faster time if he had taken more risks through the chicane.  The World Champion said his Tamiya is getting better with each run and he plans no change for now, preferring to let the traction come up before making any adjustments.  Rheinard along with defending champion Jilles Groskamp, who was fourth fastest, are running the latest motor offering from Speed Passion which is due for release next month.  Both driver said the totally new creation, which features a short body and unique wiring, feels very smooth.

The third fastest lap time came from Martin Hofer despite running old tyres. One of the stars of the ETS encounter in Apeldoorn, the German is running the same car as Volker and is very happy with his early pace saying the new parts have really improved the feel of the car.  Running the fourth fastest time but 4/10th adrift of Volker, Groskamp said it will be impossible to close the gap on Volker and Rheinard on such a track.  Having changed his set-up for the last run so as to get more rear traction the Dutch ace said the grip levels came up and his car suffered bad understeer.  The factory Tamiya driver will now revert to the set-up used in the second practice.  Topping off the Top 5 was Viktor Wilck.  The Swede said he increased the drag brake on his speedo for the last run but it was too aggressive and he will revert back to the earlier setting.

In Pro Stock Daniel Wohlgemuth was surprised to be at the top of the time sheets.  The Xray driver said his T2 009 is very inconsistent and hopes heavier shock oils as well as switching to the LTC-R will cure the problem.  Behind him Rob Jansen, the run away winner in Apeldoorn, was also not happy with his current set-up.  The Corally driver said he can not push hard and the car feels different in left and right turns.  He suspects the problem may be his rear diff and feels he can go a lot faster than his current 17.79 lap time.  Third fastest was SMI Motorsport’s Matthias Lang.  For defending Champion Alexander Stocker the day didn’t go well.  Having run old tyres in the first two sessions the Hot Bodies driver put on new tyres for the last run but two laps in he took a front corner off the car.  The German reported that the car felt improved over the very short stint and that tomorrow’s qualifying will be a nice fight.

Due to the wet start to the day here in Germany, the organisers of the Muchmore backed Euro Touring Series have now switched to open practice to allow the large entry, many of whom are making their first visit to Andernach,  to get in some extra mileage ahead of tomorrow’s four qualifiers.

Apologies for our reduced coverage today, we were left with no internet in the middle of the day when our mobile box decided to quit, meaning a few hours delay as we worked to fix the problem.

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July 17, 2009

Practice 1 Update

After a wet morning, the first round of controlled practice has been completed on a dry track but organisers have decided to double the dosage of syrup in the sugar water and redo the track.  Drivers struggled with a complete lack of grip. One of the main problems is the wind here in Andernach which is carrying the sand from the Beach Volley Ball courts, situated at the rear of the track, onto the circuit.

Defending Champion Jilles Groskamp said his Tamiya was working perfectly yesterday evening but today the dust has made the track very loose.  Groskamp admits he prefers more open tracks that Andernach and feels he will have his work cut out if he is to beat team-mates Marc Rheinard & Viktor Wilck, and new Yokomo recruit Ronald Volker.  All the leading drivers have described the layout here as being very similar to that used for the Worlds last year in Thailand and the new curbing has been very well received.

Rheinard said the traction was terrible as a result of the sand but the extra sugar water, which was being sprayed on the track by his brother Toni, should help a lot for the second practice. Asked about his home track the World Champion, who lives just down the road, said while he does like technical tracks Andernach is very tight and this makes it a little too slow for his liking.  The German said the new curbing has made the track much nicer to drive.

Volker, who is making his first appearance in the ETS at the controls of the new Yokomo BD5, appears to be really enjoying life at his new team.  Having won the Reedy Race of Champions over in the US with the car back in May, the 2007 European Champion recorded the fastest lap time for the first practice and is looking forward to the rest of the weekend.  Runner up last year to the then World Champion Atsushi Hara after a thrilling finals, Volker expects it to again be very close this year.

Steven Weiss will be hoping he can repeat his German Nationals Qualifier win here two weeks ago when he beat Yannic Pruemper. The Xray driver said his T2 ‘009 was really good then and is confident when the traction improves he will have a strong package for the weekend.  Another Xray driver who is sure to mix it at the front is Freddy Sudhoff.  Sudhoff, who is enjoying a great run in nitro touring at the moment, having won the European B Championships and the German Summer Championship, has shown he likes technical track with great runs at the indoor rounds of the ETS and Andernach should suit him.

Unfortunately there was no first practice for Viktor Wilck after his car went mad when his 2.4Ghz radio failed to bind between the transmitter and the receiver.

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July 17, 2009

2008/2009 ETS Finale underway

The final round of the Muchmore backed 2008/2009 Euro Touring Series is underway here in Andernach, Germany, with drivers from 18 nations making the trip to the home track of current World Champion Marc Rheinard.  It was a very wet start to the morning with heavy rain greeting the early arrivers but things are starting to dry up now with more & more of the 190 listed drivers taking to the track.  Heading the large entry is defending ETS Champion Jilles Groskamp with his opposition coming in the former of World & European Champion Marc Rheinard and Reedy Race winner Ronald Volker who was runner up here last year to Atsushi Hara. Other potential winners come Sunday include Swedish ace Viktor Wilck, Steven Weiss who won the recent German Nationals Qualifier here and ETS Poland winner Yannic Pruemper and Freddy Sudhoff.

In Pro-Stock Alexander Stocker heads the entry but the defending Champion faces huge opposition from the likes of Dutch ETS winner Rob Janssen and current points leader Daniel Wohlgemuth.

The race organisers have just sugar watered the track to help bring up traction with grouped practice now scheduled to kick off at 12:15.  With four rounds of practice to get through today race director Scotty Ernst will be busy on the mic to ensure the swift running of the 20 groups of heats.

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June 24, 2009

Euro Touring Series – Round 5

The 2008/2009 Much More backed ETS season finale (round 5) will once again take place at the awesome Andernach track, close to Koblenz in the West of Germany from the 17th to the 19th of July. A great event to cap off this years series, the organizers are once again planning a highly competitive race for both the Modified and Pro stock racers, as well as a fun relaxed atmosphere with plenty of other activities to keep drivers occupied between heats. Once again attracting the cream of European racers, like local World Champion Marc Rheinard, Jilles Groskamp, Ronald Volker, Viktor Wilck and many more, the ETS also expect more surprise international entrants in the build up to the race. In addition to the regular classes their will also be a hobby class run for Tamiya TT01 chassis’ split over a number of classes. For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.

Racers can enter round 5 of the ETS (and find more info on the hobby class) by going to rcracecontrol.com.


May 31, 2009

Tamiya 1-2-3 as Rheinard wins Leg 3

Marc Rheinard has won the third Leg of the A-Mains at the Apeldoorn track here in the Netherlands heading home TRF team-mate Jilles Groskamp and Tamiya Junior Team driver Yannic Pruemper.  With Groskamp having already secured overall victory for the Dutch round of the ETS with wins in Leg 1 & 2, Rheinard’s win and Pruemper’s third on this occassion ensured the German pairing joined him for what was an all Tamiya/Speed Passion podium.  Following dramas in the opening two legs, the World & European Champion finally got the right mix of traction additive and temperature for his Sweep tyres and when Groskamp, who was running older tyres, ran wide at the end of the main straight Rheinard went by. Once in front he pulled clear of the Dutchman but said afterwards that he drove a controlled race so as not to have a repeat of previous round when he fell short on run time. Finishing second in the opening leg, Pruemper struggled in the second but the rising young talent bounced back resisting a serious challenge from Steen Graversen who had the advantage of fresh rubber on his Team Orion powered factory Kyosho.

The big surprise of the weekend, Martin Hofer felt afterwards that he lost out in the early part of the race after going to the grid too early.  His new Yokomo BD5 was loose in the opening laps but once the tyres came back up to temperature it felt good but it was too late for him to challenge for a top placing ending the leg in 5th.  Hofer said the performance of the new car here this weekend is very encouraging especially for the European Championships which take place in Luxembourg at the beginning of August.  British National Championship leader Andy Moore completed the Top 6 for the 3rd A-Main giving him 5th in the overall result with his Hot Bodies Cyclone TC behind Corally’s Marc Fischer.  Fisher was in the hunt for an overall  podium finish but with a rear tyre coming off the rim he was forced to retire from the final race of the day.

Making the handout 9.5 Turn Speed Passion motor Pro Stock class his own, Rob Janssen and his perfectly dialled in Corally cleaned up at the fast flowing Apeldoorn track.  Having wrapped up the overall win in Leg 2 of the A-Main the local Dutch driver was not done and again crushed his opposition to complete the hat trick of wins.  Defending Champion Alexander Stocker took second for the Leg which gave him second overall, a result he had declared in qualifying he would be more than happy with against Top Qualifier Janssen.  Despite failing to complete the opening lap of the third leg, Daniel Wohlgemuth completed the podium with his Tamiya.

In the supporting Pro 10 category, which attracted plenty of interest over the weeked, Tim Altmann just got quicker with each outing setting a blistering 14.28 lap on his way to another win that was just shy of being a 21 lap run.

A sun drenched weekend of racing, the Euro Touring Series’ first visit to the beautiful Apeldoorn facility in the Netherlands has been an eye opening experience.  Auto Modelbouw Club Apeldoorn is the best oiled machine we have come across yet. The attitude of the officials and their attention to details should be the standard for our sport and if ever there was a club worthy of hosting some of our sport’s premiere championships then this is the place.

Supported by Much More, Hot Bodies and Speed Passion, the 2008/2009 Euro Touring Series travels next to Germany on July 17/18/19 when Andernach, the home track of World Champion Marc Rheinard, will bring to a close the second edition of Scotty Ernst’s and Uwe Rehinard’s popular creation.

Modified Overall results
1. Jilles Groskamp – 20pts (10 10 9 – 19/ 5m 10.44)
2. Marc Rheinard – 17pts (1 7 10 – 19/ 5m 11.45)
3. Yannic Pruemper – 17pts (9 3 8 – 19/ 5m 12.47)
4. Marc Fischer – 15pts (6 9 2 – 18/ 5m  0.36)
5. Andy Moore – 13pts (8 4 5 – 19/ 5m 14.46)
6. Steen Graversen – 13pts (4 6 7 – 19/ 5m 15.31)
7. Bart Wubben – 12pts (2 8 4 – 18/ 5m  1.32)
8. Christopher Krapp – 12pts (7 5 1 – 19/ 5m 16.33)
9. Martin Hofer – 11pts (5 1 6 – 18/ 5m  0.77)
10. John Bruins – 6pts (3 2 3 – 18/ 5m  8.43)

Pro Stock Overall results
1. Rob Janssen – 20pts ( 10 10 10 – 18/ 5m 16.17 )
2. Alexander Stocker – 18pts ( 4 9 9 – 17/ 5m 7.69 )
3. Daniel Wohlgemuth – 17pts ( 9 8 1 – 17/ 5m 3.78 )
4. Stefan Jansen – 14pts ( 8 5 6 – 17/ 5m 6.20 )
5. Vasco Christiaanse – 13pts ( 6 1 7 – 17/ 5m 13.99 )
6. Thomas Musial – 11pts ( 2 3 8 – 17/ 5m 8.70 )
7. Wesley V Dijken – 11pts ( 7 2 4 – 17/ 5m 8.75 )
8. Michael Lepelaar – 10pts ( 5 4 5 – 17/ 5m 16.56 )
9. Ronald Arts – 9pts ( 1 7 2 – 17/ 5m 8.97 )
10. Richard Oversloot – 9pts ( 3 6 3 – 17/ 5m 9.53 )

Pro 10 Overall results
1. Tim Altmanns – 20pts ( 10 10 – 20/ 5m 4.63 )
2. Ralf Booss – 18pts ( 9 9 – 20/ 5m 13.28 )
3. Rene Fischers – 15pts ( 8 7 – 20/ 5m 14.81 )
4. Richard Artss – 15pts ( 7 8 – 19/ 5m 8.06 )
5. Koen Geurdss – 10pts ( 4 6 – 18/ 5m 1.94 )
6. Mathijs Hermenss – 10pts ( 6 4 – 18/ 5m 5.23 )
7. Peter Mielkes – 10pts ( 5 5 – 17/ 5m 0.52 )

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May 31, 2009

Groskamp & Janssen secure Dutch glory

A-Main number 2 has decided the outcome of the Dutch round of the 2008/2009 Euro Touring Series with Jilles Groskamp and Rob Janssen repeating their opening leg victories to secure the overall win here at the impressive Apeldoorn facility.  Groskamp again took an easy win with his Tamiya TRF416 World Edition this time over the Corally of Marc Fisher and the Xray of Bart Wubben.  The only driver to run a sub 16 second lap, Groskamp made it look easy as behind him a number of great battles were fought out.  Marc Rheinard once again had a loose car dropping him down the order as Martin Hofer and Fischer took up the race for second spot.  Team Yokomo’s Hofer was putting in a great drive and fending off the close atentions of his fellow countryman but on lap 13 his new BD5 stripped a spur gear at the end of a straight.  This handed Fischer second while Wubben and Rheinard mixed it for third but the World Champion couldn’t find a way passed as his car and that of Fischer started to dump on the final lap.  Neither lost position but both hope they can go the distance in the third leg with Fischer in with a chance of a podium.  Kyosho pairing Steen Graversen and Christopher Krapp completed the top six after a good battle involving Hot Bodies Andy Moore who crossed the line in seventh.  Yannic Pruemper, second in the opening Leg, struggled with his car on used tyres and he managed only 8th having started fourth on the grid.

The opening lap of the Pro Stock final looked as though Daniel Wohlgemuth might have got the better of the dominant Janssen and that we finally had a challenger for the local ace.  Janssen’s Corally ran wide in the fourth corner allowing Wohlgemuth’s Tamiya down the inside but it was short lived as at the start of lap 2 the Top Qualifier was back in control.  Wohlgemuth now had to contend with Alexander Stocker and Ronald Arts, Stocker eventually finding a way through but despite his best efforts Arts couldn’t.  In Pro 10 Tim Altmann of Germany proved he is the class of the field with his self designed 4 Turn Lipo powered car taking its second win again from Ralf Boos’ Speedline with Dutch ARTS Racing driver Richard Arts third.

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