The first leg of A Mains is just over and its our Top Qualifiers who have taken the opening victories at the 3rd round of the ETS but both were made to work hard for it.
In Modified, Groskamp lead all the way but was pushed hard by both Hugo Van der Berg and his very fast starting team-mate Marc Rheinard. Vd Berg was the real star of the race as the local Xray driver put Tamiya’s two international stars under pressure. A slight mistake at the Omega corner ended Vd Berg’s challenge for the lead but a great battle for the second spot ensued as he swapped paint with Rheinard which went on until the penultimate lap when Vd Berg tried an ambitious move on the former World Champion launching his car into the air and onto the grass. This allowed Bart Wubben’s Serpent through to take the final podium placing just in front of Swede Viktor Wilck.
Pro Stock saw a great early battle between Vasco Christiaanse and Chris Van Der Hagen but the latters race came to an end when his body caught up in the front wheel. Christiaanse said afterwards that himself and Vd Hagen are so evenly matched its going to be very close in the next two finals and in an attempt to get a slight edge he is gearing up his Shin edition Kyosho TF5 Stallion. Second in the Leg 1 A Main went to Joffrey Persijn while Jimmy Maddison took the final podium placing after a great recovery drive. On the opening lap going onto the back straight away, the Englishman caught the grass dropping back to last position almost half a lap in arrears of the leaders, but the Schumacher ace worked his way back through the field to take a well deserved third.
During the break after qualifying, the Dutch racers who participated at the Danish round of the Euro Touring Series presented the series organisers, Uwe Rheinard and Scotty Ernst, with a very special and very typical Dutch gift. Custom painted by Richard Arts, the guys received each a pair of great looking wooden shoes sporting the Euro Touring Series logo. Both Uwe and Scotty will wear these shoes for the rest of the event, so when they are walking strange the next time you see them, you will now know why.
Scotty Ernst said that “All the work that goes into making this series and you get a group of guys that believe in what we’re doing is the right thing and show their support for the series. And then they give you something like this as a gift, that wasnt just bought in a store but planned by the group, this makes all the work worth while.”
If the final qualifier is anything to go by it looks like we are in for some thrilling race action in the upcoming Modified A Finals here in Holland. Top Qualifier Jilles Groskamp posted the fastest 5 minute run of qualifying in the final round with over half the Mod runners posting their own personal TQ runs this morning.
Bart Wubben was on target to become the only driver to record a 19-lapper but ran out of power in the final minute of the run allowing Groskamp to post the fastest time from Hugo Van der Berg. Marc Rheinard finally cured his run time problem but has had to sacrifice outright speed, however despite this still the former World Champion still managed the fifth fastest overall run of the weekend and will start from 7th on the grid.
Modified A Final Grid
1. Jilles Groskamp (Tamiya) – 465
2. Hugo Van Den Berg (Xray) – 461
3. Viktor Wilck (Tamiya) – 455
4. Bart Wubben (Serpent) – 454
5. John Bruins (Serpent) – 452
6. Rene Cornella (Serpent) – 452
7. Marc Rheinard (Tamiya) – 451
8. Luke Van Essen (Corally) – 451
9. Tony Vredenberg (Tamiya) – 441
10.Johan Ackermans (Schumacher) – 441
Denmark’s Nicolai Nielsen showed he means business today by taking his Serpent S400 to victory in the fifth and final round of qualifying here this morning at the MACH in the Netherlands. Setting the fastest lap for the qualifiers in the run with a time of 18:40, the win puts the ETS Round 2 winner third on the grid behind the all local front row of Vasco Christiaanse and Chris Van Der Hagen. Nielsen was very pleased with his car after the run and is confident that he can take the challenge to the locals come the three leg finals this afternoon. Top international Pro stock racer Jimmy Maddison who held second overnight falls two places on the grid and his Schumacher Mi3 will now start behind Nielsen.
For ETS Championship points leader Jan Van Steeg the Dutch leg of the Much More backed series is not going well and the TOP driver, who recorded the second fastest lap of the qualifiers, will line up second on the grid for the B Final.
Pro Stock A Final Grid
1. Vasco Christiaanse (Kyosho) – 465
2. Chris Van Der Hagen (Tamiya) – 459
3. Nicolai Nielsen (Serpent) – 458
4. Jimmy Maddison (Schumacher) – 457
5. Ronald Bestman (Schumacher) – 457
6. Joffrey Persijn (Tamiya) – 450
7. George Spitteler (Corally) – 450
8. Richard Oversloot (Xray) – 447
9. Rob Kuijper (Serpent) – 445
10.Peter Creemers (Schumacher) – 445
Jilles Groskamp has taken the TQ for his home round of the ETS. Its no real surprise that Holland’s best known international driver will start tomorrow’s Mod finals from the number 1 grid position but the Tamiya driver was made to work hard for it.
Winning the first qualifier Groskamp was pipped for the win in Heat 2 by quick local driver Hugo Van der Berg. Groskamp regained the upper hand in round 3 but was again pushed by Vd Berg and his Xray. However in the fourth and final qualifier of Day 2 Groskamp showed he meant business by setting fastest lap of the day on his opening lap to take the win from team-mate Viktor Wilck and Serpent’s Rene Cornella who both recorded their fastest runs of the meeting. While Wilck appears to have cured his run time issues Marc Rheinard has not and currently finds himself 8th in the overall qualifying ranking.
The final round of Pro Stock qualifying for today saw Chris Van Der Hagen at the controls of a Tamiya TRF416 take the win from Schumacher pairing Jimmy Maddison and Ronald Bestman. Vd Hagen had a terrible third qualifier managing only 6 laps but came back to put in a superb penultimate run to claim the maximum 155 points on offer. On individual lap times it was Rob Kuijper’s S400 that had the fastest lap producing a time of 18.80. Vasco Christiaanse sat out the heat to save his Sweep control tires for the finals.
That bring’s Day 2 of the Much More backed Euro Touring Series to a close with Groskamp and Christiaanse able to sleep easy tonight in the knowledge that they have the pole in the bag. For others it may be a sleepless night as they have just one more opportunity to try and make the A Mains.