The second leg of the Modified A-main has ended and it was Tamiya International driver, and leg 1 winner, Jilles Groskamp that took victory and with it overall honours for Round 3 of the Much More backed Euro Touring Series. Shadowed for the entire 5 minute race by a very much on form and man of the moment Hugo Van Den Berg, the two Dutch drivers were never more than a second apart and over the opening laps the Xray driver looked set to make a move on the leading Tamiya TRF416 but never fully committed. At one stage the top four qualifiers were in a high speed train but in the midfield Viktor Wilck and Serpent’s Bart Wubben clashed leaving the leading pair to break clear. Continuing their fight right to the flag Groskamp looked very relieved coming down from the rostrum showing that Vd Berg really had the pre-event favourite under pressure. Groskamp wants to do the hat trick but Vd Berg also wants to put his name on the international map and is as equally determined to win Leg 3.
There was a thrilling Leg 2 A Main in Pro Stock with George Spitteler eventually taking the win from Jimmy Maddison. At the start of the race pole sitter and Leg 1 winner Vasco Christiaanse saw his chances of tying up the overall dissapear when he rolled on the straight first time round. This left Nicolai Nielsen, Jimmy Maddison and Spitteler to have an intense battle for the win but three & a half minutes in Maddison touched Nielsen sending the leader onto the grass and allowing Joffrey Persijn and Chris Van Der Hagen through to fight out the lead. Further drama came on the penultimate lap when the leaders touched, Vd Hagen coming off worst with Maddison nipping through to take second, a result that leaves him and Spitteler tied on points at the top of the table, one point ahead of Christiaanse. All three will now battle it out for the overall ETS Round 3 victory which should make for a thrilling climax to the Dutch event.
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