Rheinard heads Tamiya 1-2 in opening ETS A-Main

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Marc Rheinard headed a Tamiya 1-2 in the opening A-Main at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series season, the Top Qualifier heading home a very evenly matched lead group from team-mate Viktor Wilck. While the race saw no changes of position among the Top 4, drivers had no time to let up with the pack covered by 1-second with Yokomo’s Ronald Volker finishing third followed by Xray’s Alexander Hagberg. The most significant moment of the race at the Hudy Racing Arena was a coming together between Jilles Groskamp and Yannic Prumper, the latter collecting the rear of the World Champion send both cars off onto the grass infield while in the battle for fourth position with Hagberg.

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Moving one step closer to registering his first overall win of the 2013/14 ETS season, Rheinard said ‘for sure it was good result’ but he said his prototype TRF418 didn’t feel as good as yesterday.  The German said while the track was slower due to the sunny hot morning in Trencin, his car wasn’t the same left to right adding it was maybe just down to the set of tyres he had for the race. Very happy with his start, immediately pulling a few tenths on Wilck, he said the Swede made a good comeback and towards the end he was ‘just trying to keep (his) car on track’ to stay ahead of the very close bunch in which all four drivers ran also identical 18.3 second fastest lap times.

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Wilck said he was ‘just too slow at the beginning’ and his start was something he need to improve for A2. Like Rheinard, he too did not feel his car was as good as in qualifying describing the handling as ‘so so’. Suffering from understeer he hopes changes can be made to dial this out with A2 conditions set to be even warmer than A1.

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Winner of the season finale last year, Volker said the sunny conditions had left the track with very low grip and the difficult conditions made it impossible to not make minor errors. Describing the pace of the Top 6 as ‘identical’ he said you might caught up to the driver on a lap and then on the next lap as they make a minor error have to check-up and drop back again. With all the drivers pace so even, the four time ETS Champion said any advantage needs to come from the car and for A2 they will be trying to find something in his Yokomo’s set-up.

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Hagberg said again he struggled at little at the start of the run with his T4 improving as the race progressed. The swede said it was hard to make any progress in the race due to how close everyone was and it was going to take mistakes from the driver in front to find a way past. Saying it was great to see things so even this weekend, Volker having dominated the passed few races, he said for A2 he will just try to push that little bit harder.

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Setting the fastest lap of the race with an 18.297, Groskamp said his Orion powered Tamiya was ‘maximum good’ but not the result.  Ending up 6th behind TRF team-mate Akio Sobue who had started behind him, the Dutch ace said he made a good start getting past Yannic Prumper from where he was slowly able to catch Hagberg. He said it was a ‘shame’ that Prumper made contact with him but the positive of the race was that he had finally got his car to be more consistent over the run with it still fast at the start with far less drop off in performance over the 5-minutes. Ending up 8th, Prumper took full responsibility for contact saying he braked too late.

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In the Xray Pro-Stock class there was also a win for the Top Qualifier with defending champion Marek Cerny taking full control of proceedings to win by a very comfortable margin from David Nemcek, who managed to get past Kuba Simurda early on. Joint championship leader Jan Ratheisky had a lonely racing finishing fourth in front of the Awesomatix of Mike Gosvig who had a good race coming through from 10th on the grid. In Formula, Olivier Bultynck took a very close win over back to back champion Ratheisky as Top Qualifier David Ehrbar, who set the fastest lap, had a tough race ending up 5th.

Ride Modified A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:06.860
2.(2) Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:07.074
3.(3) Ronald Volker (DE) – Team Yokomo – 17/5:07.310
4.(4) Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:07.868
5.(7) Akio Sobue (JP) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:09.934
6.(6) Jilles Groskamp (NL) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:13.708
7.(8) Loic Jasmin (FR) – Team Yokomo – 17/5:14.254
8.(5) Yannic Prumper (DE) – Team Yokomo – 17/5:17.199
9.(9) Viljami Kutvonen (FI) – Awesomatix – 17/5:18.311
10.(10)Alessio Menicucci (IT) – Xray Racing Team – 16/5:02.007

Xray Pro-Stock A-Main Leg 1 Result
1.(1) Marek Cerny (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:01.202
2.(3) David Nemcek (SK) – Xray – 15/5:03.083
3.(2) Kuba Simurda (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:03.353
4.(4) Jan Ratheisky (DE) – Xray – 15/5:06.624
5.(10)Mike Gosvig (DK) – Awesomatix – 15/5:09.485
6.(9) Mustafa Alp (TR) – VBC Racing – 15/5:10.653
7.(6) Tobias Seidl (DE) – Team C – 15/5:11.255
8.(7) Kevin Homburg (DE) – ARC – 15/5:12.095
9.(8) Philip Tschupp (CH) – Serpent – 11/3:54.462
10.(5)Henrik Heitsch (DE) – ARC – 8/2:44.161

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

‘From Race Control’ – Day 3, Finals

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Today is not just Day 3 at the Hudy Racing Arena, in Slovakia but it is also the final day of Season #7 of the ETS. A year that has seen a total of 768 individual drivers contest at least one of the championship six rounds, it is a beautiful sunny morning in Trencin for the concluding day with just finals making up the schedule. For the lower main drivers, two finals lie ahead while the A-Main drivers will do battle three times. All of the racing action can be followed live here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rheinard is Top Qualifier in Slovakia

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Marc Rheinard is the Top Qualifier for the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the 3-time World Champion claiming the honour for the first time in more than a season after he topped the final round of qualifying at the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia.  Needing a TQ run to deny his Tamiya team-mate Viktor Wilck, who topped Q2 & 3, the pair pushed one another extremely hard over the five minutes until Wilck went for an all or nothing last lap that saw the Swede roll at the end of the straight.  Taking the round ahead of this season’s already crowned champion Ronald Volker, Rheinard would end up tied on points but thanks to his fastest Q1 time he would claim his 9th ETS pole position.  A weekend that has seen the Tamiya Racing Factory make a huge step forward in performance, Wilck will start second with Jilles Groskamp and Akio Sobue also on the grid making them the best represented manufacturer.

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Having been critised for venting his frustration at his car lacking pace in the past, Rheinard was understandably very happy not just with his own performance but that of his team-mates adding that Wilck turned out to be a little faster than he expected in Q4.  Describing the run as ‘very close’, the former Champion said starting the heat directly behind Wilck he could see very clearly changes in the gap.  After closing in at the start, he said at the end the Swede really brought it on. Asked if he could convert his No.1 qualifying position into his first win of the season, the German said his main goal coming into the weekend was to secure second overall in the championship and that remains the same.

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Wilck said while in the end the result was great for Tamiya it would have been nice if he had taken the overall TQ.  A Top Qualifier four times previously, he said he lost out at the beginning of the run as he was too slow.  Managing to pull back much of the lost time he said he went for it on the last lap but catching the curb at the end of the straight he rolled losing over one & a half seconds.  Asked about the final, he said he could do with a little more steering something he hoped engineer Kiyo Suzuki would be able to sort out.

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‘Never that happy starting third’ was how Volker summed up his qualifying.  The driver with the most number of TQ’s in the championship having started 15 races from the front of the grid, he said today was a tough day.  Pulling off in Q2 afterstruggling with his set-up and having a motor issue in Q3, he said having just moved to the top of the time sheets it was driver error that was the problem in the final heat.  Clipping a dot half way through the run he would lose over a second & a half.  Driving at ‘more than 100%’ he was able to get back a few 1/10th which helped him move from fifth to third on the grid – him winning the tie break with Alexander Hagberg.  Happy with how his LRP powered BD7 ran in Q4 he said they may just make some small tweaks adding it will be interesting to see how everyone runs on fresh tyres, A-Main drivers getting a new set of Ride tyres for each of the three legs.  Looking to cap off his championship winning season with a win he said his aim for the race was to ‘swap the situation’.

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Starting his team’s home race from fourth on the grid, Xray’s Alexander Hagberg is was disappointed at losing out on 3rd.  On the opening lap of the qualifier the Swede’s ORCA powered T4 overshot the end of the straight costing him valuable  tenths in the extremely closely matched field.  He said the car got better lap by lap and in the end it was really fast but it was all ‘too late’.  Admitting it will be hard to win from fourth he believes he has a good chance at the podium and due to how close everyone was in qualifying it should be very interesting finals.

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Dropping from looking like starting third to ending up 5th, Yannic Prumper said his Yokomo was ‘really good’ for the last qualifier but he ‘just messed it up on my own’.  Clipping the curbing and sending his BD7 onto grass on its roof, the mistake left him 23rd for the round.  The 20-year-old said the car is there to challenge for the win but the loss of grid position means its going to be ‘harder work tomorrow’.

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Completing the Top 6 ahead of team-mate & ETS debutant Sobue, Groskamp said with four cars in the Top 7 and two of the them up front, Tamiya could now say ‘we are back’.  He said the greatest thing about today was that Tamiya had shown they are competitive again adding for him the order is fine as getting the team back up to speed in this world championship year was the most important thing.  Completing the grid Yokomo’s Loic Jasmin will start 8th, followed by the Awesomatix of last year’s Pro-Stock winner at the Arena Viljami Kutvonen with 9-time national champion Alessio Menicucci becoming the first Italian to make the premiere class A-main at an ETS.

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Despite having alreasdy ready wrapped up a very important overall TQ in the Xray Pro-Stock class, defending champion Marek Cerny completed the clean sweep for Xray as he topped Q4 from fellow Czech Xray driver Kuba Simurda who will start second on the grid.  Home driver David Nemcek starts third with Cerny’s title rival Jan Ratheisky starting fourth but the pressure is on Cerny as he needs the win to retain his title.  In the Formula class, Team Serpent’s driver David Ehrbar claimed his second overall TQ of the season and will start the finals ahead of Olivier Bultynck, the VBC Racing driver having denied Ehrbar the win in Luxembourg.

Ride Modified A-Main Grid
1. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya Racing Factory – 310 pts
2. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya Racing Factory – 310
3. Ronald Volker – Team Yokomo – 305
4. Alexander Hagberg – Xray Racing Team – 305
5. Yannic Prumper – Team Yokomo – 304
6. Jilles Groskamp – Tamiya Racing Factory – 301
7. Akio Sobue – Tamiya Racing Factory – 299
8. Loic Jasmin – Team Yokomo – 298
9. Viljami Kutvonen – Awesomatix – 297
10.Alessio Menicucci – Xray Racing Team – 297

Ride Modified Round 4 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:10.779
2. Ronald Volker – Team Yokomo – 17/5:11.915
3. Alexander Hagberg – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:11.997
4. Jilles Groskamp – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:12.535
5. Akio Sobue – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:12.658
6. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:12.758
7. Steven Weiss –  Xray Racing Team – 17/5:13.807
8. Alessio Menicucci – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:13.838
9. Atsushi Hara – Team Yokomo – 17/5:14.042
10.Viljami Kutvonen – Awesomatix – 17/5:14.697

Xray Pro-Stock A-Main Grid
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 310 pts
2. Kuba Simurda – Xray – 306
3. David Nemcek – Xray – 306
4. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 303
5. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 302
6. Tobias Seidl – Team C – 302
7. Kevin Homburg – ARC – 300
8. Philip Tschupp – Serpent – 297
9. Mustafa Alp – VBC Racing – 297
10.Mike Gosvig – Awesomatix – 297

Xray Pro-Stock Round 4 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:07.762
2. Kuba Simurda – Xray – 15/5:10.283
3. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 15/5:10.430
4. Tobias Seidl – Team C – 15/5:10.457
5. Mustafa Alp – VBC Racing- 15/5:11.192
6. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:11.899
7. Kevin Homburg – ARC – 15/5:12.667
8. Mike Gosvig – Awesomatix – 15/5:12.904
9. Marco Siegenthaler – Serpent – 15/5:13.552
10.Barnabas Toth – Yokomo – 15/5:13.586

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Euro Touring Series Rd6 – Saturday Action

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Video – Modified Qualifying Rd3

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Another TQ run for Wilck at Hudy Arena

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Viktor Wilck claimed a second TQ run at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, a result that means Tamiya is guaranteed to claim its first overall TQ honour of Season #7 at the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia. Following a 3-hour delay to proceeding due to rain in Trencin, on the resumption of the Ride Modified class it was again new tyres that determined the top of the timing sheets with Wilck heading a Swedish 1-2 finishing 9/10ths ahead of Xray’s Alexander Hagberg with Awesomatix’s Viljami Kutvonen third, with the best of those on used tyre being Marc Rheinard who ended up 4th quickest. Fastest in Q1 Rheinard, the last TRF driver to claim an ETS TQ & win over a season ago in Austria, is the only driver going into the fourth & final qualifier who can deny Wilck his 5th TQ.

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Part of a team that is much rejuvenated this weekend, Wilck was very happy at being able to back up his Q2 run having seen off a strong challenge from in particular Atsushi Hara. The two time race winner said for the first lap of the 5-minute qualifier his Speed Passion powered TRF418 ‘felt really strange’ with one of the new tyres very unbalanced. Causing him to almost go off at the end of the straight as he struggled to get the car to turn in, he said from then on the problem seemed to sort itself and the rest of the run was ok. Running a new car this weekend, which features ‘a lot of chassis changes’ and a new rear gear diff design, he said the team have made a lot of progress and that is reflected in their new found pace.

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Hagberg said the track ‘felt completely different after the rain’, and his second set of tyres were not as good as he expected. Overall pleased with second, the winner of Round 2 of this season’s championship said he drove to his maximum and the result was all he could do. Feeling they still don’t have the perfect set-up as he could do with just a little more traction, he believes that the final qualifier will be an interesting one as ‘we will get to see what everyone can do on used tyres’.

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Winner of the Pro-Stock class at the Arena last year, Kutvonen said while he had the benefit of new tyres some changes to his A700 EVO transformed the car. Having been struggling with a lack of steering, a change to a harder diff and making the car overall stiffer gave him both good steering & speed. Encouraged by his Q3 run, the Finn said things looked good for a chance of making the A-Main line-up and he hoped with a few adjustments to his new set-up he can get some more traction for Q4.

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‘All I can do on old tyres’ was how Rheinard summed up his 4th for the round. Hoping to be able to deny Wilck the TQ as he looks for the bonus championship point in his quest to beat Hagberg for the runners-up spot in the overall standings, he said it all depended on who had new tyres left. In a ‘used against used’ battle he said he has a good chance but he believes Hara could be a danger as his fellow former World Champion has one set of tyres that has only half a run on them.

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Hara was on for his best run, moving to the top of the timing screens on lap 10 but three laps later he would roll his Yokomo in front of the drivers standing. Costing him 5 seconds, after a DNF in Q1 & 2 he had to continue eventually posting the 17th fastest time meaning he needs a TQ to make the A-Main. The Japanese ace said while his BD7 is getting better every run its steering is still a little too aggressive but ultimately the roll was his own mistake.

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Choosing to run a matched set of fronts from his used sets of tyres due to earlier rain and hoping the final run will be dry, Yannic Prumper was very happy with his 5th. Only 1.1 seconds off Wilck’s new tyres pace, the Yokomo driver said this showed his BD7 was working ‘really good’ and he is very positive for Q4. Unfortunately for his team-mate Ronald Volker the round resulted in a DNF (his pace still leaving him classified 11th for the round). In contention to get a second from the round, with three laps to go he suffered a body tuck at the end of the straight which cost him 3/10ths but ultimately this would make little difference as on the final lap his motor suffered a magnet failure.

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Completing the Top 6 was French Champion Loic Jasmin. Running on a new set of tyres, the Yokomo driver said his car felt ‘so so for the first minute’. Having matched his two sets of tyres by weight, he said this was the heavier set and this was most likely the reason for the slow start but after that he said his LRP powerd BD7 was ‘ok’. With an A-Main start secured, he said for the final qualifier he will make a shock oil change.

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‘Again so close, 7/10ths of a second and I end up 7th’, that was World Champion Jilles Groskamp’s reaction to his Q3 run. Setting the early TQ pace, the Dutch ace said while his Orion powered Tamiya was good at the beginning his set-up was too aggressive resulting in it ‘eating the front tyres too much’ with his pace dropping off significantly towards the end of the 5-minutes. Saying the set-up was fine for the 3-laps practice format, it left the car pushing too much in the qualifiers. Knowing he had to get a good result from Q3, he said that pressure led to a couple of mistakes but he got the job done. For the final qualifier he will switch to a similar set-up to that being used by Rheinard. Having run a pretty standard car so far he will also run some prototype parts which he said Wilck & Rheinard have shown to improve the car.

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Making it three out of three in the Xray Pro-Stock class, Marek Cerny successfully completed the first part of his weekend mission by claiming the overall TQ and more importantly earning the bonus championship point that goes with in. The factory Xray driver again topped the times from Slovakia’s David Nemcek with the ARC of Germany’s Kevin Homburg completing the Top 3. While it was a tough round for title challenge Jan Ratheisky, posting only the 9th fastest time, the German did have a good run in Formula TQing the round from David Ehrbar.

Ride Modified Round 3 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:14.908
2. Alexander Hagberg – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:15.822
3. Viljami Kutvonen – Awesomatix – 17/5:15.828
4. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:15.955
5. Yannic Prumper – Team Yokomo – 17/5:16.080
6. Loic Jasmin – Team Yokomo – 17/5:16.433
7. Jilles Groskamp – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:16.536
8. Marco Kaufmann – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:17.257
9. Meen Vejrak – Team Yokomo – 17/5:17.797
10.Andy Moore – HB – 17/5:18.783

Xray Pro-Stock Round 3 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:12.992
2. David Nemcek – Xray – 15/5:16.258
3. Kevin Homburg – ARC – 15/5:17.282
4. Philip Tschupp – Serpent – 15/5:17.480
5. Mike Gosvig – Awesomatix – 15/5:17.587
6. Kuba Simurda – Xray – 15/5:17.688
7. Tobias Vogel – Xray – 15/5:17.711
8. Nico Catelani – Yokomo – 15/5:18.796
9. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:19.059
10.Mateusz Ogonowski – Yokomo – 15/5:19.279

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

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2013/14 Final Standings

Ride Modified Class
1. Völker Ronald - 622pts
2. Rheinard Marc - 614pts
3. Hagberg Alexander - 608pts
4. Prümper Yannic - 602pts
5. Wilck Viktor - 601pts
6. Südhoff Frederik - 589pts
7. Moore Andy - 584pts
8. Fischer Marc - 582pts
9. Krapp Christopher - 577pts
10.Jasmin Loic - 572pts
11.Levanen Juho - 570pts
12.Kaufmann Marco - 568pts
13.Vässmar Magnus - 565pts
14.Urbain Lucas - 560pts
15.Bultynck Olivier - 560pts


Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Cerny Marek - 622pts
2. Ratheisky Jan - 619pts
3. Hofer Martin - 606pts
4. Heitsch Henrik - 596pts
5. Vogel Tobias - 588pts
6. Gosvig Mike - 584pts
7. Nemcek David - 580pts
8. Simurda Kuba - 575pts
9. Seidl Tobias - 568pts
10.Mateo Toni - 557pts
11.Brickenkamp Wolf - 549pts
12.Buddrus Patrick - 549pts
13.Streit Tony - 542pts
14.Tschupp Philip - 539pts
15.Stutz Beni - 537pts


Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 623pts
2. Bultynck Olivier - 616pts
3. Martini Francesco - 606pts
4. Pichler Roman - 605pts
5. Pumpler Thomas - 603pts
6. Forrai Gabor - 596pts
7. Berlincioni Matteo - 582pts
8. Bühler Andreas - 570pts
9. Slåttsveen Magnus - 565pts
10.Carbone Davide - 554pts

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