Bruno Coelho has capped off his title winning Yokomo Euro Touring Series campaign with a fourth win, the Xray driver wrapping up victory at the season finale at Hudy Arena with another tone to tone win in A2. Top qualifier at the Xray team’s home event, Coelho led home team-mate Alexander Hagberg with Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski the only one able to run with the Xray pairing. With the Top 3 finishing in the same order they started, the gaps between them evenly stretched out. Behind it was Ronald Völker who was the top mover of the race taking fourth ahead of Yokomo team-mate Christopher Krapp at the finish from 6th on the grid.
Commenting on his race, while Coelho was pleased with the win, he was less happy with how his car ran in A2. Having struggled a little in A1 yesterday, allowing Hagberg to almost get within striking distance, the 3-time back to back ETS Champion put that down to something being off in the car after he had an off in the final qualifier. He said, ‘at the start again the car was not so good. I struggled for the first 3-laps. After this the car was very good and I was able to pull away. It’s just the first 1-minute is the problem. I want to find out what the problem is so I will run the last final to try find it’. Reacting to his 4th win of the season and his 4th in succession at the Hudy Arena, Coelho said, ‘finishing here with a win is the best way to end the ETS’.
‘I thought I had a pretty good car but after the first 3-minutes it fell off a little. Maybe I overheated the tyres’, was how Hagberg summed up A2. He continued, ‘Bruno didn’t make any mistakes this time but it was a solid second and shows our cars work well. I hope I can secure second in the last one’.
Orlowski described A2 as, ‘the same as the first one, a boring race, I was just sitting there’. The EOS Champion continued, ‘I was glad I had a big gap behind. Viktor was struggling and held up the field but there was nothing I could do about the Xrays’. Putting in an impressive ETS performance this weekend despite it being only his second outing of Season #11, the Pole said, ‘the sweeper before the straight I am losing the time to Bruno and Alex and this is something we need to improve for next season. For the last one I will drive the best I can and see what happens’.
The second round of A-Mains would also see the 40+ Masters and Pro Stock winners decided. In 40+, Thomas Oehler was again the class of the field and with his win becomes the inaugural Champion of the class that was introduced this season. In the Xray Pro Stock class, outgoing champion Alexander Duchet took an emotional win. The Frenchman has endured a tough season and being able to finish out the season back at the top after intense pressure from new champion Rathiesky clearly meant a lot to the Xray driver. After a clash with Jan Rathiesky in A1 that allowed Simon Lauter through for the win, Olivier Bultynck took the A2 win in Formula from Rathiesky and Lauter meaning it goes to A3 to decide the overall winner.
Chassis – Schumacher Mi6 Evo Motor – LRP X22 4.5 ESC – LRP Flow X Batteries – LRP Graphene 2 HV Lipo 6400 Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Sanwa Bodyshell – Montech Racer Lightweight
Remarks – Enjoying a very strong showing here at the Hudy Arena, qualifying 3rd for the A-Main, Michal is again running the same car he ran at Apeldoorn last month when he had his first ETS outing for the season. The car is fitted new pre production versions of an upcoming optional shock set-up Schumacher will offer called ‘Ultra Short Shocks’. The new offering will comprise of new shock towers front and rear and new short big bore shocks. In terms of set-up changes for the track, on arrival in Trencin Michal found the car’s Apeldoorn set-up to be over responsive and so they induced more rear roll with a longer rear link. They also changed to a slightly softer diff with Michal having been competitive ever since. The other change the Schumacher team made, the UK manufacturer sending two engineers to support their drivers at the ETS season finale, was to mount the body more forward on the car for high speed steering. Apart from the car, Michal’s performance has also been enhanced this weekend by input from his electronics sponsor LRP. Jürgen Lautenbach was on hand for Thursday’s free practice to assist Michal in creating a speedo setting that gave him a better feeling from the power delivery.