Chassis Focus – Bruno Coelho

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Chassis – Xray T4 2016
Motor – Hobbywing Xerun V10G2 4.5T
ESC –Hobbywing Xerun X1o Pro
Batteries – EZ Power 6200 mah
Tires – Volante (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Portuguese star Bruno Coelho is running a close to standard 2016 version of the Slovakian made T4. Fitted with titanium and aluminium Hiro Seiko screws, his car features a front brass wishbone support, heavy duty outdrive blades and an aluminium steering system.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Volker takes first win of his ETS title defence

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Ronald Volker finally got the defence of his Yokomo Euro Touring Series title on track with the first win of the season at Round 3 in Austria.  After fending off an intense challenge from ETS Germany winner Bruno Coelho in A1, the Yokomo driver took a relatively easy A2 win finishing more than a second clear of his Xray rival. A race that would see the Top 5 finish as they started, ETS Czech winner Marc Rheinard finished the leg third a further 1.3 seconds back followed by Alexander Hagberg and Viljami Kutvonen.  Wrapping up his first win in almost a year, which he incidentally was also claimed in Austria, Volker becomes the third different winner of the season as the championship now prepares to move outdoors onto asphalt for the second half of the season.

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‘It’s been a super weekend, it needed to be if I was to be a title contender’, was how Volker summed up his 13th ETS victory. Chasing a sixth consecutive title in the premiere Volante Modified class but struggling at the opening two rounds, the German said, ‘we worked hard on our car set-up in the lead up to this race and it paid off. Thanks to Umino and the rest of the team. It worked out perfectly’.  Commenting on A2 in which he set the fastest lap, he said ‘from the start I was able to hold the gap over Bruno but after 3-4 laps he started to come closer so I pushed harder aiming to maintain the gap but I started to pull away which meant I was able to take it easy the final minute’.   Asked about the upcoming switch to asphalt, Round 4 taking place in Italy next month, he said,’it is so tight with Bruno and Marc you can’t predict how it will be’.  He added ‘while we are working very hard to improve so are the others so it is wide open for the title’.

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Although he was unable to repeat the impressive challenge he mounted in A1, Coelho still declared A2 ‘a good result’.  The Portuguese ace felt the track had changed second time round and with ‘less traction’ the rear of his Hobby Wing powered T4 was in particular ‘loose in the chicane’.  As a result he said he could ‘take no risk’ there.  Looking to A3 with second overall still undecided, when asked if he would change his car set-up for the final encounter he said ‘I think I will leave it alone as we are still a little faster than Marc’, Rheinard being the only one who can demote him to the final step on the podium.

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‘Just not fast enough’ was Rheinard’s reaction to the race.  Not getting to full gauge his pace again Volker and Coelho in A1 after contact from Hagberg, the Tamiya driver said ‘there is a little bit missing (in the car’s performance)’.  With the car losing steering as the race goes on, when asked if he would change it for A3 he replied, ‘I’m not sure, to be honest I don’t know what to change’.  With a crash from Coelho his only real chance of second overall he said, ‘Like I said before I need to be on the podium. I could try to race Bruno but I also need to look behind me to protect a podium finish’.

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Also being decided in A2 was the Xray Pro Stock winner with Top Qualifier Jan Rathiesky claiming his second win of the season to extend his lead at the top of the standings.  A fraught race, after which reigning Champion Marek Cerny found himself excluded from the event for unsporting behaviour, 10th place starter Tom Krägefski would finish the leg in second, with Helge Johannessen completing the Top 3.  In the Serpent Formula class, a mistake from Ratheisky means A3 will decide if the reigning champion can claim a third consecutive win of the season.  Winning A2, Roche driver Olivier Bultynck will be hoping to deny the Xray.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Video – Modified, Pro Stock & Formula A2

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Volker fends off Coelho in A1

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Ronald Volker saw off intense pressure from Bruno Coelho to win the opening A-Main at Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria this morning.  Top Qualifier for the race, the only let up for Volker came when Coelho’s car tapped the boards but he quickly recovered with his Xray again all over the rear bumper of the Yokomo.  Despite laying down the fastest lap of the final on his penultimate lap, a slow final lap meant Volker would hold on to win by 3/10th of a second.  Behind them Viljami Kutvonen would complete the Top 3 almost 4-seconds back, the Awesomatix driver benefiting from Alexander Hagberg making contact with Marc Rheinard in the 2nd minute of the race.  Rheinard would end the race 4th, 9/10th back from Viljami followed by Hagberg and Team Associated’s Juho Levanen.

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‘Super happy with A1’ was how a relieved Volker summed up what he would go on to describe as ‘one of the most pressured races ‘he’s done’.  Chasing his first win of the ETS season, the reigning champion said, ‘Bruno was hanging on my ass for the first two minutes but then I managed to get a small gap which meant I didn’t have to worry every corner about having him on my tail’. Hoping for another clean race in A2, the German said, ‘(he) was able to see where (Coelho) was faster which might help for A2’ adding ‘we won’t be changing the car’.

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Coelho described the race as ‘very good’ adding it was ‘amazing to race close and clean’.  With the fastest lap of the race which was 2/10th faster than that of Volker, said ‘congratulation to Volker, he defended well’.  Looking to A2, the joint championship leader continued, ‘I will try to do the same, actually, better in the next one but the track is super tight’.

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‘Pretty much how I planned it’ was Viljami’s response to how his race had gone, continuing ‘there was an accident in front of me and that promoted to third’.  Collecting Hagberg’s car after the Xray made contact with Rehinard after the fast chicane, Viljami said this left his A800 ‘a little tweaked’ but he was still able to ‘cruise’ the rest of the race.  Describing his car as ‘OK’ before the incident, he is undecided as to whether to make a set-up change, his fastest lap one of the slowest of the race.

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Rheinard’s reaction to the race was, ‘I thought I had a good starting position but probably not’.  Describing his start as good, the winner of the season opener said he ‘just tried to stay with Bruno and not hit him but then got hit by Alex’.  While the contact from Hagberg was ‘not on purpose, just unlucky’, the 4-time World Champion said it ‘ruined’ his race’. With his car TRF419X ‘really good’, the German is hoping for a cleaner A2.

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Also describing his car as ‘really good’, Hagberg said when Rheinard went wide in the chicane he tried to pass but they ‘came together’.  Given a penalty for the failed pass, the Swede said ‘It was my fault I guess’ adding he’d ‘try again the next final’.

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In Pro Stock and Formula Jan Ratheisky had a very successful start to his day taking both A-Mains from the TQ pretty much unchallenged over the 5-minutes.  In the Serpent Formula class, the Xray driver put in a dominant drive to win by 2-seconds from the Roche of Olivier Bultynck.  Behind them Serpent’s David Ehrbar would get by the No.3 Yokomo of Andreas Myberg to complete the Top 3.  In the Xray Pro Stock encounter, Ratheisky led an Xray 1-2 from reigning champion Marek Cerny who mounted a late charge followed by a recovering Tony Streit, the latter having got a penalty for a contact with Valentin Hettrich on the opening lap.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Video – Modified, Pro Stock & Formula A1

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Chassis Focus – Viljami Kutvonen

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Chassis – Awesomatix A800 “A”
Motor – LRP X20 4.5T
ESC –LRP Flow
Batteries – LRP 5600mAh “LCG”
Tires – Volante (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R 2.0
Remarks – Having just secured his best grid position of the ETS season, Finnish ace Viljami Kutvonen is running the “A” version of the Russian made touring car which means he is using an aluminium chassis, the A800 coming with a carbon chassis as standard. His car also sports new, wider suspension arms that feature adjustable pivot balls to make it easier to adjust the car’s width. He is also using a new centre chassis stiffener which also doubles as a 65g weight.

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Saturday, April 9, 2016

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd3

Volante Modified Class
1. Coelho Bruno - 461pts
2. Völker Ronald - 460pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 460pts
4. Hagberg Alexander - 455pts
5. Kutvonen Viljami - 444pts
6. Stadler Dionys - 441pts
7. Prümper Yannic - 438pts
8. Jefferies Olly - 433pts
9. Krapp Christopher - 429pts
10.Harper Elliott - 428pts
11.Fischer Marc - 424pts
12.Orlowski Michal - 422pts
13.Jasmin Loic - 421pts
14.Kaufmann Marco - 410pts
15.Südhoff Frederik - 409pts

Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 465pts
2. Johannessen Helge - 452pts
3. Krägefski Tom - 449pts
4. Hofer Martin - 441pts
5. Hoppe Lars - 438pts
6. Gosvig Mike - 432pts
7. Kreder Markus - 425pts
8. Hettrich Valentin - 424pts
9. Mächler Max - 422pts
10.Vogel Tobias - 421pts
11.Rettke Jan - 416pts
12.Gassauer Patrick - 409pts
13.Benson Tim - 408pts
14.Asendorf Noah - 407pts
15.Collina Mattia - 403pts

Serpent Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 468pts
2. Bultynck Olivier - 458pts
3. Ehrbar David - 450pts
4. Weber Herbert - 447pts
5. Kölbel René - 443pts
6. Martini Francesco - 440pts
7. Stocker Alexander - 439pts
8. Hofer Martin - 433pts
9. Peter Miko - 432pts
10.Libar Jacques - 421pts

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