Chassis Focus – Matteo Berlincioni

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Chassis – Fenix Su-Zuka
Motor – Hobbywing (Handout)
ESC – Hobbywing (Handout)
Batteries – Intellect
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Ko Propo
Bodyshell – Fenix Phi-Gamma
Remarks – Italian factory driver Matteo Berlincioni is running here in Czech Republic the latest version of Fenix’ Formula car. The front end features some brand new upper and lower arms, that allow for a quicker caster setting without needing to change the arms themselves. they also sport an o-ring as a guide for the front kingpin to smoothen the suspension travel. The steering system has been changed as well, with the servo being brought backwards and is now laid down on the carbon fiber chassis.

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Euro Touring Series Rd1 – Sunday Live

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Rheinard sees off sterling Volker challenge to win

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Yokomo Euro Touring Series Round 1 Top Qualifier Marc Rheinard saw off a sterling challenge from arch rival Ronald Volker to win the opening A-Main at the Czech Republic event.  Leading away the field, the Tamiya driver quickly came under pressure from Volker’s Yokomo with lap 7 producing passes from two of the World’s greatest touring cars drivers that would see a roar of excitement & admiration from onlookers.  Having shadowed Rheinard, Volker took advantage of him running wide on the track centre straight to get his BD7 down the inside at the following hairpin.  Famed for his ability to make passes where most drivers would never contemplate overtaking, at the next corner Rheinard would squeeze his TRF419 down the inside to retake the lead.  Unfortunately as everyone got their breath back and waited for the battle to heat up again, coming onto the straight two laps later Volker would traction roll ending his challenge and leaving him to finish sixth.  Behind an equally close battle for what had become second would see Alexander Hagberg just hold off Yannic Prumper.

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‘Good in terms of the result’ was Rheinard’s reaction to the race.  With both Volker and Hagberg setting faster laps than his best, the ETS’ most winning driver said he just drove defensively.  Describing his car as starting off good he said from then on it ‘just got worse and worse’ every lap.  Asked about his pass, the 3-time World Champion said ‘I ran a little wide which allowed Ronald to get by but I thought I am not letting him have it that easy and got him back at the next corner’.  With no free practice tomorrow morning due to the busy race schedule of the finals, he said defensive driving would have to be his strategy for A2 as he didn’t want to take the risk of running his second set of tyres which in practice left him struggling for steering on an already challenging track.

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‘I think the crowd liked it’, that was Volker’s reaction to the race.  The defending four time back to back champion continued it ‘wasn’t to be my better hand’ but ‘I enjoyed the battle with Marc’.  Happy with the pace of his car, setting the fastest lap of the race, he said while it was ‘not so easy to drive’ he said his traction roll was sudden and unexplainable but his ‘race was done’ because of it.  The 3-time Hrotovice race winner, said he was paying for his mistakes in qualifying having to start behind Rheinard but while passing is challenging he is confident for tomorrow as he was ‘clearly faster than Marc’.

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Inheriting second, Hagberg said he didn’t have a good feeling with his car for the first two minutes.  Feeling as if his T4 was tweaked, the factory Xray driver said as a result he was left to defend rather than challenge for the lead.  The Swede said he had no option but to make changes to the set-up for tomorrow in order to stick with Rheinard & Volker.

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Running all over the rear of Hagberg’s car, Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper was pleased with his race saying his car was the best its been all weekend.  Changing to a different set of tyres, harder rear shock oil and most significantly switching from a Protoform Speed 6 to an LTC-R his car had a lot more steering.  Trying as hard as he did, the 20-year-old said he just couldn’t find a way passed Hagberg but the race has given with a lot more confidence going into A2.

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Having complained of his car being on the limit of wanting to traction roll in the final qualifier Awesomatix driver Viljami Kutvonen described his run to fourth in A1 as ‘slow and safe’.  The Finn changed his set-up to make the A700 Evo easier to drive but said he went too far and it was too easy.  Still happy to improve his starting position by one place for tomorrow he will go back a little on the changes made in the hope of having better pace for A2. Starting his ETS debut from 8th on the grid, World Championship runner-up Bruno Coehlo would complete the Top 6.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class Top Qualifier Lars Hoppe continued his impressive domination taking his ARC to an easy unchallenged win.  As if he needed any help the German benefitted from an initial battle between the number 2 & 3 starting Xray team-mates of last year’s race winner Jan Ratheisky and defending champion Marek Cerny that bunched up the field.  Cerny would get out of shape coming onto the straight hitting the boards and then touching Mike Gosvig as he made a pass.  The contact ended Cerny’s race but four corners later Ratheisky would go off also as a result of contact with Gosvig.  Former champion Martin Hofer was the big benefactor, his Schumacher coming through to take second with Markus Kreder completing the Top 3 just infront of the recovering Ratheisky.

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Formula would also prove entertaining.  Intially Top Qualifier Ratheisky looked to have broke clear but a mistake on lap 4 allowed a very quick David Ehrbar to get right onto his rear wing.  Setting the fastest lap of the race the Serpent driver was very patient but when he went for a move the pair made contact, Ehrbar coming off worse allowing former champion Herbert Weber up through to second.  Finding a way back passed Weber only for Weber to spin him out, the CRC driver would wait and give back the position but Ratheisky was now uncatchable winning by almost 5-seconds.

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Euro Touring Series Rd1 – Saturday Action

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Rheinard is Top Qualifier at ETS opener

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Marc Rheinard is Top Qualifier at the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the Czech Republic event marking the Tamiya driver’s first pole position on carpet since 2010 in Poland.  Going into the fourth and final round of qualifying in Hrotovice the battle for the overall TQ was between Rheinard & Alexander Hagberg but producing his first clean run of the event it was defending Champion Ronald Volker who would go fastest to secure 2nd on the grid demoting Hagberg to third.

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Third fastest in the final qualifier, Rheinard was happy to get the 8th season of the ETS underway from the front of the grid having started the event 4th and 7th respectively on the previous two visits. Finishing 1.7 seconds ahead of his arch rival Volker in Q4, the Tamiya driver said working off just one set of tyres his TRF419 is ‘getting slower & slower’.  Having changed his shock set-up to equal weight oil front & rear for the last round after it help team-mate Viktor Wilck make a big improvement in Q3, the 3-time World Champion said for him this caused the car to push more and have less corner speed.  Planning to revert back to a heavier oil in the front he also plans to return his shock positions to what he ran in Q1 & 2.  Commenting on the race, the championship’s most winning driver with 12 victories, said ‘normally if I don’t crash I should be Ok’ but added ‘having to drive on the limit’ to match is rivals pace this could prove more difficult.

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Having thrown away two potential TQ runs due to late errors, Volker was clearly happy to end qualifying with an error free TQ run. The 3-time winner of the event said ‘finally I got a clean run’ but added ‘I am still not 100% where I want to be’.  Critical of his driving this weekend he said despite the clean run he still hit the corner dots too much.  Having made a ‘major change’ to the set-up of his BD7 the German said the ‘big gamble’ paid off as he was ‘clearly faster compared to the others’.  Disappointed at throwing away Q3, he said the pace is there and now it was time make the most of it.  Like his rivals he said overtaking is going to be a challenge but he hopes with a good start he can pressure Rheinard into a mistake rather than have to see off pressure from Hagberg adding the pace of the Top 3 is very similar.

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Hagberg was rather annoyed with his own performance in the final qualifier having been potentially looking at his second ever ETS TQ but instead ended up 3rd. Confident in the performance of his Xray, the Swede is predicting a really close battle between the Top 3 but admits the opportunities to overtake are very difficult as ‘there is not much room’ to attempt a pass.

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As such heading the other battle of the A-Main, Yannic Prumper will start fourth, the Yokomo driver posting his third P5 run of qualifying this time behind Xray’s Bruno Coelho who produced his best run to book 8th on the grid for his ETS debut.  Going back to a narrower rear on his BD7 the former ETS race winner was pleased with how it ran in the warm-up laps, but mechanic Toni Rheinard said once the run started the tyres picked up traction and he fell completely off the pace.  For the first of the finals the plan is to running a different set of tyres as well as change to a slightly lighter diff oil.

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Enjoying a strong weekend for Awesomatix who have taken podium finishes here the last two seasons with Freddy Sudhoff, Finland’s Viljami Kutvonen completes the top half of the grid.  Sixth fastest in Q4, he said they are on the limit now in terms of traction roll.  While this makes his A700 Evo difficult to drive for 5-minutes he was pleased that he could match the fastest lap times of the Top 3 last time out.  Admitting the Top 3 are at a different level in overall speed he thinks 4th is an achievable goal but said he needs to find something that makes the car a little easier to drive and he will discuss his options with the unique car’s designer Oleg Babich.

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Behind Kutvonen, Viktor Wilck will line his Tamiya up 6th in front of Serpent’s Marc Fischer and Coehlo.  Last year’s BQ, Juho Levanen made the cut this time round thanks to a 10th in the last qualifier with Xray designer Martin Hudy completing the 10 car line-up for what is the 40th race of the ETS.

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In Pro Stock, despite having sewn up his first ever TQ in Q3 Lars Hoppe went to complete a clean sweep of qualifying.  Behind the ARC driver, last year’s race winner Jan Ratheisky will start 2nd followed by his Xray team-mate & defending champion Marek Cerny.  The only driver to have take two wins on an ETS weekend, winning both Pro Stock & Formula at the Sport V Hotel last year, Ratheisky will again start the Formula class on pole position with his new X1 chassis.

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2014/15 Final Standings (Round 1 of 6)

Ride Modified Class
1. Völker Ronald - 155pts
2. Hagberg Alexander - 153pts
3. Prümper Yannic - 152pts
4. Rheinard Marc - 152pts
5. Kutvonen Viljami - 150pts
6. Coelho Bruno - 149pts
7. Levanen Juho - 148pts
8. Fischer Marc - 147pts
9. Wilck Viktor - 146pts
10.Hudy Martin - 145pts
11.Stadler Dionys - 144pts
12.Cerny Marek - 143pts
13.Borowski Julian - 142pts
14.Orlowski Michal - 141pts
15.Ratheisky Jan - 140pts


Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Hoppe Lars - 156pts
2. Ratheisky Jan - 153pts
3. Hettrich Valentin - 152pts
4. Gosvig Mike - 151pts
5. Kreder Markus - 150pts
6. Hofer Martin - 149pts
7. Cerny Marek - 148pts
8. Borowski Julian - 147pts
9. Bopp Bernhard - 146pts
10.Mächler Max - 145pts
11.Vogel Tobias - 144pts
12.Streit Tony - 143pts
13.Gassauer Patrick - 142pts
14.Stocker Alexander - 141pts
15.Homburg Kevin - 140pts


Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 156pts
2. Weber Herbert - 153pts
3. Ehrbar David - 152pts
4. Martini Francesco - 151pts
5. Kölbel René - 150pts
6. Pichler Roman - 149pts
7. Sperr Johannes - 148pts
8. Bultynck Olivier - 147pts
9. Delise Nicolas - 146pts
10.Raimann Daniel - 145pts

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