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Prumper wins action packed A1 in Italy

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Yannic Prumper has won an action packed opening A-Main at Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Italy, the Yokomo driver heading a somewhat unexpected Yokomo 1-2 from team-mate Meen Vejrak.  From the start it was an action packed race as Top Qualifier Ronald Volker and the no.2 starting Xray of Bruno Coelho made contact on lap 3.  With Coelho coming off worst and dropping to the tail of the field while Volker continued to lead clearly struggling, the German would then put his Yokomo on the grass allowing five cars through. Posting the fastest lap of the race, once in front Prumper took control followed by Vejrak while the ever spectacular Coelho worked his way back to the front to finish 3rd, followed by Xray team-mate Alexander Hagberg.  Suffering his third incident of the race when he rolled after contact with championship title rival Marc Rheinard, Volker would eventually finish up 7th.  Unfortunately after a good start by HB’s Jilles Groskamp his race would come to a sudden end when the former World Champion collected the Tamiya of Christopher Krapp, his replacement at TRF, which after crashing slid from the middle section of the track and into the path of the fourth placed PRO5, the high speed contact breaking both cars.

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‘A very good start to the day’ was how Prumper summed up the first A-Main.  Describing his Muchmore powered BD7 as ‘a little loose for the first few laps’, putting that down to running on new tyres, he said after that the car was ‘very good’.  Catching up his team-mate he said he the then ‘got unlucky’ as Volker made a mistake letting him to go into the lead and with no pressure from Vejrak the race was pretty straight forward thereafter.  The 21-year-old, who came into the weekend sitting joint third in the standings with Hagberg, is clearly fired up by the prospects of claim his first ETS win his Austria in 2012.

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Continuing to turn around his weekend after qualifying started out with two DNFs, Vejrak was pleased with second from his best ETS starting position of fourth.  Running a different rear arm on his Scorpion powered BD7, he said it gave him more steering but during the race the wind started to cause the car to get loose and he never got to opportunity to take the fight to his team-mate as he played safe to maintain second.  Playing catch-up in terms of setup as he needed to run the car unchanged in the final two qualifiers to be sure of getting two finishes, he said he will further change the car for A2 as he looks for more forward traction.

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‘Unlucky’, that was Coelho’s reaction to finishing third.  A welcomed addition to the championship, this season being his first campaign, the Portuguese star said ‘I overtook Ronald (Volker) but he he put me out’.  Describing his LRP powered T4 as ‘super good’ he declared A2 will be better and ‘next time I will make the pass stick’.

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Giving his view of the incident Volker said ‘Surely it’s not how I wanted to start the day’.  ‘Bruno pushed hard and tried to pass me around the outside but in my opinion he was not far enough ahead for me to give up the corner and unfortunately he suffered a body tuck’. The championship leader said ‘I lacked overall traction from start to finish and I had a hard time just getting around the track’.  Still in the lead, he said through the long right hander he got out of shape touching the paint and it was this that cost him the win.  Hoping his traction issues were only due to his first set of tyres he said hopefully for the next one the second set will be fine.

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‘I improved from 6th to 4th so the race was OK’, was Hagberg’s reaction to the race.  Running third for a time he said a little mistake lost him that position and had it not been his team-mate Coelho he would not have opened up so much.  Describing his T4 as ‘alright’ over the 5-minutes, the Swede said he is ‘pretty optimistc’ for A2 that he can again move up places through the race.

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From 8th on the grid Freddy Sudhoff would finish 5th.  The HB driver said a set-up change made after qualifying gave him a car that better suited his driving style.  Trying a pass on Hagberg at the end of the straight the German said he locked up hard and after that his tyres were done.  Behind Sudhoff, France’s Loic Jasmin would complete the Top 6.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class Marek Cerny would take an easy tone to tone win.  The Xray driver was never troubled  over the 5-minutes as won by over 2-seconds from the Yokomo of Martin Hofer while Team C’s Johannes Sperr completed the Top 3. In Formula, Top Qualifier David Ehrbar made a mess of the start allowing Hofer to lead.  Caught in traffic the German would be pushed out onto the grass allowing Michele Romagnoli to the front where he would stay to win from a recovering Ehrbar.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015 - add a comment

Volker claims 16th ETS TQ in Italy

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On the return of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series to Italy it is Ronald Volker who will start on pole position, the Yokomo driver claiming his 16th overall TQ of the championship at the Road Race Riccione RC Circuit Marco Simoncelli.  With only Bruno Coelho a possible challenger to the defending ETS champion becoming Top Qualifier at the third round of the championship, a mistake by the Xray driver in the fourth & final qualifier allowed Volker to record his third TQ run of the weekend.  Despite losing over 3-seconds, Coelho would still post the second fastest time and the only driver to truly challenge Volker this weekend he will start his first asphalt ETS appearance from 2nd on the grid setting the stage for an exciting head to head dual in tomorrow’s triple A-Mains.  Having come into the weekend as joint leader of the championship with Marc Rheinard, Volker moves one point ahead now and with his arch rival starting fifth that advantage looks likely to grow.  While Rheinard had his best round in Q4 recording his only Top 3 run the same couldn’t be said for his new team-mate & reigning World Champion Naoto Matsukura and the Japanese ace will line-up on the B-Main grid on his TRF debut in the ETS.

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Confident Coelho would not be able to better his Q1 in order to deny him the overall TQ, Volker used the final qualifier to test a set-up change and despite being on used tyres said his LRP powered BD7 was better than the previous run on new tyres.  With better overall balance the German said he was able to push harder pointing out that despite Coelho, who started directly behind him, being on new tyres the Portuguese driver was only closing the gap a little until his error.  Looking to tomorrow’s finals he said he hoped he could bring home the win but added it wont be easy as he expects Coelho to push even harder than he did in qualifying.  His first TQ start since winning the his fourth title in Luxembourg last season, when asked about the track for racing he said normally big tracks are not good but here there are 2 or 3 spots where a different line is possible which could be used to set-up a pass on the exit of the corner.

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‘Car was super fast & super good but I made a mistake’, was Coelho’s take on the closing qualifier.  Last October’s World Championship runner-up, the 21-year-old is very confident for the finals saying ‘for sure I can fight with Ronald (Volker)’ for the win.  His first ETS race on asphalt, he said he has the car to win and he will leave his LRP powered T4 unchanged adding ‘it is just down to him to drive it tomorrow’.

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Starting third on the grid will be Yannic Prumper.  While the Yokomo driver didn’t get to make the most of his second set of tyres in the final qualifier suffering a spin out on lap 4, the German is ‘quite confident’ for tomorrow.  Having suffered a boost problem in Q3 a call to Muchmore’s Mr. Jang indicated that the problem was caused by the overheat protection.  Originally planning to fit a new motor & speedo, mechanic Toni Rheinard instead fit a fan to the motor and for Q4 everything ran with no problems.  Describing third as a good position to be if something happens between Volker & Coelho, he said the big thing for him is to be starting ahead of Alexander Hagberg with whom he is currently tied for third in the championship standings.

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Having started out qualifying with two DNFs, Yokomo’s Meen Vejrak managed to turn things around and secure his best ever starting position of 4th thanks to another strong run in the final qualifier.  Leaving his BD7 unchanged as he didn’t want to take any unessecary risk the Thai driver posted the fourth fastest time ahead of team-mate Loic Jasmin, a result that would also put the French driver into the A-Main.  Having conducted a lot of testing back in Thailand since his last ETS outing last season the former nitro World Champion said his driving style is now better adapted to the Yokomo and that is reflected in his improved competitiveness this weekend.  Preferring to run his own set-up rather than follow that of Volker or Prumper, who have different driving styles, he said together with Yokomo team-manager Robert Itoh they have a few ideas they will try for A1 in the hope of improving the car.

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Commenting on his Q4 performance Rheinard said his TRF419 ‘feels OK’ for the first 7 or 8 laps but then just loses 3/10th of a second a lap which is the same problem he’s been suffering all weekend.  With ‘no pace for the Main’, the championship’s most winning driver said all he ‘can hope for is trouble up front so that he can sneak through’.  Not the weekend the Round 2 winner had hoped for, TRF’s newest signing Christopher Krapp will join Rheinard on the grid as he scraped into 10th position with a 6th in the final qualifier.

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Going into the final qualifier holding provisional 4th on the grid, Alexander Hagberg was ‘very disappointed’ with his closing qualifier.  The Swede was on a strong run but ‘messed up’ on the penultimate lap which dropped him to 9th for the round and he got bumped back to 6th on the starting grid by Vejrak and Rheinard.  The Xray driver said while he hopes to be able to finish higher in the final he said a podium would now be difficult ‘but that’s how it is sometimes’.

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Making his debut for HB in Riccione, Jilles Groskamp will start the finals seventh ahead of team-mate Freddy Sudhoff.  With the high quality field, a number of big names finding themselves in the B-Main, the Dutch driver said for his first race with HB’s new PRO5 7th in qualifying was ‘overall a good start’.  Making an ‘extreme set-up change’, going in the completely opposite direction to before, he said while it ‘absolutely didn’t work’ he was happy that it showed changes make a difference to how the car reacts.  For the final the plan is to use each main to test further set-up and build up data for future races.  While disappointed for long time HB driver Andy Moore who has struggled all weekend he said ‘getting two drivers in the final is good for the new car’.

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‘Super happy to be in the A-Main on asphalt again’, that was Sudhoff’s reaction to qualifying 8th.  Although he made the A-Main on the asphalt surfaced Mattsee round in Austria last season, he said not counting that it has been a while since he has made the A-Main grid at a big outdoor race.  The German said over the last two qualifiers they ‘tried a lot of stuff’ of which ‘some worked and some didn’t’ but as a result they had found a good direction in which to go for tomorrow and he is confident they can find better pace for the final.

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For the Xray Pro Stock A-Main it will also be the defending champion who starts on pole with Marek Cerny claiming his second overall TQ of Season #8.  The Xray driver produced a third TQ run in the fourth and final qualifier ahead of Martin Hofer, a result that will see the former champion start 2nd.   Christian Donath’s Tamiya will line up third with Q1 pace setter Johannes Sperr’s Team C securing fourth on the grid.

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In Formula, David Ehrbar secured Serpent’s first TQ of the season thanks to his Q1 pace as Martin Hofer backed up his Q3 run to take the final qualifier leaving the two German’s tied on points.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Yokomo 1-2 as Volker tops Q3 from Vejrak

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Yokomo claimed a 1-2 in the penultimate qualifier at Round 3 of the ETS in Italy with Ronald Volker topping the times from Meen Vejrak, the Thai driver finally completed a run after servo issues resulted in DNF’s in the opening two qualifiers.  Running his second set of tyres, Volker’s second TQ run of the weekend is a significant one as it leaves his only challenger for the honour of Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho needing to post the fastest qualifier of the weekend on what today is so far proving a slower track.  Still using his first set of controlled Ride tyres, Coelho would post the 3rd fastest time, an impressive pace for tyres that were on their third run, and now goes into the final qualifier armed with a fresh set of tyres.

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Starting from 7th, following his off in Q2, Volker was very happy to capitalise on his fresh rubber with a TQ run.  The German said despite having new tyres the traction was lower than both last night when he TQ’d the opening qualifier and this morning’s run.  Having to deal with ‘a lot of traffic’, he said while the four cars he passed didn’t obstruct him it was a slight distraction none the less.  Planning to use the final qualifier to test a different set-up ahead of the finals, the four time defending champion who jointly leads the current standings with Marc Rheinard believes with the current track conditions Coelho will have his work cut out to deny him the extra bonus championship on offer for the overall TQ.

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Having had a tough start to qualifying due to a servo issue that was only discovered after Q2, with a new servo and a new receiver as a precautionary measure fitted to his BD7 Vejrak was clearly relieved to go the full 5-minutes.  With ‘almost new tyres’, the former 1:10 Nitro World Champion managing only 1 timed lap in the previous 2 qualifiers, the Thai driver said he had no choice but to drive a safe round.  Pleased to get a second he said there was room for improvement with the car set-up but needing to get another strong run he said he wouldn’t risk a change going into the final qualifier.  While he has the advantage of a new set of tyres he said his target would be just to run another clean round and hope its enough to bump him up on the A-Main grid.

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‘Not so bad’ was how Coelho summed up his Q3 performance.  The factory Xray driver said his T4 was ‘super pushing’ as the tyres were ‘finished’ after doing three heats. Having saved his second set for the final qualifier he declared himself as being in a good position for the last round adding he was ready to ‘break balls’.

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Another leading driver to park his car in the grass in Q2, Alexander Hagberg came back to set the fourth fastest time and book his place in the A-Main.  Fourth in Q1, the Swede decided for Day 2 of the event to start out with team-mate Coelho’s set-up.  Unfortunately going off on his opening lap in the day’s first run, the Nitro Touring Car World Champion didn’t get a feel for the set-up change.  Leaving the car unchanged for Q3 but gambling to run his second set of tyres he said while a decent run the set-up didn’t suit his driving style.  For the final qualifier he will go with a set-up of his own.

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Another driver on new tyres, HB’s Jilles Groskamp described his 5th as a ‘safe, solid A-Main run’. Starting off ‘a bit too safe’ and then having to open up to let Volker through, he said with his PRO5 suffering from more understeer than expected for new tyres he just focused on keeping the run clean.  His first outing with his new team he said high speed understeer is still a big problem and he will try a new set-up in Q4 to try and alleviate this issue.

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Despite losing boost during the run Yannic Prumper would complete the Top 6.  The Yokomo driver suspects the problem may have been caused by his motor getting too hot but as a precaution will fit a new motor and speedo for the final qualifier. Running on third run tyres with fresh rubber the Yokomo driver who was 3rd and 2rd in the opening two qualifiers should be a contender for a TQ run.  Behind Prumper, Xray’s Marco Kaufmann enjoyed another Top 10 run with the 7th fastest time ahead of team-mate Tim Wahl.

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Christopher Krapp would be the fastest Tamiya of the round in 9th position just ahead of new team-mate Naoto Matsukura while Marc Rheinard was only 18th. Making a set-up change Krapp said it was the ‘wrong way’ and was frustrated by the fact he was running on his second set of tyres.  He will revert to his Q2 set-up for the last run adding that hopefully he can ‘somehow put it into the A-Main’.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class Marek Cerny claimed his second TQ run.  The defending back to back champion this time put his Xray top of the times ahead of the Tamiya of Christian Donath.  Former champion Martin Hofer enjoyed his best round as he took his Yokomo to 3rd ahead of ARC’s Henrik Heitsch and the Scumacher of Nicolai Lindegaard.

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In Formula, Martin Hofer topped the third round with his  Yokomo ahead of the Xray of Mike Gosvig, the pair the only drivers to run 15-laps of the Riccione track.  Behind them Michele Romagnoli was third fastest while Q1 & 2 pace setter David Ehrbar had a troubled round leaving the Serpent driver only 18th.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Chassis Focus – Yannic Prumper

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Chassis – Yokomo BD7 2015
Motor –Muchmore 4.5T
ESC – Muchmore Fleta Pro
Batteries – Muchmore 6000 mAh
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Yokomo team driver Yannic Prumper is running a box stock BD7 2015 here in Italy, the same car having been used by another driver at the previous round of the series in Germany. Starting with their base outdoor setup that haven’t made too many changes apart from a harder rear diff and less rear toe. The oil in the diff is so hard that they bed in the diff before the start of each heat so it is at working temperature when they take to the grid. At the time of photographing they were going to try a Spec-R steering mount which has more flex than the standard Yokomo part in an attempt to get more mid corner steering.

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2014/15 Championship Standings (Rd3 of 6)

Ride Modified Class
1. Völker Ronald - 460pts
2. Prümper Yannic - 459pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 458pts
4. Hagberg Alexander - 453pts
5. Coelho Bruno - 448pts
6. Wilck Viktor - 439pts
7. Fischer Marc - 428pts
8. Stadler Dionys - 417pts
9. Kaufmann Marco - 416pts
10.Wahl Tim - 416pts
11.Südhoff Frederik - 415pts
12.Orlowski Michal - 407pts
13.Kutvonen Viljami - 404pts
14.Simurda Kuba - 385pts
15.Chodzynski Stefan - 366pts


Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Cerny Marek - 460pts
2. Gosvig Mike - 445pts
3. Hofer Martin - 445pts
4. Mächler Max - 445pts
5. Gassauer Patrick - 435pts
6. Heitsch Henrik - 433pts
7. Hettrich Valentin - 429pts
8. Sperr Johannes - 404pts
9. Kölbel René - 389pts
10.Catelani Nico - 386pts
11.Schneider Marvin - 382pts
12.Wagner Manuel - 379pts
13.Seidl Tobias - 351pts
14.Neubert Clemens - 351pts
15.Rettke Jan - 350pts


Formula class
1. Ehrbar David - 455pts
2. Pichler Roman - 449pts
3. Kölbel René - 443pts
4. Weber Herbert - 430pts
5. Wurmhöringer Markus - 414pts
6. Klausner Michael - 404pts
7. Forrai Gabor - 402pts
8. Drewanz David - 399pts
9. Libar Jacques - 396pts
10.Albarracin Hector - 396pts

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