Freddy Sudhoff has topped the first round of controlled practice at the Euro Touring Series in Daun, Germany. After an almost 4-month break in ETS action, Sudhoff opened the second round of the championship by taking his Awesomatix to the fastest 3-consecutive laps ahead of reigning champion Bruno Coelho. Behind, Marc Rheinard almost matched Coelho on pace, his arch rival quicker by just 2/1000ths of a second. It was a strong start to the weekend for Xray with Alexander Hagberg and Elliot Harper making it three of their cars in the Top 5. Completing the Top 6 would be Yokomo’s Christopher Krapp with team-mate and winner of the season opener Ronald Volker 8th behind Infinity new recruit Viktor Wilck.
Topping the times by almost 2/10ths, the same margin covering 2nd through 6th, Sudhoff summed up his early pace with, ‘it’s very good so far’. Fourth fastest in the single round of free practice, the German continued, ‘I was just running in my second set of tyres that and both sets have the same pace which is a good thing. I think we just need to fine tune the car now to get a good rhythm for the track’. Asked what he thought of the layout he replied, ‘I think it’s flowing. The only bad thing is the timing loop at the end of the straight. I think they need to make a rule that you cannot make full power on your last lap. I know its hard to control but the times are close and it could make a big difference’. Running the Russian manufacturers mid motor car, Sudhoff said, ‘the base is very good so for the last practice I just want to make some minor set-up tweaks’.
While summing up the first controlled practice as having gone ‘good’, Coelho added, ‘we made some changes to the car and they weren’t the best’. With Sudhoff’s outright fastest lap 3/10th quicker than his, the World Champion continued, ‘the car was still good but we were a little slower than Freddy. We have something to change for the last practice which we think will be better. We will see how it goes’.
‘It’s pretty close up the front’, was Rheinard’s reaction after CP1. The Infinity driver continued, ‘the car felt pretty easy to drive. I was using the Zoo Racing Preopard body. It is good to drive and its stable in the rear but I think I will go to the Protoform Type S for the next one. I will keep the car the same as is and play with the bodyshell’. On the track layout, the German said, ‘It fast and nice to drive but it could be a bit more technical’.
Fresh from winning another Snowbirds National title in Florida last weekend, Hagberg said, ‘It’s always though when you have little track time. Three rounds (of practice) is little time to fine tune your set-up so you hope it works well. This time it was on pace’. The Swede continued, ‘I have broke in both sets of tyres now so I can fine tune the set-up for the last practice’. Asked what he was looking for from his T4, he replied, ‘the track is very technical and the average speed his higher than last year so it is important to have good steering for the 180 corners’.
Summing up his P5 pace with ‘Good so far’, Harper added, ‘I think the track has a nice flowing layout and my car is pretty balance. 3 Xrays in the Top 5 shows the car works well here’. Looking to make a few set-up changes to his LRP powered T4 for the final practice he explained, ‘I want to make the car more consistent over the run. If I can make it a bit easier to drive I can push harder over the 5-minutes of the qualifiers. I just need to make small tweaks’.
Best of the Yokomo team with his P6, Krapp said, ‘I am still kind of getting used to the layout and to finding my rhythm. The shape of the hall makes things a bit different’. On his car the German said, ‘The car is pretty good to drive but there are a lot 180 corners so I need to get it to turn in more for them. I think I will change something on the front end for the last practice because the rear of the car is solid’.
Venue – Sporthotel & Resort Grafenwald Race Hosts – ETS Country – Germany Location – Daun (180km West of Frankfurt) Direction – Anti-Clockwise Surface – Carpet No. of ETS Races hosted – 1
For the second weekend running the small German town of Daun is under an RC Racing invasion. Last weekend the Sporthotel & Resort Grafenwalds was host to a record entry Euro Offroad Series encounter and now this weekend it is the turn of the world’s best touring car drivers to battle it out at Round 2 of the ETS. After a lengthy break of almost four months since the opening race of Season #12 in Vienna, the championship returns to Daun for a second time after the venue successfully debuted on last season’s calendar. Attracting over 320 entries this weekend, drivers get to race on the largest indoor carpet track of the season thanks to the unique shape of the tennis hall in which it is built. Covering an area of 830 square metres, the track which has switched sides in terms of its location in the symmetrical building making it now anti-clockwise in direction, is the work of racers Tobias Baumback and Marvin Gutting who started the build on Tuesday, the EOS track having been cleared away Sunday night. 45m wide and 30m deep in the centre section, a quick modified lap is taking 15-seconds which is a second quicker than last year.
A winner here at the EOS last weekend, taking the 4WD victory, reigning ETS Champion Bruno Coelho described the layout as ‘different’. Winner of the event 12-months ago he added, ‘I can’t say I don’t like the track but the flow is only OK. It has many 180 corners. You can’t really call it technical. You race it point to point where are normal layout you are combining everything together’. He concluded, ‘It’s something different and we need to work on the car for this’.
Taking the top prize at the season opener back in October, Ronald Volker’s initial thoughts on the track layout were, ‘It’s different to last year’s layout. Now it has a lot of hairpins and we are running the opposite direction’. He added, ‘It lacks a bit of flow. It’s more point and shoot. Unfortunately we have only 3 rounds of practice which makes it tough to be on point for the first qualifier’.
The opening round of the 2018/19 Yokomo Euro Touring Series has come to an end and with Ronald Volker already wrapping up the overall win in the first 2 A-mains, the final race of the weekend was to decide the remaining podium places. Starting from what was effectively pole position, Marc Rheinard was never really troubled in the 5 minute race as his competitors behind him faltered. Starting 2nd, Alexander Hagberg would go slightly wide which let Coelho by, however a lap later in the same spot the Portuguese driver would too make a mistake letting Hagberg back through, followed closely by Freddy Sudhoff. Now in a train of 4 cars with star of the event Thimo Weissbauer bringing up the back of the pack, Hagberg was to make a mistake entering the straight letting the following 3 cars through. Two laps later Coelho would roll out of the track at scoring and timing, letting Weissbauer up into 3rd. And thats how it stayed with Marc taking the win from Freddy, with Thimo 3rd, Alexander 4th and Christopher Krapp, who started 9th up into 5th. In the overall standings the result would secure Infinity driver Rheinard the runner up spot, while Hagberg did enough in the previous 2 mains to take the final step on the podium. The Awesomatix pair of Sudhoff of Weissbauer would complete the top 5, while current champion Coelho will have to hope that his 6th place will be one of the Xray driver’s dropped rounds in the championship.
In the Pro Stock class, again with Lauter securing the win and sitting out the final main, the battle was on to find the remaining places. Max Machler, who had taken 2nd in both the first 2 mains, would take the win to secure 2nd overall, ahead of Tim Benson who was able to claim the final podium spot.
Formula proved to be another exciting final as the overall win was still up for grabs, and it would give us our third different winner with David Ehrbar crossing the line first in the fastest time of the three to take the tie breaker and get his 2018/19 season off to best possible start. Unfortunately for the pole man, Simon Lauter’s race went badly as his car hit problems, meaning he missed the podium, finishing up 4th. This allowed Andreas Stiebler and Jan Ratheisky to come through and complete the top 3 for the round and this was how they ended up in the overall results as well.
In the Masters 40+ class Toni Mateo won the 3rd A-main to confirm his runner up spot in the overall, while Peter Miko, who won this class 12 months ago at the same venue, would take 2nd for the leg which would give the Hungarian the final podium place. In the new for this season Stock class, which runs handout Muchmore 17.5T motors, Daniel Pöhlmann was finally able to wrap up the win, having had an issue in A2 which was the only blotch on an otherwise perfect weekend for the German. Mark Valent would end his weekend in 2nd with Krystian Kopacki finishing 3rd.
Chassis – Roche Rapide Evo Motor – Scorpion (Handout) ESC – Scorpion (Handout) Batteries – Gens-Ace 5500mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa Bodyshell – Bittydesign 6R
Remarks – Roche team driver Jacques Libar is running the Evo version of the Rapide, fitted with an aluminium chassis and long front suspension arms. His car also sports a new rear wing mount, designed by Jacques’ brother Laurent that fixes the wing to the chassis instead of the rear pod for improved overall stability, and an optional short rear pod.