Chassis Focus – Lars Hoppe

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Chassis – ARC R10 2015
Motor – MuchMore (Handout)
ESC – MuhMore (Handout)
Batteries – XciteRc 7400 mah
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Ko Propo/Graupner
Bodyshell – Blitz GSF
Remarks – German ARC driver Lars Hoppe dominated ProStock qualifying with his example of the 2015 version of the R10 touring car, equipped with a few option parts.  These include an aluminum chassis, low friction transmission parts and ball cups, and a set of shorter shocks from the 2013 version of the car.

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Chassis Focus – Viljami Kutvonen

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Chassis – Awesomatix A700 Evo
Motor – LRP X20
ESC – LRP Flow
Batteries – LRP 6000mah
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Awesomatix
Bodyshell – Bittydesign M15
Remarks – Proving the fastest of the Awesomatix, Viljami’s A700 Evo is sporting here a bunch of new interesting parts. The most important improvement seems to be the new shocks that now allow the changing of the oil viscosity. Another important change is the new chassis plate, that despite featuring the same weight distribution as the previous one, has a narrower shape and therefore more side clearance to prevent the car from touching the ground while rolling. The car also features some new front and rear aluminum lower arms. Right in front of the rear gearbox are two new innovative items: a floating motor mount and a spur gear damper that is meant to absorb the initial torque coming from the motor to increase handling and power management. Last but not least, the Finn is also using the brand new M15 bodyshell from italian manufacturer Bittydesign.

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Video – Modified Qualifying Round 3

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Late Volker error hands Rheinard Q3

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In what was building up to be a great climax to qualifying at the Euro Touring Series season opener in the Czech Republic, a late error by Ronald Volker cost him an all but certain first TQ run of the weekend with Marc Rheinard being the benefactor for his second TQ round of the event.  Had Volker been able to go 30-seconds longer without error it would have set-up a three way showdown for the overall TQ between the defending champion, Rheinard and Q2 pace setter Alexander Hagberg.  In the end the 7/10th lost by Volker would allow both Rheinard and Hagberg to finish 1-2 as he dropped to third, with the three separated by just 2/10ths.  Rheinard & Hagberg are now set to battle for the overall in Hrotovice with the pressure on Hagberg as he needs to top the round in a faster time of the one just set by Rheinard.

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‘That was a hard one’ was how Rheinard summed up the penultimate qualifier. The Tamiya Racing Factory lead driver said ‘Ronald was a little faster that time’ admitting that without his rival’s error he didn’t have the pace to match him as he still struggled with his TRF419 having issue with left hand corners towards the end of the 5-minutes.  Having changed the rear shock position which improved the car slightly he said with his team-mate Viktor Wilck finding a big improvement by changing to the same shock oil front and rear he will also do this for the last round.

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Asked about his run, Hagberg replied ‘bad driving’.  The Swede said his T4 was again good but this time round he just ‘overshot too many corners’.  Confident he has the car to take the overall TQ, he said it’s just down to him to drive it better.

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Volker was clearly upset at having thrown away the chance to be in contention to extend his ETS record of being the driver with the most TQs.  He said ‘I cant be more upset with myself than I am right now’.  Having ‘had it (TQ) in the books’, the Yokomo driver would catch a dot and roll over his LRP powered BD7 on his second last lap.  Having improved the car with it having more steering but becoming a little more difficult he said he couldn’t get the job done and he could only blame himself for such an incident.  Failing to complete one error free run since the start of the event he said it was time to get that sorted in the last one, a good result having the potential to secure him second on the grid.

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Setting the fastest lap of Q3, Wilck said his TRF419 was again a little better.  Having been running light shock oil in the rear of his car, he made them the same going down in the front and up in the rear to 550w all round.  Losing some time behind Serpent’s Marc Fischer, who ended up 8th fastest, the Swede was pleased with the direction he is going now in terms of set-up and he will continue in that direction with further changes for the last qualifier.

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Just 0.027 off Wilck, Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper said it was a ‘clean but just too slow’ run.  Having made the rear of his BD7 wider this left the car ‘pushing like hell’ and for the final qualifier he will go back to a narrower rear track width.

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Completing the Top 6, Juho Levanen put his sudden improvement down to figuring out how to deal with understeer.  Happy with his TC6.2 in practice, the Finn said from the start of qualifying he has struggled with understeer.  Trying running ‘a lot less toe than normal’ in Q3 he said the car worked pretty good and while he would like to work on improving the balance between the car being too hard to drive in the beginning and having too much understeer at the end, because he needs another good result to make the main so he might just opt to run the car as is for the last round.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class a third TQ run from Lars Hoppe saw him secure his first overall ETS TQ.  The ARC driver was again the only driver to run 20-laps of the large track, topping the times from last year’s race winner Jan Ratheisky, Valentin Hettrich and defending champion Marek Cerny.  In Formula, former champion and practice pace setter Herbert Weber took his first TQ run followed by René Kölbel after Q1 & 2 Ratheisky hit trouble while on the TQ pace.

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Hagberg tops Q2 at ETS

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Alexander Hagberg took the second round of qualifying at the season opener of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series this morning, the Xray driver topping the times in the Czech Republic by 0.187 from last night’s Q1 pace setter Marc Rheinard.  A reverse of the order in which the Top 3 finished in the last season’s ETS, Ronald Volker would post the third fastest time with Awesomatix driver Viljami Kutvonen making it four different manufacturers in the Top 4.

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Taking advantage of the early morning open practice on the 24 X 30 metre carpet track, Hagberg said a move to a stiffer spring on his Xray T4 ‘improved the car a lot’.  The Swede said while the ‘nature of the track’ means understeer can never be completely dialled out of any car the changes he made resulted in a set-up that left his car ‘near perfect’ for the conditions.  A two time ETS winner on carpet, the newly crowned nitro touring car World Champion will leave his car unchanged for Q3 adding it’s up to the driver now to get the time out of it.

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Setting the TQ pace for the first half of the 5-minute heat, Rheinard said his second round ‘was ok’.  The Tamiya star was pleased with how his Much More powered TRF419 started out the run but said it pushed more and more as the run went on with the car becoming particularly bad in left corners.  Planning a camber change for Q3, the German said ‘in the end it was very close’ between him and Hagberg and so anything could happen over the remaining two qualifiers.

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Feeling slightly better after getting 9-hours of sleep last night, Volker made a bad first lap. Half spinning his Yokomo and having to drive across the dots, the German believes the unexpected reaction of the car was due to his diff having not be broken in enough.  Leaving Hagberg on his rear bumper, he said he was able to match both his & Rheinard’s pace but due to the track’s understeer inducing conditions he was unable to gain back any of the lost time.  With ‘everyone suffering with understeer’, the 4-time winner of this race said they will change something for the next one in the hope they can somehow find just a little more steering than his rivals.

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Another driver to take advantage of the morning’s open practice, Kutvonen said he was able to evaluate his planned body change.  Running Bittydesign’s new M15 yesterday he had planned to switch to the Nardò for Q2 but on trying it in the practice he found it made the car too aggressive.  Sticking with the M15 he instead changed his swaybar settings making the front harder and the rear softer with this giving him a more manageable level of steering. Feeling the car is now near to their rivals, for the next one he will try to fine tune it by setting the car’s unique suspension to a harder spring setting.  In contrast to the Finn’s competitive run his team-mate Freddy Sudhoff would suffer a heavy crash.  With Marek Cerny getting it wrong on the main straight, last year’s podium finisher made heavy contact with the Xray.  Describing the outcome of the crash as the worst damage he has done to a car since joining the Russian manufacturer, the German said he will have to build up a new car for the rest of the event such was the impact.  Dionys Stadler would enjoy a good run for the team taking his A700 to the 7th fastest time.

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Suffering two bad opening laps without which he feels second would have been possible, Yannic Prumper would set the 5th fastest time.  While he would set the second fastest lap of the round, the Yokomo driver’s DB7 was too edgy to drive at the beginning leading to his bad laps.  With the narrow rear end causing the car to roll too much, his mechanic Toni Rheinard said they will make it wider for Q3 as well as switching over to short shocks.

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Completing the Top 6, Serpent’s Marc Fischer also had to deal with a car that was hard to drive at the beginning of the run.  With this leading to a ‘couple of mistakes’, he said in the end it felt good.  If he can get the car to work like that from start to finish he said Top 4 times are possible and to try and achieve this he will change shock spring and the stiffness of the S411’s geardiff.

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Behind Stadler, star of the recent World Championships Bruno Coehlo set the 8th fastest time.  Copying Cerny’s set-up for today’s action, the Portuguese driver said his T4 had ‘much more steering’.  Running a Top 3 pace before a mistake, he plans to leave his car unchanged and work on cleaning up his driving.  Behind Coehlo, Xray designer Martin Hudy and Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck completed the Top 10.

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Another TQ run for Hoppe in Q2

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Having TQ’d the opening round of Pro Stock qualifying at the ETS season opener, ARC driver Lars Hoppe repeated the performance in Q2.  The German topped the 5-minute qualifier ahead of former champion Martin Hofer despite having to drive the last minute with a collapsed roof.  Again setting the fastest lap, Hoppe was on target for another 20-lap run until he came across an incident on the main straight which he was unable to avoid.  Although he only lost around 1/2 a second, he would have to continue with a distorted bodyshell causing him to drop off his early pace.  Running his R10 the same as he did in Q1, Hoppe said up to that it was pretty much a repeat of the first qualifier.  Very happy with the cars performance he said for tomorrow the only change he would consider is going back from the Super lightweight Blitz GSF to the Lightweight version.

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Having had issues with prototype parts he fitted to his Schumacher for Q1, modifications to these for Q2 would allow the former champion to run a competitive second qualifier.  Running his car standard in practice so to have a good base to work from for testing the prototype parts and topping the first timed practice, Hofer said a ‘mistake building’ it for qualifying left him struggling in the first round.  With it all rectified for Q2 he said he now has a good base to work from and he is confident that they can be stronger for the final two qualifiers.

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Although he fixed the steering linkage issue he had on his Xray in Q1 when he was second fastest, reigning champion Marek Cerny would end up pulling off in Q2 with an ill handling car.  Again having issues with left hand corners, the Czech driver who showed very well on his competitive Ride Modified class debut today, suspects a bad tire is the cause of his problem as having gone over his T4 completely can not find anything out of place.

In Formula, Jan Ratheisky would also make it 2 from 2 again taking his Xray X1 to a TQ run this time ahead of team-mate Francesco Martini.

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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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