Coelho takes Xray home win at ETS finale


Having joined the Euro Touring Series’ elite list of race winners with victory at the penultimate round of the championship in Luxembourg last month, Bruno Coelho has backed that up with win number 2 of his debut ETS campaign today at the Hudy Racing Arena.  Securing a career first ETS TQ in Slovakia, the Xray driver secured the overall win at his team’s home track with an even more convincing win in A2 ahead of team-mate Alexander Hagberg.


Happy with his LRP powered T4 in A1, when the winning margin was just 0.257 of a second, Coelho said his car ‘was amazing’ for A2.  Winning by 1.5 seconds, the 22-year-old said his car was like how it was in Q2 when he set a blistering TQ pace adding ‘maybe the improvement was due to a good set of tyres’. Able to drive ‘super safe’ he said he could still open up a gap over Hagberg.  An extra special win for Xray, the Portuguese driver, whose arrival on the electric touring car scene has injected new found interest in the category, said today’s win was big day for all his sponsors.  A relative unknown prior to the World Championships last October where he finished runner-up, it was this performance that catapulted him onto the international scene as Xray signed him up to head their team alongside Hagberg.  Coelho said after a ‘difficult beginning’ to his ETS campaign, him openly admitting nerves at the first few races were an issue, it was great to end the ETS season with two wins.  The only double winner this season along with champion Ronald Volker, he said with his debut season complete the goal next year was firmly set on lifting the overall title.


On target to make it an Xray 1-2, Hagberg felt his T4 was not as good as the opening final. Putting that down to possibly his second set of tyres not being as good as those he ran in A1, he said the car was still good enough with third placed starter Meen Vejrak unable to catch him.  Setting the second fastest lap of the race just 0.062 off Coelho’s best, the Swede said his aim for A3 was to lock up an Xray 1-2, a feat the Slovakian manufacturer has not before achieved.




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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Coelho takes A1 at ETS Slovakia


Bruno Coelho took a straight forward tone to tone win in the opening A-Main at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia.  Starting from his first ETS pole position, the Xray driver led home team-mate Alexander Hagberg for what could be a significant result for the team at their home race with the threat of rain making it likely at least one of the two remaining Mains will not be run.  Closest to the Xray duo, who were a class apart throughout the 5-minutes leaving the rest of the field behind, would be Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard. Starting fourth Rheinard inherited 3rd on the opening lap after a mistake from Meen Vejrak and then survived a challenge from Yannic Prumper to hold that position to the finish.


Posting the fastest lap of the race, himself & Hagberg the only drivers to manage 17-second lap times, Coelho said it was a ‘super good race’.  Breaking away when Vejrak’s error delayed the pack on lap 1, the 22-year-old who is looking very strong to back up his maiden ETS victory in Luxembourg to match champion Volker as the only double race winner of the season, described the rest of the race as ‘controlled’.  While Rheinard would close a little, the Portuguese driver said he was always comfortable with the gap over both Hagberg and the German.  Looking to A2, which will end today’s action as heavy rain is expected in Trencin overnight, he said ‘I will just try to repeat what I did in the first one’.


Hagberg said it was ‘a nice clean race’.  Describing his T4 as ‘very good’ he said while he closed the gap a little to Coelho he never got close enough to be in a position to make a pass.  Asked if he thought he could mount a stronger challenge in A2 the Swede said he is very happy with how his car is performing and while he could push a little harder he ‘(doesn’t) want to risk (their) postions’.  The third year the Arena has hosted the ETS finale, Xray have never won at the track which is next to their factory and a 1-2 in front of what is a record entry for the World famous championship would then be a dream result.


‘Not too bad’ was how Rheinard summed up the race.  The German said he lost touch with the leaders on due to Vejrak. Encouraged by how he closed the gap towards the end, he added ‘it was too late’.  Looking to secure second overall in the championship, a position he has claimed for the last four seasons behind Volker, he said his focus was on finishing third overall today as that would be enough to stay ahead of Hagberg in the points.


In the Xray Pro Stock class defending champion Marek Cerny threw away possibly the title.  With a mistake from Nico Catelani on the opening lap allowing the Xray of Jan Ratheisky to the front, the German would open the door to allow team-mate Cerny to take the lead.  With Helge Johannessen coming together with Ratheisky, this allowed Schumacher driver Tobias Seidl to hunt down Cerny.  On the last lap the pressure got to the Czech driver as he put his T4 on its side with 30-seconds to go.  A delighted Seidl took the win from Johannes Sperr as Cerny dropped to ninth putting the pressure on himself for A2 if he is to snatch the title from ARC’s Lars Hoppe who failed to make the A-Main after the fourth round of qualifying was cancelled due to weather concerns.  In Formula, Jan Rathiesky took a last night victory from the Serpent of Top Qualifier David Ehrbar with Mike Gosvig completing the Top 3.




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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Chassis Focus – Andy Moore


Chassis – HB Pro5
Motor – Hobbywing
ESC –Hobbywing
Batteries – Moorespeed 6200mah
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Making his return to the A-Main as best HB driver here in Trencin, Andy Moore is using a pretty standard version of the Pro5. The only options featured are Lunsford titanium screws and turnbuckles, while the front caster block are from the TCXX.

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Bruno claims home TQ for Xray


Bruno Coelho has secured a home TQ for Xray at the final round of the 2014/15 Yokomo Euro Touring Series.  Claiming his first win of the World famous championship at the previous round in Luxembourg, today’s qualifying result at the Hudy Racing Arena is the first time the Portuguese star has taken the honour of being Top Qualifier.  With light rain forcing the cancellation of the fourth scheduled round of qualifying going into the third round Coelho’s Q1 & 2 TQ runs meant he already assured of pole position.  Team-mate Alexander Hagberg however would go on to take Q3 once action resumed on a dry track compounding Xray’s celebrations as the result made for a 1-2 on the grid for the Slovakian manufacturer.  Behind Hagberg, Meen Vejrak had a strong qualifier to post the 2nd fastest time securing the Yokomo driver third on the grid ahead of Marc Rheinard.  For champion elect Ronald Volker he will have to lay claim to his fifth consecutive ETS title from 8th on the grid.


‘Super happy’ was Coelho’s reaction to claiming his first TQ. The 22-year-old World Championship runner-up’s first full season of ETS, he said it was nice to achieve this at what is ‘a special race for Xray’.  Commenting on his third qualifier in which he made two mistakes, the 22-year-old said his LRP powered T4 was amazing but he twice got too close to the curbing launching it into a roll each time.  Looking to the final, expected heavier rain over Trencin for Sunday meaning A1 & 2 will run later today, Coelho said the finals ‘will for sure be difficult’.  Potentially able to wrap up his debut season of ETS with a Top 3 in the overall standings he said, ‘For sure I want to win but Alex has found a good set-up and is super fast so it’s not going to be an easy race’.


Surviving a bobble and then somehow missing an out of shape Viktor Wilck, a moment he said led him to ‘almost (have) a heart attack’, Hagberg said his ORCA powered T4 was ‘really good’ allowing him to control the race.  Setting the fastest lap of the round, the nitro touring car World Champion paid compliments to his team-mate saying the arrival of Coelho into the team has been hugely beneficial.  With a lot more information to share by having Bruno onboard he said his input has been very useful for the development of the T4 which he said they have improved a lot  on asphalt.  Asked about the final, Hagberg said he would just follow Coelho at the start and see what happens.


Claiming his best ETS qualifying result with 3rd on the grid, Vejrak was very happy wtith his final qualifier. Claiming his first ETS podium at Round 3 in Italy this season, the Thai ace said while his Scorpion powered Yokomo was good in Q3, helped by having new tyres, he needs to find more steering if he is to be able to race for position in the finals.  Having set the pace in practice, team-mate & ETS Round 3 winner Yannic Prumper will start 6th.  Starting from his worst grid position of the season, 8th, Volker said with his Q1 DNF and the cancellation of Q4 he knew he had to just finish his third qualifier.  He said he had mixed emotions as while he came here to win the championship, a goal he will complete, he would like to be capping off the season battle with a third race win of the season.  Still not happy with his spare car, his race car destroyed in the high speed off in Q1, he said they will make a big change for A1 adding he has little to lose but if it’s good he can hopefully make up places.


Another driver who needed to put in a clean run or risk not making the A-Main, Rheinard said ‘I took no risks and just cruised around’.  With this approach netting him the third fastest time, the Tamiya driver will start from 4th on the grid.  Aware that his second overall in the championship standings is under threat due to the two Xray’s starting up front, last year’s winner said he would just push for the best result he could adding calculating the various point scenarios wasn’t going to change the outcome of the race.


Surviving a spin to finish the round 7th fastest behind Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski, that was enough to secure 5th on the grid for Serpent’s Viktor Wilck.  With a DNF in Q2 meaning he needed a good run to make the A-Main he said his S411 was ‘not so good’ as he struggled with ‘maximum push’.  He said considering this, starting 5th was ‘still ok’ adding if he gets ‘lucky with tyres’ for the finals he is confident he can fight with Rheinard and Vejrak while ‘Bruno & Alex pull away at the front’.


In the Xray Pro stock class Nico Catelani claimed his first ETS TQ, the Yokomo driver topping the times for a second time in the third qualifer.  Behind the Italian, Xray’s Jan Ratheisky will start second followed by reigning champion Marek Cerny.  For championship leader Lars Hoppe, the cancellation of Q4 means the ARC driver will start in the B-Final meaning he can only watch to see if Cerny does enough to be able to snatch a third consecutive title.







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2014/15 Final Championship Standings

Ride Modified Class
1. Völker Ronald - 616pts
2. Rheinard Marc - 613pts
3. Coelho Bruno - 612pts
4. Prümper Yannic - 610pts
5. Hagberg Alexander - 609pts
6. Wilck Viktor - 595pts
7. Fischer Marc - 594pts
8. Jasmin Loic - 584pts
9. Südhoff Frederik - 577pts
10.Groskamp Jilles - 575pts
11.Krapp Christopher - 575pts
12.Moore Andy - 568pts
13.Kaufmann Marco - 565pts
14.Kutvonen Viljami - 560pts
15.Stadler Dionys - 557pts

Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Cerny Marek - 615pts
2. Hoppe Lars - 613pts
3. Ratheisky Jan - 610pts
4. Gosvig Mike - 604pts
5. Hofer Martin - 604pts
6. Borowski Julian - 596pts
7. Donath Christian - 593pts
8. Catelani Nico - 592pts
9. Heitsch Henrik - 590pts
10.Gassauer Patrick - 588pts
11.Kreder Markus - 588pts
12.Mächler Max - 583pts
13.Sperr Johannes - 578pts
14.Lindegaard Nicolai - 576pts
15.Hettrich Valentin - 572pts

Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 623pts
2. Ehrbar David - 616pts
3. Gosvig Mike - 601pts
4. Libar Jacques - 596pts
5. Bohlen Jan - 589pts
6. Hofer Martin - 586pts
7. Weber Herbert - 586pts
8. Kölbel René - 586pts
9. Wurmhöringer Markus - 571pts
10.Martini Francesco - 567pts

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