Bruno claims home TQ for Xray

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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.

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‘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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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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Chassis Focus – Viktor Wilck

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Chassis – Serpent S411 Eryx 3.0
Motor – Speed Passion 4.5T
ESC – Speed Passion
Batteries – MTB 6500 mAh
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Serpent team driver Viktor Wilck is running a car with a number of pre production parts that we will see on the next version of the S411, scheduled to be released in time for the indoor season. In addition to the new bigger diameter shocks and taller shock towers, there is a narrower steering rack that allows for a wider Ackermann angle. The c-hub pins have also been moved 1mm outwards on the front wishbones.

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Xray 1-2 as Coelho repeats in Q2

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Bruno Coelho headed an Xray 1-2 in the second round of qualifying at the sixth & final round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia. As darkness started to fall on the Hudy Racing Arena, Coelho backed up his Q1 topping performance with a super fast TQ time ahead of team-mate Alexander Hagberg.  While Coelho had a clear advantage in the cooler night conditions over his rivals behind him little separated the next three drivers with Yannic Prumper completing the Top 3 behind Hagberg with Marc Fischer only 1/10th further back. For title challenger Marc Rheinard and reigning champion Ronald Volker the qualifier would see both drivers lack pace to set the 5th and 6th fastest times respectively.

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‘Super good, I have never had a car as good as it was today’, that was Coelho’s reaction to his second run, which Volker was one of the first to declare is a time that will be impossible to beat in tomorrow’s remaining two qualifiers.  Having ‘super steering and super grip’, the winner of the previous ETS encounter, the biggest challenge of the qualifier was visibility but added ‘luckily my colour scheme is good for such conditions’.  The third time the Hudy Racing Arena, home to the Xray factory, has hosted the ETS there was plenty of celebration in the Xray pits with Coelho moving close to giving them a first home TQ.

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Hagberg said he was ‘Glad the car was OK after the hard Q1 crash’.  The Swede drove conservatively at the start as he struggled with the darkness but as his eyes adjusted to the conditions he said he was able to push harder.  ‘Surprised’ by Volker and Rheinard’s lack of pace he said he was looking forward to tomorrow knowing that he has a good base to work from adding he would push more in Q3.

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Making a mistake in the same spot where he rolled his Yokomo in Q1 only this time he managed to save it from going over, Prumper said driving condition were very difficult.  Running a number of different parts on his BD7 compared to Volker, he said the dark and high traction was challenging.  The 21-year-old said having been able to run the same pace as Coelho in warm daytime conditions, in the cold he can’t match the Portuguese driver.

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‘Very good but I messed it up myself’, was how Fischer summed up his run to the fourth fastest time.  The Serpent driver, having lost half a second off his practice pace in the first qualifier when he put on his first set of race tyres, said switching to his second set for Q2 transformed his S411.  Describing it as a ‘different car’ in Q2, the German said on hearing he was running second to Coelho but not knowing the gap ‘pushed way too hard’ to try and catch him but this caused the car to understeer and soon he was losing places. Having ‘relaxed after 3-minutes’ he said he ended the qualifying driving good again. For team-mate Viktor Wilck who was second in Q1, his second attempt would end up on the grass as he clipped the curbing with the Swede then opting to pull off.

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Declaring his title hopes are over, Rheinard said ‘(I) just wasn’t fast enough’.  The winner of this event 12-months ago, the Tamiya lead driver said their car was better in the daytime and they knew the late qualifier was going to be difficult having lost pace in yesterday’s final practice when the temperatures dropped.  Third in Q1, TRF team-mate Akio Sobue would set the 7th fastest time with Christopher Krapp again 9th.

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Sensing a fifth consecutive title could be his at the end of Q3 tomorrow, Volker had to run his spare car in Q2.  Having destroyed his main car after a high speed off on the straight in the opening qualifier he said the second car, while decent in practice, was a little out of balance and he wasn’t confident with it.  Planning to do a complete set-up change for tomorrow he said hopefully they can try to improve and get a decent grid position.

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In the Xray Pro Stock class emerging talent Nico Catelani TQ’d the second qualifier ahead of reigning champion Marek Cerny while Q1 pace setter Jan Ratheisky was only 5th fastest.  It was another troubled round for championship leader Lars Hoppe, the ARC needing to pull off a good Day 2 as he sits 31st overnight in the qualification rankings.  In Formula, Serpent’s David Ehrbar had the perfect day TQ’ing both qualifiers with already crowned champion Ratheisky getting a P2 in the Q2.

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Coelho TQs opening qualifier in Slovakia

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Bruno Coelho has TQ’d the opening round of qualifying at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia.  The Xray driver topped the times at the Hudy Racing Arena from Serpent’s Viktor Wilck as a number of drivers suffered heavy damage following offs.  Reigning champion Ronald Volker destroyed his Yokomo when it made contact with the barriers after flying off the track at the Arena main straight left hand kink.  Alexander Hagberg would suffer similiar faith.  The only driver who can deny Volker a fifth consecutive ETS title, Marc Rheinard would also crash out of the qualifying after a mistake over the curbing in the infield launched his Tamiya into a catch wall resulting in a broken wheel.  With Rheinard a DNF, it was Akio Sobue who would be the top Tamiya with the Japanese star completing the Top 3.

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Opening the qualifier with his fastest lap, being one of only 4 drivers to do a 17-second lap, Coelho said his T4 was super fast at the beginning of the race.  Seeing both Volker and Rheinard crash out and then a mistake from practice pace setter Yannic Prumper, the Luxembourg winner said he switched to a ‘super smooth’ driving style so as to avoid any mistakes.  In the end the approach paid dividends as he took the round by 3/10ths from Wilck.  Very happy with how his car ran the 5-minutes he said for Q2, despite it taking place in much cooler conditions due to it being the closing run of the day, he would ‘just check it over’ and leave it unchanged.  Asked about his crash, team-mate Hagberg said he was just driving his ‘normal line and the car spun out without warning’. The Swede, who was holding P2 at the time, said his ‘tyres were ok’ and the only thing he can think of for causing the off is that he caught some air under the car.

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Wilck, while pleased to open with a P2 was also slightly frustrated by a loss of power towards the end of the run. The Swede said his Speed Passion motor had been a little hot in practice but going from 4 to 5-minute runs for qualifying the extra minute was enough to push it over the limit.  Describing his S411 as very easy to drive in anticipation of cooler Q2 conditions he said he will make a small set-up change for the night time run.

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Star of Round 4 of the ETS at Mattsee in Austria, Sobue was pleased with his TRF419 in Q1.  Running in the second fastest heat the Japanese driver said while he had ‘a clean run’ there was time to come from the driver.  Another driver contemplating a set-up change for the drop in track temperature for the second qualifier, he said in addition to the car changes he would drive the round more aggressively. Team-mate Christopher Krapp would post the 9th fastest time.  The German said going up in the rear diff oil instead of curing his oversteer made it even worse. Set to go back on the diff setting he will also switch to the same shock towers and shock set-up as Sobue.  Running 3.0mm thick towers on his TRF419, he will switch to the 3.5mm Sobue ran and reportedly make the car feel more direct to drive due to the extra stiffness.

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With Volker’s sudden exit from the track, it was Meen Vejrak who would be the fastest Yokomo for the round finishing 4th ahead of team-mate Loic Jasmin.  Describing it as a good start to qualifying, the Riccione podium finisher said his car was OK but pushed more than he would like.  The 2012 nitro touring car World Champion also reported a lack of ‘punch’ from his electrics and the Thai driver will change the settings for the next one.  ‘Suprised’ was Jasmin’s reaction to his P5 time.  The multiple French National Champion and Luxembourg A-Finalist said his BD7 felt both slow and strange to drive, something he put down to the hot weather at the time of the qualifier.  Admitting he didn’t drive the 5-minutes very well he said there is time to be gained there and he would also make a set-up change.

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A driver who probably knows this track better than anyone else, Xray designer Martin Hudy completed the Top 6.  With the office where he designed the T4 overlooking the track, he said the result was ‘better than expected’.  With his ‘car very good’, he said after a ‘super good start’ his driving would cost him some time.  Getting caught by Sobue, he started to overdrive allowing the Tamiya to pass him.  Once following Sobue however he said his driving improved again.  For Q2 he said he knows the car is good and he just needs to concentrate on his own driving rather than the other drivers on the track.

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Top seed for qualifying, Yannic Prumper said ‘I messed it up on my own’.  Setting the fastest lap of Q1 with a 17.816 lap time, the ETS Italy winner rolled over his BD7 on lap 6 costing himself over 2-seconds.  The Yokomo driver would also run the last three laps without any turbo, overheating suspected to have caused this issue losing him another second in time.  Giving his take on his off, team-mate Volker said he did nothing different to the lap before and he could only put the crash down to the car catching air.  He said ‘I had the fastest car on the main straight but probably it’s too fast and this led it to lose down force’. The German said one positive of the crash was that it happened in the first 30-seconds of the run and not towards the end so the tyres are still good.

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HB’s Freddy Sudhoff would lead the HB challenge in Q1 with Andy Moore going with him in the Top 10.  Setting the 8th fastest time ahead of Krapp, the German said his PRO5 was surprisingly good and he could have managed a Top 4 if it was not for a mistake over the curbing which cost him over 2-seconds.  He said the car was maybe too easy to drive and as a result he didn’t give it his full attention leading a lapse in focus and the mistake.  He said a change in direction with the set-up after practice was a big step forward and he was happy he now had a good base set-up to work from. Moore would also fall fowl of the curbing.  The British driver said his Hobbywing powered PRO5 ran well for the first minute but the set-up is burning up the front tyres and his pace then drops off so he has no choice but to make changes for the next one.

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In the first round of qualifying for the Xray Pro Stock class title contenders Lars Hoppe and Marek Cerny both had issues.  While Formula Champion Jan Ratheisky would top the times from Nico Catelani,  championship points leader Hoppe would finish only 19th fastest while Cerny would break.  Hoppe said his ARC was not as good as in practice with the only change being a new set of tyres for qualifying.  Making a mistake on the opening lap he said after this his driving was also not very good.  For Q2 he will switch from a Blitz LSF to a GSF in the hope of improving the car.  Defending champion Cerny put his error down to his tyre prep.  Planning to be more ‘careful’ preparing his tyres for Q2 the Czech driver said he will also start off with a safer opening lap after which he is confident he will be able to push.

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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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