October 28, 2017

Chassis Focus – Viljami Kutvonen

Chassis – Awesomatix A800X
Motor – LRP X22 5.0T
ESC – LRP Flow X
Batteries – LRP 5500mAh Ultra LCG
Tires – Volante (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest
Bodyshell – Montech Racer
Remarks – Finnish racer Viljami Kutvonen is running the latest Awesomatix A800X from the Russian manufacturer with new IFJ front driveshaft system which sees new shafts and outdrives for more smooth and precise steering. Using the carbon chassis, while the majority of his team mates have chosen the aluminium chassis, he has made very few changes from his standard ETS carpet setup with only a harder rear diff to make the corner exit a little smoother.

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October 28, 2017

Another TQ run from Rheinard in Q2

Having taken the opening qualifier of the new season of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria yesterday, Marc Rheinard has backed it up with another TQ run today in Q2.  The Infinity driver would set the pace once again from Awesomatix’s Viljami Kutvonen, this time the Top 11 drivers making 24-laps.  Surprising even himself with P5 in Q1, Marco Kaufmann further impressed as he completed the Top 3 for the second qualifier ahead of Ronald Volker and Olly Jefferies and Alexander Hagberg.  Having opened the season as many expected by topping the times in practice, reigning champion Bruno Coelho’s luck continues to be out as he again made a mistake in his opening lap as he did yesterday.  Starting Q2 last due his mistake filled opening attempt, the Xray driver would get passed on the opening lap by Rheinard following his contact with the board in the middle of the second corner.  In the end he would salvage a P8 from the run.

‘A perfect start again’ was Rheinard’s reaction to Q2, the German’s IF14 also setting the fastest lap on his opening lap.  Summing up the run he said, ‘I made a big gap between me and Viljami on the first lap which helped a lot’.  He continued, ‘When Bruno crashed I went passed him but I didn’t know if he was going to be faster and if I was going to have to left him pass.  My car was really good and we had the same speed so I didn’t have to open’.  Having only refreshed the shocks from yesterday, he said tyres are his focus for Q3 adding he is not sure whether to run the same set again or go to his second set. With four runs on his first set of the championship’s Volante handout tyre he feels they might be getting too old for another run.

Viljami summed up Q2 by saying ‘it was pretty good’.  The Finn said having made small changes to his car it was easier to drive but said he lost out on the TQ in the first minute when his car was not as good. Putting that down to his tyre prep, he will change this for the next qualifier in the hope he can have a quicker car earlier on as his fastest lap didn’t come until lap 10 of 24.

‘I changed nothing but now my driving was better’ said a very pleased Kaufmann.  The German continued, ‘the car is still very very good and I don’t think I will touch it for the rest of the weekend.  I will just put on additive’.  Having a moment when he got his T4 up on 2 wheels, he said there is probably still room for improvement from his driving but added it would be ‘not much’.

Surprised to find himself being beaten by Kaufmann, Volker said, ‘changes we made didn’t improve the car at all’.  The World Champion added, ‘the left right balance felt fine but the set-up is still off in terms of pace. I wish my 2-seconds off TQ was because I had a mistake but I didn’t’.  Looking to Q3, the Yokomo driver concluded, ‘We need to make a bigger set-up change’.

‘Alright but not perfect’, that was Jefferies view of his Q2 run, the British driver having posted a P7 run yesterday.  The Xray driver said the obstacle is ‘just driving style’.  Pleased with his car he continued, ‘It is very different to back home to how the grip is here. ‘I’m used to the cars sliding around but here they are glued to the track and this driving style is alien to me but we are getting there and now we are pretty close’.  Taking a lot of instruction from his pitman on how he needs to be driving the track he said he starts out well but fall back into his normal style of driving mid way into the run’.  For the next one he will try to ‘just drive it different’ for the full 5-minutes.

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October 28, 2017

Chassis Focus – Marc Rheinard

Chassis – Infinity IF14
Motor – Muchmore ZX V2 5.0T
ESC – Muchmore Fleta Pro V2
Batteries – Muchmore Impact 6400mAh
Tires – Volante (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Xpert
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Multiple World Champion Marc Rheinard is performing well here in Vienna, taking the opening two qualifiers with the IF14 from Infinity. Having tested extensively at the Arena33 prior to this event, he has still made some tweaks to his setup including a roll centre change to get more grip and playing around with springs, however he returned to his preferred Axon springs following practice. Marc’s IF14 features new steering knuckles, with swing limiter screw, and new uprights from the Japanese brand.

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October 28, 2017

Ratheisky takes opening Pro Stock qualifiers at ETS Austria

Jan Ratheisky has taken the opening two Pro Stock qualifiers at the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Vienna, Austria.  Having topped seeding yesterday, the German kicked off Day 2 of the event with a very convincing TQ run with him finishing over 5-seconds clear of his rivals.  Behind, Mustafa Alp was the only other driver to run 23 laps, the Turkish driver again excelling on Austrian soil having famously TQ’d the final round of modified qualifying in Traiskirchen back in 2012. Helge Johannessen would complete the Top 3, the big Norwegian finishing just ahead of reigning champion Alexandre Duchet and Max Mächler. In the second qualifier, Ratheisky would have to work much harder for his TQ.  Having rolled his Awesomatix in Q1, Mächler swapped the TQ pace with the Xray driver throughout the 5-minutes but despite setting the fastest lap would eventually finish 9/10th off. Behind, Duchet had a roll, pulling up at the half way mark, while former DHI Cup Pro Stock Champion Tim Benson completed the Top 3 ahead of Simon Lauter and Alp.

In the Scorpion Power System Formula class it was also Ratheisky who was the man to beat. Top seed for qualifying the former champion took Q1 from reigning champion David Erbhar’s Serpent with Shepherd driver Olivier Bultynck completing the Top 3. In the second of the four qualifiers it was Infinity team driver Jitse Miedema who was Ratheisky’s closest challenger, the difference a substantial 7-seconds. René Kölbel completed the Top 3 followed by inaugural Formula champion Herbert Weber.

In the newly introduced Infinity Masters Touring Car class it was Miko Peter who TQ’d the opening qualifier ahead of Christian Drießle.  That order was reversed in Q2 with Drießle setting the pace. The Masters class is open to drivers 40-years old or more and it runs the same rules as the Xray Pro Stock class with the cars running the same hand out Muchmore speedo and motor which this season features an RPM limiter.

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October 27, 2017

Rheinard takes opening qualifier of new ETS season

Marc Rheinard has taken the first qualifier of the new season of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series.  Sixth fastest in seeding practice but confident he had a good car over 5-minutes, the Infinity driver delivered the only 24-lap time to TQ the first of the four qualifiers in Vienna. Behind, Awesomatix’ Viljami Kutvanen would set the second fastest time, missing out on making 24-laps by half a second, with Ronald Volker completing the Top 3 a second off the Finn’s pace.  Having topped seeding, it wasn’t to be a good start for defending champion Bruno Coelho.  From the start the Xray driver had the first of a number of moments when he got loose but it was contact with the boards at the end of the main straight that ended his chances of the TQ as his car needed to be marshalled.

‘A very good start’, was how Rheinard summed up his impressive TQ run.  The German added, ‘I can’t remember the TQ run I had so it feels good to start off the weekend like this’.  Finding himself catching up on the closely bunched group of Naoki Akiyama, team-mate Akio Sobue and Alexander Hagberg, he said he was lucky to get by Akiyama when the Japanese driver got his Yokomo up on two wheels.  Getting passed Sobue when he put his IF4 on its roof, Hagberg would give the 4-time World Champion room after which he had a clear track ahead of him.  With Coelho laying down the fastest lap of Q1, Rheinard said, ‘I think Bruno had an advantage but his car looks not so easy to drive’.  Also referring to his own car as ‘not super easy to drive’, he said using third run tyres had made it slightly better but for now the plan is to just bag up the tyres and leave the car as is.  With Q2 for Modified not up till late tomorrow morning he said, ‘I will wait to see how the track is nearer to the time of our qualifier’.

Enjoying his most competitive ETS outing at last year’s season opener, getting this year’s campaign off to a similar start Viljami said, ‘In practice I had some good laps here and there but 5-minutes was not good so I changed the gear diff and everything felt better’.  Just making the top heat by setting the 10th fastest time in controlled practice, he continued, ‘I think I was too careful (in Q1) and I also had traffic because I started last so I think there is room to improve in Q2’.

‘I’m ok with P3 for Q1 but we need to step it up because our focus is to get the overall TQ’, was Volker’s reaction to his performance in the opening qualifier.  The Yokomo driver said, ‘It was a weird first lap.  The car was loose in the right corners plus Bruno had problems so I lost time at the beginning’.  He continued, ‘the car also felt pushing to the left so I couldn’t go as fast as I want and so could not hang on to the TQ pace.  The car was way better in CP2’.

Setting the fourth fastest time despite running in the second fastest group, Christopher Krapp said, ‘that was really good actually’.  The former ETS race winner continued, ‘I knew my 5-minute pace was good but I changed from an active to a standard rear and that made me more confident in the chicane.  Before it was nervous and now its more stable’.  Finishing 1-second off his team-mate Volker, he was ‘surprised’ at his own time because of having to lap cars during the qualifier which he said had cost him time.  Describing last season’s ETS as a ‘disaster for me with so many BQ’s’ he concluded this is a good start to get back in the A-Main.  In terms of his BD8, he said overall I am happy with the car but I will just make some little changes to get a little more steering’.

‘Ah the car is awesome’ was Marco Kaufmann’s reaction to setting the 5th fastest time.  Finishing as the top Xray driver, the German added, ‘Only Coelho had a faster lap than me and he is a great driver’.  Qualifying 8th at the season finale in Ettlingen back in July, he concluded, ‘I had some bad laps because I pushed too hard so the driver just needs the same pace as the car. Its perfect, it doesn’t need to be changed’.

Alexander Hagberg declared his P6 time in Q1 as ‘not a good start’.  The Swede said, ‘Bruni spun at the first corner so me and Ronald had to brake and I lost my rhythm for the run and it cost me a lot of time’.  Having improved his T4 from controlled practice, he said, ‘hopefully with a clean run I can fight for the top spot tomorrow’.  Behind Hagberg, Olly Jefferies was 7th quickest followed by Frederik Südhoff, Yannic Prümper and Jan Ratheisky.

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