Chassis – VBC Wildfire D08
Motor – Muchmore Fleta 5.0T
ESC – Muchmore Fleta Pro
Batteries – Muchmore 6000mAh
Tires – Volante (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest
Bodyshell – Protoform LTC-R
Remarks – Making his first ETS outing with his new team VBC Racing, Yannic Prumper is running the latest version of the Hong Kong based company’s called D08. His car is pretty much an out-of-the-box example the only exception being harder c-hubs and titanium screws.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Coming into the third round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series on the back of his first carpet win of the championship, Mulheim winner Bruno Coelho has picked up where he left with the Xray driver fastest at the end of practice. The ETS making its first trip to Wels in Austria and laying down a track that all drivers are describing as different to normal, the joint championship leader set the fastest 3-consecutive laps from reigning champion Ronald Volker, with Alexander Hagberg completing the Top 3. Sharing the lead in the standings with the swede, Marc Rheinard would end up 4th quickest after the 3-rounds of practice.
Summing up his practice Coelho said ‘the (track) layout is a bit strange but I like it’. Running two cars in each practice run, the Portuguese driver said both cars felt pretty similar but one had more steering and while a little more difficult to drive he would run it in this evening’s opening qualifier. Although planning to change some small details in the set-up for Q1, his main focus would be on driving the track better saying it was hard to be consistent every lap. Explaining that in ‘many spots you are close to the dots’ he added that the perfect line at the chicane had the potential to take 3/10th off the lap time but get it wrong and you ‘destroy the car’.
‘Being close to Bruno is definitely better than previous race in Germany’ was Volker’s reaction to being just 0.06 of a second off Coelho’s pace. Running two cars, which for this weekend had a greater set-up difference than normal so as to help them better gauge which direction to go with set-up, the German said one felt faster having better grip and steering. Set to use this car for Q1, the Yokomo driver is hopeful a small set-up change can give the car a little more rear stability so it’s more comfortable over 5-minutes.
Fresh from claiming a third consecutive European 1:12 Championship title last weekend, Hagberg said ‘I wish I was racing by 1:12, the touring car feels more like a tank’. 4/10ths off his team-mate, the Swede said his practice runs were ‘alright’. With one of the two cars he ran ‘a little easier to drive’ he said they will work on that for qualifying and try to get more steering from it. A fan of the track, which is much deeper than normal, he said it is ‘really good’ to drive.
‘Average’ was how Rheinard summed up his practice performance. Almost half a second off Coelho, the Tamiya driver said his first car he used each run was ‘undrivable’ when turning right but ‘good’ turning left. The 2nd of his cars, which are both latest developments of the upcoming TRF419X release, while easy to drive he said was too slow due to it ‘missing grip’. The German said his preference is to run the first car if they can get it to turn as good both right & left adding there ‘must be something wrong which (they) haven’t spotted yet’.
Giving the revolutionary new David Erbhar designed Serpent 4X its international race debut in Wels, Marc Fischer showed its potential setting the fifth fastest time. Serpent’s long standing lead driver, the German said the car is ‘much better than the 4.0’ adding it’s ‘more easy to drive’. Featuring some unique new design ideas, Fischer said there are a lot of unknowns with the car in terms of what set-up changes they need to be making. Hoping to be able to fine tune the car for qualifying, Fischer said the weekend was already a positive beginning for the new car.
Making his big race debut for VBC Racing, having switched from Yokomo since Round 2, Yannic Prumper completed the Top 6. The former race winner reaction to his early performance was ‘not too bad actually’. While in ‘low traction the car felt good’, he said as the traction comes up they are now struggling a little with set-up. With the car ‘now too nervous & edgy’ and ‘lifting a wheel’, for Q1 they will replace the carbon chassis with a new one to see if that’s the problem. With the event providing the first indication of where he and the new car are really at he said as a starting point he is overall happy with how the weekend has started out.
Behind Prumper, Awesomatix’s Viljami Kutvonen would end up 7th. The Finn described his pace as ‘too slow’ adding he’s not sure why as his A800 ‘feels OK’. Lacking some consistency he plans ‘a few set-up changes’ for Q1 adding ‘hopefully that brings more speed’. Making his return to the team this weekend, describing it as ‘like being back home’, Freddy Sudhoff would post the 8th fastest time behind promising Xray talent Dionys Stadler. Sudhoff described his his A800 as ‘super easy to drive’ over 5-minutes. ‘Missing 1 to 2/10th on lap times’, the German will make a small change for the opening qualifier in the hope of find a 1/10th. Behind Sudhoff, Xray designer Martin Hudy completed the Top 10 in front of his British team driver Olly Jefferies.
In the Xray Pro Stock and Serpent Formula class it was the same man Jan Ratheisky who topped practice for both. The Xray driver topped Formula from Serpent designer David Ehrbar and Oliver Bultynck while in Pro Stock it was the Yokomo of Valentin Hettrich who was closest to the German. Round 2 winner Tony Streit would complete the Top 3 for Awesomatix.
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Friday, April 8, 2016
The full Serpent team is in attendance here at the ETS in Wels, with their top drivers Wilck, Fisher and Borowski debuting a completely new platform called 4X. Conceived by the newly appointed touring car designer David Ehrbar, the car features a completely new decoupled, pull-rod suspension system that uses two separate shocks to take care of the downtravel and the roll respectively. Designed to work without a top deck, the layout also features a very low center of gravity and an inverted steering system – the brackets facing towards the rear of the car – which allows for a more consistent Ackermann angle throughout the whole travel. Also completely new, the suspension arms and hubs use the pivot ball system and are completely identical for both front and rear end.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Name – Modellbau Wels
Host – ETS
Country – Austria
Location – Wels (200km West of Vienna)
Direction – Clockwise
Surface – Carpet
The Euro Touring Series visits the small northern Austrian city of Wels for the first time as Round 3 takes place as part of the country’s biggest Hobby Exhibition ‘Modellbau Wels’. A host venue for the Euro Offroad Series for the past two years, the large hall allocated to the ETS has allowed for the building of what is the biggest track of the three indoor carpet races that make up Season #9. 34 metres wide, the track has a dept of 24 metres and is also one of the bigger builds of the season. While the hall has a very fresh asphalt floor, service cable tunnels meant it was not possible to race directly on the surface and in order to ensure the perfect flat ground on which to lay the carpet the area was first covered with tongue & grooved OSB boards.
In terms of the track layout, which was changed to run in less common clockwise direction during the Thursday build, joint championship leader Marc Rheinard described it as ‘pretty nice’ adding with the many 180 corners it has ‘a few nice passing spots’. Asked about the surface due to the carpet being mounted on wood, he said ‘I expect less grip than the last round (Mulheim) due as floor being harder underneath. In both Germany and the Czech Republic the track was laid directly onto a rubber sports flooring.
Reigning champion Ronald Volker described the layout as ‘different than the normal’. The German said the difference was not only the direction but also the mix of corners which was ‘something new’ and made it ‘interesting and challenging’. The only slight criticism he had was in relation to the driver’s stand which he said due to the extra 4-metre dept of the track was ‘too low’.
Friday, April 8, 2016
With the opening two races producing different winners and those drivers now sharing the lead at the top of the Volante Modified class standings, the Yokomo Euro Touring Series resumes this weekend after a six week break. Round 3 will present somewhat of a neutral ground for the resumption of the championship battle as the ETS makes its first visit to Wels, Austria. Taking over the date previously filled by the Euro Offroad Series at the Modellbau Wels hobby show, this year over 20,000 vistors will be treated to seeing the World’s best touring car drivers battle it out for glory. The final indoor race of the ETS’ ninth season, Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard and Xray’s Bruno Coelho will be looking to wrap up the first half of the season with a points advantage over their rival.
After kicking off the ninth season of the ETS with a strong win in the Czech Republic, Rheinard couldn’t repeat that performance on his home event. In Germany, the former race winner was no match for the Xrays of Coelho and Alexander Hagberg with Coelho claiming his first carpet victory in Mulheim ahead of 2014 winner of the event Hagberg. The 4-time World Champion will be hoping his TRF team’s latest development of the upcoming 419X release will allow him to take the fight to the very much on form Xray team.
Since the last ETS encounter, Coelho has gone on to take victory at the prestigious TITC race in Thailand and Hagberg travels to Austria on the back of claiming a third consecutive 1:12 European title last weekend. Behind the championship leaders, Hagberg sits equal on points with defending champion Ronald Volker, and having forced Round 2 to be decided in A3 eventually taking second, the Swede will be hoping to go one better come Sunday evening. Rising Xray talent Dionys Stadler will also be looking to build on his impressive double A-main start to the season.
Even by their own admission it has been a difficult start to the defence of their sixth title for Volker and Yokomo. Volker missed out on the podium to Rheinard in Germany and needs to fight back this weekend if he is to stand a chance of going for an unprecedented 7th consecutive title in the sports most competitive championship. Another set back for the Japanese team is the departure of Yannic Prumper, who since Round 2 has made the switch to VBC Racing. The signing of the multiple ETS race winner is a big commitment from VBC and, this the first time he’s the lead driver for a factory effort, the German will be more determined than ever to be in the mix for the win.
Another high profile driver change for Round 3 is the return of Freddy Sudhoff to Awesomatix. After a tough time at HB, Sudhoff will be aiming to revive his ‘Fast Freddy’ title. While it will be the popular German’s first time with the Russian manufacturer’s belt drive A800, Finnish ace Viljami Kutvonen has already shown the potential of the car putting it in the A-Main at the opening two rounds. The Awesomatix team already travel to Austria on a high after Tony Streit took a very popular win in the Xray Pro Stock class in Mulheim where Bernhard Bopp also made the podium.
In Pro Stock it is Czech winner and Round 2 runner-up Jan Ratheisky who holds a strong lead in the standings from Xray team-mate & reigning champion Marek Cerny. Behind them, ARC’s Helge Johannessen completes the current Top 3. Ratheisky also leads the way in the Serpent Formula class from Olivier Bultynck and after TQ & wins in the opening two races will be looking to continue his perfect run.
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