It’s early in the morning and I’m already happy to take the first qualifier.”
The opening round of qualifying for the new ETS season has been completed and it was Ronald Volker who emerged quickest in conditions that were looser than the night before. Top seed Bruno Coelho had a number of mistakes early in the run which let the Yokomo driver, who was starting second, passed. Following another big moment the World Champion pulled up to save the car. With Volker in front, the battle was for remaining spots with Alexander Hagberg finally taking the 2nd spot having swapped the position back and forth with Marc Rheinard who ended up 3rd, with Freddy Sudhoff and Akio Sobue completing the top 5. ‘Obviously I’m happy to TQ the first qualifier of the season’ said Volker, continuing ‘the track was different to yesterday, a bit more loose’. The German said his BD9 started to get looser as the run went on, causing him to lose 0.5 second on the 2nd last lap, which nearly cost him the TQ. For the next run he will work with his mechanic Hayato to try make the car more stable as well as reduce the power back to what he had in free practice.
I felt like I had more potential than what I could show in free practice.”
Flying under the radar somewhat in Controlled practice, only seeding 7th, Xray driver Alexander Hagberg put in a solid run to take the 2nd spot, summing up his run with ‘good car, it has good pace.’ While admitting it was difficult to drive which led to some small mistakes, he will continue to work on further setup changes and ‘hopefully fight for the TQ’.
It’s hard to fight for a place in the main, you can’t take that for granted, the competition level is so high.”
‘A solid start, it was pretty close’ was how Marc Rheinard described Q1, the Infinity driver commenting that he had some rough laps and was not easy to drive but the pace was not bad. Planning to switch back to his free practice setup which has a wider rear end, he hopes this will give him the extra corner speed he is looking for.
In the Pro Stock class, who had their first qualifiers late last night it was Awesomatix driver Simon Lauter who came out on top, this time ahead of Tim Benson in 2nd, just 1 second back. Oliver Bultynck took a close 3rd, the last of the drivers to make a 22 lap run, while top seed Jan Rathiesky and Max Machler completed the top 5 for the round.
In the Formula class, it was Serpent designer and former class Champion David Ehrbar who was fastest, having only seeded 10th, ending the 5-minutes over a second clear of Simon Lauter in 2nd. Top seed Andreas Stiebler, driving the Hawx F1 car, could only manage 3rd for the round, with Matej Dobnikar and his Xray team mate and reigning Champion Jan Rathiesky, who set the fastest lap of the round, completing the top 5.
The Masters 40+ class looked like a walk in the park for former Pro Stock Champion Alexander Stocker as he took the round by 9 seconds. Spanish driver Toni Mateo was 2nd, Peter Miko, running the 2nd fastest heat was 3rd with current champion Thomas Oehler in 4th. In the Stock class, which runs handout Muchmore 17.5T motors, it was top seed Daniel Pohlmann who was fastest in front of Mark Valent and Michael Gradl.
Qualifying tomorrow is very early so we will see how awake I am before we decide on any changes.”
Bruno Coelho is the top seed in the Volante Modified class for the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Vienna Austria, having improved upon his first round time in the 2nd controlled practice. Taking the round ahead of Freddy Sudhoff and Ronald Volker and a much improved Marc Rheinard, the Xray driver said while it was a very good run, he also made too many small mistakes. Putting them down to pushing the car to find its limits, he said ‘everything is looking good for tomorrow and we will see in the morning if we need to change anything for Q1’, the modified class having their opening qualifier first thing tomorrow morning.
Sudhoff declared CP2, ‘a little better, small steps’ as he further improved his setup and fastest time to end the round in 2nd. The Worlds finalist said his Awesomatix was improving minute to minute and if he was to pick out any issue he would say that perhaps for the first minute the car could be a little better and ‘then it would be the perfect car.’
At least it’s faster, but we are still missing something, it’s hard to drive without mistakes”
Taking third for the run, while Volker seeded in 3rd with his CP1 time, Infinity driver Marc Rheinard felt his car was improved from the first run but they are still lacking something saying that before the car was pushing too much and now in that run it was too loose. ‘At least it’s faster, but we are still missing something, it’s hard to drive without mistakes’, ending by saying ‘we will make little changes and try to keep it on the track.’
In the Pro Stock class, defending champion Jan Rathiesky jumped to the top of the times with his Xray T4 19 to becoming top seed ahead of Simon Lauter who failed to improve in the 2nd run. Jan said ‘I used the OneTen series setup, which I also used at the AOC the week after, nothing has changed apart from the electronics’. Using Rd1 to run in his race tires, for CP2 he didn’t push, simply running a stead qualifying pace. Max Machler, Tim Benson and Frederik Mikkelsen complete the top 5 in seeding.
Andreas Stiebler is the top seed in the Scorpion Formula class, who along with 2nd placed Rathiesky had to rely on their CP1 times. The Xray driver would take the round ahead of Stiebler while Simon Lauter improved to take 3rd for the round and the seeding. Matej Dobnikar, Ben Cosgrove and Oliver Bultynck would complete the top 6 in the overall ranking.
The Infinity Masters 40+ class again saw Alexander Stocker at the front, but this time only 0.3 seconds ahead of Toni Mateo, with last year’s inaugural champion Thomas Oehler improving to take 3rd. For the Yokomo Stock class it was again Daniel Pöhlmann in CP2 with Marwin Riedelbauch jumping to 2nd in front of 3rd placed Kevin Sparbier.
Chassis – Schumacher Mi6 EVO Motor – Hobbywing 5.0T ESC – Hobbywing Xerun XR10 Pro Batteries – EZ Power 6.600 mAh Graphene Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Highest Bodyshell – Protoform Type S
Remarks – New Team Schumacher signing Olly Jefferies is having his ETS debut with the British company’s Mi6 EVO. Having only raced it once last week with different tires, the Brit declared himself pretty happy with how his race started given the lack of experience. His car is equipped with a number of option parts, such as front double joint CVDs, an aluminium chassis and ultra-short shocks.
The first of two rounds of controlled practice are complete here in Vienna and in the Modified class it is Ronald Volker, running the all new Yokomo BD9, who was quickest over 3 laps ahead of Bruno Coelho, Freddy Sudhoff and Yannic Prumper. The German driver said that he continued to switch cars between practice runs and has now settled on the car with the standard rear suspension having also tried the RTC system. Feeling ‘very comfortable with the balance and corner speed’, he plans to only make minor changes going forward in order to improve the car in mid corner.
With times that close it will be for sure interesting.”
Reigning ETS Champion Bruno Coelho was 2nd fastest, less than 100th of a second behind, enjoying a ‘very clean round’. Pointing out that the times are very close at the front, the top 14 covered by 1 second, the Xray driver said ‘with times that close it will be for sure interesting’.
Awesomatix team driver Freddy Sudhoff declared his CP1 run a ‘decent start for the weekend’ with the ‘car already good from the first run. Aiming to now only fine tune his setup he said the most important thing here ‘is to be consistent because of the layout, a simple crash could lose you a lot of time’.
Practice is one thing, qualifiers are always a bit different.”
In the Xray Pro Stock class, new Awesomatix signing Simon Lauter was happy with his first timed practice run, saying ‘pretty good, lap times fast. Its the same for 4 minutes no problem’. The German was nearly 3 tenths ahead of reigning class champion Jan Ratheisky in 2nd with Max Machler, Tim Benson and Frederik Mikkelsen completing the top 5 for the round.
In the Scorpion Formula class Andreas Stiebler, running the Hawx F1 car, topped the times with Jan Ratheisky again 2nd, with fellow Xray driver Matej Dobnikar in 3rd. Running a Carisma chassis, British driver Ben Cosgrove made a welcome return to the ETS putting in the 4th fastest time in front of Max Weffers, Simon Lauter and Jacques Libar.
The Infinity 40+ Masters class saw former Pro Stock Champion Alexander Stocker top the timesheet by over a second from Marcus Askell in 2nd and Mirco Thallheimer, Lasse Ilvessalo and current Champion Thomas Oehler completing the top 5. In the new for 2018/19 Yokomo Stock class Daniel Pöhlmann, driving an Awesomatix is the man to beat edging out Kevin Sparbier and Krystian Kopacki in CP1.
Track Name – Messe Wien Club – Kroni RC Country – Austria Location – Vienna Direction – Anti-clockwise Surface – Carpet No. of ETS Races hosted – 1
The 12th season of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series kicks off this weekend in Vienna, Austria as part of the ‘Modellbau 2018’ hobby exhibition at Messe Wien in the heart of the city. Hosting the opening round for the first time last season, this popular venue sees the track situated amongst many other exhibitors including slot cars, train, planes, drift cars, crawlers and much more. Expected to attract some 50,000 visitors over this holiday weekend, the track has this year been prepared well ahead of the event with the build starting last Friday with the Kroni RC crew from Wiener Neudorf, led by Andrea and Rene Kronsteiner. Due to the surface of the hall, which has cabling channels running at intervals along its entire surface, the floor had to have wooden plates laid to give a flat surface upon which the ETS Carpet would be placed. Similar to last year the race track covers an area of 34 metres long by 20 metres wide, with the pitting area off to one side.
Since taking his 3rd consecutive ETS title last season, Bruno Coelho has also won his first World title in South Africa, when asked his impressions of the track the Portuguese ace said ‘its ok, maybe too narrow’. He continued ‘Normally the track is wider, but it looks good and has a good flow’ but also felt that it may be very difficult to pass on. Last year’s winner, Marc Rheinard echoed those sentiments, but added ‘what track isn’t hard to pass on these days’. Also liking the track layout he described it as ‘technical with some long corners, so a good mix’ but did point out that the centre chute away from the drivers stand has a tricky curb that stands away from the corner and so you have to drive out wide to be sure you don’t hit it.
The new season of the ETS also sees a number of changes over last year. From a technical point of view, and one of the most talked about rule changes, is the minimum weight of the race ready bodyshell, which has been set at 90 grams. For race classes this year we see the addition of a new 17.5T touring class, using handout Muchmore motors and there will also be a 40+ ranking within the regular Formula class. Also new is the addition of bump ups for all classes, which will see all lower finals with 8 cars and so for leg 1 of the triple mains, the top 2 drivers from each final will progress up, with only 1 bumping up from the B-main to make an 11 car A-main. This will set the grids for the remaining 2 legs of mains.