Chassis – Shepherd Velox Formula Motor – Scorpion Power System (handout) ESC – Scorpion Power System (handout) Batteries – LRP Graphene 2 5800 Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Futaba/Power HD Bodyshell – Protoform F26
Remarks – As in Andernach, Olivier is run an extra long version of Shepherd’s Velox Formula car which he has achieved with a base plate he produced himself. The car also features a prototype carbon servo mount from Shepherd which stiffens up the front end. In terns of car options he is running an aluminium rear axle, the battery position conversion kit which moves the battery more to the rear of the car and the chassis is the 2.25mm version compared to the kit supplied 2.5mm. Olivier said the thicker chassis gives more feeling and this is something he likes in a car.
After his body drama in A1, Bruno Coelho took a straight forward win of a processional second A-Main at the ETS in Apeldoorn. The Top Qualifier came under pressure from A1 winner Ronald Volker over the opening laps but seeing off the German, the Xray driver opened a convincing gap to win by 2-seconds. Behind, Christopher Krapp would complete the Top 3 a further 1.2 seconds back with the Top 5 finishing in the order they started. The highest place mover would be A1 3rd place finisher Naoto Matsukura who gained once place to finish 6th.
Commenting on his final, Coelho said, ‘I tried to start with no risk but lost the rear at the first corner so then I had to drive careful and Volker pushed a lot but I managed to pull away’. Asked out his moment at the first corner, the grid having been moved back 2 positions after in the Formula cars had an issue starting on the slight banking, he said, ‘maybe the tyres got cold on the grid but I just had the bad feeling in the first corner but for a few laps I was cautious but once I got the feeling back I could make a gap. Now I will try to do the same in the next one’.
‘He gave me a chance at the beginning as he struggled with the rear but I couldn’t get through’, was Volker’s view on A2. The Yokomo driver said, ‘I had a slide one or two times especially in right corners and then I had no chance to catch him’. He continued, ‘the drop off is too big so we need to try another set-up for the last one and go for it’.
Krapp described A2 as, ‘a pretty boring final’. He continued, ‘It looks like we are still losing steering at the end of the run so we will try more changes. Ronald went away in the first minute or two and then we were the same but Bruno was much faster’. Chasing his second podium fn the season, he said, ‘I hope I can secure the podium and it looks good now. I know it looks boring but I have a 2nd and a 3rd and I am really happy about it’.
With a little more action in Pro Stock, Max Mächler took a close win over Awesomatix team-mate Olivier Bultynck as they touched in the final corner almost handing the win to third placed Tim Benson. Having won A1, Jan Ratheisky got out of shape and lost the lead on lap 10 ending up on the grass. In Formula, Ratheisky would get the win as again Top Qualifier Simon Lauter didn’t execute a great start running wide dropping back to second. Jitse Miedema would take 3rd. In 40+ Masters, Top Qualifier Beni Stutz had a better start and led for 13 laps until he let Christian Drießle through where he would stay to the finish with Arie Manten coming through from P8 on the grid to complete the Top 3.
Ronald Volker has won the opening A1 at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Apeldoorn. Starting from second on the grid, the Yokomo driver was handed the lead when Top Qualifier Bruno Coelho suffered a spin as the result of a body tuck. While the Xray driver would later run over the curbing to release the body it tucked again and he eventually crossed the line 7th. With Christopher Krapp also moving up a spot as a result of Coelho’s problems to finish second, the big mover of the race was Naoto Matsukura. Starting 7th he would complete the Top 3 ahead of Yannic Prumper.
‘This was a good one’, was Volker’s reaction to the win. He continued, ‘I tried to stay with him at the start but he made it easy having a body tuck after a few laps’. With both drivers fastest laps showing Coelho having a 2/10ths of a second advantage, Volker said, ‘I am looking for a bit more steering so will make a change for A2 but otherwise I will try to fight for the overall win after that win’.
Describing A1 as a ‘silent race’, Krapp said, ‘Bruno had some problem and I could go by and I had the same pace as Ronald so I just drove around to the end’. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘I felt I lost a bit of steering in the end so I will make changes for that for A2. I hope some more drama happens’.
‘I just drove, I couldn’t overtake but the others made mistakes’, was how Matsukura explained how he moved up 4 positions. The Infinity driver said, ‘the car is good. I change a little from the last qualifier. Yesterday it had maximum drop after 2-minutes but today it is good’. Asked if he felt a podium was on the cards, he replied, ‘it is difficult to overtake on this track so I hope for more mistakes from the other guys’.
Asked about his issues, Coelho said, ‘the body tucked going down the straight. I didn’t hit anything’. Rubbing the rear tyre he said this made the car difficult to drive and while he tried to free it by running over the curbs it did come out but he ended up spinning and it again tucked.
In Formula it was Olivier Bultynck would took the win from 4th on the grid ahead of the Infinity of Jitse Miedema. It was a terrible start for Top Qualifier Simon Lauter and he completed the first lap in 6th but the Tamiya driver would manage to work his way back up to 3rd by the finish. Benefiting from that bad start, Jan Ratheisky lead for the opening few laps but challenged for the lead he ended up in the grass eventually finishing 5th. In Pro Stock, Ratheisky had a much easier race leading tone to tone to win ahead of Max Mächler, the Awesomatix driver keeping his fellow countryman on his toes. In the 40+ Masters class, Top Qualifier Beni Stutz had contact with Christian Drießle early on and ended up on the grass allowing Ozer Yürüm to go to the front from where he cruised to the win ahead of Mario Wittemeier and Frank Baggen.
Chassis – Schumacher Mi6 Evo Motor – LRP X22 4.5 ESC – LRP Flow X Batteries – LRP Graphene 2 HV Lipo 6400 Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Sanwa Bodyshell – Montech Racer Lightweight (racing on track)
Remarks – Making his first ETS appearance this season, Michal is running Schumacher’s Mi6 Evo which is fitted with a new pre production version of an upcoming optional shock set-up the UK company will offer. To be known as ‘Ultra Short Shocks’, this comprises of new shock towers front and rear and new short big bore shocks. This new set-up gives a better CG and better dampening characteristics. Other interesting things on Michal’s car are the use of Schumacher 1:12 track rods which Schumacher designer Andy Murray says have a nicer fit when using titanium balls plus they are lighter. The other key item on the car is the 46mm wide front pivot box which also sits lower in the car.