Having gifted Max Mächler the win in the opening A-Main of Pro Stock when he rolled out of the lead, Jan Ratheisky delivered on his TQ in A2 with a convincing tone to tone victory in A2. The Championship leader quickly pulled clear of the field as second place starter Mächler came under attack from behind. With the race start having to be delayed as a search was made for Mustafa Alp’s mistakenly taken Sanwa radio, this didn’t faze the Turkish driver and he mounted an attack on Mächler until the Awesomatix driver got airborne entering the chicane leading to his retirement from the race. Slightly faster than Ratheisky, Alp couldn’t get close enough to his Xray team-mate and that is how they would finish with Alex Kunkler completing the Top 3. With two different winners, A3 will decide the overall victor in Daun.
In Formula, David Ehrbar also made the race his own to make up for his costly A1 error. The reigning champion took his Serpent to the win over title rival Ratheisky who had to work his way through from 6th on the grid. Having won the first encounter, Shepherd driver Olivier Bultynck didn’t have a good second race rolling out of 2nd on the third lap and finishing 6th. The three drivers will battle it out for the overall win in A3. In the Infinity 40+ Masters class, A1 winner Ozer Yürüm appeared to be on his way to wrapping up things early but with less than 2-minutes to go he made a mistake having had full control of the race. This set up an all new race with contact being made a number of times between the leaders with a delighted Kai-oliver Guttschau from 9th on the grid coming through for the win ahead of Yürüm and ETS Austria Top Qualifier Thomas Oehler.
Bruno Coelho won an uneventful first A-Main this morning at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the Xray driver making an early break over the pack to build up a gap that even allowed him to have a moment at the chicane. Already with a comfortable lead by the second lap, while the pursuing Ronald Volker and Marc Rheinard would close a little but never had the reigning champion under any pressure. Instead it was Volker who came under pressure from Rheinard but overall the race saw only one position change with Akio Sobue getting by Christopher Krapp for 7th place.
Commenting on his win Coelho said, ‘I made a very good start. The first 6 laps I forced to get a gap and I think Volker overpushed at the beginning which also help me get some space’. He continued, ‘I had one mistake at the chicane but luckily the car stayed straight. Winning by 7/10ths from Volker and looking to add the first win to his title defence having secure his first TQ of the new season here in Daun, he said, ‘I will try to do the same in the second final’.
‘A very intense first final’, was how Volker summed up A1, the Yokomo driver given no breathing space by Rheinard throughout the 5-minutes. The World Champion added, ‘I had too much understeer on the exit of the corners and that’s what allowed Bruno to pull clear. When the gap started to increase I had to drive more aggressive which helped but this track is so tough everyone had some bobble’. Third at the season opener in Vienna, the 5-time ETS champion said, ‘I can’t be unhappy with P2 but I will make some changes for the next one so I can fight from the start’.
Rheinard said, ‘there was nothing I could do. Ronald didn’t have pace the first few laps and I could only sit behind him, there is nowhere to pass’. With a faster lap time than Volker, the Infinity driver continued, ‘I was a little quicker in some spots than Ronald but overall the 3 of us were the same speed. I hope Ronald makes a better start in the next one so we can be more with Bruno.’ He concluded, ‘I hope something happens in the second one’. Behind Rheinard, Yannic Prümper would finish 4th almost 3-seconds back.
Max Mächler took the opening A-Main of Pro Stock at the ETS in Daun, Germany, this morning, the Awesomatix driver handed the win when Top Qualifier Jan Ratheisky rolled his Xray while holding a solid lead. It all went wrong for the championship leader on lap 6 when he put his car on its roof and with the marshall having to wait for the field the German lost almost 6-seconds. This let second place qualifier Mächler go to the front and despite Mustafa Alp looking like he was on to mount a challenge a mistake put amends to that. In the end Mächler crossed the line 1.1 second ahead of the Xray driver with Alex Kunkler completing the Top 3 while Ratheisky ended up 6th.
A mistake would also cost the Top Qualifier of the Scorpion Power System Formula class any chance of victory. David Ehrbar stint at the front didn’t even last a lap as the Serpent driver hit a dot 4 corners into the opening lap sending him plummeting to the back. This allowed Olivier Bultynck to come out in front and from there the Belgian dominated the race. Ratheisky would close a little having come through from 6th but the Shepherd driver quickly responded and won by a massive 5.3 seconds with Ehrbar recovering to third. In the Infinity 40+ Masters class, Top Qualifier Ozer Yürüm drove a perfect race taking a tone to tone win over Thomas Oehler and Marcus Askell.
Bruno Coelho has claimed the overall TQ at the Euro Touring Series second round in Germany. The Xray driver secured the top spot on tomorrow’s A-Main grid with the fastest 5-minute run of the weekend in the fourth and final qualifier. With only Ronald Volker in a position to deny the reigning champion pole position, a set-up change by the Yokomo driver meant he couldn’t match Coelho’s improved set-up with the main challenge for the round coming from a further improved Marc Rheinard. Another mistake however, similar to the one he made in the previous round, ended Rheinard’s TQ hopes. Finishing 2nd to Coelho, the championship leader will start third behind Volker with Yannic Prumper and Alexander Hagberg completing the front half of the grid.
Summing up final qualifier after not being happy with his car in Q3, Coelho said, ‘we changed completely the car. I was not faster on the fastest lap but over 5-minutes it was quicker and more stable. I’m super happy with the car, the new Hobbywing motor and my new servo. I can’t ask for anything more going into the finals’. Asked his thoughts on those finals, the Portuguese driver said, ‘the track looks open for overtaking. I think it is easier to be behind on this track. I saw in practice when someone is following it is easy for them to catch you. Everyone has different braking points and are using a lot of different lines so I think it will be difficult to lead’. Planning to ‘start off slowly to be safe’, Coelho said he is aware ‘Volker is slightly quicker in the beginning’ but added ‘I’m slightly faster in the middle of the race’. Expecting him to ‘push hard’ from the start, he said his plan is ‘don’t touch any boards and try to pull away’.
On his Q4 performance, Volker said, ‘I changed a few things to avoid traction roll but the car pushed a bit too much. I couldn’t keep up with Bruno this time. Overall though I’m glad with our team result getting 4 cars in the main and 3 in the stock main. It is our best result in years’. Commenting on the finals, the World Champion said, ‘with these kind of boards its easy to make mistakes and while it is difficult to overtake it might be a good chance to get things mixed up’. He added, ‘I hope I can put some pressure on Bruno but Marc has found some pace now so it should be a good battle’.
‘I tried’ was Rheinard’s reaction. He said, ‘the car was good and in the beginning I was in the lead until I messed up at the chicane again big time so I’m starting 3rd instead of 2nd. I could catch Ronald again but Bruno is still a little bit faster’. On his starting position he said, ‘maybe its a lucky third because everything can happen on this track because its so difficult’. He concluded, ‘Everyone is super close, Yannic and Hagberg are all there on pace so its going to be interesting tomorrow’.
Failing to complete the final qualifier after knocking a battery mount off his car after a mistake, Prumper, who was aiming or a result that would allow him start ahead of Rheinard, said, ‘I ran my second set of tyres which only had one run on them but they took too long to come in. In the end I crashed anyway’. He will go back to his first set of tyres for A1. Enjoying his best qualifying in more than two years, the Yokomo driver wants a podium finish but feels the track is going to make it a challenging final for everyone. ‘This direction its impossible to pass, the other would have been really good with many spots to try a pass but with boards a lot can happen so lets see’.