Bruno Coelho has capped off his title winning Yokomo Euro Touring Series campaign with a fourth win, the Xray driver wrapping up victory at the season finale at Hudy Arena with another tone to tone win in A2. Top qualifier at the Xray team’s home event, Coelho led home team-mate Alexander Hagberg with Schumacher’s Michal Orlowski the only one able to run with the Xray pairing. With the Top 3 finishing in the same order they started, the gaps between them evenly stretched out. Behind it was Ronald Völker who was the top mover of the race taking fourth ahead of Yokomo team-mate Christopher Krapp at the finish from 6th on the grid.
Commenting on his race, while Coelho was pleased with the win, he was less happy with how his car ran in A2. Having struggled a little in A1 yesterday, allowing Hagberg to almost get within striking distance, the 3-time back to back ETS Champion put that down to something being off in the car after he had an off in the final qualifier. He said, ‘at the start again the car was not so good. I struggled for the first 3-laps. After this the car was very good and I was able to pull away. It’s just the first 1-minute is the problem. I want to find out what the problem is so I will run the last final to try find it’. Reacting to his 4th win of the season and his 4th in succession at the Hudy Arena, Coelho said, ‘finishing here with a win is the best way to end the ETS’.
‘I thought I had a pretty good car but after the first 3-minutes it fell off a little. Maybe I overheated the tyres’, was how Hagberg summed up A2. He continued, ‘Bruno didn’t make any mistakes this time but it was a solid second and shows our cars work well. I hope I can secure second in the last one’.
Orlowski described A2 as, ‘the same as the first one, a boring race, I was just sitting there’. The EOS Champion continued, ‘I was glad I had a big gap behind. Viktor was struggling and held up the field but there was nothing I could do about the Xrays’. Putting in an impressive ETS performance this weekend despite it being only his second outing of Season #11, the Pole said, ‘the sweeper before the straight I am losing the time to Bruno and Alex and this is something we need to improve for next season. For the last one I will drive the best I can and see what happens’.
The second round of A-Mains would also see the 40+ Masters and Pro Stock winners decided. In 40+, Thomas Oehler was again the class of the field and with his win becomes the inaugural Champion of the class that was introduced this season. In the Xray Pro Stock class, outgoing champion Alexander Duchet took an emotional win. The Frenchman has endured a tough season and being able to finish out the season back at the top after intense pressure from new champion Rathiesky clearly meant a lot to the Xray driver. After a clash with Jan Rathiesky in A1 that allowed Simon Lauter through for the win, Olivier Bultynck took the A2 win in Formula from Rathiesky and Lauter meaning it goes to A3 to decide the overall winner.
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
Remarks – Enjoying a very strong showing here at the Hudy Arena, qualifying 3rd for the A-Main, Michal is again running the same car he ran at Apeldoorn last month when he had his first ETS outing for the season. The car is fitted new pre production versions of an upcoming optional shock set-up Schumacher will offer called ‘Ultra Short Shocks’. The new offering will comprise of new shock towers front and rear and new short big bore shocks. In terms of set-up changes for the track, on arrival in Trencin Michal found the car’s Apeldoorn set-up to be over responsive and so they induced more rear roll with a longer rear link. They also changed to a slightly softer diff with Michal having been competitive ever since. The other change the Schumacher team made, the UK manufacturer sending two engineers to support their drivers at the ETS season finale, was to mount the body more forward on the car for high speed steering. Apart from the car, Michal’s performance has also been enhanced this weekend by input from his electronics sponsor LRP. Jürgen Lautenbach was on hand for Thursday’s free practice to assist Michal in creating a speedo setting that gave him a better feeling from the power delivery.
Bruno Coelho continued his reign at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Slovakia, the Xray driver winning A1 ahead of team-mate Alexander Hagberg. While a widely predicated result, Coelho didn’t have things entirely his own way with Hagberg for a time looking like he might be able to mount a challenge. Overshooting the carousel a number of times, Coelho was clearly struggling with his car but the Top Qualifier was able to hold on, crossing the line 3/10th in front of Hagberg. Behind them, Michal Orlowski would complete the Top 3 finishing as he started with a 2-second advantage over Viktor Wilck.
Reacting to his win, Coelho said, ‘It was OK but the last qualifier I had a crash and maybe something is broken in the car from that. The first 5-laps it was impossible to drive’. He continued, ‘it was super difficult and was loose in the rear off power so for sure we will look for the problem’.
On his race Hagberg said, ‘At the start there was no grip but I was able to keep up with him (Coelho) and closed in the end but not enough to mount an attack’. One of three of this season’s race winners, taking victory in Madrid, he said we need to work on getting the car better for the first minute of the race and if we can do that hopefully I can mount a bigger challenge tomorrow’.
Orlowski said, ‘It started off pretty good and I was right with Alex. I had a small chance to pass but couldn’t get it done’. The Schumacher driver added, ‘my tyres warm up more than theirs (Xray) which allowed them to pull away. After that I settled for 3rd. I’m glad I kept my position. The car is very good so I will run it the same again tomorrow.
Commenting on his A1 performance, Wilck said, ‘the beginning was good and I felt I was pressuring Orlowski but after 2-minutes it felt like I overheated the tyres. I then had a moment on the curbing and had a slide. We have to change the set-up for tomorrow’. Behind Wilck, Ronald Volker would move up one position, at the expense of Yokomo team-mate Christopher Krapp, to finish 5th just ahead of Infinity’s Akio Sobue.
The first encounter of the Pro Stock A-Main would also see Top Qualifier Alexandre Duchet lead from tone to tone all but for a split second. Xray team-mate Jan Rathiesky looked to have sneaked through on the second last corner but Duchet retook him in entering the final corner to win by 3/10ths. Olivier Bultynck was in the lead bunch but got caught at the line and had to settle for third. in Formula, contact between Bultynck and Rathiesky would allow Simon Lauter and Matej Dobnikar battle it out for the win with Lauter just hanging on for the win from fourth in the grid. In 40+, Top Qualifier Thomas Oehler suffered an early error to come back to the front to take the win and move closer to becoming the classes inaugural champion. Behind Roberto Fabiano saw off Christian Drießle for second.
Chassis – Xray T4 2018 Motor – Muchmore (handout) ESC – Muchmore (handout) Batteries – EZ Power Graphene 6600mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox Bodyshell – Montech Racer
Remarks – Attending his first ETS asphalt race of the season here in Slovakia, former ETS Pro Stock race winner Nico took the third round of qualifying and starts the A-Main 5th on the grid. Running a more kit standard car than fellow Xray drivers Alexandre Duchet and Jan Ratheisky, which can’t be photographed. Optionals on his T4 2018, include full aluminium steering set-up, low friction belts and harder red blades, all from Xray and then brass weights in the centre of the car, under the speedo, and a brass servo mount and brass battery mounts which are all produced by 7075.it.