Jan Ratheisky is the Pro Stock Top Qualifier at Round 2 of the ETS in Daun, Germany. Posting a third TQ run in the fourth & final round, the championship leader secured his second pole position start of the season and in doing so has extended the points lead he held coming into the weekend. With Q1 pace setter Max Mächler the only potential challenger to Ratheisky for the overall TQ going into Q4, the Awesomatix driver couldn’t match the former champion ending up 3rd for the round but holds onto second on the grid for tomorrow’s final. Suffering his second consecutive heat DNF in the final qualifier, Mustafa Alp will start third thanks to his second places in the opening two qualifiers. Behind, Frenchman Alex Kunkler and former champion Martin Hofer complete the top half of the A-Main grid.
In the Scorpion Power System Formula class, it was reigning champion David Ehrbar who came away with the TQ. Taking Q1 and 3, the Serpent driver went into the final qualifier only needing to finish ahead of Belgian Olivier Bultynck to get pole. Leading away the heat on the second lap Ehrbar made a mistake. With his car facing the wrong way, the following Bultynck would hit him turning him facing back in the right direction and the battle was back on. Half way in however Bultynck’s heat was over while Ehrbar put in some bad laps allowing the Xray of ETS Austria podium finisher Luke Lee to TQ the round and split the pairing on the grid by taking 2nd from Bultynck.
Chassis – Serpent 4X Evo Motor – Dash by Arrowmax 4.5T ESC – Dash by Arrowmax AI Pro Batteries – Arrowmax Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa Bodyshell – Protoform Type S Remarks – This is Viktor’s first ETS appearance running Serpent’s 4X with all the parts that will make up the upcoming 4X Evo kit release, with the Swede starting off the weekend with a P7 in the opening qualifier. Happy with the performance of his car, he said the biggest challenge is the track and getting a set-up that gives you steering but doesn’t cost you speed.
The third round of qualifying at Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Germany saw Bruno Coelho handed the TQ as the majority of his rivals threw away potential TQ runs through driver errors. Afterwards even the Xray driver admitted he was lucky that so many other drivers crashed allowing him to claim his second TQ run of the weekend. Having looked strong to become the third different TQ so far, Marc Rheinard would make a mistake at the chicane eventually ending up 2nd ahead of Yannic Prümper who threw away his TQ chances on the penultimate lap.
While taking the TQ Coelho wasn’t overall happy with his performance in the qualifier. He said, ‘we changed the set of tyres and the car was very difficult to drive’. He continued, ‘luckily everyone crashed, Volker, Marc, Alex and Yannic. We need to change the car for the last one.’ Asked if he would revert to his other set of tyres he replied, ‘we need to discuss this, the tyre is slightly newer so maybe this is the reason but anyway we will make changes to the car set-up’.
‘Just one stupid mistake’, was Rheinard’s reaction at losing out on what would have been a very important TQ run given the difficultly of the track layout. He continued, ‘I got stuck on the board at the chicane at it cost me 1-second. At least the pace is there, we improved the car a lot, but I really needed that TQ for a chance to start 2nd or 3rd (in the final).’ Putting the car improvement down to running the rear wider, the Infinity driver currently sits third in the qualification ranking equal on points with Prumper with Hagberg in 5th only a point off them. With it all to play for to be in the Top 3 he said, ‘I will try to improve in the last one’.
With Prumper enjoying running at the front of an ETS for the first time in more than a season, the multiple race winner was not happy with himself. ‘I screwed up my first lap and started with a 17.0 lap and then on the second last lap I screwed up again when I was fighting for the TQ but I did it on my own’. The Yokomo driver continued, ‘the car is really good just my driving is not the best’. Looking for his best ETS start since qualifying 5th two years ago in Germany, he said his goal for Q4 is to try and move himself ahead of Rheinard on the grid for tomorrow’s A-Main.
‘Very good except for one mistake’, was how Hagberg summed up P4 in the penultimate qualifier. Setting the fastest lap of the round, the Xray driver continued, ‘I was pushing hard for the TQ and crashed in the infield so lost out’. Having struggled in Q2 in the morning, the Swede said they reverted back to the set-up he used to post the third quickest time in yesterday’s opening qualifier. Describing his car as ‘competitive’ he concluded, ‘I just need try and repeat a clean run and I’ll be ok’.
Having struggled in the first two qualifiers, a change of car brought Akio Sobue into the mix. The Infinity driver said, ‘I had big problems with my car. Once I go on throttle it always wants to turn. It wouldn’t go straight so we changed car and now it much better for me’. The pressure is now on the Japanese driver to get a good time in Q4 if he is to line up on the A-Main grid.
The only driver who can now stop Coelho from starting the final tomorrow from pole, Ronald Volker didn’t have a good Q3 but topping the second qualifier he is confident he can challenge Coelho in the final round. He said, ‘I made a mistake on the first lap but I still felt the car was there. I was pulling away from Bruno but traction rolled so the TQ was gone’. The Yokomo driver said with the traction getting higher, something he put down to having running the same set of tyres throughout qualifying and an improving track, his car is constantly improving.
Chassis – Infinity IF14 Motor – Muchmore ZX V2 5.0T ESC – Muchmore Fleta Pro V2 Batteries – Muchmore Impact 6400mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Xpert Bodyshell – Protoform Type S
Winner of the season opener in Vienna, here in Daun at Round 2 Marc Rheinard is running a number of new parts on his IF14. At the front of the car there are new spool outdrives made from a more durable material along with more durable blades. At the rear he is using updated drive shafts and new, lower, hinge pin mountings allow for greater roll centre adjustments.
Having thrown away the TQ with a mistake last night in the opening round of qualifying, ETS Pro Stock Championship leader Jan Ratheisky has taken charge of proceedings this morning in Daun, the Xray driver posting TQ runs in the 2nd & 3rd rounds of qualifying. Ending up third quickest in Q1 behind winner Max Mächler and top seed Mustafa Alp, the German took Q2 by almost 2-seconds over Alp with Mächler third. In the third round Ratheisky’s advantage would be even more with him posting the fastest time of the weekend ahead of Norwegian Helge Johannessen. For Alp, a crash would see him break, while Mächler crashed in the middle of the heat and dropped to P6. Going into the fourth & final qualifier, only Mächler can deny Ratheisky his second TQ start of the season.
In the Scorpion Power System Formula class, reigning Champion David Ehrbar made a mess of Q2 but redeemed himself in Q3 for his second TQ run of the weekend. With Q2 going to Shepherd’s Olivier Bultynck ahead of British pairing Luke Lee and Ben Cosgrove, the third round would see a close fight for the TQ between between Ehrbar and Ratheisky. Ehrbar would take it by 6/10th but the heat signified Ratheisky seems to have found his way after two tough qualifiers yesterday.
Ronald Volker has kicked off Day 2 of the Euro Touring Series in Daun with a TQ run, the Yokomo driver snatching the the second round of qualifying from Bruno Coelho. Clearly the quickest man on track, Coelho would have two mistakes of his own doing but it was the flying car of Akio Sobue that ultimately cost him the TQ allowing Volker to top the times by 2/10th. With a fastest lap almost 3/10th quicker than the rest of the field, Coelho looked set to make it two out of two but coming into the sweeper at the end of the straight, the Xray driver was greeted by Sobue’s car flying through the air from the infield. While no contact was made, the T4 somehow just finding its way under the landing IF14, Coelho was forced off the racing line losing him 8/10th allowing Volker to go to the top. Pulling back 2/10ths a lap Coelho would run out of time and with Volker laying down his fastest lap on the last lap it was the German who got the TQ. Behind Yannic Prumper would set the third fastest time ahead Marc Rheinard and Naoki Akiyama, the Top 5 all managing 19-laps this morning.
‘Its great to get Q2 as my minimum goal of second on the grid is becoming more safe’, was Volker’s reaction to his first TQ run in four races, his last being in Italy last season. The World Champion continued, ‘I made a shock set-up change front and rear and a different tyre prep and I felt more comfortable with the car. It had more steering like I wanted but I still need more without losing corner speed. Pace wise I was now closer to Bruno. He’s still quicker but the gap is less’. Having a clean run compared to Coelho, he said one issue he did have was his view of the straight with radios in his view, something he said he will try to adapt to by leaning out more in Q3.
‘It was a strange qualifier’ was how Coelho summed up the first of the day’s three scheduled qualifiers. The reigning champion added, ‘I started easy so as to make no mistake and then started to push but touched the board and flipped, Luckily it landed on its wheels. I forced to get back to the point and once back on point I drove smooth again but then I had a lot of traffic and a second mistake at the chicane. Overall I had many mistakes and much traffic’. On his car, it still not to his liking at the beginning of the 5-minutes he said, ‘Its still not perfect yet and we will work on it for sure for the next one’.
Improving on his P6 from Q1, Prumper said, ‘I had large drops in my lap times. I think I just need to improve my driving to be more consistent’. Suffering one moment when he ‘kissed the board one time’, the Yokomo driver added, ‘I was in the lead at the beginning but then dropped off. I’m happy with third but I can do better in my driving, the car is good’.
Again finding himself 4th fastest, Rheinard was happier with his car saying it was ‘better’ but like Prumper felt his driving was the issue saying, ‘I just didn’t drive well’. The championship leader continued, ‘Bruno is still a little faster and while its on the limit we got closer to the pace that time’. Making a number of changes to his IF14 including standing up the front shocks, he plans to ‘make the rear wider’ for Q3.
Running in the second fastest heat, Akiyama was very happy with his P5 run. The Japanese Yokomo driver had many mistakes in Q1 but produced a ‘clean’ run in Q2. Having run a standard weight bodyshell in yesterday evening’s opening qualifier, he switched to a lightweight body this morning saying it made a big improvement to his car’s performance. He will run an unchanged car in Q3 to get another solid result on the board and drop his P13 from Q1. Also running in the second fastest heat, Schumacher’s Elliott Harper completed the Top 6 times and sits 6th overall after two rounds.
Max Mächler took a close opening Xray Pro Stock class qualifier at the Euro Touring Series second round in Daun, Germany. The Awesomatix driver went up against Xray pairing Mustafa Alp and Jan Ratheisky, all three taking turns at setting the TQ pace. Securing his first ETS win last season in Italy, Mächler would recover from an early mistake stop the clock with a 2/10ths of a second advantage over top seed Alp helped by the fact reigning champion & fastest man on the track Ratheisky also suffered an costly mistake on his 4th lap.
In the Scorpion Power System Formula class it was reigning champion David Ehrbar who would take the opening TQ. Third fastest in practice, the Serpent driver took Q1 by over 2-seconds from top seed Ben Cosgrove with Olivier Bultynck completing the Top 3. Having dominated the season opener, taking the win ahead of Ehrbar, Ratheisky isn’t having as good a start to his home round with him only 8th fastest in seeding and not improving much in the qualifier ending up 6th. With the entry for the new Infinity 40+ class more than double what it was in Vienna, Ozer Yürüm took the first of the four qualifiers ahead of Michael Spiering with Round 1 winner Miko Peter fourth quickest.
Despite getting quite out of shape on his third lap, Bruno Coelho has taken the opening round of qualifying at Round 2 of the Euro Touring Series in Germany. The Xray driver would recover to be the only one to make 19-laps, topping the times from top seed Ronald Volker who would have to open up to let his rival through. Behind, Alexander Hagberg would put in a strong second half to the 5-minute qualifier to complete the Top 3 ahead of Marc Rheinard. Making it a good start to the weekend in Daun for Xray, Marc Kaufmann took his example to the fifth fastest time ahead of a quick, but making too many mistakes, Yannic Prümper.
Summing up his TQ run, Coelho said, ‘I was lucky to stay in the race. I lost the rear at the end of the straight and touched the board. Luckily it was only a little touch so I could keep going. The car then got better and better and I forced a lot to catch Volker.’ The reigning champion explained, ‘the car is really good for 5-minutes but only in the beginning is not so good the first 4 or 5 laps its a little difficult but then its really good. We will play with the additive for tomorrow to get it better for the start of the run. The car is really good so we don’t need to change that’.
Leading away the opening heat, Volker said, ‘It started off good but then the car started to develop understeer more and more and I was not able to stay on top. I will make a set-up change to get more steering for Q2. I want the car a little more difficult to drive’. With many drivers suffering errors, the Yokomo driver said he had a clean run but added, ‘I had to open for Bruno and that lost me some time’.
Hagberg described his qualifier as ‘pretty good’. The Swede said, ‘It was a good clean run but the car took some time to come in but by the end it was very good’. Confident the car is up to the job, he will focus on tyres for tomorrow’s second qualifier saying ‘we need to work on the additive timing and then I think we will have a good car for all the 5-minutes’.
‘Not too good’ was how Rheinard summed up his P4. The Infinity driver continued, ‘like I said before I have no steering and no corner speed. It didn’t help that I also had 1 or 2 mistakes and lost a second but the main problem is the car is still too slow’. Asked what changes he might make to improve the car for Q2, he said, ‘maybe I will try a harder diff and also maybe a body mount more forward’.
‘My goal is to make the A-Main and this is good first step to that’, said a very happy Kaufmann on setting the fifth fastest time. Enjoying his best ever ETS qualifying at the season opener when he lined up 3rd for the Austrian round, the German said his car had ‘a bit of understeer’ but felt that was to his advantage. ‘I think maybe this was better because this is super difficult track and my car was easy to drive so I had no mistakes’.
Prumper said, ‘my car was quite good but I had too many mistakes’. He continued, ‘On the second lap I hit the barrier at the end of the straight and over the run lost about 6-seconds in mistakes. I think without this I would have been similar pace to Bruno’. He concluded, ‘the car is super good over 5-minutes, I just need to make no mistakes tomorrow’. Behind Prumper, Serpent’s Viktor Wilck topped the second fastest heat to get a P7 for the round.