Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard cruised to an unchallenged win in the opening A-Main at Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series tonight in Germany. Posting the fastest lap of the race the Top Qualifier would win by a 1.4-seconds from the number 2 starting Yokomo of Ronald Volker and new Serpent signing Viktor Wilck both benefiting from an mistake by Yannic Prumper which saw the Yokomo driver crash out while running second.
‘So far its a copy of Hrotovice’ was Rheinard’s reaction after his win, the German referring to Round 1 of the championship when he TQ’d and took A1 only to crash out in A2 and ended up leaving the Czech Republic with only 4th place. Continuing ‘this time though I still have good tyres’, he said he knew Volker might not be so quick at the start and he was able to use this to build up a ‘small gap’. Expecting Volker would let Prumper through if he hadn’t found speed for A1 he said by the time he did that he knew that while he might be able to catch him, passing would be another thing so he never felt under threat. Pleased with his car, the championship’s most winning driver said other than check it over he would run it as is for A2 tomorrow morning.
Changing to a different set of tyres and back to his Q2 set-up, Volker said the oversteer he suffered in Q4 turn to understeer. Lacking overall grip in the opening laps, the reigning champion said he let his team-mate Prumper through but after 2-minutes his BD7 got better and he was able to match Rheinard’s pace, Prumper having crashed out after 8-laps. With Wilck running all over the back of his car for the first part of the race, he said he was able to break away from the Swede once his car improved. Winner of the Season #8 opener, Volker said they have no choice but to again try something with the set-up for A2 as a last chance effort to go for the overall win.
Accepting congratulation from his new team for his efforts to try and get by Volker, Wilck said ‘I just couldn’t find a way passed Ronald’. Describing his S411 as feeling really good he said even with his car much better than the Yokomo at the end of the straight Volker was able to block him. Making heavy contact with the boards through the chicane he said that ended his challenge for second with the car feeling tweaked after the impact. Looking forward to tomorrow’s remaining two Mains, he said his A1 performance was very encouraging and already he was able to show the potential that lies with his new team.
Asked about his off after the chicane, Prumper said he was pushing hard to try and make up the gap to Rheinard and just clipped the boards causing his car to shoot off at the hairpin. Having got by last year’s race winner Alexander Hagberg on lap 6, Christopher Krapp would be promoted to fourth by Prumper’s retirement with the Kyosho driver holding position to the end ahead of Hagberg with Marc Fischer completing the Top 6.
There were also easy wins for Top Qualifiers Marek Cerny and Jan Ratheisky in the opening Pro Stock and Formula A-Mains. In Pro Stock such was Cerny’s lead the reigning champion was able to back off over the final three laps to head home an Xray 1-2 over team-mate Mike Gosvig with an impressive drive from ARC backed driver Helge Johannessen netting the towering Norwegian third. In Formula Ratheisky was a class act and despite the best efforts of Ride Modified A-Main starter Bruno Coelho he won by almost 2-seconds with Gosvig making a 1-2-3 for the championship winning Xray X1.
In one of the most interesting qualifying battles seen at a round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series for some time, Serpent’s new signing Viktor Wilck became the fourth different driver in as many qualifiers to top the times but it was Marc Rheinard who claimed the overall TQ honours for the German event. The Tamiya driver went into the deciding qualifier up against the Yokomo pairing of Yannic Prumper and Ronald Volker with both drivers needing a second TQ run to better Rheinard’s faster TQ time of Q3, while Wilck took them all by surprise with his pace to top Q4 by 6/10ths of a second. Behind Rheinard, Volker will start second followed by Prumper, Wilck and last year’s event winner Alexander Hagberg.
Claiming his second overall TQ of Season #8 having claimed pole position for the season opener in the Czech Republic, Rheinard said ‘Four different TQ guys has to be a first for the championship’. Pleased to again claim the bonus point for the TQ he said ‘hopefully this time round I wont mess it up in the final’, the German referring to his 4th place finish in Hrotovice. With ‘not so much tyre wear’ he said he should be good as he can keep the same set of tyres on his TRF419 for the finals. Commenting on the finals, the first of which takes place tonight, he said ‘I should be ok especially as Ronald looks to be struggling but I’m taking nothing for granted as they might find something between now & the first final’.
Only 5th fastest in Q4, Volker said ‘I’m more disappointed about my pace than my position on the grid’. The 4-time back to back ETS champion said he is still lacking pace at the beginning of the run and as it stands now they have no chance so they have no choice but to make a ‘big change’ for A1.
Pulling a shock off his BD7, Prumper said he ‘just pushed over the limit and messed it up’. The runner-up in Muelheim-Kaerlich last year, the 21-year-old said his car is good for racing and his approach for the final was pretty simple, ‘maximum attack’.
Having had little or no testing with his new Serpent due to waiting on the go ahead to get early release from his Tamiya contract, Wilck said ‘finally I have TQ’d one round on carpet, its been a very long time’. Going up in his rear diff oil on his S411 he said this helped the car carry more corner speed and a droop adjustment also made the car faster through the chicane. Starting from fourth on the grid, the Swede said he can only wait and see what happens with the three ahead of him during the finals but added the car is fast enough to challenge for the win.
The driver who started on pole last year from where he took a very convincing win, Hagberg is not enjoying the same form this time round. Struggling with the rear end of his Xray, the clearly frustrated Swede said he still hasn’t been able to cure the poor handling. Behind Hagberg, enjoying his best run in Q4 when he took his Kyosho to the third fastest time, Christopher Krapp will start third. The German started in that same position when the race was first hosted at the current venue and came away with a podium finish.
In the Xray Pro Stock class it is defending champion Marek Cerny who is Top Qualifier ahead of Xray team-mates Mike Gosvig and Jan Rathiesky who posted his first TQ run in the final qualifier. Changing to harder oil in the rear shocks for the final qualifier so as to get more steering, Cerny said he got caught out by the change as his T4 had more steering than expected. Causing him to hit the boards and lose time he said once he adjusted his driving he was very happy with the change adding that having steering in reserve is a nice thing to have in a final. Gosvig said he tried for the TQ but over did it and made a mistake coming onto the straight that cost him over a second, the gap at the end of the 5-minutes to Rathiesky being 3/10ths. Rathiesky, who capped off the Formula TQ he secured in Q3 with a clean sweep of qualifying by topping all four qualifiers, said starting from 3rd on the Pro Stock grid was ‘no problem’ and while passing would be ‘not so easy’ he had some good tactics to try and get passed his team-mates.
Chassis – Project HP-1 Motor – Hobbywing 21.5 (handout) ESC – Hobbywing Batteries – Muchmore “flat” 3300mah Tires – Ride (handout) Radio/Servo – Futaba/Sanwa Bodyshell – Mon-Tech F13 Remarks – Swiss driver Roman Pichler is running the definitive version of the Project HP-1 formula car he’s been developing together with the other designer Michael Hauptli. The main features on the car are for sure the adjustable wheelbase in the rear and the huge amount of camber link positions in the front. The chassis comes from a cooperation with Raceberry, and the layout allows for different battery positions. Both front and rear wings are the old school Tamiya Type-C.
Chassis – Xray X1 Motor – Hobbywing 21.5 (handout) ESC – Hobbywing (handout) Batteries – LRP 4700 mah Tires – Ride (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox Bodyshell – Xray Remarks – Back from a successful U.S. campaign at the Snowbirds, Jan Ratheisky is in attendance here with his X1 formula car. Having being just released after a long development process, the only noticeable differences from standard is the rear wing that is now mounted in front of its support to bring it closer to the rear end and the use of a molded front wing, something which is required in the ETS series.