In very hot and humid conditions at Traiskirchen, Austria, Ronald Volker set the pace in the first of the two controlled practice runs that will determine the seeding for qualifying at the title deciding round of the 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series. The defending champion, who is one of four drivers in the battle for the overall title, set a pace of 44.667 over three laps ahead of new Yokomo team-mate Hayato Matsuzaki on 44.826 with Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck third on 45.017.
Having had a weekend he would rather forget at the penultimate round in Apeldoorn, where he ended up qualifying down in the E final, Volker was pleased with his early pace at the roof covered asphalt venue but added that the high traction could made running a clean five minutes very difficult. Feeling the track has much more traction than when the unique venue hosted the European Championships, the German said this had made the track very tricky with there being a very fine line between having the amount of steering you want or ending up on your roof.
Having made his ETS debut at the previous round where he finished 14th, former 2WD Offroad World Champion Matsuzaki was happy with his early practice on what he described as a ‘difficult’ track due to its wide variety of corners. Pleased with the feeling of his Reedy powered BD5, the Japanese racer said his focus for the moment is on improving his driving which could be better. Yokomo’s other star driver Yannic Prumper, who changed chassis between the morning’s two free practice runs and the first controlled practice was much happier with his pace, the German saying the second car had much more steering than the first chassis he ran. Setting the fourth fastest time just 3/1000ths faster than Alexander Hagberg, the German plans to switch shock caps for CP2 to the plastic version with the hole which he said should made the car a little easier to drive.
The second fastest of the title contenders with 5th in CP1, Team Xray’s Hagberg who like Volker had a disastrous weekend at the preceding round of the ETS said his ORCA powered T3 2012 was a lot better suited to the Thomas Pumpler designed track and felt ‘not so bad’. The Swede, who described the layout as being more like what you would normally have at an indoor carpet event, said getting the car ready for qualifying was going to be all about the small details.
Completing the Top 6 former World Champion Atsushi Hara switched from a Protoform Speed 6 bodyshell to an LTC-R which he said while it gave his HB TCX more steering and the feeling of better corners speed it was slower in laps times. The Japanese ace, who has been spending a lot of time in Europe recently as part of his World Championship preparations, said he must decide whether to run the Speed 6 with a more aggressive setting or continue with the LTC-R but with a slightly less aggressive set-up having maybe changed the set-up too much for CP1 in his search for better corner speed. Team-mate Andy Moore only managed 2 laps after he traction rolled his Hobbywing TCX which slid into the track barrier resulting in a broken servo horn.
The other two Ride Modified title contenders Marc Rheinard and Christopher Krapp set the 7th and 10th fastest times respectively. The current standings leader, Rheinard said he ran used tyres and there was a ‘huge’ difference compared to fresh rubber. The winner of Round 5, the reigning World Champion said his Tamiya feels good and so when everyone is on the same tyres he is confident he has the pace to match Volker.
Kyosho’s Krapp said he is struggling a little for pace and is not really sure why. While his Orion powered TF6 is very consistent he said it lacks overall speed. Having tried softer shocks to try improve it, which would normally work in theses conditions, he said having walked around the pits and talk to some of his rivals a harder shock seems to be the way to go and so he will try this for CP2.
In the Xray Pro Stock class Gran Canaria winner Marek Cerny was fastest for Team Yokomo ahead the title contending HB of Oliver Franke while standings leader Zdenko Kunak posted only the 7th fastest time behind the Schumacher of out going champion Martin Hofer.
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Friday, July 6, 2012
The stage is set for the most exciting title battle in the history of the ETS with four drivers representing four different manufacturers in with a chance of becoming the 2011/12 Yokomo Euro Touring Series Champions at this weekend’s (6-8th July) season finale in Traiskirchen, Austria. Having enjoyed it’s most successful season to-date with close on 700 drivers set to register points in the World famous electric touring car series, the fifth running of the championship has also produced its most competitive year of racing with four different drivers taking to the top step of the podium in the premiere Ride Modified class. Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp and Xray’s Alexander Hagberg both claimed their first ever ETS wins putting them in the position of going head to head with Team Yokomo’s defending Champion Ronald Volker and Tamiya’s former Champion Marc Rheinard for the prestigious title at the sixth & final round.
A new addition to the ETS calendar, Traiskirchen is the perfect venue for such an exciting climax to the season with the roof covered asphalt track ensuring that the current unsettled European weather can play no part in deciding whether the elusive ETS Modified Champions roll of honour remains at just three names (Jilles Groskamp, Rheinard & Volker) or gets the addition of a fourth worthy Champion. The Top 4 in the standings are seperated by just 7-points with a maximum of 156 points up for grabs so its very much still all to play for and as was witnessed at the preceeding round in Apeldoorn, where Rheinard rescued his campaign by taking the TQ and win, anything can happen in racing with Volker and Hagberg both failing to make the A-Main at the Dutch event.
While the focus of the weekend will be on the title battle, there will be a number of drivers among the World Class entry of over 200 racers who with no championship to worry about will be looking to make their own mark, this being the last major international touring car race before the World Championships that take place in the Netherlands at the end of the month. Having finished sixth at Round 5, his first ETS outing this season, former World Champion & ETS race winner Atsushi Hara will be hoping for a more competitive outing in Austria as will Team HB team-mates Andy Moore and Shin Adachi.
Having topped a round of qualifying to line up third on the grid in Apeldoorn, Serpent’s Marc Fisher will be looking to build on that performance this weekend and bring home some silverware for his small team. Also looking to convert his unquestionable raw talent in to a victory will be Volker’s Yokomo team-mate Yannic Prumper. Prumper finished runner up to Rheinard at Traiskirchen last year when it hosted the European Championships and the young German must be close to ending his 3-year victory drought.
In the Xray Pro Stock class, which has also produced four different winners this season, the title will too be decided in Austria in a duel between Xray’s Zdenko Kunák and Team HB driver Oliver Franke. A new addition to the ETS this year the Formula class, for 1:10 2WD Formula 1 cars which like Pro Stock use a controlled Speed Passion speedo/motor combo, is wide open with no less than five drivers in with a chance of becoming the inaugural champion.
While those in contention for a title will be holding off on any celebrations until Sunday evening, for the rest of the competitors they will be able to celebrate the successful conclusion of Season No.5 of Uwe Rheinard and Scotty Ernst’s Euro Touring Series with the now traditional end of season party planned for Saturday night at the track. With the organisation of the Traiskirchen ETS encounter being headed up by top Austrian touring car racer Thomas Pumpler with help from former European Electric Offroad Champion Peter Pinsch, the weekend is sure to be of a very high standard something that racers have now come to expect from ETS events.
Round 6 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series will be covered live throughout the weekend on Red RC where you can follow how the title battle unfolds over the three day event.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
For the first time since Andernach in 2009, the fifth round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the Netherlands was to be an all Tamiya podium with Marc Rheinard claiming his first win of the season ahead of team-mates Viktor Wilck and Jilles Groskamp. Having made the call to run two of the three A-Mains on Saturday night directly after qualifying due to the forecast giving rain for Sunday, it was to prove a smart decision by the ETS organisers as racers woke to a very wet morning in Apeldoorn. With results from two dry legs to work from the result was declared on best result and fastest time giving Top Qualifier & Leg 2 winner Rheinard the win over the first A-Main winner Wilck with second in Leg 2 securing the former back to back champion Groskamp the final step on the podium. The win, and the tough weekend experienced by defending champion Ronald Volker, puts Rheinard in contention for the title with the season finale in Austria in a months time set to be a showdown between Yokomo, Tamiya, Kyosho and Xray for the title.
Attracting what was easily the Euro Touring Series’ highest caliber of world class drivers to the Dutch event, endorsing the high regard in which the series is held internationally, the weekend was a difficult one for Volker and Yokomo. The dominator of the opening two races of season No.5, he experienced his worst every ETS event in Apeldoorn managing to complete only a single round of qualifying after experiencing tyres issues in Q1, a speedo shut down in Q2 and a stripped spur gear in Q4 leaving him 7th on the grid for the E Final. Credit to Volker, despite a weekend he will want to forget he raced his final, putting a great show and pulling off some rather impressive passing maneuvers that entertained the larger that normal amount of onlookers an E-Main normally gets.
For Xray the event gave them a full on experience of the highs and the lows of racing. Having enjoyed their first ever ETS victory thanks to a great drive from Alexander Hagberg at the preceding round in Poland and the celebrations that go with that success, the team failed to get a single car onto the A-Main grid in the Netherlands. Managing only one decent qualifying run when he set the fourth fastest time in Q2, Hagberg was the best placed Xray lining up 5th on the grid in the B Final.
In Pro Stock just 16/100th decided the final result between Top Qualifier & Leg 1 winner Tony Streit and Leg 2 winner Vasco Christiaanse, the latter finally securing his and Kyosho’s first ETS win in the class having previously been twice a race Top Qualifier. As in the Ride Modified class it was not a good weekend for the defending Champion. Starting off well with his Schumacher topping Friday’s practice and topping the opening round of qualifying, Martin Hofer’s weekend then went down hill with the German eventually classified 7th one place ahead of Xray’s Zdenko Kunak. The Slovak driver has enjoyed a really strong 2011/12 season, winning in Germany and Poland, but in Apeldoorn he struggled to find that form.
Ride Modified A-Main Overall Result
1. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya/Speed Passion – 1 pt
2. Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya/Thunder Power – 1
3. Jilles Groskamp (NL) – Tamiya/Orion – 2
4. Yannic Prümper (DE) – Yokomo/Thunder Power – 3
5. Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho/Orion – 3
6. Atsushi Hara (TH) – Team HB/Reedy – 4
7. Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent/Speed Passion – 5
8. Cyril N’diaye (FR) – Yokomo/LRP – 5
9. Andy Moore (GB) – HB/Hobbywing – 6
10.Shin Adachi (JP) – Team HB/Reedy – 7
Xray Pro-Stock A-Main Overall Result
1. Vasco Christiaanse (NL) – Kyosho – 1 pt
2. Tony Streit (DE) – Xray – 1
3. Rob Janssen (NL) – Tamiya – 2
4. Marek Cerny (CZ) – Yokomo – 3
5. Bart Wubben (NL) – Xray – 4
6. Oliver Franke (DE) – Hot Bodies – 5
7. Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 5
8. Zdenko Kunak (SK) – Xray – 6
9. Remi Callens (FR) – Xray – 7
10.Ivan Laptev (RU) – Awesomatix – 8
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Sunday, June 3, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Top Qualifier Marc Rheinard has won the second A-Main at the fifth round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, the German driver heading a dominant 1-2 for the Tamiya team ahead of team-mate Jilles Groskamp with Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper finishing third. Benefiting from running on brand new tyres having saved them from qualifying, the former ETS Champions pulled clear of the opposition to win by 6 seconds from Prumper who after retiring after just 4-laps in the first A-main also had the benefit of fresh rubber.
Run just before 22:00 local time the cool conditions made for much faster conditions and if, as predicted, the rain arrives in the morning Rheinard will take his first win of the season thanks to his winning time being over six seconds faster than Vikor Wilck’s Leg 1 winning time. If the rain holds off and the third Leg of the A-main gets to go ahead the race will be a showdown between the three TRF drivers. After a great start in the opening A-Main, Wilck, who unlike his team-mates didn’t have the benefit of a new set of controlled Ride tyres, wasn’t able to repeat his performance and spent much of the race battling with Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp. While Krapp held on to finish fourth the Swede made a mistake four laps from the finish allowing Serpent’s Marc Fisher through for fifth.
The second of the Xray Pro Stock A-Mains saw Vasco Christiaanse take the win for Kyosho after Top Qualifer & Leg 1 winner Tony Streit and defending champion Martin Hofer clashed while battling for the lead on the 3rd lap. Running a faster time due to the cooler night time conditions the 2 time ETS Top Qualifier, who is still in search of his first win, is sure to be planning to do a rain dance tonight while Streit, whose winning time was just 16/100th slower, will be praying the weather holds up as he too looks to secure his first overall ETS victory.
A entertaining second A-main in the Speed Passion Formula class produced the so far only guaranteed winner of the weekend as German driver Dai Sakaguchi took his second win of the day in Leg 2 after Top Qualifier and early race leader Michael Lepelaar rolled his Tamiya F104 as he came up to complete his 10th lap of 15. Dropping to fifth, Lepelaar eventually crossed the line in 3rd behind fellow Dutchman Alexander Roeleveld.
Ride Modified A-Main leg 2 results
1.(1) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya/Speed Passion – 20/5:00.187
2.(2) Jilles Groskamp (NL) – Tamiya/Orion – 20/5:00.858
3.(5) Yannic Prümper (DE) – Yokomo/Thunder Power – 20/5:06.806
4.(6) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho/Orion – 20/5:08.781
5.(3) Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent/Speed Passion – 20/5:09.840
6.(4) Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya/Thunder Power – 20/5:14.009
7.(10)Andy Moore (GB) – HB/Hobbywing – 19/5:14.009
8.(7) Atsushi Hara (TH) – Team HB/Reedy – 19/5:04.049
9.(9) Cyril N’diaye (FR) – Yokomo/LRP – 19/5:05.433
10.(8)Shin Adachi (JP) – Team HB/Reedy – 12/3:24.318
Xray Pro-Stock A-Main leg 2 results
1.(4) Vasco Christiaanse (NL) – Kyosho – 18/5:15.440
2.(1) Tony Streit (DE) – Xray – 18/5:15.832
3.(5) Rob Janssen (NL) – Tamiya – 18/5:16.139
4.(3) Bart Wubben (NL) – Xray – 17/5:01.864
5.(2) Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 17/5:04.023
6.(7) Zdenko Kunak (SK) – Xray – 17/5:04.930
7.(9) Remi Callens (FR) – Xray – 17/5:07.485
8.(6) Ivan Laptev (RU) – Awesomatix – 17/5:07.975
9.(8) Oliver Franke (DE) – Hot Bodies – 17/5:10.334
10.(10)Marek Cerny (CZ) – Yokomo – 3/0:53.744
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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Saturday, June 2, 2012