Chassis Focus – Viljami Kutvonen

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Chassis Name – Awesomatix A700 EXL
Motor – Speedpassion (handout)
ESC – Speedpassion (handout)
Batteries – LRP
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servos – Sanwa
Remarks – Finnish rising star Viljami Kutvonen is the top Awesomatix driver in the Pro Stock class here in Austria. Also running modified he says the difference in both cars is quite wide, with the modified car needing a stiff chassis while his Pro Stock car is running a very soft chassis setup. Running a prototype chassis on his A700 EXL, it is missing the flex slots but is 2.5mm thick compared to the standard 3.0mm chassis. Also Viljami has cut all of the connecting struts on the top deck up to the front of the plate, to get the car to much flex as much as possible.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Video – Modified Qualifying Rd3

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Volker tops Q3 from Fischer

Ronald Volker

Ronald Volker claimed his first TQ run in the third round of qualifying at the ETS in Austria after a close fought battle with Serpent’s Marc Fischer, the latter loosing out by 4/10ths after a number of rough laps including one which saw him make a good save when his S411 got up on two wheels just after passing Yannic Prumper. With the Top 2 on new tyres, Marc Rheinard was the fastest driver on used rubber setting an impressive pace to claim third which should be enough to ensure the Tamiya driver will be Top Qualifier.

Volker

‘An important TQ run’ was how Volker summed up Q3.  The defending champion said following his Q1 moment, when his car traction rolled costing him the TQ for that round, he started off a little too smooth.  With Fischer announced as running the predicted TQ pace, the Yokomo ace said he had to push harder but compared to yesterday his BD7 which, while it had slight understeer, overall was a lot safer to drive than yesterday.  Impressed by the pace of Rheinard on used tyres, his great rival only 7/10th off at the end of the 5-minutes, Volker who is realistic about his chances now of taking the overall TQ honours said he hoped he could match the Tamiya driver’s pace in Q4.

Marc Fischer

Setting the fastest lap, Fischer was pleased with his pace admitting himself that he got lucky to get away with not rolling adding that the quick reactions of Prumper helped as most other drivers would most likely have tipped his car over.  After a disappointing Q2 run when he was on used tyres, Fischer said that was more down to the cold conditions of the early morning run rather than the tyres and he is confident that Q4 should be OK with his main target to get a Top 6 finish and book himself a place in the final.  Once he has that done he said he can take bigger risks in the final two qualifiers.

Marc Rheinard

Rheinard, who used the same set of tyres from Q2 after opting not to match his two used sets, said he was surprised at how good his Much More powered TRF417 was on used tyres.  More comfortable with the traction in Q3, as a result of higher temperatures, Rheinard believes it will be difficult now for Volker to take the overall TQ as Prumper and Alexander Hagberg both still have a fresh set of tyres meaning they will most likely TQ one of the remaining rounds.  Using his second set of fresh Ride tyres in Q3, Viktor Wilck enjoyed his best round setting the fourth fastest time but comparing like for like the Swede is still someway off the pace and is likely to see his championship aspirations end this weekend.

Alex Hagberg

Running his first set of tyres for a third time, Hagberg said he did what he could with the tyres and claiming fifth for the round he was very happy with the result.  Pleased with how his ORCA powered T4 is working on used tyres he said he now just needs to decide on when is the right time to run his second set of allocated tyres.

Andy Moore

Matching up his two used sets of tyres and opting to run a front/front combination, Andy Moore said his TCXX worked a lot better than expected.  With the Rear/Rear combination in theory offering better performance the factory HB driver said he is feeling pretty confident he can put in one more strong run to add to his second fastest times set in Q1 & Q2.

Eric Dankel

Behind Moore, Eric Dankel managed his first clean round to set the 7th fastest time 46/1000th ahead of the Awesomatix of Freddy Sudhoff with Martin Hudy and Prumper completing the Top 10.

Marek Cerny

In the Xray Pro Stock class, Xray team driver Marek Cerny claimed a second TQ run ahead of Q1 pace setter Viljami Kutvonen, the Awesomatix driver setting the fastest lap. Tobias Vogel completed the Top 3 ahead of Schumacher team driver & former Champion Martin Hofer.  For defending champion Zdenko Kunak a DNF looks like the end of the road for the Slovak drivers hopes of retaining his title.

In the Speed Passion Formula class Serpent team driver Jan Asmer TQ’d the third qualifier ahead of reigning champion Herbert Weber while Q1 & Q2 pace setter Roman Pichler had a tough run setting only the 7th fastest time.

Ride Modified Q3 times
1. Ronald Völker – Yokomo – 21/5:12.832
2. Marc Fischer – Serpent – 21/5:13.289
3. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 21/5:13.589
4. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 20/5:02.280
5. Alexander Hagberg – Xray – 20/5:04.034
6. Andy Moore – HB – 20/5:04.120
7. Eric Dankel – Yokomo – 20/5:04.949
8. Freddy Südhoff – Awesomatix – 20/5:04.995
9. Martin Hudy – Xray – 20/5:06.769
10.Yannic Prümper – Yokomo – 20/5:06.821

Xray Pro Stock Q3 times
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 19/5:08.876
2. Viljami Kutvonen – Awesomatix – 19/5:09.172
3. Tobias Vogel – Xray – 19/5:12.561
4. Martin Hofer – Schumacher – 19/5:12.602
5. Jan Asmer – Serpent – 19/5:13.095
6. Oliver Franke – HB – 19/5:13.142
7. David Nemcek – Xray – 19/5:13.337
8. Valetin Hettrich – Xray – 19/5:14.466
9. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 19/5:14.897
10.Bernhard Bopp – HB – 19/5:15.095

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Chassis Focus – Martin Hudy

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Chassis Name – Xray T4
Motor – Lipotech
ESC – ORCA
Batteries – ORCA
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servos – KO
Remarks – Xray touring car designer Martin Hudy is having a really good showing here in Austria, leading his team in an improved performance over Rd4 which saw the Slovakian company fail to get any cars into the modified A-main. Since then they have done a lot of testing and found that running harder springs and harder oil helped find the steering they were lacking, while retaining a responsive car. A change to anti-dive front and rear, harder oil in the rear diff as well as progressive springs all around and they now have a car that is competitive again. Martin and some other team drivers are also running the company’s new low friction white belts which are smoother, giving the drive train less friction.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rheinard again in Q2

Marc Shell

Marc Rheinard backed up his performance in yesterday’s opening qualifier by kicking off Day 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria with another TQ, again the Tamiya driver topping the times from HB’s Andy Moore.  However the big talking point among the drivers after Q2 was the pace of Yokomo driver Ronald Volker who despite running used tyres posted the third fastest time, the next fastest driver on tyres that completed a full five minutes in Q1 being Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg who was 7th fastest.

Marc Andy

While pleased to post another TQ albeit almost 2 seconds slower than Q1, Rheinard seemed more concerned about the tyre strategy that was going to be played out over the remaining three qualifiers.  Having used his second set of allocated Ride tyres, the German said the pace of Volker on used tyres was a bit of a surprise as while he knew his rival had good pace on new tyres his pace, having not tested on used, was very impressive.  Describing the traction in this morning’s qualifier as low, the Apeldoorn winner said the run was good but Andy, who moved to the front half way through the 5-minute run, forced him to push harder than he had planned on a track that doesn’t forgive errors.  With three rounds to count and no new tyres left Rheinard said he has to be very clever about how he chooses to use and selects his tyres adding that sitting out a round is one option he needs to consider.

Andy Moore

Moore, who set the fastest lap of the round, said he was reasonably happy with the result considering how close he came to a TQ run.  Dropping off the lead pace after hitting some traffic, the former World Champion said his TCXX got a little loose after that with the traction in general feeling a ‘a lot less’ than yesterday’s Q1.  Other than rebuilding his shocks, Moore plans on leaving his car as is for Q3 echoing the thoughts of Rheinard that its now down to tyre strategy and making the right call at the right time.

Ronald Volker

Having rolled out of a certain TQ run in Q1, Volker said they took a defensive approached to Q2 and ran on used tyres and considering the number of drivers on new tyres they managed to outpace he was very happy with how the run went.  The defending ETS Champion said his LRP powered BD7 was still very easy to drive on used tyres and while he had more understeer it was something he was able to deal with.  While the Yokomo team was giving away nothing in relation to when they will run their star driver on his second set of tyres the general feeling of his rivals is that he will use them in Q3.  Also running used tyres in Q2, team-mate Yannic Prumper said his BD7 was not good and combined with the low traction he could not have gone any quicker than his 9th he got for the round.

Martin Hudy

Running new tyres on his T4, Martin Hudy was fastest of the Xray drivers posting 4th for the round but the Slovak driver said afterwards he expected more.  The man responsible for designing the car, Hudy said on a track like Traiskirchen the car has a lot more potential and so he is a little disappointed by the result.  The team’s lead driver Alexander Hagberg posted the 7th fastest time, which the Swede said considering being on used tyres and having to let some faster cars through was ‘not a bad result’.

Awesomatix team driver Freddy Sudhoff backed up his Q1 performance with another fifth fastest time but was a little disappointed with the run considering he was on new tyres.  The German said his A700 felt different to yesterday with it having developed more understeer something he is putting down to the cooler conditions having a effect on the oil in diff.

Viktor Wilck

After a tough day yesterday, Viktor Wilck posted the 6th fastest time describing the run as ‘safe’.  The Swede who effectively had a new set of tyres after he crashed out on his opening lap in Q1, said he needs to repeat a similar run again in Q3, hinting that he will be using his second set of tyres, and then hope he can round it off with a third solid result on used tyres so as to make the A-Main.  Struggling with ‘no balance’ in his TRF417, the Swede said he is also struggling with his driving as the track here does not suit his driving style.

Elliot Harper

Completing the Top 10 was Team Durango’s Elliot Harper.  The British driver was pretty pleased with his run considering he was on used tyres.  Availing of last nights opening testing after Q1, he said this allowed him to make the car smoother & easier to drive and this morning it felt ‘quite good’.  With a fresh set of tyres at his disposal he said he needs to make a good call on when to use them but his focus for Q3 is to try a different front end geometry.

Ride Modified Q2 times
1. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 21/5:14.497
2. Andy Moore – HB – 20/5:01.246
3. Ronald Völker – Yokomo – 20/5:02.947
4. Martin Hudy – Xray – 20/5:03.235
5. Freddy Südhoff – Awesomatix – 20/5:03.270
6. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 20/5:04.228
7. Alexander Hagberg – Xray – 20/5:05.728
8. Dominik Fleischmann – Yokomo – 20/5:07.448
9. Yannic Prümper – Yokomo – 20/5:07.514
10.Elliott Harper – Durango – 20/5:07.823

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Video – Modified Qualifying Rd1

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Friday, June 14, 2013

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd3

Volante Modified Class
1. Coelho Bruno - 461pts
2. Völker Ronald - 460pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 460pts
4. Hagberg Alexander - 455pts
5. Kutvonen Viljami - 444pts
6. Stadler Dionys - 441pts
7. Prümper Yannic - 438pts
8. Jefferies Olly - 433pts
9. Krapp Christopher - 429pts
10.Harper Elliott - 428pts
11.Fischer Marc - 424pts
12.Orlowski Michal - 422pts
13.Jasmin Loic - 421pts
14.Kaufmann Marco - 410pts
15.Südhoff Frederik - 409pts

Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 465pts
2. Johannessen Helge - 452pts
3. Krägefski Tom - 449pts
4. Hofer Martin - 441pts
5. Hoppe Lars - 438pts
6. Gosvig Mike - 432pts
7. Kreder Markus - 425pts
8. Hettrich Valentin - 424pts
9. Mächler Max - 422pts
10.Vogel Tobias - 421pts
11.Rettke Jan - 416pts
12.Gassauer Patrick - 409pts
13.Benson Tim - 408pts
14.Asendorf Noah - 407pts
15.Collina Mattia - 403pts

Serpent Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 468pts
2. Bultynck Olivier - 458pts
3. Ehrbar David - 450pts
4. Weber Herbert - 447pts
5. Kölbel René - 443pts
6. Martini Francesco - 440pts
7. Stocker Alexander - 439pts
8. Hofer Martin - 433pts
9. Peter Miko - 432pts
10.Libar Jacques - 421pts

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