In contrast to the tight boards style track of Round 4 held at the fahr(T)raum Museum in Mattsee, Austria, the Yokomo Euro Touring Series travels for the first time to Luxembourg this weekend (6-8th June) to what is rated by many drivers as one of the greatest outdoor tracks in Europe – Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg”. The penultimate round of the championship, the event marks the return of former champion Jilles Groskamp, the reigning World Champion having some great memories of the track as it was where the Tamiya Racing Factory driver won his first major title back in 2009. Another significant name on the 240 plus entry list is that of r/c racing legend David Spashett who despite many years of being involved in the championship as a sponsor will make his first race outing. Amassing an impressive 4 World Championship titles and 13 European crowns, Spashett will go up against the biggest current day names of the sport including Groskamp having entered the Ride Modified class in which he will be driving an ARC R10.
While there will be much interest in how both Groskamp and Spashett get on, in terms of the overall championship the weekend is set to focus on Team Yokomo’s Ronald Volker who could secure his fourth consecutive ETS title come Sunday evening. Winner of Round 2 of the championship, only Xray’s Alexander Hagberg can deny the German ace from wrapping things up before the season finale at the Hudy Arena in Slovakia next month.
A two time champion of the ETS, winning the first two seasons, Groskamp returns the championship for the first time since 2012 when he made his last appearance during Season #5 at Apeldoorn where he was part of an all Tamiya podium. A staunch early supporter of the ETS concept and still the championship’s third most winning driver, last season was the first time the now Thailand based Dutch ace missed a complete season, but his return comes at a track he relishes. The venue of his 2009 European Championship title when he beat Marc Rheinard and Volker, the only two drivers who have more ETS race wins to their names, he will be hoping he can repeat that success again this weekend.
A season that has produced three winners from four races, Volker’s win at fahr(t)raum making him the first double winner, the large Mini Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg” should make for super close racing. Most famous for its Laguna Seca corkscrew style corner, it is the perfect stage for producing winner number 4 of Season #7. Yannic Prumper put in one of the drives of the season in A2 at Round 4 putting his Yokomo team-mate Volker under immense pressure. In A3 the 20-year-old then saw off a strong challenge from 3-time World Champion Rheinard. Both drivers are hungry for their first win of the season and having nothing to lose in terms of the championship can go all out to achieve it.
Rheinard was much improved in Austria, despite losing his way a little in qualifying, and this weekend he will again have the support of TRF418 designer Kiyo Suzuki and top Japanese racer/Tamiya employee Takayuki Kono. He should also benefit from Groskamp’s presence, his team-mate known for technical input. Serpent’s Marc Fischer, still in search of that first Modified win for both himself and his team, has shown he has the speed finishing fourth in Mattsee and the German will be one to watch. Although he didn’t have a good return to the series at Round 4, Freddy Sudhoff should be another to watch as Awesomatix continue to improve their car on asphalt.
Yannic Prumper made it a Yokomo 1-2 at the fourth round of the Euro Touring Series in Mattsee, Austria, the 20-year-old seeing off a strong challenge from Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard who completed the podium at the fahr(T)raum hosted event. With Ronald Volker having wrapped up his 10th ETS win in A2, the closing race of the all new event on the ETS calendar was very much a two way battle for second overall. Having put his team-mate under immense pressure in A2, it was Prumper’s turn to face the pressure as 3-time World Champion Rheinard slipped by his TRF team-mate Viktor Wilck early on to make the German work for his win. Rheinard looked to have got by his former team-mate but with the next corner a left hander and the TRF418 on the outside, the two touched. With Rheinard’s car spinning 180 degrees following the contact it was enough to give Prumper a gap he would maintain to the finish.
‘It is way easier to apply the pressure than take it’, was Prumper’s reaction to the battle. Pleased to join Volker on the podium, the Yokomo duo having locked out the front of the grid in qualifying, he said the weekend’s result couldn’t be better. Commenting on Rheinard’s attempted pass, he said luckily he had ‘the stronger car’ adding after his rivals spin the rest of the race was pretty straight forward. A big fan of the Luxembourg track that will host the penultimate round of the championship in a months time, he said he is looking forward to going one better there, him keen to rack up his 3rd ETS win.
‘It was a good fight, I almost had him’ that was Rheinard’s summary of A3. The former champion, who is already out of the title chase this season after a poor Round 2 & 3, said even though he got down the inside of the Yokomo unfortunately the next corner was a left turn. After the spin, even though he only lost 3/10ths on Prumper, he said the gap was too much to make back up on such a track. Setting the fastest lap of the three A-Mains, Rheinard said the problem this weekend was their lack of pace in qualifying but he said having been able to match both Volker and Prumper today was very encouraging. With Kiyo Suzuki and top Japanese racer/Tamiya employee Takayuki Kono travelling from Japan to support the team this weekend, he said the support was a big help and ‘for sure (they are) making progress with the car’.
With the Xray Pro-Stock Class winner having also been decided in A2, Jan Ratheisky taking his third win of the season, A3 was also about deciding the remaining podium positions. Despite winning, Jan Ratheisky still contested A3 taking the win over Xray team-mate Marek Cerny who would secure second overall. Another good run from 8th on the grid, Awesomatix’s Oliver Franke would finish the leg 3 a result that would see him complete the podium.
Ride Modified Overall Result
1. Ronald Volker (DE) – Team Yokomo – 2 pts
2. Yannic Prumper (DE) – Team Yokomo – 3
3. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 5
4. Marc Fischer (DE) – Team Serpent – 7
5. Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Team Xray – 8
6. Andy Moore (GB) – HB – 11
7. Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 11
8. Dominik Fleischmann (DE) – Team Yokomo – 13
9. Freddy Sudhoff (DE) – Awesomatix – 15
10.Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 18
Ride Modified A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(2) Yannic Prumper (DE) – Team Yokomo – 25/5:13.026
2.(4) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 24/5:00.075
3.(7) Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Team Xray – 24/5:04.929
4.(5) Marc Fischer (DE) – Team Serpent – 24/5:05.204
5.(9) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho – 24/5:11.320
6.(10)Andy Moore (GB) – HB – 23/5:01.071
7.(6) Dominik Fleischmann (DE) – Team Yokomo – 23/5:09.315
8.(3) Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya Racing Factory – 15/3:13.683
9.(8) Freddy Sudhoff (DE) – Awesomatix – 3/0:37.230
10.(1)Ronald Volker (DE) – Team Yokomo – DNS
Xray Pro-Stock Overall Result
1. Jan Ratheisky (DE) – Team Xray – 2 pts
2. Marek Cerny (CZ) – Team Xray – 4
3. Oliver Franke (DE) – Awesomatix – 6
4. Tobias Seidl (DE) – Team C – 8
5. Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 8
6. Tony Streit (DE) – Serpent – 10
7. Henrik Heitsch (DE) – ARC – 11
8. Barnabas Toth (HU) – Yokomo – 12
9. Florian Botzenhart (DE) – Team C – 15
10.Andreas Myberg (SE) – Xray – 16
Xray Pro-Stock A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(1) Jan Ratheisky (DE) – Team Xray – 22/5:02.316
2.(2) Marek Cerny (CZ) – Team Xray – 17/3:49.874
3.(8) Oliver Franke (DE) – Awesomatix – 22/5:07.473
4.(4) Henrik Heitsch (DE) – ARC – 22/5:11.452
5.(3) Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 22/5:10.701
6.(10)Florian Botzenhart (DE) – Team C – 21/5:01.667
7.(7) Barnabas Toth (HU) – Yokomo – 22/5:08.362
8.(9) Tony Streit (DE) – Serpent – 22/5:10.172
9.(6) Andreas Myberg (SE) – Xray – 17/3:59.043
10.(5)Tobias Seidl (DE) – Team C – 22/5:05.987
Following what seems to be one of the most stable markets in the industry, TeamC is showing new commitment to the touring class and was present here at the ETS with their new car called the TC10. Pretty quick in the hands of Siedl and Botzenhart who both made the Xray Pro-stock A-Main, the new platform seemed to be off to a competitive beginning.
Good news also came for Awesomatix owners, who will now be able to precisely measure their caster adjustments thanks to the smart tool that the guys at fun-brush.com designed and produced. Made to be used on both the front and rear hubs, the system uses a digital pitch gauge – sold together with the kit – to allow maximum precision on the fully adjustable Russian made chassis’ geometries.
Andreas Myberg’s AME have debuted their new line of servoe with the new “z.z6” (the name recalling the nice speed of 0.06 seconds) that will be produced in two versions, one featuring a built-in mount which is suitable for Xrays, Yokomos as well as other brands of cars, while the second is a classic mount version.
Remarks – Topping the final round of qualifying here in Mattsee in the Xray Pro-Stock class, the German ARC driver is running a slightly revised car, the latest new bits being a shorter steering rack that is meant to allow a better rotation and more consistent steering throughout the whole corner. It also has harder lower suspension arms and new ball-cups realized with a different plastic compound. In terms of setup, here he is using a softer shock configuration, anti-dive in the front and kick-up in the rear and shorter camber links to obtain a more reactive car in the tight track.