November 1, 2013

Track Focus – Hrotovice


Host – Mibo Sport
Country – Czech Republic
Location – Hrotovice
Venue – Sport-V-Hotel
Track type – Temporary
Surface – Carpet
Direction – Anti-Clockwise
Previous ETS races hosted – 3

The Yokomo Euro Touring Series is in the Czech Republic for the opening round of the 2013/14 season, marking the fourth time the small town of Hrotovice has hosted a round of the world famous championship.  Joining the series in Season #3 & 4 it switched to hosting the opening round of the EOS during season #5 before returning to the ETS calendar for the past two seasons.

Run in the large sports hall of the Sport-V-Hotel, a facility that is very popular with racers, the race is hosted by Mibo Sport.  Run by top Czech racer Michal Bok, the company which is a distributor for Yokomo uses the venue as the base for its very successful Mibo Cup race series with Ronald Volker, Marc Rheinard and Marc Fischer attending the most recent round as practice for this weekend.

One noticeably difference over last year is the lighting in the hall which has been converted to an LED lighting systems which makes the hall much brighter giving a more natural feeling of light.  In terms of the track layout of the black carpet track defending champion Ronald Volker said compared with last year the layout features more long corners making for a more flowing track.  Lap times are expected to be in the region of low 12 seconds for the series’ fastest category, the Ride Modified class.

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November 1, 2013

‘Race Control’ Day 1


Today marks the start of Season #7 of the Euro Touring Series with Day 1 made up of practice and the first of 4 rounds of qualifying.  First up for the close on 300 entries here in the Czech Republic is two rounds of free practice followed by two controlled practice rounds from which each driver’s fastest 3-consecutive laps will determine the seeding of the heats for qualifying.

October 30, 2013

ETS descends on Czech Republic for start of Season #7

ETS descends on Czech Republic for start of Season #7

The World’s top electric touring car racers and teams will descend on the Czech Republic this weekend (1-3 Nov) for the opening round of Season #7 of the Euro Touring Series.  Once again defending champions Yokomo are to be title sponsors of the world famous championship and the Japanese manufacturer will be looking to get the start of their title defense off to the perfect start just as they have done by winning the opening race of the last three seasons.  With Ronald Volker chasing a fourth consecutive ETS title, in addition to ETS race winner Yannic Prumper Yokomo have bolstered their team for Round 1 by entering their reigning 3-time 1:12 World Champion Naoto Matsukura.  However once again Volker’s biggest challenger is set to be fellow German Marc Rheinard, Tamiya’s 3-time former World Champion having finished runner up for the past three seasons having been champion of the 2009/10 season.

Despite being the most winning driver in the ETS with 11 victories to his credit with Volker next with 8 wins, Rheinard has in previous seasons always been left to play catch-up over the season such is Volker’s pace on carpet.  Both drivers, together with Serpent’s Marc Fischer, attended a recent round of Michal Bok’s MIBO Cup at the Sport-V-Hotel complex as preparation for the ETS season opener but Rheinard struggled to match his arch rival finishing third behind him and Fischer.  A driver not normally known for his pre-event testing efforts,  the lack of competitiveness at the MIBO Cup has pushed Rheinard to travel to the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia where he is currently testing alongside the Xray team trying to better get to terms with his new TRF418 on carpet.

The big surprise of last year’s Czech encounter when he pushed Volker very hard for the overall win forcing the event to be decided in Leg 3 of the A-Main, Fischer will be one to watch this weekend.  The event marked his and Serpent’s first ETS podium finish and having been unable to repeat the result since, the German will be extra determined to get the small team’s new season campaign off to a strong start by putting his S411 back on the podium.  Also claiming his only podium finish of last season in Hrotovice, Awesomatix lead driver Freddy Sudhoff will be looking to put the Russian company’s new A700L Evo in the mix over the three day event.

The only driver apart from Volker & Rheinard to take to the top step of the podium last season when he won in Gran Canaria, Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck will be hoping he can avoid the same result as last year when he found himself in the B Final for the first two races of the season.  HB’s Andy Moore suffered a similar start to his campaign, but the former World Champion ended the season strongly and will be hoping to carry that form through to this weekend.  After a disappointing 2012/13 campaign, former race winner Alexander Hagberg will be hoping he & Xray can return to the form that made them a title contender for the Ride Modified class during Season #5 of the ETS.

One interesting entry for Round 1 is Kyosho’s David Ronnefalk.  With lead touring car driver and former ETS race winner Christopher Krapp unable to attend the season opener, Kyosho are sending their Swedish offroad star.  The reigning 1:8 Offroad European Champion and Euro Offroad Series frontrunner has very little previous touring car experience but said he is excited about making his ETS debut and seeing how he gets on against the world of onroad racing’s best drivers.

With the Xray Pro Stock class making up 150 of the close on 300 entries for Round 1,  the biggest class of the ETS undergoes a big change for the new season with Muchmore the new supplier of the classes handout electrics.  Racers will use Muchmore’s FLETA EURO ESC in combination with the FLETA ZX 13.5T motor with Xray’s reigning Champion Marek Cerny heading the entry.  The Czech driver won his home event last year on the way to his first title and is highly motivated to get his title defense off to the perfect start spending the lead up to the event testing at the Hudy Racing Arena.

Continuing it successfully growth, the Formula class will also undergo an electrics change for its third season on the ETS schedule.  Attracting an impressive 43 entries for the season opener which will be headed by defending Champion Jan Amser, the growing variety of different chassis being used will all feature the same handout electrics from new partner Hobbywing.

October 29, 2013

Luxembourg replaces Italy on ETS Calendar


The calendar for season #7 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, which kicks off this weekend in the Czech Republic, will see Luxembourg replace the originally scheduled return of the series to Italy. Making a hugely popular appearance on the 2011/12 ETS calendar when the second round of the series traveled to Scandiano, Italy was set to make a return this season and host the 5th round of the 2013/14 series. Regrettably problems for the host track in getting the necessary support of the local government it required to stage such a large scale international race meant that an alternative had to been found. Thankfully Mini-Circuit “Ville de Luxembourg”, which hosted the 2009 European Championships, has stepped in to host the race which will remain on the same June 6-8 date.

Commenting on the calendar change, ETS organiser Uwe Rheinard said, ‘It is a great shame that after working hard to bring the ETS back to Italy that something outside the control of the host club have left them with no choice but to give up the race. The ETS has lots of friends in Italy who come to all our races and when we went to Scandiano they made everyone feel so welcome with the race having a very special atmosphere. I hope for next season we can finally get Italy back on the calendar. He continued, ‘While drivers will be disappointed that Italy is now off the calendar, I know they really like the Luxembourg track with its Laguna Seca corners so we are really excited that they could accommodate us’.

Round 1 – Czech Republic, 1-3 Nov
Round 2 – Germany, 31 Jan-2 Feb
Round 3 – Gran Canaria, 28 Feb-2 Mar
Round 4 – Austria, 9-11 May
Round 5 – Luxembourg, 6-8 June
Round 6 – Slovakia, TBA

October 23, 2013

Muchmore joins ETS as official electronic supplier


With 10-days remaining until to the opening round of Season #7 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the Czech Republic, the organisers are excited to announce Muchmore as their new electronics partner for the Xray Pro Stock class. The biggest of the three classes on the ETS program, 383 drivers having registered points in the 13.5T Touring Car class last season, the deal with Muchmore will see racers use a handout FLETA EURO ESC in combination with the FLETA ZX 13.5T motor which will also be laser engraved with the ETS logo and unique serial number.

Introducing a handout motor/speedo combo during the 2009/10 season in response to growing disillusionment among drivers with the rapid pace of speedo development, the concept has proven key to the success of the world famous electric touring championship.  Having worked for the past three & a half season’s with Speed Passion, ETS organiser Uwe Rheinard wished to thank them for their contribution in making the concept both possible and successful.  Welcoming Muchmore onboard he said, ‘The entire ETS team is very excited about working with Muchmore.  We have a long running relationship with Mr. Jang who was one of the first to get behind our vision with Muchmore the main sponsor of the first ever season of the ETS.’

Round 1 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series takes place over the weekend of November 1-3, with Team Xray’s defending Champion Marek Cerny heading the 150 plus Pro Stock entry.  The Czech driver won his home event last time, when it was the second race on the calendar, and will be hoping for a repeat win to get his title defence off to the perfect start.

ETS Combo

Specification of 2013/14 Xray Pro Stock electrics Combo –

FLETA ZX 13.5T Motor
ETS control Motor : Zero Timing (not for sale)
If costomer practice use buy FLETA ZX 13.5 Type-W (Change to timing zero)
Motor stator : FLETA ZX Type W
Motor rotor : 12.3mm x 7.25mm (Normal  Type-W Blue ring)

ETS control ESC : Blinky V1.1 firmware
FLETA EURO Specification
Current Continuous : Continuous 80A, Pulse 480A
Input : 4-8 cells NiMh/NiCd or 2S LiPo, 2S LiFe
Built-in BEC: 6V@3A
Suitable Motor : Over 9.5T
Supported Motor Type: 540 size 2 pole brushless with sensor type
Size : 30mm(L) x 36mm(W) x 19mm(H)
Weight : 32g
*Factory pre-installed Blinky(Non Boost) firmware.

Pre-installed Set
Operation Mode :*Forward/Brake
Reverse Speed :*25%
LVC Threshold : Disable
Drag Brake : *0%
Initial Brake : *=Drag Brake
Full Brake : 100%
Brake Frequency :    *1Khz
Power Level :    *Level 9
Drive Frequency : *16Khz
Neutral Dead Band : 6%
Temperature Set : *off
Rotation Mode : *Normal