Current champion Marc Rheinard has taken the second round of qualifying for the Dutch ETS encounter, heading home Q1 pace setter Jilles Groskamp and a much happier Ronald Volker. Despite heavy overnight rain, conditions for this mornings Q2 were dry but the track was slower meaning neither Rheinard or TRF team-mate Groskamp could repeat their 20 laps from yesterday evening’s opening qualifier. Rheinard said there was less traction following last night’s rain but now his Speed Passion powered TRF417 was good at the beginning of the run and starting to fade at the end, the complete opposite to yesterday. Able to get an advantage over the first two laps on Groskamp the World Champion said he should have had a bigger margin on his team-mate but for ‘some stupid laps’ as he followed closely behind the No.1 starting car.
Clearly quicker than his rivals over the opening laps of the first qualifier Groskamp said his car was now pushing in the beginning, something he feels may be due to removing his tyre warmers too soon before the start. Running a Protoform’s LTC-R, the Dutch ace will switch to a Speed 6 for Q3 which he hopes will allow him to match Rheinard’s corner speed.
Having had his car shut down in the opening heat, champion elect Ronald Volker was clearly in higher spirits today as he took his LRP powered Yokomo to 3rd. The German ace spent 3 hours working on his car this morning as he switched to the same set-up as French team-mate Cyril N’diaye. A big improvement, he said it was now much easier to drive and believes that without the two 16 second laps caused by traffic incidents he could have been very close to matching the pace of the two Tamiyas. Fifth fastest in Q1 N’diaye was on target for another Top 5 run until he made a big mistake on his 14th lap which cost him a massive 3.5 seconds.
Another of the top drivers who failed to finish the opening qualifier after he stripped a rear belt, Team Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp enjoyed a strong start to Day 2 taking his TF6 to the fourth fastest time. Really pleased with his car, the German said his driving on this occasion did not get the most from it.
Fifth fastest, a substantial 1.6 seconds off Krapp, TRF driver Viktor Wilck was not happy with his run summing up how the car felt promptly with ‘shit, like driving on ice’.
With former World Champion Andy Moore absent due to British Championship commitments this weekend, Freddy Sudhoff is the lead Hot Bodies driver. Having struggled yesterday the rapid German fully rebuilt his TCX for Q2 reverting back to the standard kit chassis plate which allows the car to roll more. Able to run the sixth fastest time he is a lot happier with the feeling and is confident of further improvements in Q3 and 4.
Winner of the fourth round of the ETS back in March Juho Levanen said his Reedy motored Associated TC6 is slowly getting better but still lacks steering. The Finn hopes two cuts in the top deck for Q3 will cure the problem.
In Pro Stock, Schumacher’s Martin Hofer made it two out of two as he was again fastest from the Tamiya of Dutch driver John Bruins with Swiss driver Sandro Kuriger, also driving a Tamiya, third.
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Saturday, June 11, 2011
The opening round of qualifying at the Dutch round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series produced a Tamiya 1-2-3 with Jilles Groskamp setting the pace ahead of Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck. Making a one off return to the series this weekend at Apeldoorn, the two time ETS champion said afterwards that he thinks he can go faster as he was only driving at 95%. Opening up an early lead at the start the Dutch ace said he just tried to maintain that gap over Rheinard, eventually taking the round by half a second despite having to avoid a number of incidents.
Current Champion Rheinard said his Speedpassion motored TRF417 felt ‘pretty good’ but for the first two laps, which is where he is losing out to team-mate Groskamp whose car is good right from the start. Fresh from winning the Reedy Race of Champions in California two weeks ago the German thinks the difference is down to tyre prep and will change for Q2. Wilck had the opposite problem with his car losing grip at the end of the run causing him to miss out on a 20 lap run as he made a few mistakes as he attempted to keep pace with his team-mates.
Yannic Prumper was the best non Tamiya in fourth ahead of Yokomo team-mate Cyril N’diaye. Prumper said the run was ‘just Ok’ and something was just missing but he is not sure what it is. Former French Champion N’diaye was very happy with his fifth position. Switching to a mixture of Xexon and Rheinard additives he said it improved the car a lot from the final practice. Also making the Top 10 for Yokomo was Lucas Urbain and Loic Jasmin. Eighth fastest, Urbain said he is starting to get his BD5 to his liking while ninth fastest Jasmin, who run an almost identical set-up to N’diaye, was annoyed with himself for making a mistake on his last lap which cost him 2.5 seconds.
Yokomo team leader Ronald Volker failed to complete the run as the electrics in his BD5 shut down. The winner of three from four of the opening ETS events, the German said he took a risk with his speedo settings and it didn’t pay off but he added even if this had of worked he is still struggling with chassis set-up.
Splitting the four Yokomos were Steen Graversen’s Awesomatix and Juho Levanen’s Associated TC6 with the sixth & seventh fastest times. Levanen said having got his power problems sorted his chassis set-up now needed working on. David Ehrbar completed the Top 10 as the fastest Xray. Elsewhere Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp said his Kyosho felt really good until he was forced out when the rear belt stripped. Other non finishers included Corally’s Marc Fisher, Austrian Thomas Prumper who broke a front drift shaft and Awesomatix team driver Martin Lissau.
In Pro Stock Martin Hofer took the opening qualifier ahead of practice topping John Bruins and Daniel Wohlgemuth. Setting the fastest lap for the round, the championship standings leader said ‘new tyres did the magic’ for his Mi4CX and he now just needs to focus on ensuring he puts in clean runs in the remaining heats.
Bruins said his Tamiya suffered a little understeer at the start of the run due to the fresh tyres but by the end it felt good and he is confident he can top Q2 tomorrow. Driving a Hot Bodies TCX Wohlgemuth said his run was looking strong until he lost time behind Ivan Laptev five laps from home as the Russian recovered from an off. Vasco Christiaanse failed to complete the run as he suffered motor glitches. The Top Qualifier at last year’s Dutch ETS encounter he said he already changed the receiver and then the motor in practice but the intermittent problem is still there and so for Q2 he will run a new speedo.
As all the drivers retire to their hotel at the end of the first day in Apeldoorn, as predicted the heavens have opened over the track with rain forecast to continue tomorrow however Sunday is showing to be a dry sunny day.
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Friday, June 10, 2011
The Tamiyas of Jilles Groskamp and John Bruins will carry the No.1 in the top Xenon Modified and Xray Pro Stock stock heats respectively after the Dutch pair set the fastest three consecutive laps in the final practice for the fifth round of the ETS at Apeldoorn. Former Champion Groskamp was one of the few top drivers to improve their 3-consecutive lap average in P4 setting a time of 15.586 with his Orion powered TRF417 to top current champion Marc Rheinard who along with Viktor Wilck, Ronakd Volker, Yannic Prumper and Cyril Ndiaye failed to improve their P3 times.
Improving his average from 16.050 to 15.841 Team Kyoshos Christopher Krapp moved himself into the top heat as he ended practice with the seventh fastest time ahead of Austrias Thomas Pumpler who also found pace in P4.
Having struggled for straight line speed in early practice on a track where Xray driver David Ehrbar was clocked at 104kmh, Juho Levanen found some grunt but still only managed the 11th fastest time and misses out on running on the top heat to the Corally of Olivier Bultynck and Awesomatix of former ETS Top Qualifier Steen Graversen who in P3 set the 9th and 10th fastest times.
Pro Stock saw the Top 18 drivers record their fastest times in the final practice with Bruins outpacing P3 pace setter Vasco Christiaanses Kyosho by 8/100th as they broke into a 17 second average. Martin Hofer was again third ahead of Jens Kröger and the Top Qualifier in Poland Ivan Laptev.
Xenon Modified Practice Reseed times
1. Jilles Groskamp – 0:15.586
2. Marc Rheinard – 0:15.668
3. Viktor Wilck – 0:15.700
4. Ronald Völker – 0:15.710
5. Yannic Prümper – 0:15.791
6. Cyril Ndiaye – 0:15.803
7. Christopher Krapp – 0:15.841
8. Thomas Pumpler – 0:15.841
9. Olivier Bultynck – 0:15.854
10.Steen Graversen – 0:15.865
Xray Pro Stock Practice Reseed times
1. John Bruins – 0:17.713
2. Vasco Christiaanse – 0:17.797
3. Martin Hofer – 0:17.843
4. Jens Kröger – 0:17.894
5. Ivan Laptev – 0:17.968
6. Tony Streit – 0:17.983
7. Daniel Wohlgemuth – 0:17.986
8. Michal Orlowski – 0:17.990
9. Sandro Kuriger – 0:17.996
10.Michael Spiering – 0:18.006
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Friday, June 10, 2011
Former two time Euro Touring Series champion Jilles Groskamp has returned to the series in style setting the early pace after three rounds of practice at the Apeldoorn track which is coming in for heaps of praise from the large entry taking part in the Dutch round. Groskamp, whose last appearance in the ETS was at the MACH last year, set the fastest time for three consecutive laps over his Tamiya team-mates Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck. Based in Thailand, Groskamp has not contested a major race since the TITC in February but says extensive testing back in Bangkok where he regularly runs alongside former World Champions Atsushi Hara and Surikarn Chaidajsuriya has helped him to get a good understanding of the TRF417 which he admits the team has struggled to get to grips with during the winter. Back in Europe until the end of August so that he can contest both the European Electric and Nitro Touring Car Championships he said he is looking forward to racing with the top guys again this weekend and gauging his competition ahead of the Euros.
Setting the fourth fastest time champion elect Ronald Volker, who dominated the first half of the season, was the best of the drivers making their first visit to the Apeldoorn circuit. The German said he was surprised how much he really likes the track as he has not had much running on large tracks. Describing his Yokomo as ‘pretty ok’ he hopes to fine tune the set-up once he gets a little more track time in. Team-mates Yannic Prumper and Cyril N’diaye completed the top 6 setting the stage for a head to head between Tamiya and Yokomo.
N’diaye summed up his first experience of Apeldoorn with ‘track is wow’. Making his first appearance in the ETS as a Yokomo driver this weekend, as are fellow Frenchmen Lucas Urbain and Loic Jasmin, he said his BD5 feels really good and he isn’t sure he really wants to change anything for the final round of practice.
Winner of the last ETS round, which was on carpet, Juho Levanen was only 19th quickest but the factory Team Associated driver says he hasn’t found the correct speedo setting for this ‘awesome track’.
In the Xray Pro Stock class the locals are top of the time sheets. The Top Qualifier of the Dutch round last season at the MACH, Vasco Christiaanse is looking strong with his Kyosho TF-6 setting the pace over the Tamiya of John Bruins who beat him at a club race at this track two weeks ago. With a wealth of knowlege about the track Christiaanse tried a gear diff for the first time this morning but found the car a little difficult to drive and will switch to the standard ball diff for the final practice. Bruins who is running a TRF417 said he is really happy with his car but will adjust the anti-dive for his next run.
Behind the two Dutch drivers is standings leader Martin Hofer. Seeking to complete a hat trick of wins this weekend, the Schumacher team driver said he was feeling good ahead of the first qualifier, which takes place this evening. Still running used test tyres on his Mi4CX the German is confident with fresh rubber the car is good enough for a TQ run.
Just 6/1000ths slower than Hofer is Switzerland’s Sandro Kuriger who is the best of the Pro Stock first timers to Apeldoorn. Loving the wide open track which features banked corners, he plans to run longer camber links on his Tamiya in the fourth & final practice to try and improve his corner speed.
While a number of very light rain showers caused a few short pauses in this morning’s schedule the sun has returned but with a threat of overnight rain race director Scotty Ernst has made the call to run the first round of qualifying for everyone this evening rather than just for the Speed Passion Hobby class and Xray Pro Stock classes.
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Friday, June 10, 2011
With the fifth round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series taking place this weekend in the Netherlands, event sponsor Hudy have been in touch to remind entrants that they can once again collect their free Limited edition tool, which this week will be a 3.0mm Arm reamer. Given to Pro Stock and Hobby drivers competing in Europe’s largest racing series, the Slovakian company has already handed out their 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm and 3.0mm wrenches at the previous 4 rounds. Part of their 25 Years Anniversary limited edition series the tools feature super-lightweight CNC-machined Swiss 7075 T6 aluminium handles that reduce weight by 30% as well as a diamond-pattern surface for unsurpassed grip. The new generation of Hudy tips is hand-made from special world-renowned, top-secret, self-developed Hudy Spring Steel, individually precision-ground, sized and shaped for perfect fit with fasteners and the unique hardening processes make the tips ultra-durable. Each tool includes a press-fit protective black cap in the handle end; optional color-coded plastic caps (violet, red, blue) are available to customize the tools to your preferences. A laser-engraved ETS logo is the finishing touch.
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
The Yokomo Euro Touring Series gets back underway this weekend following a three month break with the beautiful Apeldoorn track in the Netherlands hosting the fifth round and first outdoor race of the 2010/11 season. Making a return to the ETS having previously held the Dutch round during the 2008/09 series, over 200 drivers will compete at Apeldoorn including two time champion Jilles Groskamp who took victory on the last visit to the track en route to successfully defending the inaugural ETS title.
His first appearance in this season’s ETS, the Dutch driver who is now based in Thailand, will join up with his Tamiya Racing Factory team-mates Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck as they seek their first win of 2010/11. Having won the Modified title every year since the creation of the series, Tamiya have had a lean season so far with defending champion Rheinard having struggled to match the pace of champion elect Ronald Volker.
Having seen their 100% winning run come to an end at the fourth round in Poland, Volker and his Yokomo team will be out to reaffirm themselves as the dominant force of the 2010/11 series. The man responsible for that first defeat was Team Associated’s Juho Levanen. 18 races after winning the first ever ETS race back in 2007, the Finnish ace took the TC6 to its first major European victory and will be looking to pick up where he left off and add to the car’s achievements this weekend.
One driver who will be looking to upset the regular front runners in the Xenon Modified class is Christopher Krapp. The factory Kyosho driver showed two weeks ago that his TF-6 is competitive on asphalt when he won the Warm-up race for the European Championships in Austria ahead of Yokomo team driver Yannic Prümper and Xray ace Alexander Hagberg.
In the Xray Pro-Stock class, standings leader Martin Hofer will be looking to make it three in a row for British manufacturer Schumacher but defending champion Alexander Stocker is back and will be looking to end his winning drought. Also set to be serious contenders for victory are Polish Top Qualifier Ivan Laptev with the Russian designed Awesomatix, last year’s Dutch round winner, when the race was held at Heemstede, Oliver Franke and local star Rob Janssen who put his extensive track knowledge to good use two years ago when he completely dominated the event.
Round 5, the penultimate round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series, gets underway with practice on Friday and culminates with triple mains for all drivers on Sunday. All the action from Apeldoorn can be followed live throughout the weekend on RedRC.
Thursday, June 9, 2011