It was an early start for drivers competing in the second of the Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series with the bus leaving the official event hotel at 06:55. Containing some of the best touring car drivers in the world it was a rather quiet trip in the 70-seater double deck coach especially within the Schumacher team who got only 3.5 hours sleep after their flight was delayed 2 hours resulting in them getting to the hotel at 02:30 this morning.
The only 2-day event on the 2009/10 calendar, today opened with three rounds of practice for the 160 competitors from 16 Nations which includes Japanese driver Yukijiro Umino. The former Japanese National Champion, who works in the R&D department of Yokomo, is here as part of the team supporting German ace Ronald Volker but is also competing in Pro Stock and he looked very fast in practice.
The winner of the opening race at Kastellaun, championship leader Viktor Wilck is having his first run with the latest Tamiya touring car offering the TRF416X. The Swede said the new car feels good on the high speed track but in the second practice christened the new chassis with its first big crash when he collected the stranded Hot Bodies of Andy Moore whose battery pack had fallen out. Moore missed the majority of the run and said he is yet to find out if he has solved the problem that saw him struggle in Germany.
Runner up at the first round Volker said he is feeling very confident ahead of qualifying and says he likes the fast flowing track that the host club have built. The German ran two cars in each of the practice runs as he back to back tested a new LiPo chassis for the BD5 that the engineers from Yokomo have brought over from Japan.
Juho Levanen is without Associated team-mate Christer Andersson who was a last minute withdrawal from the entry but the Finn is pleased with how his TC5R went this morning. The former European Champion likes the track layout a lot more than that of Kastellaun is hoping he can at least make the podium tomorrow evening.
One team that was on the podium here in Hungary last year was Xray and all three of their drivers are happy with how the T3 chassis went in practice. Martin Hudy, who finished 3rd here last time, said the track feels nice to drive and he is hopeful of running some good times in qualifying. Teemu Leino echoed his comments and welcomed the fast track design saying it added variety to the series. Elliot Harper who is competing in only his second ETS event described the track as ‘completely different’ but the Englishman is happy with his intial set-up.
Despite the lack of sleep last night the Schumacher team, who are making their ETS debut here, are happy with how the practice went. Team leader Chris Grainger, who has won an impressive 5 British National titles on tarmac, is not a big fan of carpet racing but was complimentary of the venue and track. Running the new Mi4LP he said it was working well but was a little worried about the grip levels coming up as the car already creates a lot of mechanic grip. Chris Ashton is carrying the British manufacturers hopes in the Pro Stock class.
So with practice complete it is now down to the serious business of qualifying with 3 of the four rounds, 2 of which count, making up the rest of today’s schedule.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Europe’s best electric touring car drivers will descend on the beautiful city of Budapest this weekend (28/29 Nov) when the Hungarian capital plays host to Round 2 of the Xenon Racing backed Euro Touring Series. Claiming his first ETS win last month at the 2009/10 season opener in Kastellaun, Germany, Sweden’s Viktor Wilck heads the quality international entry for the 2-day event that has attracted over 160 competitors from across Europe.
Championship leader Wilck is making his first visit to the Hungarian event, the biggest indoor track on the ETS calendar, and faces strong opposition with all the leading manufacturer teams in attendance. Within his own Tamiya Racing Factory team, winners of the event last year, he will have to contend with current World Champion Marc Rheinard. The German finished third at his home event and will be determined to be closer to the pace of his team-mate this time round.
Riding high on his Japanese Nationals victory earlier this month, German ace Ronald Volker will also make the trip to Budapest. The factory Yokomo driver is always a potential race winner and will be looking to go one better than in Kastellaun where he finished on the second step of the podium.
After a strong showing in Germany that saw him take his TC5R to a TQ run in the third qualifier, Finland’s Juho Levanen will be looking to build on that performance for Team Associated. The former European Champion will have the benefit of being joined by team-mate Christer Andersson who won last month’s Indoor European Championship Warm Up race in Finland.
Having debuted their new T3 chassis at the series opener, getting fours of the new cars into the A-Main, the Xray team head to the Dabas-Diego Sports Centre with Teemu Leino, Martin Hudy and their young British charger Elliot Harper. Hudy claimed a podium finish at the event last year but with a stronger team presence this time round the Slovak manufacturer will be looking to notch up its first ETS Modified victory.
A welcome addition to the Euro Touring Series this weekend is the entry of the official Schumacher team. Heading the debut of the British manufacturer is five times British Champion Chris Grainger who will drive their latest Mi4 chassis. Hot Bodies will be present with 2006 World Champion Andy Moore who had a difficult start to his ETS campaign but the Englishman is confident he’ll be back mixing it at the front this weekend.
In Pro Stock this is the home event of defending Champion Balint Rajki. The Hungarian driver was forced to miss the opening round in Germany as he became a father with the arrival of twins. The winner here last year, the Hot Bodies driver will be keen to repeat that success as he makes his return to the series.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
After a successful opening round in Kastellaun, the next round of the Xenon Racing backed Euro Touring Series moves on to the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary on November 27/28. Making its first appearance on the ETS calendar last season, the race produced one of champion elect Jilles Groskamp’s greatest passing maneuvers as he overtook Toni Rheinard on the last corner of the last lap of the third leg of the A-Main to secure the overall victory. Like the season opener, there will be a strong line-up of team drivers making the trip to the Dabas-Diego Sports Centre.
Heading that entry is championship leader Viktor Wilck who will be joined by his World Champion Tamiya team mate Marc Rheinard. Xray will be in attendance with Martin Hudy, who finished the event on the podium last year, and their young charger Elliot Harper. Associated will be armed with Juho Levanen who showed very strongly with his TC5R in Kastellaun, qualifying third on the grid with a TQ run in Q3. 2006 World Champion Andy Moore is also confirmed. The factory Hot Bodies driver had a tough opening race but is confident he’ll be back mixing it at the front in Budapest. For defending ETS Pro Stock Champion Balint Rajki, Budapest is his home event. The Hungarian driver was forced to miss the opening round in Germany as he became a father with the arrival of twins. Last year the Hot Bodies driver took the win from Czech driver Jakub Plechac and will be keen to repeat the success as he returns to the series.
For more information about the event and where it takes place go to the Series page on our site here.
Entry for round 2 can be placed here.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
It was a full house of wins for both Viktor Wilck and Alexander Stocker in Germany as the duo topped of the perfect weekend with victory in the third Leg of their respective A-Mains. Having already wrapped up overall victory for the opening round of the 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series with victory in legs 1 & 2 earlier in the day, the two Top Qualifiers didn’t back off for the closing race of the three day Kastellaun meeting, putting in yet another dominant performance.
Wilck was handed an extra advantage, as if he needed it, just before the start of the third A-Main when Marc Rheinard’s car completely shut down on the warm up laps. Despite the best efforts of his brother Toni, the World Champion was forced to sit out the race with the problem which they still haven’t sourced. With Rheinard, the only driver expected to challenge Wilck, out the Top Qualifier was easily able to cruise to another win. Behind him the big battle was for second. Associated’s Juho Levanen held the position early on but made a mistake. This looked to have cost the Finnish ace an overall podium placing but later in the race his car would slow when his rear diff started to slip. In the end the 2007 Kastellaun winner finished fifth to claim 4th overall.
This left young Yannic Prumper and Ronald Volker to battle it out for second. Despite the best efforts of Volker, whose BD5 was transformed for Leg 2 & 3 following a switch to the standard chassis, the 16-year-old held on for second. Volker was delighted with third as it gave him second overall, something the soft spoken German never expected at the end of a very difficult qualifying. With no result in Leg 3 Rheinard’s second and third in the earlier Legs helped him claim the final step of the podium.
While Wilck claimed his first ever ETS victory today, Stocker clocked up a very impressive third consecutive Kastellaun win with the Hot Bodies driver having been on the top step of the podium since the first ever Euro Touring Series race here in 2007. Second overall in Pro-Stock went to Yokomo’s Martin Hofer who was the only man to top Stocker in qualifying while ETS Vice Champion Daniel Wohlgemuth claimed the final spot on the podium despite a terrible 3rd A-Main.
So the 2009/10 Xenon Racing Euro Touring Series has gotten off to a very successful start with over 200 drivers from 17 countries enjoying the first round. Drivers have six weeks to prepare for the next encounter as Round 2 of the six race series takes drivers to the beautiful city of Budapest in Hungary where last year we experienced one of champion elect Jilles Groskamp’s greatest passing maneuver. A 2-day event, we can expect both Wilck and Stocker, who made winning look easy today, to have to work a little harder.
Modified top 10 results
1. Wilck Viktor – 3:1, 1:1 [2:1]
2. Völker Ronald – 2:2, 3:3 [1:4]
3. Rheinard Marc – 1:2, 2:3 [3:10]
4. Prümper Yannic – 3:2, 2:4 [1:5]
5. Levanen Juho – 1:3, 3:5 [2:5]
6. Hagberg Alexander – 3:4, 2:8 [1:8]
7. Leino Teemu – 3:6, 2:7 [1:10]
8. Harper Elliott – 1:6, 3:7 [2:9]
9. Wischnewski Dirk – 2:6, 1:9 [3:9]
10.Fleischmann Dominik – 1:7, 3:8 [2:10]
Pro Stock top 10 results
1. Stocker Alexander – 3:1, 2:1 [1:1]
2. Hofer Martin – 3:2, 1:2 [2:10]
3. Wohlgemuth Daniel – 2:2, 1:3 [3:6]
4. Lang Matthias – 3:3, 2:3 [1:5]
5. Treder Mike – 3:4, 2:5 [1:6]
6. Laptev Ivan – 1:4, 2:8 [3:8]
7. Kunák Zdenko – 3:5, 2:7 [1:8]
8. Bucher Fabian – 2:6, 3:7 [1:9]
9. Jansen Stefan – 2:4, 3:10 [1:10]
10.Bergfeldt Tommy – 1:7, 3:9 [2:9]
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Sunday, October 18, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009