July 5, 2014

Chassis Focus – Ivan Buganè

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Chassis – ItalianRC F1
Motor – Hobbywing Xerun 21.5 (Handout)
ESC – Hobbywing Justock Club Spec (Handout)
Batteries – Lipotech
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa/Savox
Bodyshell – Tamiya Jordan 191
Remarks – Under the perfect replica body of the Jordan 191 we found the ItalianRC formula that its designer is racing here at the Hudy Racing Arena. The conversion set is based off Team Associated’s 1:12 pan car and uses Tamiya front arms making it compatible with all other Tamiya formula front end parts. It also sports a Tamiya centre shock and the caster is adjustable via interchangeable carbon fiber decks.

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July 5, 2014

Rain stops qualifying

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Rain has stopped qualifying at the ETS season finale in Slovakia. An overcast morning at the Hudy Arena, the rain arrived during the third round of qualifying as heat 21 of 25 took to the track. With the Xray Pro-Stock and Formula classes getting a dry third round in it was only the Ride Modified class that failed to complete the third of the four scheduled qualifiers. With the rain stopping and the track starting to dry, unfortunately it returned dumping even more water on the track. It is hoped that once the track dries and is opened to some free practice that the Modified drivers can complete a third run before the fourth and final round is completed.  Due to the lost time, drivers from the lower mains, who would have run the first of their triple Main tonight, will now instead race only two Mains.


July 5, 2014

Wilck heads Tamiya 1-2 in Q2

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Viktor Wilck headed a 1-2 for the Tamiya Racing Factory squad in the second round of qualifying at the Yokomo Euro Touring Series at the Hudy Racing Arena this morning, the Swede topping the times from team-mate and Q1 pace setter Marc Rheinard. In a round that was all about tyre strategy VBC Racing’s Olivier Bultynck completed the Top 3, with the best performer on used tyres being Yokomo’s Loic Jasmin who posted the 8th fastest time.

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Having taken the gamble to pull off immediately after the start of last night’s opening qualifier in Slovakia to save tyres, Wilck’s gamble would pay off despite a less than perfect opening lap when he half spun his Speed Passion powered TRF418. Setting the fastest lap of the round, the pace being slower today with his best lap being an 18.210 compared to Meen Vejrak’s 17.794 Q1 time, the two time ETS race winner said once he got passed team-mate Akio Sobue he was able to find a good rhythm for the rest of the 5-minute heat. One of only a few top drivers now left with a second set of new tyres, drivers restricted to two sets for the four qualifiers, he said he has an advantage for one of the remaining qualifiers but added with the balance of the car different on each set of tyres he just hopes the second set works out.

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‘Pretty good’ was how Rheinard summed up his second qualifier adding of all the people to finish second to, Wilck was the best option. The German said he had one ‘rough lap’ in the middle of the run due to the gusting wind but he ultimately threw away the TQ himself on the last lap when he hit the curbing and got his MuchMore powered TRF418 up on two wheels. In a fight with Alexander Hagberg for second overall in the championship, he said the TQ bonus point is very important in that battle so he hopes his 1 & 2 points will be enough for the overall TQ. With both his allocated sets of tyres now run, he said while his car works ‘fine’ on used tyres it is ‘nothing’ compared to a car on new tyres and the remaining rounds will be determined by when those with new tyres opt to run, his team-mates Wilck and Jilles Groskamp being two such drivers. Opting for used tyres, Groskamp said he went into Q2 more as a test session than a qualifier as he knew he would never be a match for those on new tyres. Aiming for a Top 10 for the round the World Champion said his Orion powered TRF418 had the pace and felt really well balanced but rolling the car once ruled that out.

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5-time reigning Belgian National Champion Bultynck was delighted with his third for the round. Running new tyres, he said his LRP powered VBC D06, a car that featured strongly at Round 5 in the hands of team-mate Lucas Urbain, was way better also because of the cooler conditions. A pretty standard car other than being fitted with the optional softer chassis plate, which on the Arena track gives the car more steering,  he will leave the car the same feeling the set-up should be fine for used tyres also.

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Second fastest in the opening qualifier and very positive about his Yokomo, Yannic Prumper said they whole team struggled with their set-up this morning. Describing his MuchMore powered BD7 as very loose in the rear he said they have no choice but to make changes for Q3. Having used up both his sets of tyres, the 20-year-old said for Q3 he will most likely match up and run the rears from both his sets of tyres. Volker, who didn’t want to disclose his tyre choice, said today he had an overall lack of traction adding he almost lost his car twice on the opening lap. After spinning out ‘without touching anything’ the champion pulled off adding that they need to adjust something on the car to suit the conditions and catch up with the Tamiyas. Atsushi Hara would also pull off after a half spin, the former World Champion saying his car was really loose and a new set-up is required.

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Best of the Xray’s at the team’s home track was 9-time Italian Champion Alessio Menicucci. Setting the fifth fastest time with his EZ Power equipped T4, he said he gambled on using his second set of tyres early as he needed the quali points. A ‘very clean run’, he said his car was both fast and easy to drive but now having to run the remaining two qualifiers on used rubber he added he is going to lose some steering. Asked if he planned to make any set-up changes to compensate for this he said he wouldn’t for Q3 but most likely would for the last round. Team-mate Hagberg was the second fastest Xray posting the 9th fastest time on used tyres, leaving the Swede in a strong position for one of the remaining two rounds.

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Completing the Top 6 was Sobue,  the 19-year-old happy with his run on fresh tyres. Describing his TRF418’s performance as good he will continue to run the same set-up for Q3.

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Behind the Japanese driver Juho Levanen was slightly disappointed with managing only 7th. Like Wilck he pulled off at the start of Q1 to save tyres but changing his tyre prep for today the Team Associated driver said his TC6.2  was slower in the early part of the run. Still with a new set of tyres at his disposal he said he will revert to his previous tyre prep adding it is all about the ‘tyre game’ and choosing the right time to run them.

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In the Xray Pro-Stock class Marek Cerny made it two from two as he topped Q2 by almost 2 seconds from fellow Xray driver David Nemcek with his title rival Jan Ratheisky completing the Top 3. In the Formula class Olivier Bultynck took the second qualifier by just 36/1000th of a second from the Serpent of Q1 pace setter David Ehrbar with former champion Herbert Weber third.

Ride Modified Round 2 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:15.493
2. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:15.723
3. Olivier Bultynck – VBC Racing – 17/5:18.273
4. Yannic Prumper – Team Yokomo – 17/5:18.647
5. Alessio Menicucci – Xray Racing Team – 16/5:00.703
6. Akio Sobue – Tamiya Racing Factory – 16/5:01.533
7. Juho Levanen – Team Associated – 16/5:02.337
8. Loic Jasmin – Team Yokomo – 16/5:02.492
9. Alexander Hagberg – Xray Racing Team – 16/5:02.516
10.Michal Orlowski – Team Durango – 16/5:02.756

Xray Pro-Stock Round 2 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:09.545
2. David Nemcek – Xray – 15/5:11.434
3. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:12.576
4. Tobias Seidl – Team C -15/5:14.154
5. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 15/5:14.629
6. Johannes Sperr – Team C – 15/5:14.766
7. Valentin Hettrich – Xray – 15/5:15.465
8. Marco Siegenthaler – Serpent – 15/5:16.497
9. Philip Tschupp – Serpent – 15/5:16.660
10.Thorsten Zorn – Schumacher – 15/5:16.837

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July 5, 2014

‘From Race Control’ – Day 2, Qualifying/Lower Finals

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An overcast morning in Trencin, Day 2 of the ETS season finale at the Hudy Racing Arena will see the continuation of qualifying with 3 rounds left to run. After the ranking has been determined, the finals up to & including the C-Main will run the first of their triple mains before the day concludes with the Dash for Cash. All of today’s action can be followed live here.


July 4, 2014

Rheinard TQs opening qualifier at ETS finale

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Sporting the jersey of his home nation Germany and taking motivation from their 1-0 victory over France in the World Cup, Marc Rheinard TQ’d the opening round of qualifying at the season finale of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series.  Describing the first day’s action at the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia as ‘a perfect day’, the Tamiya Racing Factory driver took Q1 by a very slender 19/1000ths of a second from Team Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper.  One of three drivers to go top of the timing screens over the 5-minutes, Ronald Volker completed the Top 3 only 2/10ths shy of the his fellow country men.

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Having struggled this year and so far failed for the first time to register a win in the championship he has twice been a champion, Rheinard was clearly pleased to finally open an ETS weekend with a TQ run, the recent increase in the efforts of the Tamiya Racing Factory look to be starting to pay dividends.  With Rheinard ‘just driving the car this weekend’ and engineer Kiyo Suzuki doing all the work on the 3-time World Champion’s TRF418, he said at the beginning of the qualifier it was all very close but by mid way he knew his car was good enough and for the rest of the run he just focused on ‘keeping it on the track’.  Rheinard said having ‘finally’ got a TQ run on merit, it was a good boost for his confidence and he looks forward to carrying that through to tomorrow.

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‘Just so close’ was Prumper’s reaction to the first of the four scheduled qualifiers.  Describing his Much More powered BD7 as ‘really good’, the 20-year-old said in the cooler conditions the car felt perfect and he planned to keep everything the same for Q2 in the morning.

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Volker, while setting the fastest lap of the top heat, the fastest lap overall going to his team-mate Meen Vejrak, said his LRP powered BD7 had ‘too much understeer’.  ‘Always on full lock’, the four time back to back champion said he couldn’t push any harder and overall that left him just a little too slow to challenge for a TQ run.  Planning to change the car for Q2 he said what changes they make would all depend on the weather but having topped the final practice in hot conditions he added ‘if its hot all should be good’.

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Xray’s Alexander Hagberg would post the fourth fastest time, the Swede not overly happy with his driving.  Expecting his ORCA powered T4 to be a little more difficult in the cooler conditions he said at the start of the run it was loose leading him to ‘then drive like shit’.  Unsure as to why the car was so loose at the beginning of the qualifier, he hopes, having shown he has good pace when the track is hot, for a better performance tomorrow.

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Describing the run as ‘Super close’, Jilles Groskamp was pleased with his pace despite rolling his Tamiya late in the run.  Having changed to a set-up for loose conditions, the World Champion said the track cooled more than he expected and his set-up was ‘just a little too safe’ but still over the opening laps the Dutch ace laid down the early TQ pace.  Really happy that the Tamiya team are now so close to the pace, he said his team-mate’s TQ run was perfect.

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‘Surprised’ was Loic Jasmin’s reaction to claiming 6th for the round.  The French driver, who said he was still trying to digest France’s World Cup defeat, was much happier with his Yokomo after making a droop change for qualifying. Asked if he planned further changes for tomorrow, he replied with it hard to know how the track will be in the morning he will just continue with the car as is for Q2.

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Only 20th fastest in practice Serpent’s Marc Fischer was pleased to post the 7th fastest time saying it was ‘way better than practice’ but the German is struggling to find a set-up.  Having switched back and forth between graphite and alumininm chassis in practice he said no mater what they change his Viper powered S411 ERYX 3.0 is ‘super hard to drive’.  At the beginning of the qualifier he said the rear of the car was loose and then after 2-minutes it ‘started to push big time’.  Asked what he planned to try for tomorrow he said right now they were ‘planless’.

Elsewhere a number of driver played tyre strategy with both Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck and Team Associated’s Juho Levanen pulling off immediately after the start of their heats.  Starting his qualifier but rolling after 5-laps Atsushi Hara opted to pull off to save his tyres.  The Yokomo driver said he had ‘so much steering’ due to the colder conditions but he is confident his car will be good for the warmer qualifiers tomorrow.

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In the Xray Pro-Stock class, which has this weekend attracted a field of 124 cars, defending champion Marek Cerny got his title hopes off to the best start possible as he took the opening qualifier.  In a battle with Xray team-mate Jan Ratheisky for the championship, Cerny needs the bonus point for the overall TQ if he is to go into the A-Main on Sunday with a chance of retaining his crown. Setting the fastest lap of the round as he recovered from a roll coming onto the straight on his first lap, Cerny would top Q1 by just 46/1000ths from practice pace setter and fellow Czech driver Kuba Simurda.  Flying the local flag Slovak driver David Nemcek completed the Top 3 finishing 1.5 seconds clear of Ratheisky with Henrik Heitsck the best none Xray driver taking his ARC to the fifth fastest time.

Ride Modified Round 1 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:09.076
2. Yannic Prumper – Team Yokomo – 17/5:09.095
3. Ronald Volker – Team Yokomo – 17/5:09.316
4. Alexander Hagberg – Xray Racing Team – 17/5:11.531
5. Jilles Groskamp – Tamiya Racing Factory – 17/5:11.944
6. Loic Jasmin – Team Yokomo – 17/5:12.669
7. Mark Fischer – Team Serpent – 17/5:13.210
8. Magnus Vassmar – Xray Racing Team -17/5:13.585
9.Lucas Urbain – VBC Racing – 17/5:13.615
10.Viljami Kutvonen – Awesomatix – 17/5:13.645

Xray Pro-Stock Round 1 Qualifying – Top 10
1. Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:09.880
2. Kuba Simurda – Xray – 15/5:09.926
3. David Nemcek – Xray – 15/5:10.658
4. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:12.168
5. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 15/5:14.052
6. Thorsten Zorn – Schumacher – 15/5:14.165
7. Barnabas Toth – Yokomo – 15/5:14.285
8. Mustafa Alp – VBC Racing- 15/5:14.735
9. Tobias Seidl – Team C – 15/5:14.911
10.Mike Gosvig – Awesomatix – 15/5:14.961

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July 4, 2014

Chassis Focus – Ludovic Leflon

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Chassis – StreetJam ST-F01
Motor – Hobbywing Xerun 21.5 (Handout)
ESC – Hobbywing Justock Club Spec (Handout)
Batteries – Speed Energy
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servo – Sanwa
Bodyshell – StreetJam McLaren MP-48
Remarks – Best known as the frontman for ETS tyre supplier Ride, Thai based French driver Ludo is running a brand new chassis from StreetJam. The Japanese company, well known in Asia for its drift cars, is bringing some innovation in the Formula class, with the biggest feature being the rear pod linkage. It consists of a 3 ball system that allows the rear pod to remain parallel to the ground throughout the whole suspension travel. The interesting rear end also sports two shocks instead of the usual single flat shock. The front end is characterised by adjustable front width – useful to adapt the car to foam tires – and an interesting multiple position caster block, that allows four different setting from 3° to 9°.

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July 4, 2014

Volker tops seeding at ETS Finale

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Newly crowned Yokomo Euro Touring Series champion Ronald Volker showed no signs of resting on his laurels as he topped seeding for qualifying in a super close final practice at the Hudy Racing Arena in Slovakia. The Yokomo driver just pipped reigning World Champion Jilles Groskamp by 2/1000th of a second over three consecutive laps with the stage set for some exciting qualifying action as the Top 7 drivers where covered by just 2/10th. Having set the pace in the first timed practice Xray’s Alexander Hagberg completed the Top 3 for practice thanks to his opening time.

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Only 6th fastest in the opening run having struggled for overall traction, Volker said a change to the geardiff in the rear of his LRP powered BD7 was a big step forward. Describing his car as a little difficult for the first minute, the German said after that it steadily improved and setting his best 3-laps towards the end of the run he was very encouraged as traditionally the start of a run is the time when everything is at its best for quick laps. Looking to make the car a little easier to drive for Q1 he said they will make some small tweaks to the set-up but was coy about the exact details. Commenting on how closely matched the  Top 7 drivers ended practice, he said going into qualifying this evening things are ‘totally open’.

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‘Can’t complain about that’ was Groskamp’s response to his run, the Dutch ace posting the fastest outright lap time of the final practice as he got ‘more confidence’ on his first visit to the Arena. The Tamiya Racing Factory driver said he hasn’t been this close to Volker for quite a few races adding overall the weekend was starting off pretty good for the Tamiya team. Changing to a lighter rear diff oil,  this gave him better rear grip making the car easier to drive but without loosing any speed. Running in the second highest practice group, he said his only concern is the wind with one gust leading to all the drivers in that heat having a slower lap, Groskamp’s own times dropping by a full second.

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Changing the shock position on his ORCA powered T4, Hagberg said he ‘lost a lot of steering’ as a result and for Q1 he will revert back to his previous set-up. Predicting it will be very close at the top of the time sheets, the Swede is ‘hop(ing) for the best’ in the opening qualifier, which is set to see the top heat on track just after 19.30, this statement making reference to the fact his car is best when track conditions are hot.

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Fourth fastest Marc Rheinard, who is battling for second in the overall championship with Hagberg, said his Tamiya was  ‘consistent but not crazy fast’. Expecting the track to be both quicker and totally different for Q1, due to the cooler evening conditions, the 3-time World Champion said they will make some small tweaks for the expected condition changes.

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Managing only half a run after pulling a corner off his Yokomo, Atsushi Hara ended practice 5th fastest despite improving his time. Changing his shock oil for the run the Japanese star said his BD7 ‘feels almost as I want it to’ but at the expense of bringing on a litte understeer. After rebuilding the car, which he said luckily didn’t suffer any chassis damage, he would revert back to the oil he ran in the first timed practice and instead change the rebound. Also changing his speedo profile, this made the car ‘more comfortable’ to drive.

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Former team-mate Andy Moore completed the Top 6. The factory HB driver said changes to his heavily prototyped TCXX made it a little better in spots but unless he hit the perfect line ever lap it didn’t have any consistancy.  Going even slightly offline he said the car struggled with understeer so for Q1 they had little choice but to make some changes.

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The only other driver along with Hagberg who failed to improve, Yannic Prumper ended practice 7th fastest.  The Yokomo driver had one of his tyres come partly unglued but said overall he was very happy with his BD7. Planning on not making any changes to the car for Q1, he said he was ‘confident for qualifying’.

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Having suffered a gluing issue with his tyres in the first timed practice after heavy contact with the curbing, managing only 2-laps, Viktor Wilck posted the 8th quickest time. Adding extra glue to his tyres for the second run, the Swede said he might have overdone it on the sidewall but overall the car felt ‘OK’. With the times very close, the former race winner said he was ‘not so worried’ for qualifying adding if he gets a good set of race tyres everything should be fine for Q1. Behind Wilck, Xray’s Marco Kaufmann and Tamiya Akio Sobue completed the Top 10 with Awesomatix’ Freddy Sudhoff, who is playing catch up having missed yesterday’s open practice, 11th followed by American factory HB driver JJ Wang.

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