The all important day has arrived at the Round 2 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series here in Muelheim-Kaerlich. The third & final day of the championship’s biggest encounter ever with 362 entries, triple A-Mains will determine who leaves Germany as winners of the 35th ETS event.
Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg has completed a clean sweep of qualifying at ETS Round 2, the Swede topping the fourth & final qualifier in Germany ahead of Yokomo’s Yannic Prumper who will start tomorrow’s finals from 2nd. Having wrapped up his first overall TQ in Q3, the Swede used the last run to try a small set-up change which he said afterwards made his ORCA powered T4 2014, as if he needed it, even easier to drive. Backing up his claim was the fact that the ‘Ice’Berg’ was the only driver to maintain his 13.6 fastest lap time pace while his opposition reported track conditions as being slower.
Having felt he made progress in Q3 when he finished a close second to Hagberg after a set-up change to his Yokomo, Ronald Volker had a disappointing final qualifier. Over 5-seconds off the pace of Hagberg, he could only manage 4th for the round and further disappointment for the 3-time back to back defending champion was that he would also lose out on 2nd on the grid on tie break with team-mate Prumper. With his car ‘sliding around’, he said it felt more like drifting than racing and he believes this might be down to a bad set of tyre. As a result he will try a different set of tyres for the opening leg of the finals.
Securing fourth on the grid, thanks to his results in the opening two qualifiers, Freddy Sudhoff had a tough end to his day but the Awesomatix driver said the aim for tomorrow is to be the best of the rest, referring to everyone behind Hagberg. Pulling up in Q3 after a coming together with Prumper, in the final qualifier he had a screw come out in the rear suspension bracket causing the rear left suspension to collapse 2-minutes into the run. Having made a few changes to his car, he said of the laps he did he was happy that while the track was slower he is confident he has a better car for the finals.
Another driver to retire from the final qualifier was Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard who will started 6th in the final. A crash at the chicane resulted in a broken servo casing causing the German to stop after just 6 laps. Having tried a completely different set-up as a last resort for the qualifier, he said the car was way too slow. Claiming 3rd in Q4, his best points finish, team-mate Viktor Wilck will start ahead of Rheinard after he secured 5th on the grid.
In the Xray Pro Stock class Top Qualifier Marek Cerny wasn’t able to pull of a clean sweep. Making an adjustment to his anti-roll bars as a test for the final he said it left the rear end of his T4 very loose. Posting the third fastest time the defending champion will revert back to his Q3 set-up for the final. Q4 would go to fellow Xray driver Valentin Hettri ahead of Awesomatix’ Oliver Franke. This puts Hettri second behind Cerny with Franke starting third. Winner of the season opener in the Czech Republic Jan Ratheisky, who is TQ for Formula, will start from only 7th on the grid.
A-Main Grids/Qualifying times – Round 4 Ride Modified A-Main Grid
1. Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Team Xray – 310 pts
2. Yannic Prümper (DE) – Team Yokomo – 306
3. Ronald Völker (DE) – Team Yokomo – 306
4. Freddy Südhoff (DE) – Awesomatix – 304
5. Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya – 303
6. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya – 302
7. Dionys Stadler (DE) – Awesomatix – 299
8. Patrick Gollner (AT) – Yokomo – 297
9. Eric Dankel (DE) – Awesomatix – 295
10.Tim Wahl (DE) – Team Xray – 294
Ride Modified Q4 times
1. Alexander Hagberg – Team Xray – 22/5:04.708
2. Ronald Völker – Team Yokomo – 22/5:07.452
3. Yannic Prümper – Team Yokomo – 22/5:09.743
4. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 22/5:10.150
5. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 22/5:10.210
6. Eric Dankel – Awesomatix – 22/5:10.283
7. Dionys Stadler – Awesomatix – 22/5:11.381
8. Oliver Bultynck – VBC – 22/5:11.912
9. Tim Wahl – Team Xray – 22/5:12.740
10.Steen Graversen – Awesomatix – 22/5:12.760
Xray Pro Stock A-Main Grid
1. Marek Cerny (CZ) – Team Xray – 510 pts
2. Valentin Hettrich (DE) – Xray – 507
3. Oliver Franke (DE) – Awesomatix – 506
4. Tobias Vogel (DE) – Xray – 505
5. Andreas Myberg (SE) – Xray – 502
6. Steffen Leinburger (DE) – Awesomatix – 501
7. Jan Ratheisky (DE) – Team Xray – 501
8. Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 499
9. Tobias Seidl (DE) – Schumacher – 499
10.Markus Kreder (DE) – VBC – 498
Xray Pro Stock Q4 times
1. Valentin Hettrich – Xray – 21/5:14.653
2. Oliver Franke – Awesomatix – 21/5:15.070
3. Marek Cerny – Team Xray – 20/5:00.165
4. Andreas Myberg – Xray – 20/5:00.215
5. Markus Kreder – VBC – 20/5:00.628
6. Tobias Seidl – Schumacher – 20/5:01.518
7. Jan Ratheisky – Team Xray – 20/5:02.280
8. Lars Hoppe – ARC – 20/5:02.603
9. Daniel Wohlgemuth – Schumacher – 20/5:02.616
10.Michael Kiesewetter – VBC – 20/5:03.517
Chassis Name – Durango DETC410 Motor – ORCA ESC – ORCA Batteries – ORCA Tires – Ride (handout) Radio/Servos – Sanwa Remarks – Multiple Worlds Finalist Elliott Harper is making his international debut with the production version of the Durango DETC410. Using the event as testing for the car on carpet he is currently playing with the car’s flex, using the centre mount screw on the top deck, as well as working with the car’s track width. Currently struggling with the consistency over 5 minutes he will continue to work on setup alongside Durango team mate Michal Orlowski.
Alexander Hagberg has claimed both his and Xray’s first ever overall TQ of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series’ premiere class. Dominating proceedings at the second round of the championship, the Swede put in yet another impressive run in the penultimate qualifier at the German event as he again topped the times from defending champion Ronald Volker. While Hagberg kept his joy of securing pole position for tomorrow’s Ride Modified A-Main under wraps, leading one onlooker to come up the rather catchy title of ‘Ice’berg’ for the Swede, there was plenty of reason for celebration among the Xray team as it would prove to be an all Xray affair. With a record 362 entries in Muelheim-Kaerlich, the Slovakian manufacturer’s cars will start all three classes from the No.1 spot on the grid. Defending Pro Stock Champion Marek Cerny completed a hat trick of TQ runs to put his T4 2014 on pole for the ETS’ biggest class while Jan Ratheisky secured the overall TQ in Formula with an Xray prototype.
Taking his only ETS win so far in Poland 2-years ago when he won from 3rd on the grid, Hagberg said he was ‘very happy’ to secure his first TQ adding it is ‘always an advantage to start first’. Hoping to capitalise on his pole position, he is confident he has the car to get the job done. Starting second on the grid at the season opener he will be hoping he can avoid the outcome of the Czech race where he ended up finishing 8th. Clearly happy with the feeling of his ORCA powered T4, having left his set-up untouched over the past two days, he did hint that he might use the final qualifier to try a slightly different set-up with a view to the Mains.
Enjoying his most competitive qualifier in Q3 getting to within .256 of Hagberg, Volker said he was ‘really glad to get second’. After a poor opening qualifier, backing up his second fastest time in Q2 secures at worst 3rd position on the grid for the driver with the most number of ETS TQs (12). Set-up changes to his LRP powered BD7 2014 helped make a ‘minor step forward’ but the European Champion added they need to keep that progress going to get themselves in a competitive position for the finals.
Yokomo team-mate Yannic Prumper ended the round 3rd fastest. The 2-time race winner, who posted the fastest lap of the round, was in contention with Hagberg to TQ the round topping the timing screens for three laps but in the last minute a coming together with fellow German Freddy Sudhoff dropped him back. Blaming Sudhoff for the incident, the Awesomatix driver pulling up a lap later having cost himself a potential Top 3 run, he said he opted against changing his set-up after Q2. With his BD7 fast at the start of the run he said he doesn’t know what changes he could make to improve the car in the final minute when he said Hagberg has a clear advantage over his rivals.
Posting the fourth fastest time 3 seconds off the TQ pace, Marc Rheinard said for the first minute his Tamiya TRF418 is ‘good’ with the ‘lap times OK’. After that he said it ‘suddenly pushes’ no matter what he changes on the set-up. With Much More owner Mr. Jang travelling to Germany to act as mechanic for the ETS’ most winning driver, Rheinard said he is giving him free reigning on his car to see if he can come up with ‘some crazy set-up’ that might give them some chance of at least battling for a podium finish preferably ahead of title rival Volker.
Despite trying another shock position change and some flex screw adjustments on his Tamiya, Viktor Wilck said the car felt pretty the same as in Q2. The Swede would post the 5th fastest time ahead of new Awesomatix signing Eric Dankel who completed the Top 6 with his best round of qualifying.
Having thought he was making progress when he posted the 7th fastest time in Q2, Atsushi Hara said he went the wrong way with the set-up on his Yokomo. Managing only the 11th fastest time, he said the changes made the car push more and he will revert to his previous set-up for the final qualifier maybe just going with a softer shock oil.
In the Xray Pro Stock class Cerny had his closest challenge yet with fellow Xray driver Tobias Vogel finishing just 4/1000ths behind the 19-year-old Czech driver. Like Hagberg, Cerny has dominated the weekend so far and taking Q3 secures him his 5th overall TQ honours of the championships.
Winning the opening round of ETS in both Pro Stock and Formula, then driving for Serpent and becoming the series first double class winner, Jan Ratheisky is the class of the 67 car Formula field this weekend toping all three qualifiers by a very comfortable margin with his under-wraps Xray chassis.
Qualifying times – Round 3 Ride Modified Q3 times
1. Alexander Hagberg – Team Xray – 22/5:5:05.629
2. Ronald Völker – Team Yokomo – 22/5:06.373
3. Yannic Prümper – Team Yokomo – 22/5:07.416
4. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 22/5:08.632
5. Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 22/5:08.793
6. Eric Dankel – Awesomatix – 22/5:10.971
7. Dionys Stadler – Awesomatix – 22/5:11.052
8. Oliver Bultynck – VBC – 22/5:12.002
9. Tim Wahl – Team Xray – 22/5:12.096
10.Steen Graversen – Awesomatix – 22/5:12.208
Xray Pro Stock Q3 times
1. Marek Cerny – Team Xray – 21/5:14.480
2. Tobias Vogel – Xray – 21/5:14.484
3. Jan Ratheisky – Team Xray – 21/5:15.090
4. Oliver Franke – Awesomatix – 20/5:00.282
5. Andreas Myberg – Xray – 20/5:00.652
6. Martin Hofer – Schumacher – 20/5:00.940
7. Steffen Leinburger – Awesomatix – 20/5:01.006
8. Daniel Wohlgemuth – Schumacher – 20/5:01.486
9. Philipp Hagnauer – Yokomo – 20/5:02.131
10.Valentin Hettrich – Xray – 20/5:02.232
Chassis Name – Xray T4 2014 Motor – ORCA ESC – ORCA Batteries – ORCA Tires – Ride (handout) Radio/Servos – KO Propo Remarks – Alexander Hagberg is running the standard T4 2014 with a number of optionals mounted such as the double CVDs on the rear and the aluminium steering rack. In terms of setup Alex has changed nothing to the car since arriving in Mulheim Karlich, having tested extensively at the Hudy Arena prior to this event, both venues using the same carpet. He says his driving style suits this track which features a lot of 180 turns plus it helps that the Xray rotates really good in the corners. On the rear of his Protoform Speed 6 body he is using the stiffer version of the standard downforce rear wing which he says flexes less and therefore gives him more traction.