May 9, 2014

Volker tops 1st timed practice at ETS Mattsee

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Following a 2-month break, in the first practice of the four round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series defending champion Ronald Volker made his intentions clear setting the fastest time from Serpent’s Marc Fisher. An all new event on the ETS calendar, the Yokomo driver looks to have got to grips rather quickly with the unique track in Mattsee, Austria, being over 1/2 a second faster than his rivals over 3-consecutive laps. Volker’s team-mate Yannic Prumper completed the Top 3 around the US boards style track that thankfully it was decided on Tuesday to cover with a very large marquee meaning the many heavy rain showers today have not interrupted proceedings.

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Describing the track as ‘totally different to anything’ he has raced on before in the ETS, Volker said its an interesting challenge and he is really enjoying it. With the ‘driver stand position, asphalt and racing in a tent all new experiences’, the German said the layout of the track, which was created by rivals Marc Rheinard and Viktor Wilck, is good to drive. Pleased with the performance of his LRP powered BD7, the 9-time ETS winner who hasn’t had a win since the season opener on carpet said he will run his car as is for the final timed practice. With his ‘car working good’, he said his focus will instead be on just completing a full error free run adding that even the smallest of contacts with the boards can easily lead to a broken car.

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Driving his Viper powered S411 ERYX 3.0, Fischer said his pace was ok despite the car suffering from a little understeer. Commenting the track the German said while it is a bit on the small side it is fun to drive adding that ‘the tent was a good idea’. Today’s rain showers, had the track not been covered, would most certainly have meant little or no track action. Looking for more steering and traction, for TP2 he plans to stand up the front shocks as well as switch to a heavy rear gear diff to see if this improves his outright pace adding that right now the car should be ‘ok’ over 5-minutes as it is quite safe.

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Having ran two cars back to back in each of the free practice runs, for the first timed practice Prumper opted to run his aluminium chassis BD7. While the carbon chassis car was outright faster, together with his mechanic Toni Rheinard they have opted for the ‘really comfortable’ feeling of the aluminium chassis which for 5-minutes around the boards track is a better option. Trying a softer shock oil for TP1 like that used by team-mate Volker, he felt it didn’t suit his driving style and so for the final practice he will revert to a heavier oil.

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Setting the fourth fastest time, Dominik Fleischmann described his run as ‘quite good’. His first time racing on a boards track the German Yokomo driver said he really likes it and he was ‘pretty satisfied’ with his car and his performance. Finding the rostrum a little low, he said ‘they made the most of the space’ and for the next run his focus is on consistency rather than speed feeling a flawless 5-minute run between the boards for qualifying is going to be challenging.

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‘So far so good’ was how Freddy Sudhoff summed up his 5th fastest time. The factory Awesomatix driver said they ‘continue to make big improvements on asphalt’ adding the latest changes have really been a step forward. Very competitive on carpet, to get the car better on asphalt this weekend they are running new hubs which help make the car narrower. Also testing carbon versus aluminium chassis plates he said so far he is favouring the latter. Giving the car more steering he said it also gave him a more consistent car over the duration of the run. Only his second time to race on a boards track he said the layout seems easy but ‘when you try to get a super fast time it’s in fact very challenging’.

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Having been responsible for putting down the track layout, Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck was pleased with his work but said the gap to Volker was ‘crazy’. Running in a new set of the championship’s Ride tyres in the first timed practice he said hopefully on the second run, his intentions being to use them in Q1 later tonight, they will give him some of the speed he is lacking, his gap to second fastest Fisher being less than 2/10ths. For the final practice he will again use the track time to scrub in another set of tyres for qualifying. Overall he said he was pretty happy with where his TRF417 is at. Marc Rheinard who was seventh fastest just behind his team-mate reported a similar situation. Having not been to an ETS race for some time, the cars designer Kiyo Suzuki has made the trip over from Japan to Mattsee to support his TRF squad this weekend, Japanese team driver Takayuki Kono also making the trip.

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Better known for his 1:8 Onroad nitro exploits, Italy’s Nicola Marrone posted the 8th fastest time. Owner of Hot Race tyres, the company that will provide the tyres for the World Championships later this year, he said he was happy with his run and his Yokomo chassis. Running new tyres for TP2 he will try a used set to compare the difference so as to decide his tyre options for qualifying.

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Unfortunately university commitments meant Round 3 winner Adrian Berntsen has not made the trip to Austria this weekend but Xray’s Round 2 winner Alexander Hagberg has. The Swede posted the 9th fastest time ahead of fellow countryman Magnus Vassmar saying he is ‘struggling a little with understeer’. Happy with his T4 in free practice he said a change to the roll centres and rear diff for the first timed run didn’t suit the track but planning to revert back for the last practice he said it should be good again. Describing the track as ‘very unforgiving’ he said its very easy to tweak the car so he prefers corner dots but with it being the same for everyone he said he has just got to deal with it.

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May 9, 2014

Track Focus – fahr(T)raum

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Track Name – fahr(T)raum
Country – Austria
Location – Mattsee
Host – fahr(T)raum
Surface – Asphalt
Direction – Anti-clockwise
No. of ETS Races hosted – 0

Round 4 of the Euro Touring Series is not the typical type of event that the electric touring championship has become world famous for. This weekend drivers find themselves racing in the small market town of Mattsee in Austria on a temporary parking lot track but the coming about of the event was itself not a typical process. Situated on the grounds of fahr(T)raum, a museum that pays homage to Porsche car company founder Ferdinand Porsche, the race came about following a request from Porsche’s grandson Ernst Piech. A keen modeller himself, Piech wanted to bring a modelling event to the museum he set-up to tell the story of his grand father, putting the idea to Michael Klausner who owns the MK Racing model shop in nearby Salzburg. Klausner immediately suggested applying for a round of the ETS and now today over 250 drivers from around the world have descended on the museum for three days of world class racing.

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A week ago one would have been forgiven for doubting any kind of racing would be possible other than offroad as the asphalt on which the separate level track and pits now stand was not even laid. Originally planned to be an outdoor event, a question by Piech to ETS organiser Uwe Rheinard as to what would happen if it was to rain for the event meant that despite it being a wet day drivers are still running. With Rheinard answering that rain would result in drivers sitting around rather than racing, Piech didn’t want to have such a scenario and so on checking the weather forecast for the event earlier in the week on Tuesday the 50 X 15 meter track was housed inside a huge marquee mirroring the one that had been erected for the pit area.

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While many racers were skeptical of how the freshly laid asphalt would work drivers have been pleasantly surprised by how quickly the grip levels have come up with most drivers admitting to enjoying driving the track. Having originally planned a fast flowing track layout, during the construction it was decided to change it to a more US styled boards track layout. Involved in the building of the track, Tamiya’s Marc Rheinard said that while its ‘maybe a little narrow for racing its really good to drive on’. Xray’s Alexander Hagberg had similar views describing the track as ‘different but interesting to drive on’. Standing for Scotty Ernst to announce this weekend’s action, making the trip over the United States to attend his first ever ETS, Charlie Suangka said the track is very similar in layout to the big carpet indoor tracks he attends in the US but he said while the layout is technical it has a good flow to it and he is looking forward to the weekend ahead.

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May 7, 2014

ETS resumes at Porsche Museum

ETS resumes at Porsche Museum

The Yokomo Euro Touring Series resumes this weekend (9-11 May) following a 2-month break with the fahr(T)raum Museum, a homage to Austrian automotive pioneer Ferdinand Porsche, playing host to the start of the second half of what has been the most competitive start to the championship in its 7-seasons of existence. Situated in the Austrian town of Mattsee, the museum is home to unique automobiles from the 1900s and provides insights into the earliest days of automobile construction but this weekend it welcomes for the very first time some of the best drivers from the high tech r/c world of electric touring car racing for Round 4 of the World famous championship. With the opening three rounds, all run on venues familiar to ETS regulars, producing three different winners, the asphalt event is all new territory for the 270 plus entries.

The previous round of the championship saw Norway’s Adrian Berntsen join the ETS’ elusive list of race winners as he took his biggest international race win to date continuing what has been a very strong 2014 ETS campaign for Team Xray. Having just one previous win in the championship’s premiere class, the reigning back to back Pro-Stock class champions, have already notched up two wins this season with Alexander Hagberg winning round 2 and backing that up by joining Berntsen on the Gran Canaria podium. Sitting second in the championship standings, Hagberg will be looking to maintain his form while after a difficult start to the championship failing to make the A-Main at the opening two rounds Berntsen will be looking to continue where he left off in Round 3.

Winner of the season opener, 3-time consecutive defending champion Ronald Volker has had his least winning start to an ETS campaign but having not finished off the podium in 10 races, the Yokomo driver travels to the championship’s 37th race top of the points standings. The German was the Top Qualifier at the first asphalt race of the season in Gran Canaria but couldn’t keep Berntsen at bay, something he will be looking to rectify this weekend as he looks to take his winning tally into double digits. The driver with the most TQ’s in the series, with 13, with 9 wins he is just two off equalling the most winning driver Marc Rheinard. Starting the season with a podium Rheinard’s season has gone slightly downhill since and the Tamiya driver & former Champion really needs to turn things around this weekend if he is to have any chance of a second ETS title.

Missing Round 3 of the championship, Matsee will see the return of Round 1 podium finisher Freddy Sudhoff and Round 2 runner-up Yannic Prumper. Awesomatix team-leader Sudhoff is probably the most likely driver to become only the championship’s 11th Modified class race winner getting closer & closer to a much overdue first win for both himself and his Russian designed car. One of the championship’s consistently fastest drivers, Prumper has gone 9 races without a win and will be looking to come out from the shadow of his Yokomo team-mate and put that right this weekend.

Notching up his second Xray Pro-Stock win of the season at Round 3, Jan Ratheisky heads to Austria with a 2-point lead over Xray team-mate & defending champion who secured his maiden ETS victory on the first visit to Gran Canaria, reigning Xray Pro Stock Champion Marek Cerny. Equaling the status of most TQs in Pro-Stock in Gran Canaria, Cerny will be hoping to also equal Alexander Stocker’s record of 6 wins this weekend but Ratheisky is proving a real challenger for the Czech driver this season. Having won the opening three rounds of the Formula class a win this weekend by Ratheisky would see the German successfully defend his title in the growing category.


March 2, 2014

Berntsen wins ETS Gran Canaria

Berntsen wins ETS Gran Canaria

Xray’s Adrian Berntsen claimed the biggest win of his career today at the third round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series when he became only the 10th race winner in the world famous electric touring car championship. Winning the opening A-main at the Gran Canaria event, which he backed up with a second in A2, the Norwegian drove a calculated final leg to finish second behind defending champion Ronald Volker and more importantly ahead of Xray team-mate Alexander Hagberg to take the overall win at the ETS’ 36th race. Having TQ’d the event, Volker would finish second overall on tie break with Hagberg to claim his 10th consecutive podium finish. Like at Round 2 where Hagberg took the win it was once again an all Xray affair with team driver Jan Ratheisky taking the win in both Pro Stock and Formula on the holiday island.

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Delighted to take the momentous win, that brought his father Trygve close to tears of emotion, Berntsen said in the last A-Main his focus was ‘only to stay infront of Alex’. Again clearly quicker that Volker, he ‘didn’t want to take any risks’, the pair having come together in A2, and he was ‘just happy to sit behind Ronald’ to the finish. Having shown great pace at many previous ETS encounters but been unable to pull it all together, the win is an important breakthrough for Berntsen. Describing today as a great way to start the outdoor season, as the second half of the ETS season takes place on asphalt tracks, the 20-year-old said he is already look forward to Round 4 in Austria.

A3 battle

Volker said considering how ‘A1 & 2 went’ 2nd wasn’t a bad result but added he was ‘still a little disappointed he could not get the job done’. Taking the bonus point for the TQ he said the result was not bad for the championship as he chases a fourth consecutive title in the Ride Modified class. Commenting on A3, Volker said ‘Adrian was a little faster’ as he still didn’t have the feeling he had yesterday when he topped 4 of the 5 qualifiers but just sticking to his lines he knew he could keep Berntsen at bay as he didn’t need to make a ‘magic pass’. A race that two years ago saw Volker forced to withdraw from the Mains due to speedo issues, on achieving his best finish in the island today he said he wanted to in particular thank LRP for making a ‘big step forward’ and he is looking forward to the remaining asphalt rounds. Also being competitive on asphalt this weekend taking his 13th ETS TQ, a surface on which he & his team have traditionally been weak, he said he also wanted to thank Yokomo for improvements they have made recently.

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The only driver who could deny Berntsen his first win, Hagberg said he defended his 3rd place starting position from Naoto Matsukura and that was all he and his car could do in A3. Happy to get 3rd overall describing it as a ‘good result for me’, he said he was more happy for his Xray team that they had two cars competitively on the podium. Having taken both his ETS race wins on carpet, he said the result was a confidence boost for the rest of the outdoor races on the ETS calendar.

Krapp Stand

Outside of the podium 2012 winner Christopher Krapp took his Kyosho to fourth ahead of Matsukura, his 3rd in A1 giving him the tie break with the Japanese ace. The Top 6 was completed by the HB’s of Andy Moore, the former World Champion unable to repeat his A1 second place finish. Having enjoyed victory here last year with Viktor Wilck, it was a weekend to forget for the Tamiya team with Marc Rheinard finishing 8th overall and Wilck 10th. With a 6-week break before the championship resumes with a new event to the calendar in Austria hopefully the series’ most winning manufacturer will find something that brings them back to competitive form.

Pro Stock

In the Xray Pro Stock class, Ratheisky found a way passed Top Qualifier & A2 winner Marek Cerny in the third A-Main with three laps to go to claim his second win of Season #7. A 1-2 for Team Xray, defending champion Cerny getting second overall, the podium was completed by local hero Toni Mateo. Driving a Yokomo, Toni is one of the large Mateo family who have made the ETS’ visit to Gran Canaria possible for the last three years. Having become the first ever driver to win two class on the same weekend in the ETS at the season opener, Ratheisky pulled off the feat once again today as he took his 4th consecutive Formula win. The podium in Formula was completed by the VBC of Top Qualifier Olivier Bultynck and Speed Passion of Thomas Pumpler.

Awards

Hosted by Club La Nave, the organisers of the event have asked us to thank the sponsors & people without whom the event on the island of just over 800,000 population would not be possible – Ayuntamiento de telde, Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Audiovisuales Canarias.com, Movistar.es, ETS Family, Tonisport, all the racers, and all the members of the Club.

Ride Modified Overall Result
1. Adrian Berntsen – Xray – 3 pts
2. Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 4
3. Alexander Hagberg – Xray – 4
4. Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 8
5. Naoto Matukura – Yokomo – 8
6. Andy Moore – HB – 9
7. Marc Fischer – Serpent – 12
8. Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 13
9. Magnus Vässmar – Xray – 14
10.Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 15

Ride Modified A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(1) Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 16/5:15.404
2.(2) Adrian Berntsen – Xray – 16/5:15.781
3.(3) Alexander Hagberg – Xray – 16/5:16.659
4.(4) Naoto Matukura – Yokomo – 16/5:17.426
5.(6) Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 15/5:00.081
6.(10)Marc Fischer – Serpent – 15/5:00.349
7.(9) Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 15/5:01.012
8.(8) Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 15/5:01.593
9.(5) Andy Moore – HB – 15/5:01.777
10.(7)Magnus Vässmar – Xray – 15/5:02.243

Xray Pro Stock Overall Result
1. Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 2 pts
2. Marek Cerny – Xray – 3
3. Toni Mateo – Yokomo – 8
4. Lars Hoppe – ARC – 8
5. Eugenio Antimo Valiente – VBC – 8
6. Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 11
7. Michael Kiesewetter – VBC – 11
8. David Nemcek – Xray – 14
9. Beni Stutz – Tamiya – 15
10.Pawel Staszewski – Tamiya – 18

Xray Pro Stock A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:14.394
2.(1) Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:17.109
3.(5) Toni Mateo – Yokomo – 15/5:17.801
4.(6) Eugenio Antimo Valiente – VBC – 15/5:18.475
5.(8) Michael Kiesewetter – VBC – 15/5:20.693
6.(2) Lars Hoppe – ARC – 15/5:23.092
7.(10)Beni Stutz – Tamiya – 15/5:23.740
8.(4) Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 14/5:01.444
9.(7) David Nemcek – Xray – 14/5:02.728
10.(9)Pawel Staszewski – Tamiya – 14/5:03.379

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March 2, 2014

Hagberg wins second A-Main at ETS

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Alexander Hagberg has won the second A-Main at Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Gran Canaria, the Team Xray driver benefiting from a coming together between Top Qualifier Ronald Volker and A1 winner Adrian Berntsen. After the disaster of the first main in which he spun at the start, Volker finished A2 third meaning the end of his challenge for a first win on the island. With second from the leg, Berntsen looks poised to take his first ever ETS win with only team-mate Hagberg in with a chance of denying him in the third A-Main.

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A much better start from Volker saw the German lead the field for first half of the 5-minute encounter before a much faster Berntsen made contact with the all white Yokomo. While Berntsen waited on the defending champion to retake the lead, a much improved Hagberg passed them both to take a lead he would not relinquish. Having had a bad opening Main when contact from Naoto Matsukura ended his challenge early in the race, Hagberg said A2 ‘definitely turn out better’. Changing the set-up on his Xray T4, having suffered understeer in A1, he said his car was much better particularly in the second half of the run and admitting he got lucky when the two in front of him came together it puts him in to a good position to fight for the overall win in A3.

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In a really strong position to take the win and become only the 10th different winner in the ETS’ 36-race history, Berntsen was quick to express his regret for making contact with Volker. Clearly faster than then the 9-time ETS race winner, the 20-year-old said he trying to make a clean pass but unfortunuately they touched ending Volker’s chance of a first win at the Gran Canaria round. Running used tyres Bernsten said his Xray T4 ’14 was much better and for A3 he will leave it as is focusing instead on just driving his own race and see what comes of it.

Ronald Volker

‘At least the start was better’ said third placed Volker. The winner of the season opener and current leader of the championship standings, he said he struggled for rear traction and he doesn’t know why as everything was the same as yesterday when he took 4 of the 5 qualifiers. Admitting Bernsten was ‘pretty fast’, he did point blame on the Xray driver for the contact saying it was ‘race incident that can happen when fighting so close’. Despite not being happy with the handling of his LRP powered BD7, Volker still managed the fastest lap of the race but for A3 plans to adapt his tyre prep to give him a car he is more confident with.

Naoto

Behind the Top 3, Matsukura finished fourth followed by the two Marc’s, Tamiya’s Rheinard claiming a distant 5th from 8th on the grid and Serpent’s Fischer taking 6th after starting at the back of the grid. Having had good luck in A1 finishing 2nd and 3rd, HB’s Andy Moore and Kyosho Christopher Krapp had a tough race finishing 7th and 9th respectively.

Jan

In A2 of Xray Pro Stock Jan Ratheisky made a very good pass on team-mate & Top Qualifier Marek Cerny to take the win. With a win each the Xray duo will go head to head in A3 for the win, each driver having one win a piece already this season. In Formula Ratheisky claim his fourth straight win in the class by backing up his A1 win with another win in A2 this time over the Speed Passion chassis of Austria Thomas Pumpler.

Ride Modified A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(3) Alexander Hagberg – Xray – 16/5:19.759
2.(2) Adrian Berntsen – Xray – 15/5:00.275
3.(1) Ronald Volker – Yokomo – 15/5:01.109
4.(4) Naoto Matukura – Yokomo – 15/5:03.079
5.(8) Marc Rheinard – Tamiya – 15/5:03.744
6.(10)Marc Fischer – Serpent – 15/5:04.293
7.(5) Andy Moore – HB – 15/5:06.344
8.(9) Viktor Wilck – Tamiya – 15/5:07.938
9.(6) Christopher Krapp – Kyosho – 15/5:08.799
10.(7)Magnus Vässmar – Xray – 15/5:10.293

Xray Pro Stock A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(3) Jan Ratheisky – Xray – 15/5:16.377
2.(1) Marek Cerny – Xray – 15/5:16.443
3.(2) Lars Hoppe – ARC – 15/5:19.575
4.(6) Eugenio Antimo Valiente – VBC – 15/5:19.762
5.(5) Toni Mateo – Yokomo – 15/5:21.810
6.(8) Michael Kiesewetter – VBC – 15/5:21.983
7.(7) David Nemcek – Xray – 14/5:02.570
8.(9) Pawel Staszewski – Tamiya – 14/5:03.892
9.(10)Beni Stutz – Tamiya – 14/5:04.030
10.(4)Henrik Heitsch – ARC – 8/2:52.628

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