ETS Season 6 resumes at Apeldoorn

After an 11-week break, the Yokomo Euro Touring Series resumes this weekend (May 17-19) in the Netherlands with the beautiful Apeldoorn track getting the second half of the World famous electric touring car championship’s sixth season underway.  A hugely popular track with competitors, the fourth round attracting 280 entries, defending champion Ronald Volker heads into the weekend at the top of the championship standings ahead of Yokomo team-mate Yannic Prumper and last year’s race winner Marc Rheinard. Volker, who has two wins and a third to his credit this season, will be hoping he has much better fortunes than he experienced 12-months ago in Apeldoorn when a difficult qualifying meant he would end up racing in the E-Final.

Having taken his first ETS win in 19-races when he won Round 3 of the championship in Gran Canaria at the beginning of March, Tamiya Racing Factory’s Viktor Wilck will be looking to build on that result and try & get his title chances on track after the Swede failed to make the A-Main at Rounds 1 & 2.  Tamiya have won every ETS encounter at Apeldoorn, this being the championship’s fourth visit to the AMCA track, and the Japanese manufacturer will be keen to maintain that record.  With the Apeldoorn win the only major success 3-time former World Champion Rheinard currently holds, the German will be determined not to give that up easily as he chases a hat trick of wins at the Dutch track.

Denied his first podium of the season in Gran Canaria where he finished 4th, Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg will be hoping this race will be the turning point in a season which, after a great finish to last years championship, has not lived up to expectations.  While the usual suspects of Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp, Serpent’s Marc Fisher, Hot Bodies’ Andy Moore, Team Associated’s Juho Levanen and Awesomatix’ Freddy Südhoff will be looking to bring success for their respective manufacturers in the premiere ‘Ride’ Modified class, this weekend sees the arrival of Team Durango to international touring car competition which is sure to generate plenty of interest.

Making a welcomed return to the series having missed Round 2 & 3 as he waited on the arrival of Durango’s first touring car, Elliot Harper has already shown the potential of the DETC410 taking it to victory two weeks ago at the opening round of the British National Championships ahead of former World Champion Andy Moore and the reigning champion Olly Jefferies.

In the Xray Pro Stock class, standings leader Marek Cerny heads to the Netherlands chasing his third consecutive win of the season. Based on that form, the Czech Xray team driver is favourite for the ETS’ largest class but defending champion Zdenko Kunák had his best result in Gran Canaria finishing second to Cerny as his confidence with his new Yokomo team grows.  The only other race winner this season, winning Round 1, Oliver Franke will be in the hunt as will a host of Dutch drivers including last year’s winner Vasco Christiaanse.

Round 4 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series officially gets underway with controlled practice on Friday and culminates with triple mains for all drivers on Sunday, weather permitting. All the action from Apeldoorn can be followed on RedRC where regular updates and video action will be published throughout the weekend.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Video – Mod & Pro Stock A-main Leg 3

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Prumper & Volker complete Gran Canaria podium

With Tamiya’s Viktor Wilck having sewn up the overall win at Round 3 of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in the second A-Main, a Yokomo 1-2 in the final main would see Yannic Prumper and Ronald Volker completed the podium on the series’ second visit to the Spanish holiday Island.  With Volker starting at the front of the grid as the Top Qualifier sat out the race, the defending champion would lead the closing race from start to finish shadowed by team-mate Prumper who would take the overall runners up spot.  Despite setting the fastest lap of the race Prumper maintained team orders behind Volker for whom the win would be enough to secure him the final step on the podium ahead of Team Xray’s Alexander Hagberg on tie break.  Starting third for the race Hagberg looked to be part of a four car battle up front but a tap from behind from Marc Rheinard caused his body to tuck.  Although the Swede didn’t lose position the incident was enough for him to lose contact with the leaders.  Rheinard would just hold on to take 4th in the leg just ahead of last year’s winner Christopher Krapp, the pair finishing 5th & 7th overall respectively.

In the Xray Pro Stock class, in which Marek Cerny wrapped up overall victory in A2, the 3rd A-Main was a very entertaining race. Awesomatix driver Viljami Kutvonen lead a closely fought race for 10-laps before he was clipped by the No.8 starting Xray of Bart Wubben.  The benefactor of this was defending champion Zdenko Kunak who would stay out front to win by 6/10th from the battling Yokomo of Olivier Bultynck and Schumacher of former champion Martin Hofer.  The result would secure Kunak second overall, his best result of the 2012/13 season, with Kutvonen who finished 5th completing the podium for the 3rd round of the world famous championship which next moves on to Apeldoorn in the Netherlands over the weekend of May 17-19.

Ride Modified A-Main Overall Result
1. Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya/Speed Passion – 2 pts
2. Yannic Prumper (DE) – Yokomo/Muchmore – 4
3. Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo/LRP – 5
4. Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Xray/ORCA – 5
5. Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya/Muchmore – 7
6. Andy Moore (GB) – HB/Hobbywing – 11
7. Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho/Orion – 11
8. Adrien Berntsen (NO) – Xray/ORCA – 13
9. Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent/Thunder Power – 13
10.Loic Jasmin (FR) – Yokmo/LRP – 15

Ride Modified A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(2) Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo/LRP – 16/5:02.201
2.(3) Yannic Prumper (DE) – Yokomo/Muchmore – 16/5:02.623
3.(4) Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Xray/ORCA – 16/5:03.137
4.(5) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya/Muchmore – 16/5:04.626
5.(8) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho/Orion – 16/5:04.991
6.(9) Adrien Berntsen (NO) – Xray/ORCA – 16/5:09.831
7.(10)Loic Jasmin (FR) – Yokmo/LRP – 16/5:10.831
8.(7) Andy Moore (GB) – HB/Hobbywing – 12/5:10.024
9.(6) Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent/Thunder Power – 3/0:48.711
10.(1)Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya/Speed Passion – DNS

Xray Pro Stock A-Main Overall Result
1. Marek Cerny (CZ) – Xray – 2 pts
2. Zdenko Kunak (SK) – Yokomo – 5
3. Viljami Kutvonen (FI) – Awesomatix – 5
4. Olivier Bultynck (BE) – Yokomo – 5
5. Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 5
6. Bart Wubben (NL) – Xray – 9
7. René Klöckner (DE) – Yokomo – 11
8. Trin Tanongsakchaikul (TH) – Yokomo – 12
9. Toni Mateo (ES) – Yokomo – 13
10.Alvaro Fernandez (ES) – Tamiya – 14

Xray Pro Stock A-Main Leg 3 Result
1.(3) Zdenko Kunak (SK) – Yokomo – 15/5:07.470
2.(4) Olivier Bultynck (BE) – Yokomo – 15/5:08.079
3.(6) Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 15/5:08.735
4.(8) Bart Wubben (NL) – Xray – 15/5:08.868
5.(2) Viljami Kutvonen (FI) – Awesomatix – 15/5:13.170
6.(7) Trin Tanongsakchaikul (TH) – Yokomo – 15/5:16.913
7.(10)Alvaro Fernandez (ES) – Tamiya – 15/5:18.009
8.(5) René Klöckner (DE) – Yokomo – 14/5:00.241
9.(9) Toni Mateo (ES) – Yokomo – 7/2:18.565
10.(1)Marek Cerny (CZ) – Xray – DNS

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Chassis Focus – Viktor Wilck

Chassis Name – Tamiya TRF417X
Motor – Thunder Power
ESC – Speed Passion Reventon
Batteries – Thunder Power
Tires – Ride (handout)
Radio/Servos – Sanwa
Remarks – Top qualifier and race winner here in Gran Canaria, Viktor Wilck, is running a modified version of the Tamiya TRF417X. Featuring some new parts from Raceberry, they appear to have worked with the Tamiya team having their best result in some time. The new parts include a top deck with different flex characteristics to the standard part as well as a new chassis plate. The car sports some other modifications to help provide flex and we are told that Tamiya will be coming out with their own official parts soon. Viktor was also running the latest Reventon speed controller from Speed Passion which includes new power profiles as well as a new cooling fan.

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Video – Mod & Pro Stock A-main Leg 2

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Wilck wins Gran Canaria after exciting 2nd Main

Tamiya Racing Factory’s Viktor Wilck has for the first time in 19-races secured the top step on the Euro Touring Series podium after being declared winner of a thrilling second A-Main in Gran Canaria.  Securing his first & up to now only ETS win back in Kastellaun in 2009, the Swede claimed his second victory after video footage deemed that his TRF417 had been collected by the airborne Yokomo of Yannic Prumper at the final corner which then crossed the timing loop 2/10ths in front of the Top Qualifier before crashing into the fence and tearing the front right wheel off.  With Wilck’s car hit by Prumper’s car, which was launched into the air over the final corner at the end of the main straight, Race Director Scotty Ernst had no choice but to give the win to Wilck ahead of Prumper with Marc Rheinard who was also part of the lead battle coming home in third.

Suffering a broken turnbuckle and front body damage to his Tamiya, Wilck was delighted to secure the overall win but said what Prumper did was just natural instinct for a racer and had he been in a similar situation he would also have tried the same move.  Originally feeling hard done by when Prumper was first announced as the winner to the anxiously awaiting teams he said it was a big relief that the result was corrected.  With a sand storm arriving at the track during the second round of Mains, Wilck said conditions were very difficult due to the sand and the wind.  Looking like he had the win in the bag, it was the wind that would catch him out on the final lap allowing Prumper to get into a position to challenge for the win.  On the front straight the wind pushed his car into the corner and he missed his breaking point running offline were there was zero traction leading to his Speed Passion powered Tamiya getting out of shape.  With Prumper now right with him the 19-year-old German went for the inside line at the end of the straight riding the curb sending his car into the leader just before the crossed the loop hence the reason for the result that showed on the timing screen being reversed.

Accepting the Race Directors decision, Prumper said being so close he had to try something adding that ‘if it looks like it will fit you have to put it in’ but unfortunately he caught too much curb. Changing from 2 to 3 degree of toe on his Muchmore powered DB7 he said the car was much more stable on power and this was the main reason he was able to be so competitive.

Finishing third having mounted a challenge on Prumper before getting out of shape, Rheinard said he just took too long to pass Alexander Hagberg and Ronald Volker with who he had a coming together with in the opening A-Main.  Delighted that his team-mate had secured the overall win, being the first drivers to call for the video of the finish to be viewed, the German said he would be going all out for the win in the third A-Main as he had a chance of finishing second overall which would give Tamiya their first ETS 1-2 for some time.  With Wilck sitting out the closing race, Rheinard said he expects a though race with the two Yokomo’s starting up front.

The second Xray Pro Stock A-Main also saw the overall win decided with Marek Cerny backing up his early win this time ahead of Martin Hofer to successfully defend the win he took on the Spanish Island 12 months ago.  His second win of the season, the result sees the Czech driver move to the top of the championship standings.  In the Speed Passion Formula class Serpent driver Jan Asmer secured his third overall victory of the season with his second win of the day.

Ride Modified A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Viktor Wilck (SE) – Tamiya/Speed Passion – 16/5:11.562
2.(3) Yannic Prumper (DE) – Yokomo/Muchmore – 16/5:11.562
3.(5) Marc Rheinard (DE) – Tamiya/Muchmore – 16/5:11.982
4.(2) Ronald Volker (DE) – Yokomo/LRP – 16/5:15.881
5.(4) Alexander Hagberg (SE) – Xray/ORCA – 16/5:16.852
6.(6) Marc Fischer (DE) – Serpent/Thunder Power – 16/5:17.651
7.(9) Adrien Berntsen (NO) – Xray/ORCA – 16/5:18.795
8.(8) Christopher Krapp (DE) – Kyosho/Orion – 16/5:21.441
9.(10)Loic Jasmin (FR) – Yokmo/LRP – 15/5:01.065
10.(7)Andy Moore (GB) – HB/Hobbywing – 12/3:58.857

Xray Pro Stock A-Main Leg 2 Result
1.(1) Marek Cerny (CZ) – Xray – 15/5:15.765
2.(6) Martin Hofer (DE) – Schumacher – 15/5:16.634
3.(2) Viljami Kutvonen (FI) – Awesomatix – 15/5:17.293
4.(3) Zdenko Kunak (SK) – Yokomo – 15/5:19.499
5.(8) Bart Wubben (NL) – Xray – 15/5:20.334
6.(5) René Klöckner (DE) – Yokomo – 15/5:21.199
7.(4) Olivier Bultynck (BE) – Yokomo – 15/5:21.342
8.(10)Alvaro Fernandez (ES) – Tamiya – 14/5:02.069
9.(9) Toni Mateo (ES) – Yokomo – 14/5:02.611
10.(7)Trin Tanongsakchaikul (TH) – Yokomo – 14/5:04.004

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Sunday, March 3, 2013

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2015/16 Championship Standings after Rd3

Volante Modified Class
1. Coelho Bruno - 461pts
2. Völker Ronald - 460pts
3. Rheinard Marc - 460pts
4. Hagberg Alexander - 455pts
5. Kutvonen Viljami - 444pts
6. Stadler Dionys - 441pts
7. Prümper Yannic - 438pts
8. Jefferies Olly - 433pts
9. Krapp Christopher - 429pts
10.Harper Elliott - 428pts
11.Fischer Marc - 424pts
12.Orlowski Michal - 422pts
13.Jasmin Loic - 421pts
14.Kaufmann Marco - 410pts
15.Südhoff Frederik - 409pts

Xray Pro Stock Class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 465pts
2. Johannessen Helge - 452pts
3. Krägefski Tom - 449pts
4. Hofer Martin - 441pts
5. Hoppe Lars - 438pts
6. Gosvig Mike - 432pts
7. Kreder Markus - 425pts
8. Hettrich Valentin - 424pts
9. Mächler Max - 422pts
10.Vogel Tobias - 421pts
11.Rettke Jan - 416pts
12.Gassauer Patrick - 409pts
13.Benson Tim - 408pts
14.Asendorf Noah - 407pts
15.Collina Mattia - 403pts

Serpent Formula class
1. Ratheisky Jan - 468pts
2. Bultynck Olivier - 458pts
3. Ehrbar David - 450pts
4. Weber Herbert - 447pts
5. Kölbel René - 443pts
6. Martini Francesco - 440pts
7. Stocker Alexander - 439pts
8. Hofer Martin - 433pts
9. Peter Miko - 432pts
10.Libar Jacques - 421pts

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