October 28, 2017

Ratheisky opens ETS season with Pro Stock & Formula TQs

Jan Ratheisky is the Top Qualifier for both Pro Stock and Formula at the opening round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series in Austria.  The former champion of both classes and only driver to win two classes on the same weekend of an ETS, the Xray driver secured his pole position double in the third of the four rounds of qualifying.  Having taken the opening two qualifiers, the German continued his form into the second half of the day with a third TQ run in the penultimate qualifier to secure his first pole position in 8 races.  The last time he took an overall TQ was on the same weekend he wrapped up the Season #9 Formula championship title.  In Pro Stock it will be Simon Lauter who will be Ratheisky’s main challenger off the start line with the Tamiya driver taking the final qualifier from the second fastest heat to jump ahead of Mustafa Alp who will line up third.  Former DHI Cup Pro Stock champion Tim Benson ended qualifying fourth for Serpent with Awesomatix pairing Max Mächler and Olivier Bultynck completing the Top 6.  For reigning champion Alexandre Duchet, who had a fairytale ETS debut at the season opener last year, it has been a tough qualifying with the Frenchman just making the A-Main cut, qualifying his Xray 10th.

In the Scorpion Power System Formula class, Ratheisky made it a clean sweep of qualifying taking all four rounds.  Defending champion David Ehrbar was to be the closest challenger finishing P2 in three of the runs and the Serpent driver will be hoping he can do something about his rivals domination in tomorrow’s finals.  British driver Luke Lee secured himself third on the grid with his Xray ahead of Infinity team driver Jitse Miedema and Matej Dobnikar.  A Season #10 title contender Team Shepherd’s Olivier Bultynck will start 7th on the grid before the season finale winner Benson.

In the new Infinity Masters Touring class, TQ runs in Q3 & 4 will see Thomas Oehler as the first ever Top Qualifier with Q2 pace setter Christian Drießle lining up second.  Having taken the opening qualifier Hungarian driver Miko Peter will start third ahead of Austria’s Christian Stöckl.

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