May 10, 2019

Track Focus – ERC Wiener Neudorf

Track Name –  ERC Wiener Neudorf
Country – Austria
Location – Wiener Neudorf (20km South of Vienna)
Direction – Anti-clockwise
Surface – Asphalt
No. of ETS Races hosted – 0

The first new outdoor track addition to the ETS calendar since Ettlingen two season ago, ERC Wiener Neudorf is situated just south of the Austrian capital of Vienna.  Built 15-years ago, this is the first international race to be hosted by the very small club of approximately 15 members. With most ETS drivers on their first ever visit to the 65m by 38m track there is an overwhelming reaction that the layout is very technical.  Claiming his first ever ETS win last time out in Madrid, Freddy Sudhoff called it the ‘the most difficult track I’ve been to so far’ adding ‘it is very difficult to get a rhythm’ – the long chicane particularly challenging.  Adding to the difficulty of the layout is a strong wind that has arrived at the track today (Friday) with big gusts blowing cars offline.

Asked his thoughts on the track, Championship points leader Ronald Volker replied, ‘I like the technical nature of the track.  Most ETS races are on bigger tracks.  This place has a more challenging infield section which I like’.  Like Sudoff, he added, ‘the wind has picked up so much today it’s not as much fun to drive compared to yesterday.  You are fighting to stay on the track but hopefully the wind dies down’.  Describing the track as ‘super technical’, Bruno Coelho added there is ‘not so high traction’ with him labelling the grip levels as ‘medium’.  Enjoying the track in Thursday’s free practice, he said today is almost impossible to do 5-minutes without mistakes due to the wind.  With high curbing, once the wind blows the car offline it gets launched into the air by the curbing.

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