Denmark’s Nicolai Nielsen showed he means business today by taking his Serpent S400 to victory in the fifth and final round of qualifying here this morning at the MACH in the Netherlands. Setting the fastest lap for the qualifiers in the run with a time of 18:40, the win puts the ETS Round 2 winner third on the grid behind the all local front row of Vasco Christiaanse and Chris Van Der Hagen. Nielsen was very pleased with his car after the run and is confident that he can take the challenge to the locals come the three leg finals this afternoon. Top international Pro stock racer Jimmy Maddison who held second overnight falls two places on the grid and his Schumacher Mi3 will now start behind Nielsen.
For ETS Championship points leader Jan Van Steeg the Dutch leg of the Much More backed series is not going well and the TOP driver, who recorded the second fastest lap of the qualifiers, will line up second on the grid for the B Final.
Pro Stock A Final Grid
1. Vasco Christiaanse (Kyosho) – 465
2. Chris Van Der Hagen (Tamiya) – 459
3. Nicolai Nielsen (Serpent) – 458
4. Jimmy Maddison (Schumacher) – 457
5. Ronald Bestman (Schumacher) – 457
6. Joffrey Persijn (Tamiya) – 450
7. George Spitteler (Corally) – 450
8. Richard Oversloot (Xray) – 447
9. Rob Kuijper (Serpent) – 445
10.Peter Creemers (Schumacher) – 445
Jilles Groskamp has taken the TQ for his home round of the ETS. Its no real surprise that Holland’s best known international driver will start tomorrow’s Mod finals from the number 1 grid position but the Tamiya driver was made to work hard for it.
Winning the first qualifier Groskamp was pipped for the win in Heat 2 by quick local driver Hugo Van der Berg. Groskamp regained the upper hand in round 3 but was again pushed by Vd Berg and his Xray. However in the fourth and final qualifier of Day 2 Groskamp showed he meant business by setting fastest lap of the day on his opening lap to take the win from team-mate Viktor Wilck and Serpent’s Rene Cornella who both recorded their fastest runs of the meeting. While Wilck appears to have cured his run time issues Marc Rheinard has not and currently finds himself 8th in the overall qualifying ranking.
The final round of Pro Stock qualifying for today saw Chris Van Der Hagen at the controls of a Tamiya TRF416 take the win from Schumacher pairing Jimmy Maddison and Ronald Bestman. Vd Hagen had a terrible third qualifier managing only 6 laps but came back to put in a superb penultimate run to claim the maximum 155 points on offer. On individual lap times it was Rob Kuijper’s S400 that had the fastest lap producing a time of 18.80. Vasco Christiaanse sat out the heat to save his Sweep control tires for the finals.
That bring’s Day 2 of the Much More backed Euro Touring Series to a close with Groskamp and Christiaanse able to sleep easy tonight in the knowledge that they have the pole in the bag. For others it may be a sleepless night as they have just one more opportunity to try and make the A Mains.
Jilles Groskamp has moved closer to securing his second ETS TQ after he won the third round of qualifying at his home track today with the fastest Mod run of the event so far. Winning the opening heat, Groskamp had to give way to fellow Dutchman Hugo Van der Berg in the second heat and in the third the pair fought it out for win with the victory finally going the way of the international Tamiya team driver. Third fastest was Luke Van Essen driving a Corally who was running in a different heat where he was was quickest from his brother Sven Van Essen.
Viktor Wilck set the fourth fastest time managing his best points haul of the day but the young Swede is still struggling to go the full 5 minutes. For the last heat today he will make his last attempt to make the time with his current car configuration but is considering a motor change for tomorrow, possibly switching to a 4.0T brushless motor. Marc Rheinard appears to be struggling here in Holland but you can never rule out the German star and once he gets run timed sorted he should be back in the hunt.
Leading Dutch National Championship racer Vasco Christiaanse has TQ’d Pro Stock at the third round of the Much More backed European Touring Series after putting in the perfect performance, taking a hat trick of wins in the opening three heats. With 3 of the 5 qualifiers determining the grid for tomorrow’s three leg finals, Christiaanse will line up on pole position with his Shin edition Kyosho TF5 Stallion. While the poleman can now relax and conserve his tyres, the fight for 2nd on the grid is still very much on with ETS Round 2 winner Nicolai Nielsen, DHI Cup Champion Jimmy Maddison and local ace Ronald Bestman all in the hunt. Drivers have one more qualifier this evening with the fifth & final heat scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Hugo Van den Berg bounced back having been the pace setter yesterday to take Heat 2 victory from Heat 1 winner Jilles Groskamp. Van den Berg took the win for the Mod class by 3/10th of a second but the run was slower than that set in opening round of heats. Bart Wubben took third spot just ahead of Serpent team-mate Rene Cornella with the Serpent pairing looking strong around here. Both Rheinard and Tamiya Racing Factory team-mate Vilck dumped on the final lap and so did not finish.
In Pro Stock, Heat 1 winner Vasco Christiaanse made it two out of two by winning the second qualifier in a slightly slower time that he put down to a couple of errors he made during the run. Second fastest was Schumacher’s Ronald Bestman who was much happier with his pace having shadowed Christiaanse for the entire heat. Team-mate Jimmy Maddison was third but is still not completely happy with his Mi3 and is now changing shock oils & spring for the third qualifier.