Jilles Groskamp took first blood in qualifying for the second round of the European Touring Series as he was the only driver to break 22 laps here in Vejle. Groskamp took the provisional TQ spot from Tamiya team-mate Marc Rheinard with Steen Graversen, who was on target for the pole before making a slight error, clocking up the third fastest time. Groskamp, Rheinard and Viktor Wilck are showing great team work here this weekend as they each try different set-up options each time they hit the track. Unfortunately for Wilck, who looks very quick, his cells dumped in the dying minute of his run.
In the Pro Stock, Rasmus T. Callese did a great run to win the first heat and so provisionally holds the pole with his Corally over Palle Hornum and Nicolai Nielsen.
After two rounds of Hobby Class qualifying it is Lasse Scholt that holds the points advantage having finished second in Heat 1 beforing going one better in the second. Heat 1 winner Axel Thomas could only take fourth second time round and drops to second for the moment but with the best 2 results of the 5 heats to count its still wide open here at the Much More backed event.
Practice has come to a close here at the second round of the European Touring Series and only time will tell which drivers have found the ideal set-up as cars are now got ready for the serious business of qualifying. On current timing information the Hobby class looks like Axel Thomas will be the man beat as he recorded both the fastest 5 minute run and individual lap time for the 27T class but Poul Damgraad, Evan Jepsen and Mikkel Kirsbak will be out to prove otherwise.
Despite feeling a little off today Nicolai Nielsen heads the Pro Stock field with his Serpent S400 closely followed by fellow Danes Palle Hornum and Rasmus T. Callesen. With all three drivers at the controls of different chassis’ and running in the same qualifying heat, it will be interesting, especially with Scotty Ernst providing the commentary.
In Modified things couldn’t be closer with Viktor Wilck and Marc Rheinard both posting identical fastest laps times with Jilles Groskamp just 1/100th of a second behind. Also up there in terms of lap times is local star Steen Graversen who is the highest placed non Tamiya driver with his Team Orion powered prototype Kyosho chassis. Top Associated team driver Joel Myrberg appears to have a bit more work to do managing only to post the 10th fastest time .
Four rounds of qualifying now awaits the drivers this evening, with a fifth scheduled for tomorrow morning.
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After four of the five rounds of practice the drivers are really starting to look good around the carpet track here in Denmark. First to run each round is the Hobby class, which was introduced to give club racers the chance to take part in the same event as some of the sports biggest names, and it is Poul Damgaard that has jumped to the top of the times sheets with his Xray T2 008 demoting Axel Thoms to second.
In Pro Stock Palle Hornum is setting the pace from Nicolai Nielsen with Corally driver Rasmus T. Callesen having produced his best run to go third fastest ahead of Dutchman Ronald Arts who says he is still settling into driving a Pro Stock car having previous raced Mod. Hornum has been making just small changes to his car with each run and this strategy appears to be working well. Serpent driver Nielsen says his car his working well but a cold has him feeling a little under the weather.
Jilles Groskamp continues to set the pace in Mod over 5 minutes but in terms of lap times it is his Tamiya team mate Viktor Wilck who is quickest with a time of 14.13 which he recorded in the fourth run. Marc Rheinard is the next fastest man on the lap charts 2/10th off the Swede with Groskamp next up. Both Groskamp and Rheinard are the only two in the Modified top 10 to not have set their fastest lap times in the most recent run.
Jilles Groskamp will officially represent Speed Passion for the remainder of the racing season. In the pit area here at the 2nd round of the Much More backed ETS, the top International Tamiya driver confirmed to us that he has agreed a deal with Speed Passion to supply him with motors for the rest of the year. Jilles has run the Hong Kong made motors since the beginning of the season but only inked a deal at the TITC in Thailand 2 weeks ago that will also see the Dutch driver race Speed Passion at this year’s World Championships.
The second round of free practice had been completed here in Vejle and drivers are starting to settle in to what they are generally describing as a very fast track. In Modified Jilles Groskamp continues to set the pace. The Tamiya driver tried a different armature during his second run to try and fine tune his motor for the long straight. All the modified runners appear to be working on getting the best combination of top speed and run time with one or two worried about making time come qualifying. Associated team driver Joel Myrberg lost all drive on his TC5 which he believes was down to a problem with his rear diff but the fast Swede was much happier with his car on the second outing. Normally preferring a technical track Joel admitted to liking fast layout of the track here. Second on the timesheets currently is local Johnni Andersen at the controls of his Yokomo BD.
In the biggest class here this weekend, Pro Stock, it is Palle Hornum and his Xray that are setting the pace over Serpent S400 pairing of Nicolai Nielsen and Ronald Arts from the Netherlands. Axel Thoms heads the Hobby class with his Corally over the Xray of Evan Jepsen.
Two interesting competitors in the second round of the ETS are female competitors Emma Lundgren and Christina Thisted-Hoeg. Emma is one of the youngest competitors here this weekend and she is doing a solid job in the Pro-Stock Class. Christina, better known as the girlfriend of top international Danish racer and Kyosho team driver Steen Graversen, is racing in the Hobby class and should have no problems getting a good set-up from her mentor!