The first outdoor round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series finally got underway this evening in Spain with Ronald Volker taking what could prove a very important TQ run in the first of the two qualifiers on the revised schedule. With yesterday’s action completely washed out, drivers arrived to a dry Asoger RC track this morning allowing for a round of practice in qualifying heat order. With qualifying finally getting underway it didn’t take long for rain to briefly stop things again but it was only Mother Nature’s warm-up before the action was halted again by a huge downpour meaning another frustrating delay for drivers. With sunshine finally appearing from behind the clouds to speed up the drying of the track when things did get back on track it was Volker who lead away having been fastest in Thursday free practice from Bruno Coelho. Coelho looked to be on target for P2 also in the opening qualifier until a mistake with a minute to go which would benefit Marc Rheinard and Freddy Sudhoff who ended up 2nd & 3rd fastest respectively ahead of the reigning champion. Winner here last year, Alexander Hagberg ended up only P9.
Summing up his TQ run, his advantage 1.3-seconds over Rheinard, Volker said, ‘I am very happy to keep up my practice pace in Q1. I was always in the Top 3 on Thursday. It was nice to start with a TQ after the delays’. The Yokomo driver added, ‘it is a crazy situation here to wait so long and you have the extra challenge to get warm enough to drive’. With drivers dressed more like they are waiting to go skiing rather than RC Racing due to how cold is it here in Madrid, the championship leader continued, ‘I thought I was going to lose the qualifier during the run as Bruno was catching but I was able to keep my rhythm. I am definitely happy with the car. I wasn’t able to test as much as I wanted for this race because of the weather here in Europe but compared to previous outdoor seasons it looks more promising now with my LRP powered BD9. Asked about set-up changes for Q2, which will hopefully take place tonight once the weather stays on side, the German said, ‘when the track conditions come up we will go back to the shock and diff settings from two days again but these are only minor changes’.
‘A solid start’, was Rheinard’s reaction to the opening qualifier. The Infinity driver added, ‘I suddenly made a 360 (degree spin) onto the loop on the second lap and lost about a second and then Ronald punched it over the loop (at the finish) which gave him 4/10th. Anyway it was a good start after the long break and the track having no grip and a lot of wind too’. Looking to the second qualifier, he said, ‘It should be faster the next one. I wont change the car because it will be hard to tell if its the track or car that changed’.
Reacting to his performance, the German having set himself up with a fan heater on his pit table, Sudhoff said, ‘They were tough conditions. It is pretty close between Ronald, Marc, Bruno and myself’. The Awesomatix driver added, ‘the car is performing very well since the first practice here (on Thursday) and I just made some small changes. The next round is going to be super important. I think it will be quicker and with 1 out of 2 to count all is still wide open even for the TQ. Asked if he planned any changes for his second qualifier, the German said, ‘I will adjust the speedo if the traction is higher’.
‘It was a good run until the fourth minute when I touched the curbing at the start of the straight and flipped. I lost 2-seconds’, was how Coelho described his opening effort. Asked about the track conditions the Xray driver, and 2017 Spanish winner, replied, ‘it was tricky and it was super windy which you could feel on the car. At the start my car was good but then it started to get loose in the rear but that doesn’t justify my mistake’. He concluded, ‘we will change small things for the next one to make it easier to drive. Conditions are very difficult and the traction is low but I hope the there will be more grip the next one’.
Setting the fifth fastest time, Viktor Wilck said his run ‘was OK’ explaining, ‘the beginning was ok but after a little while I had traffic with Kaufmann and then I spun on the curb. It was tricky but all in all it was a clean run’. Looking to Q2 the newest addition to the Infinity team line-up said, ‘I will change a few things and think maybe I will try running the car a little narrower’.
Having ended a four year spell of no ETS wins here 12-months ago, when asked about Q1 Hagberg replied, ‘It was not great. Either the lack of grip is not suiting my set-up or I need to improve my tyre prep’. The Xray driver added, ‘the limited track time in particular is difficult for me but we will work harder for the next round (of qualifying).
In the Pro Stock class joint championship leader Simon Lauter produced the TQ ahead of a gaggle of his Awesomatix team-mates. Making the switch to Awesomatix since Round 2 of the ETS in Germany, Dominc Vogl was second fastest with Christian Donath completing the Top 3 followed by Olivier Bultynck, Max Mächler and the first non Awesomatix driver Jan Ratheisky. In Formula, Ratheisky topped the times from Bultynck and Lauter.
It should have been the official start of the outdoor season of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series this morning in Spain but the weather has meant otherwise. After a day of dry free practice yesterday at the Asoger track, Round 3 of the Championship was officially set to get underway today with controlled practice and the opening round of qualifying, however rain put pay to anyone hitting the track today as racers woke up to a gloomy cloudy day in Madrid. First making the call to wait until 14:00 local time to decide whether any racing could take place, heavy lunchtime rain forced the call that the day would be cancelled. With weather not looking much better for tomorrow, the current call is that each driver’s fastest three consecutive laps will determine the heat order as they go directly into qualifying if the weather plays its part. Based on Thursday’s times, drivers managing 6 rounds of practice, it was Ronald Volker who was fastest from Bruno Coelho with Freddy Sudhoff third. Last year’s winner Alexander Hagberg found himself down in 11th. In Pro Stock it was joint championship leaders Simon Lauter and Max Machler who set the pace ahead of Olivier Bultynck, Christian Donath and Dominic Vogl. In Formula Jitse Miedema was quickest from Lauter and Jeremy Limoges.
The European outdoor season gets underway this weekend as Spain plays host to the third round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series. With the 12th season of the ETS producing two different winners on carpet in Austria and Germany, Round 3 will makes the change to asphalt with most drivers making no secret to the fact that this is there preferred surface to race on. The third year the championship has travelled to the Asoger RC track near Madrid, the two previous visits have seen it be a happy hunting ground for Xray. Reigning champion Bruno Coelho took the TQ and victory over Marc Rheinard in 2017 and last year team-mate Alexander Hagberg ended a 4-year ETS winning drought with the win over Yokomo’s Christopher Krapp.While unwanted weather conditions forecast for the weekend could influence the weekend’s action, all the teams will be looking to conclude the first half of the season with what is viewed as an important win given the rest of the championship will be played out on asphalt.
Xray certainly arrive in Madrid with the best track record. While Coelho didn’t have the best of starts to the defence of his third consecutive title, he made amends last time out taking maximum points with the TQ and win over a very impressive performance from Awesomatix’s Freddy Sudhoff.While somewhat unique conditions in terms of humidity and an ever changing track as a result, Hagberg showed the world his asphalt pedigree by winning the recent TITC in Bangkok and comes into this weekend on the high of yet another European 1:12 Championship title.Xray also have new 2018/19 season recruit Elliott Harper, the track and forecast weather something which should suit the British driver.
After his strong challenge on Coelho that was rewarded with a very popular second place in Daun, Sudhoff will be aiming to again be the amateur who puts it up to the pro drivers. Not a full time RC racer like his rivals, the German was 5th last year in Madrid but with Awesomatix team manager Max Machler more and more hands on with the preparation of the Russian manufacturers car this combination seems to be working well as was also highlighted at the World Championships last year in South Africa.
Yokomo came so close to the win in Madrid 12-months ago in the hands of Krapp when the final outcome came down to a tiebreak decided on times. With his only ETS win so far coming from his Kyosho days on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, the German will be aiming for similar success this Sunday.Team-mate Volker, who qualified 2nd last year but finished up 7th in the finals, arrives into the weekend as the championship points leader ahead of Coelho thanks to his Round 1 win and somewhat surprise Round 2 podium given how his weekend started off.Having made the Spanish podium in 2017, he will be aiming to finish ahead of the reigning World Champion.
Infinity will be looking to lay claim on their for first ever ETS win on asphalt in Spain. Fresh from taking the overall win at the OneTen Series Finale in Hong Kong last weekend, Marc Rheinard leads the Japanese company’s strong line-up. Rheinard makes no secret of his preference for outdoor racing and knows he needs a good result this weekend after a disappointing home round in Daun which leaves him fourth in the standings.This weekend will mark the return of Jilles Groskamp to ETS action and his technical input is always beneficial to the entire team.Having made his Infinity debut at the previous round, Worlds podium finisher Viktor Wilck will be looking for a strong showing as will Akio Sobue after he missed the A-Main cut in Germany.
In Pro Stock things couldn’t be any closer at the top of the points table as racing moves outside with Max Mächler and Simon Lauter sharing the lead.With the Awesomatix team-mates having a win each on carpet, Mächler comes into the weekend having taken the win here last year. Again the ETS will also see racing action for Formula, 40+ Masters and the newly introduced Stock 17.5 class class.
Having opened his title defence with a 6th place in Austria, Bruno Coelho made amends for the disappointing result by taking maximum championship points this weekend from the second round of the Euro Touring Series in Daun, Germany. Winner of the same event last year, the Xray driver again secured the overall TQ and despite the best efforts of a very on form Freddy Sudhoff wrapped up the overall win in A2. Sudhoff would secure 2nd overall with the win in A3 ahead of Christopher Krapp who avoided a first lap pile up – 2nd place promoting the Yokomo driver to fourth overall. The incident was triggered by Ronald Volker making contact with Alexander Hagberg and with them crossing the loop to 7th and 9th respectively it was Volker who completed the podium with his 3rd and 4th from the first two Mains. Coming into the weekend as the championship points leader, the 3rd place is enough for Volker to retain that lead – the advantage still 3-points but now over Coelho.
Coelho’s 15th ETS career win, the Portuguese driver said, ‘I’m super happy with the result. We all know on carpet I lose more so to get the TQ and win this weekend I’m super happy for sure’. Enjoying EOS success at the same venue last weekend when he also took maximum points in 4WD Buggy, the World Champion added, ‘I’m looking forward to the next round in Madrid. Two years ago I won there, last year I made too many mistakes, but I like asphalt and I like the track’. On the A-Main win that secured him his latest ETS victory, he explained, ‘It was a perfect final for me. I started very strong and immediately got a gap over Freddy. I don’t know if he was as fast as before or I was quicker, I need to check the lap times, but I was able to pull away and keep that distance between the two of us. He made no mistakes until the last lap. It was a great battle with him all weekend’.
Summing up his valiant effort, his challenge on Coelho a welcomed change from the norm, Sudhoff said, ‘I am super happy with second. It is always great to be on the front row and finish on the podium against the professionals. I still have real job’. On his A3 win, the Awesomatix driver said, ‘I got lucky at the start. There was a huge crash behind me which meant I could just cruise around at 90%’. He added, ‘Overall it has been a great weekend for Awesomatix. Our cars were on the podium in all classes’. Asked if there was a single element that contributed to him being the only driver to take it Xray and in particular Coelho, the German explained, ‘We tested the mid motor car at Longwy and it suited my driving style so I was super confident with the car coming into the ETS. I am looking forward to racing outdoor now. Our car was good on asphalt last year and now we have the mid motor as another option’.
An apologetic Volker said, ‘I feel sorry for having a small touch on Alex which ruined his race in A3’. The former champion continued, ‘he was slower than me and I was trying to take care but Yannic was right behind and I hit Alex. I benefited to make the podium but it was not how I wanted to get on the podium. Having started the weekend quite far of the pace, the German concluded , ‘this and Christopher’s 4th was the maximum we could have expected from the weekend but it could have been a more clean podium’.
‘Sure that was a lucky one’, was Krapp’s reaction to his A3 second place. He continued, ‘I made driver mistakes in the first so it was good to be able to finish of with a good result’. With 4th an improvement on his 9th at the season opener, the German said, ‘We improved the car and 3rd & 4th is an OK way to finish up the carpet season. I’m looking forward to Madrid, asphalt is my better ground’. Behind Krapp, Marc Rheinard would be the best Infinity finisher ahead of team-mate Yannic Prümper and Viktor Wilck with Hagberg’s strong qualifying coming to little as he left Daun with an 8th place.
In Pro Stock an intense and exciting A2 pushed the decider to A3 with Top Qualifier Max Machler repeat his A2 win to complete the perfect weekend. In A2 while the Awesomatix team-mate pulled clear at the front there was a great display of driving between Leo Arnold and A1 winner Simon Lauter there was contact with 3-laps to go. This allowed Jan Ratheisky to finish second setting the stage for a multiple driver showdown in A3 but Machler had it all under control and again led as the Top 4 remained up changed at the finish, Lauter having to recover some positions after dropping to 6th. In the end it was Lauter who secured second overall with Frederik Mikkelsen rewarded for strong runs in A1 & 2 with the final podium placing.
The top honours in Formula went to Jan Ratheisky, the Xray driver wrapping things up in A2 with his second win of the day ahead of season opener winning David Ehrbar. The Serpent driver would win A3 ahead of Andreas Stiebler, that second enough to secure Stiebler a podium finish ahead of Herbert Weber and Olivier Bultynck.
With the 40+ Masters winner decided in A2, ETS Vienna winner Alexander Stocker completing another maximum points haul, the win in A3 would secure Andreas Weyhoven the runners-up spot with Christian Drießle completing the podium on tie break from defending champion Thomas Oehler.
In the new 17.5 Stock class the decider came down to A3 but backing up his A2 win to take the last race ahead of Joachim Altenhof that is how they would also finish in the overall order. Winner of A1, Alexander Müller secured the final step of the podium.
Chassis – Xray X1 2019 Motor – Scorpion Power System (Handout) ESC – Scorpion Power System (Handout) Batteries – Sunpadow 4500mAh Tires – Volante (Handout) Radio/Servo – KO Propo/Savox Signature Edition Bodyshell – Xray Worlds Edition
Remarks – Top Qualifier and winner of A1 here in Daun, Jan is running a host of soon to be released optional parts on his X1. The rear wing of the car is now mounted to the chassis plate which gives ‘way more traction’ as the wing stays flat with the chassis. Also new is the rear battery/wing holder which is stiffer. Also at the rear of the car there is a self made aluminium stiffener mounted across the rear of the pod but Jan explained that the final Xray version will be made from carbon fibre. The chassis is also a soon to be released optional featuring more holes so a longer wheel base set-up can be used. Pointing out he is running a standard wheel base there is also a matching top deck for the longer wheel base set-up.