The opening round of the 2018/19 Yokomo Euro Touring Series has come to an end and with Ronald Volker already wrapping up the overall win in the first 2 A-mains, the final race of the weekend was to decide the remaining podium places. Starting from what was effectively pole position, Marc Rheinard was never really troubled in the 5 minute race as his competitors behind him faltered. Starting 2nd, Alexander Hagberg would go slightly wide which let Coelho by, however a lap later in the same spot the Portuguese driver would too make a mistake letting Hagberg back through, followed closely by Freddy Sudhoff. Now in a train of 4 cars with star of the event Thimo Weissbauer bringing up the back of the pack, Hagberg was to make a mistake entering the straight letting the following 3 cars through. Two laps later Coelho would roll out of the track at scoring and timing, letting Weissbauer up into 3rd. And thats how it stayed with Marc taking the win from Freddy, with Thimo 3rd, Alexander 4th and Christopher Krapp, who started 9th up into 5th. In the overall standings the result would secure Infinity driver Rheinard the runner up spot, while Hagberg did enough in the previous 2 mains to take the final step on the podium. The Awesomatix pair of Sudhoff of Weissbauer would complete the top 5, while current champion Coelho will have to hope that his 6th place will be one of the Xray driver’s dropped rounds in the championship.
In the Pro Stock class, again with Lauter securing the win and sitting out the final main, the battle was on to find the remaining places. Max Machler, who had taken 2nd in both the first 2 mains, would take the win to secure 2nd overall, ahead of Tim Benson who was able to claim the final podium spot.
Formula proved to be another exciting final as the overall win was still up for grabs, and it would give us our third different winner with David Ehrbar crossing the line first in the fastest time of the three to take the tie breaker and get his 2018/19 season off to best possible start. Unfortunately for the pole man, Simon Lauter’s race went badly as his car hit problems, meaning he missed the podium, finishing up 4th. This allowed Andreas Stiebler and Jan Ratheisky to come through and complete the top 3 for the round and this was how they ended up in the overall results as well.
In the Masters 40+ class Toni Mateo won the 3rd A-main to confirm his runner up spot in the overall, while Peter Miko, who won this class 12 months ago at the same venue, would take 2nd for the leg which would give the Hungarian the final podium place. In the new for this season Stock class, which runs handout Muchmore 17.5T motors, Daniel Pöhlmann was finally able to wrap up the win, having had an issue in A2 which was the only blotch on an otherwise perfect weekend for the German. Mark Valent would end his weekend in 2nd with Krystian Kopacki finishing 3rd.
Chassis – Roche Rapide Evo Motor – Scorpion (Handout) ESC – Scorpion (Handout) Batteries – Gens-Ace 5500mAh Tires – Volante (handout) Radio/Servo – Sanwa Bodyshell – Bittydesign 6R
Remarks – Roche team driver Jacques Libar is running the Evo version of the Rapide, fitted with an aluminium chassis and long front suspension arms. His car also sports a new rear wing mount, designed by Jacques’ brother Laurent that fixes the wing to the chassis instead of the rear pod for improved overall stability, and an optional short rear pod.
Very very happy, after a couple of ETS races I finally got the TQ and win again.”
Ronald Volker has finally broken his victory drought that stretched 11 races, all the way back to Mulheim Kaerlich at the beginning of the 16/17 season, having taken the win here in Vienna. Starting from pole position the former World Champion leaves Austria with a solid lead in the points standings, having also taken the bonus point for TQ. Despite some close racing with his long time rival Marc Rheinard, Volker was able to pull a small gap at the end to take the race, with Marc having to settle for 2nd place, just ahead of Alexander Hagberg and Freddy Sudhoff, with reigning Champion Bruno Coelho suffering another difficult race ending up in 5th. Ronald was quick to thank those who made it possible saying ‘I’m super happy to get the overall win for this event, we worked the last few weeks really hard to get the upcoming BD9 in good shape. A special thanks to Hayato and Team Yokomo for this as well as thanks to Jurgen from LRP for the support’. About his race he said ‘A2 was starting well but I struggled with my driving in the middle of the run and I made a few small mistakes on the left part of the track so Marc was very close but I really didn’t want it to go to A3 so I put my head down and got a bit of a gap so I didn’t need to defend’, concluding by saying ‘Very very happy, after a couple of ETS races I finally got the TQ and win again.’
I tried to push him but in the end I just pushed too much and lost more time.”
Marc Rheinard ended A2 in second despite pushing hard to get the lead but admitted to pushing too hard ‘I struggled this time on the first lap and I was already 0.8 behind, the car felt better in A1, but I saw Ronald had small trouble 1 or 2 times so I tried to get close, and I was close, but then I was pushing too much so I hit a curb here and there’ continuing ‘I mean anyway there is no room to pass. I tried to push him but in the end I just pushed to much and lost more time’. On A3 the Infinity driver said ‘I’ll try to keep them (Alex & Bruno) behind me, drive my own race and hope they battle.’
‘I didn’t really have a good start’, commented Hagberg ‘I felt the track had less grip now so I struggled a bit to get the turn-in so I couldn’t really catch the guys in front so I just tried to defend the position and take it to the end’. With Volker having to sit out the 3rd A-main the Swede aims to go for the win but that might be hard as he believes the track ‘might be different again in the next main’.
The pace is now pretty similar, so almost anything can happen.”
Making the only pass of the race, Freddy Sudhoff didn’t need an invitation to take advantage of a small mistake by Coelho as he took the position. Feeling his Awesomatix was now better than in the first main he said ‘I changed the car a little bit, trying a little different downstop settings which let the car rotate more in the mid corner’. On his pass on the 3-time ETS Champion, he commented, ‘luckily Bruno made a small mistake so there was a gap I could use. He chased me pretty hard to the end, it was a super fair fight, it was fun to drive’. On the final main and with the remaining podium positions still open the German said ‘I will see what happens in front. It looked like everyone slowed down a little bit and I kept my pace so the pace is now pretty similar, so almost anything can happen.’
Simon Lauter completed his domination of the Pro Stock class this weekend as the Awesomatix driver took another win, again ahead of his team mate Max Machler in 2nd, to wrap up his first overall win in the class. Following a coming together between Jan Ratheisky and Tim Benson, Frederik Mikkelsen was able to drive through the confusion and take 3rd, with the battling pair ending the final in 4th and 5th respectively.
In Formula, it was once again Simon Lauter who put on a master class, however this time is was on how to resist pressure as the German was pushed the entire race, first by David Ehrbar, who despite a few tries was not able to find a way passed. When the Serpent driver crashed it was Andreas Stiebler who went in pursuit of the Tamiya driver, but ran out of time at the end. With Lauter having a difficult A1, it is all still to play for in A3.
Alexander Stocker was another to wrap up the class win early as the former ETS Pro Stock champion took another win to take his first overall victory in the Masters 40+ class. Again it was Toni Mateo who took 2nd place with Christian Drießle 3rd. Having dominated Stock all weekend Daniel Pohlmann was not able to wrap up the overall win early as he endured a difficult race, which allowed Mark Valent to take the A2 win ahead of Krystian Kopacki and Kevin Sparbier.