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2019/20 ETS RD2 - VOLANTE MODIFIED A-MAIN 1
Marc Rheinard RC cruises to a relatively unchallenged win in A3 of the Modified class, confirming him in the runner-up position in Daun. Yannic Prümper had a great fight again with Bruno Coelho, with Prumper's Awesomatix able to hold off Coelho's XRAY this time. However, Yannic's earlier results kept him down in the overall rankings as Coelho was confirmed on the final step of the podium.
In Pro Stock, Jan Ratheisky was able to hold on for a win in A3 after an early challenge from Olivier Bultynck once again. Ollie rolled his Awesomatix out of contention, giving the Xray of the German driver to take the win. Alexandre Duchet took second overall, ahead of Simon Lauter.
Ronald Völker once again held off a challenge from Marc Rheinard RC to take an emphatic victory in A2 on Sunday to wrap up the overall win at the second round of the 2019/2020 Euro Touring Series. The Team Yokomo driver, starting on pole position, said that at the start the rear of the car was “a little loose, so I had to defend immediately”. “It was once again very intense pressure from Marc, and again another fair and drive” Volker continued, the two Germans racing toe-to-toe for the opening half of the race once again. As the race moved to the half way point, it became a similar story to A1, run last night, as Volker was able to finally pull clear of his long-time rival in the second half of the race, a lead he would not relinquish and take the overall victory.
“A really great battle with Marc” was how winner of A1 Ronald Völker described what certainly seemed to be one of the most exciting Touring Car races of the last decade to all the spectators trackside at the second round of the ETS in Daun. With Volker leading off the field, the Team Yokomo driver was immediately under pressure from the second starting car of Marc Rheinard. For the first half of the race, the two champions raced literally nose-to-tail, Volker’s car not looking as safe as it had done in qualifying. At the half way point, Rheinard twice got alongside Volker going through the teardrop section on the left side of the large Daun circuit. But both times, Ronald was able to fight back at the following corner and hold onto the lead.
Team Yokomo driver Ronald Völker secured the overall Top Qualifying position in the final round of action at the ETS in Daun. Reflecting on his run, the German former ETS champion was clearly happy to start up front following a lot of work developing the team’s new BD10 chassis over the winter. Asked about any changes for the last round, Volker responded that he “changed the tyre prep slightly – and that was the best for the car right now”. Looking to the triple finals, he said to end qualifying with another TQ run was “for sure a boost going into A1. But I know Marc will try everything for the win”.
Ronald Völker took his third TQ run of the event to secure the overall pole position for himself and Team Yokomo at the ETS in Daun. Bruno Coelho had a slow start, but his XRAY pulled time back in the second half of the race to take second in the round and move to fourth on the grid, whilst Marc Rheinard’s third place solidified himself as Volker’s closest challenger on the starting grid. Yannic Prümper took fourth in Q4 and will start third on the grid, with Christopher Krapp completing the top five in both Q4 and overall.
The dominance of Jan Ratheisky came to an end in the Pro Stock class, as Olivier Bultynck topped Q4. He lead Awesomatix team mate Simon Lauter by one and a half seconds, with Alexandre Duchet the best of the Xray runners this time in third. Ratheisky came in fourth in the round, with Kevin Nielsen taking fifth. This put Ollie second on the grid behind Jan, With Duchet set to line up third ahead of Lauter, and Leo Arnold rolling off fifth.
Ronald Völker again set the best time as qualifying resumed on Saturday morning. The Team Yokomo lead driver quickly commented that he was “of course very happy with a TQ run”. Talking of the track conditions, he found “there was a little less overall grip than yesterday, but my BD10 was still fast”. For Q4, which rival Marc Rheinard RC needs to win with a new best time to stop the 2016 World Champion starting on pole, Volker will “keep the car the same, but make a small change to the tyre prep”. Unsure what Q4 will bring, the experienced driver said “at previous indoor ETS races, Q4 has not been fast as the carpet can get sticky, but we’ll have to wait and see how it is”.
Ronald Völker took the top spot in Modified in Saturday’s Q3, after his main rivals encountered a number of issues. First to crack was Bruno Coelho, with a spur gear failure on his XRAY. Later in the run, Marc Rheinard RC damaged his Awesomatix on the fast back section of the track, and Alexander Hagberg was also another retirement late in the running. This left TONISPORT's Yannic Prümper to recover from his issues in Q2 last night to take second in the round, and Christopher Krapp to score another third place set of points for Team Yokomo. Behind, Serpent’s Yugo Nagashima took fourth from the B heat, but the big surprise was Michele Manzo (Awesomatix), taking a sixth in round from the C group. Elliott Harper was best Xray finisher in sixth.
Ronald Völker has topped the second round of qualifying, with the late-evening run showing up a rather different top five result to the afternoon’s Q1. Stopping the clock 1.2 seconds ahead of arch-rival Marc Rheinard RC, the Team Yokomo lead driver said that it was “great to get a clean, quick run”. Commenting how tough an ETS event is, with “four or five hours break, it is easy to loose your momentum [between runs]”. Having made no changes to his BD10 from earlier in the day, he said the difference was “driving with no mistakes this time”. He will think about any changes overnight, expecting that as the Volante hand-out tyres get older, he may need more rear grip to keep the car “safe to drive”.
Qualifying Round 2 took place on Friday evening, and there was quite a lot of change at the top of the Modified class. This time, no mistakes from Ronald Völker saw him set the best time, with his Team Yokomo BD10, just over one second ahead of Marc Rheinard. For Rheinard, second place leaves him with the overnight TQ, the TONISPORT / Awesomatix driver clearly happy to be firmly in the mix at an ETS once again. Third in the round was the next best Yokomo, with Christopher Krapp having a clear run to take some good points on Friday night. Alexander Hagberg would come out as best of the XRAY team this time, with Freddy Südhoff making it two Awesomatix cars into the top five this time round.
The opening qualifier in Daun was set to be something special, as the close practice times and extended track time made the field look closer than it has been in recent years. That played out to be true as the times were incredibly close and just a few small errors determined the top placings. At the end of five minutes, TONISPORT's Marc Rheinard came through to set the fastest time with his Awesomatix chassis. Reacting to his win, the German reacted by saying “of course it’s a good start”. Elaborating more, trying to think of when he last topped a qualifier at an ETS, he said the result was as the result of “the perfect work by the whole team” - Marc now being more formally supported by Awesomatix for this event and for the rest of the 2020 season. However, despite the pace in Q1, he wasn’t completely happy with everything, saying that the “car was too easy to drive. I need more steering in the hairpins”. Seeming more energised coming into this race, he ended by saying “it shows everyone that we [him and team-mate Yannic Prümper] can still drive”.
Marc Rheinard RC topped the first qualifier in the Modified class, half a second up on his TONISPORT / Awesomatix team-mate Yannic Prümper, with Ronald Völker (Team Yokomo) taking third one second further back. Bruno Coelho, leading the field off after securing the top seed in qualifying, ended the round in fourth place as the lead XRAY, with Christopher Krapp rounding out the top five for Yokomo.
Pro Stock always creates close action, and the first qualifier today was no different – just six tenths of a second covered the top three, and three seconds was the difference from first and eighth. After a tight five minutes, it was Xray’s Jan Ratheisky who stopped the clock fastest, with the Awesomatix of Olivier Bultynck second, despite Ollie setting the fastest single lap of the race. Simon Lauter made it two Awesomatix in the top three, with Alexandre Duchet (Xray) and Dominic Vogl (Awesomatix) making up the rest of the top five.
Controlled practice took place on Friday morning as Round 2 of the 2019-2020 Euro Touring Series got underway. Taking place for the third consecutive year at the Sporthotel in Daun, Germany, the large track with a unique shape poses interesting challenges for the near 420 entries this weekend.
Fastest in the Controlled Practice rounds, his CP1 time being the fastest by just one hundredth of a second, defending ETS Champion Bruno Coelho said the event was going “very good”. Noting that yesterday’s additional practice day, added due to the high entry count, was really useful to allow them to test and get a good setup, he said even this morning they were still testing things. Making changes for CP2 which clearly didn’t work out, the Portuguese driver said he will switch back to his CP1 settings and work on his XRAY T4 ‘20 further in qualifying.
Second in Practice was Ronald Völker. The German driver, when questioned about the race so far, smiled and simply said “everything is going well”. Hotly tipped to be the driver to beat this weekend, following his carpet wins at the EWS International and GP3F races either side of Christmas, Volker said the only change for qualifying will be to revert to his tyres from CP1, feeling the car had a slightly nicer balance on these. Commenting on the track, the Team Yokomo pilot said it was “awesome, the best we have had in Daun”.
Third quickest, one tenth behind his fellow German over the three lap seeding times, Marc Rheinard is making his ETS debut with an Awesomatix chassis. The former Creation Model Ltd. Infinity driver said that whilst he is not a formal part of the Awesomatix factory squad, being supported and now employed by TONISPORT, they are providing him with some great support and he is working well with new team-mates such as Freddy Südhoff (who was fourth fastest in practice), allowing them to work through a number of settings. Now set to de-brief with the team, Yannic Prümper making up the top five also with an Awesomatix, they will look to combine the findings to have a car ready to go for Q1 at lunchtime today.
ETS Round 2 starts today at the Sporthotel Grafenwald in Daun/Germany. The beautiful hotel is the host of the event for a third consecutive time now and we look forward to enjoying an amazing weekend of RC racing with 417 entries in our 6 ETS racing classes. Check out our first impressions of the amazing racetrack the ETS crew built up in the last few days and follow us here on Facebook or subscribe our Youtube channel with a Livestream from Friday until Sunday.
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Winning an ETS is obviously a big deal, but the emotions really showed through after the Volante Modified A2. Alexander Hagberg had a perfect drive in A1 yesterday evening to take the win. Behind him, Ronald Völker was able to get past the second place starting Bruno Coelho in the first minute, and the World Champion then dropped back through the field. Marc Rheinard stayed around one second back on Ronald, not able to start challenging him as perhapd his attention was on Elliott Harper who remained on the tail of the famous German for the five minutes. Ronald sat in second, with out the speed to challenge Alexander, who opened up a two-second gap by the end.
In A2 this morning, Alexander again led the field away, this time Bruno looking faster and able to open a small gap over Ronald. This time, Marc was the faster of the Germans, getting past Ronald just after the 1-minute mark. Once again, Elliott hung onto the coat tails of the German World Champs, but all this allowed the Xray boys to stretch their legs out in front. Alexander was clearly in a race of his own, as not even the current WC Bruno could run with his team mate, finishing up one and a half seconds back. A very emotional Alexander recevied the congratulations of his competitiors and team mates as he left the driver stand, clearly very happy to be able to repay Xray for their faith in him and all the work the whole team have done to develop the as-yet unreleased T4'20 platform.
For our Touring Car classes (Modified, Pro Stock, Masters, and Stock 17.5) we want to make sure our bodyshells rules are fair and easy for all our racers.Last year, we saw so many new bodyshells being released, meaning that people often had to panic to get them in time for our races and have no time to paint them nicely.
So, as we announced in our Drivers Meeting at R1 of the Season in Vienna, we will be using the following rule for the whole 2019/2020 season:
Only bodyshells that were available to the public as of R1 of the season (October 2019) may be used throughout this entire 2019/2020 ETS season.
The only exceptions to this are to also allow the following two bodyshells, as they had been announced already at that time and were available just after the event:
We believe this rule will keep our racing fair and competitive throughout the whole championship.
See you in Daun for ETS R2!
|07.||Frederik B. Mikkelsen||589pts|
|08.||Martijn v. d. Heijden||152pts|
|03.||Steven M. Olsen||595pts|