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.
With this race marking the first appearance at an ETS of the production BD10 chassis for the Japanese company, Volker said that “once the new car was ready, I already felt it had high potential”. Asked about the particular car he is running at this event, he said “I actually built this car last week whilst watching the Superbowl, and have not had to make any setup changes on it since arriving in Daun”. Putting in a lot of pre-ETS testing and racing, having also taken big wins at the EWS International and GP3F since the opening round of the ETS last October, he said he knew the pressure was on because “Marc would arrive with the strongest package he had for years”. Thanking the team for their work and support, he finished by saying “it’s also great to see Christopher Krapp on the pace as well with a similar setup, as he has limited racing time due to his job commitments. Overally, it’s really great”.
Finishing second in the leg, and so looking good to secure his first ETS podium in nearly a year, after a third place at Wiener Neudorf last May, Rheinard was obviously disappointed not to be able to take the fight to a third final. Certainly seeming re-invigorated at this race following his departure from the Infinity team, the TONISPORT driver was quick to congrate his long-time rival on the driver stand and after the race. Rheinard’s Awesomatix will effectively start on pole position for A3 – ETS rules stating that Volker will not be allowed to run A3 having wrapped up the overall win. Behind the German pairing, the fight for third was between Yannic Prümper and Bruno Coelho. Around the half way point, the almost inevitable contact between them occurred, which allowed Christopher Krapp to power through and take third place in the race.
In Pro Stock, Jan Ratheisky took the win after being chased once again by Olivier Bultynck. Unlike A1, however, it was Bultnyck who made the mistake in the final minute, rolling his Awesomatix and giving the XRAY driver a clear run to the finish to force the fight to A3. Ratheisky was also victorious in A2 of Formula, holding off a late charge from A1 winner and team-mate Matej Dobnikar. The two Xray drivers will have to fight it out for the overall win in the deciding leg of the final.
The three other classes were decided in A2 – in Front Wheel Drive Henrik Heitsch again fought off Marwin Riedelbauch to take a very popular first ever ETS win, whilst in Masters it was Alexander Stocker again surviving a first-lap scare to take the win. In 17.5 Stock, Dominik Ruf led as he had done in A1, but again rolled and gifted the win and overall victory to Joachim Altenhof.