RHEINARD LEADS TONISPORT 1-2 IN Q1, AS RATHEISKY TOPS PRO STOCK

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”.

Prumper came through to set the second best time, after mistakes from Ronald Völker and Bruno Coelho pushed them down the ranking. Prumper noted that he had a “bad start”, with the car being “super loose for the first two minutes”. Following the initial stint, once the car came in he said he had “more traction and it was more stable. Then I could push as hard as possible”. Rounding out the top three was an impressive recovery from Volker. The lead Team Yokomo factory driver initially lead the heat, before “heads up racing with Marc made me push a bit too much and I touched a kerb” - resulting in his car taking a roll. Despite dropping as low as eighth in the running, he said “the car didn’t drop pace and I could put in the laptimes still”, before looking to the next round by saying “It’s very promising for Q2 – but of course disappointing to throw away a potential TQ in the first run”.

Coelho was in the mix with Rheinard and Volker through the early stages, but then admitted he “made a big mistake on the fifth or sixth lap”. Landing back on his wheels, the current ETS and World Champion took fourth in the round, four hundredths of a second back on Volker, and just one hundredth up on fifth place finisher, Christopher Krapp. Thinking about changes to his XRAY chassis, Coelho explained that he “needs to find a different additive strategy – the car is very different to drive in the first minute. The laptimes show the car is not slow, so we just have to find something in the beginning [of the run]”. With Krapp making it two Yokomo cars in the top five, the German reacted by saying he was “happy with the result, but not with the driver”. Loosing a top-three result by a few hundredths of a second, he said the main change for Q2 would be “to change to my other tyre set”. Looking at who he feels he needs to race against, the former ETS winner said “there is a bit of a gap to the usual top three [Rheinard, Volker and Coelho], but I feel I can race with Yannic, Freddy, and Alexander Hagberg and try to close the gap to the top three”.

In the Pro Stock class, Jan Ratheisky showed everyone the way home, but he explained he “made some small driving mistakes”. Feeling “comfortable” with his Xray, he admitted that he “didn’t push super hard” as he “couldn’t risk flipping”. Looking to Q2, he will try less timing on the additive as he tries to “free the car up more”. Taking second in the round, popular Belgian Olivier Bultynck said that whilst he “struggled in practice, I didn’t actually make any changes for Q1. Maybe the track came to the car, or maybe I just got better!”. Reflecting on the run, the Awesomatix driver felt that “two small wobbles probably cost me TQ this time”. Rounding out the top three, fellow Awesomatix driver Simon Lauter said his car was “very good”. He had some concerns after second practice – using some rather choice words but toning it down to summarise as “just no pace, so I was pretty unsure how it would be [for the first qualifier]”. Wanting to make some “little tweaks” ahead of the second round, he is still unsure what they will be “but I have four hours left to decide” - the 410+ entries making for plenty of time between rounds for the drivers to work on their cars.

Ranking

Volante Modified

01.Ronald Völker602pts
02.Alexander Hagberg600pts
03.Bruno Coelho599pts
04.Marc Rheinard 598pts
05.Christopher Krapp 591pts
06.Elliott Harper 591pts
07.Yannic Prümper 591pts
08.Frederik Südhoff 588pts
09.Lucas Urbain 584pts
10.Marco Kaufmann 581pts

 

Xray Pro Stock

01.Jan Ratheisky 605pts
02.Simon Lauter 598pts
03.Max Mächler 591pts
04.Kevin Nielsen 591pts
05.Léo Arnold 591pts
06.Dominic Vogl 591pts
07.Frederik B. Mikkelsen 589pts
08.Lukas Ellerbrock 586pts
09.Olivier Bultynck 584pts
10.Oliver Havránek 581pts

 

Scorpion Formula

01.David Ehrbar 600pts
02.Jan Ratheisky 600pts
03.Matej Dobnikar 594pts
04.Olivier Bultynck 594pts
05.Dominik Reile 593pts
06.Jitse Miedema 592pts
07.Luke Lee 590pts
08.Lukas Hoch 590pts
09.Andreas Stiebler 588pts
10.René Kölbel 583pts

 

Scorpion Formula +40

01.Herbert Weber306pts
02.Chris Grenz301pts
03.Svetlin Douhlevski 299pts
04.Marek Sova296pts
05.Thomas Gruber278pts
06.Willy Voisangrin155pts
07.Thomas Hermann155pts
08.Martijn v. d. Heijden152pts
09.Thomas Dvorszky152pts
10.Matteo Berlincioni 151pts

 

INFINITY +40 MASTERS

01.Alexander Stocker  606pts
02.Toni Mateo593pts
03.Caspar Morgen592pts
04.Mirco Thalheimer591pts
05.Werner Schmitzer 590pts
06.Christian Drießle  588pts
07.Trygve Berntsen 588pts
08.Thomas Oehler 587pts
09.Peter Miko 586pts
10.Nathan Parker 586pts

 

FRONTWHEEL

01.Henrik Heitsch602pts
02.Enrico Jung601pts
03.Steven M. Olsen595pts
04.David Kuschnarew 595pts
05.Stefan Schulz594pts
06.Marwin Riedelbauch589pts
07.Kevin Sparbier583pts
08.Marvin Gutting570pts
09.Tobias Schuster569pts
10.Christian Drießle 567pts

 

STOCK 17.5

01.Joachim Altenhof600pts
02.Daniel Pöhlmann598pts
03.Marwin Riedelbauch590pts
04.Luis Moreno589pts
05.Tony Mur585pts
06.Tobias Baumbach577pts
07.Tobias Schuster572pts
08.Christian Sandner565pts
09.Sebastian Bauer548pts
10.Domenic Grabher543pts