The opening qualifier for the Dutch round of the Yokomo Euro Touring Series produced a 1-2-3 for the Tamiya Racing Factory with Marc Rheinard fastest ahead of team-mates Jilles Groskamp and Viktor Wilck with Serpent’s Marc Fisher denying the team a perfect start to the event as he set the fourth fastest time ahead of the fourth member of factory team Elliot Harper.
Running a time of 20 laps in 5:04.054 around the fast flowing Apeldoorn track, Rheinard said track conditions this morning were very different to yesterday’s controlled practice, in which he was also fastest, and his Speed Passion powered TRF417X had very little steering.* Pushed hard by Kyosho’s Christopher Krapp, who retired with a motor failure on his penultimate lap, Rheinard said he is not sure whether he will change his set-up for Q2 in the hope of improving the steering as it will be hard to make a direct comparison now that his controlled 32 compound Ride tyres are used and expected to be slower next time out.
A previous ETS Apeldoorn race winner when the series made its first visit to the superb venue in 2009, Groskamp described his run as ’steady’.* Having made mistakes in all his practice runs yesterday the Dutch driver and former back to back ETS Champion said he just wanted to put in a clean run this morning but felt he may have been a little to cautious in the first 2-3 minutes of the run.* Happy with his Orion powered TRF417X he said after Krapp’s motor problems and the temperature rise at the track he plans to turn back the power settings for Q2.
Setting the fastest lap of the opening round with a 14.892, Fisher said a change to 2.5 toe-in transformed his his Speed Passion equipped S411 from yesterday and he feels he had the pace to mix it with Rheinard and Krapp particularly over the later half of the 5-minute run.* Loosing 3-seconds when he rolled on his 12th lap of 20, the German National Champion said he will change nothing for Q2 and instead try to fix his driving.
Fifth fastest, Harper said he wasn’t quick and it was just a steady drive that netted him the result.* Happy to start of the day with a Top 5 he said his Orion powered Tamiya lacked steering.* Fellow Brit Andy Moore completed the Top 6 but the Team HB driver said the result was helped greatly by the number of drivers that hit problems.* With his Hobbywing powered TCX very edgy the former World Champion said he is only able to drive it at 80%.* With team-mates Hara, Shin Adachi and Teemu Leino all trying different set-up he said he hopes they can find a better set-up which allows him to compete on pace rather than depending on others having trouble.* Hara was one such driver to hit trouble when the rear belt failed on his TCX.
Elsewhere Cyril N’diaye was the fastest Yokomo in Q1 with the 7th fastest time from team-mate Eric Dankel with Juho Levanen the fastest Associated driver in 9th.* Defending Champion Ronald Volker completed only half the run after a roll broke the glue on a tyre on his LRP powered BD5.* The German who currently leads the standings said his car suffered with understeer and trying to make up time he over drove resulting in the roll.* Yannic Prumper also rolled his BD5 on the second lap, deciding to pull up and save tyres.* Yokomo’s newest signing Hayato Matsuzaki made an early tactical move by not starting the first qualifier meaning he has fresh rubber for Q2.* For Xray US Champion Paul Lemieux was their highest placed driver in 16th while ETS Poland race winner Alexander Hagberg’s weekend failed to improve with the Swede finishing 31st one spot behind team boss Juraj Hudy.
In the Xray Pro-Stock class Martin Hofer TQ’d the opening qualifier ahead of Vasco Christiaanse.* Setting the fastest lap of the round with a 17.067, Christiaanse was setting the pace ahead of Hofer’s Schumacher until he spun his Kyosho on lap 7 of 18.* German driver Tony Streit completed the Top 3 while fellow Xray driver and title contender Zdenko Kunak had a disastorious first round endng up only 24th fastest.
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