ETS 16/17 Rd1 Hrotovice, Czech Republic



Scotty gives an emotional speech about the top driver Marc Rheinard. Marc raced the A3 Main with a different bodyshell to celebrate the 22 years of loyal partnership with the famous RC brand Tamiya, that started in 1994 when the driver was just 8 years old. To mark the final event he was driving with TRF the bodyshell has been painted this time with different colours. During the incredibly and nonpareil long period with Tamiya Marc managed to win several titles, including three World Championships in 2004 (USA), 2008 (Thailand) and 2010 (Germany).


With a typical winter weather outside in Hrotovice, we are happy to be indoors to start a new Euro Touring Series Season.

This morning around 300 drivers started with the free practices with a warm and cozy atmosphere compared to the outside. Everybody is getting ready to start this new season in the best way possible.

With the free practices being over, Scotty and Uwe took the occasion of the drivers meeting to thank everybody for the loyal years of ETS.

It's a celebration! Ten years ago Uwe and Scotty talked about bringing fun in the world creating a big event that connects many different countries with a passion that is the RC. And ten years later here we are.. a family.

Drivers from twenty-nine different countries are being counted. All of this would not be possible without the constant and devoted support of the sponsors like Yokomo who help letting these events be possible and make sure that all runs smoothly. Ten seasons are behind and have taken it to this point, a lot has been learned over the years and a lot of many years have still to come.

“It should all be about fun

and about making friends”

– Scotty


The practices are now complete and the results are in. The leader of this practice for the Modified class is the Swedish XRAY driver Alexander Hagberg with his best time of 0.44 465 seconds. Followed very closely by Akio Sobue with a time of 0:44:603. Portuguese Bruno Coelho places third (0:44:742); Viktor Wilck from the Serpent, fourth place with 0:44:780. Marc Rheinard is on eight position with 0:45:081.


Heading the first qualifying of the Modified there is Bruno Coelho (5:11:200), followed by Ronald Völker with a time of 5:13:406 making a total of 21 rounds just like his predecessor. Viljami Kutvonen positioned third with a best time of 14.729. and a final time of 5:13.662. Marc Rheinard completed the qualy in 5:02.793 getting on place 6.

For the first qualifications for the Stock Class Olivier Bultynch made first place with 20 laps and a final time of 5:14:082 followed by french Alexandre Duchet with a final time of 5:14:858. Lars Hoppe raced in 5:00:963 putting him on place 6.

About the Formel class David Ehrbar did 17 laps in 5:01.237 with the best time of 17.280. The second best was by Andreas Stiebler, at three seconds from the first, followed by Olivier Bultynck, 17 laps in 5:07.103, with a best lap of 17.557.

It is a new day, a fresh start.

Bruno Coelho, the Portuguese XRay driver leads the second qualifying in the Modified class in 5:10.042 followed by Ronald Völker, 2 seconds distant. (5:12.231) Swedish Alexander Hagberg ranks 6th in this qualy with 21 laps and a final time of 5:14.865. Troubles for Meen Vejrak, who crashed after 14 laps after the straight and had to stop.

Christian Donath is widely in first position in the Stock class with a time of 5:13.926. On second position the French driver Alexandre Duchet (5:15.264). Lars Hoppe makes it to the third position with a race of 5:00.024. Mike Gosvig, Denmark, positions himself 7th with a time of 5:05.552.

The results for the Formel class of the Q2 are in! Olivier Bultynch drove 17 laps with a final time of 5:01.103, with his best time being 17.424. Following him, David Ehrbar, just a few mili seconds with a time of 5:01.275. Jan Ratheisky arrived third with a final time of 5:01.574. Position 8 goes to René Kölbel, Austrian driver for XRay.

For the 3rd qualifying of the Modified category we find Bruno Coelho as leader again with a final time of 5:09.096 and 21 laps, followed by German driver Ronald Völker (5:0.414), and on 3rd place Marc Rheinard.Swedish driver Viktor Wilck placed 4th (5:01.859).

For this 3rd qualification of the Stock class Olivier Bulltynck positions himself again on pole position (5:10.680). Second position is reached by Swiss driver Noah Asendorf (5:13.419). Third position goes to Tom Kragefski.

David Ehrbar positions himself first with a final time 5:12.993 in the Formel category. Oliver Bultynch arrived on second position (5:14.705). Jan Ratheisky on third position with a final time of 5:17.879. Tim Benson, Germany, places himself in position 9 with a final time of 5:12.022.