After the second race of ETS Season #16 2023/24, it is time to look at the overall standings of the championship for the first time. There is still a long way to go but now the tables are a little more meaningful than after RD1 in the Netherlands.
Rheinard and Awesomatix leading, tied on points with Mugen Seiki`s Dankel
In the Matrix Modified class, Marc Rheinard is leading the championship after his win in Austria. He has collected the same amount of points as second placed Eric Dankel, but the TQ from Apeldoorn puts Rheinard ahead of Dankel in the list. Rheinard is in the best position he was since many years after the second race of the season, and all he wants is to win the title at the end of the actual campaign!
Eric Dankel is on a high since his podium in Apeldoorn, and he was as close as never before to win the Modified class at the ETS. Let´s see how the rest of the seaosn will go for him.
Christopher Krapp is in a good third position, followed by Ronald Völker and Simon Lauter. Völker will need a good recovery after finishing off the podium two times in a row, while P5 for Simon Lauter is simply an amazing result in his first complete Modified saeson so far.
Actual situation: Good chance for Rheinard to win his second ETS title. Völker needs a magic recovery, Dankel is currently tipping the scales, Urbain and Orlowski coming back soon!
Awesomatix Pro Stock
Bultynck one point ahead of Izsay
Olivier Bultynck from Belgium is leading the Pro Stock class with the small margin of one point from Adam Izsay. Will these two drivers battle it out for the overall title until the end of the season, or will we see Lukas Ellerbrock, Dominic Vogl, or Tim Benson be able to intervene in the fight for the championship?
Olivier Bultynck is a very experienced racer and has won many races in his carreer, while Adam Izsay is a mega fast young gun who looks very hungry for success at the ETS. Right now, the chances are 50/50 and we can not name a favourite for the overall title in the Awesomatix Pro Stock class.
Actual situation: We expect a battle between Bultynck and Izsay to the end of the season!
Does Izsay already have one hand on the big trophy?
After two wins from pole position, Adam Izsay has already built up a gap of eleven (!) points to second placed Max Weffers in the championship. If Izsay will continue to race in the FWD class until the end of the season in his current form, it should be almost impossible for his competitors to snatch him the title away. But as nothing is impossible in racing, Max weffers, Kevin Sparbier, and all the others will not back off until the decision is finally made in the Hobbywing Frontwheel class.
Actual situation: Clear advantage for Izsay!
1up Racing 40+ Masters
Kölbel, Thalheimer, Stankowitz, Schmitzer, and Zierold – five hores race going on right now!
The 1up Racing 40+ Masters class is still wide open as five drivers are only seperated by five points after RD2 in Austria. René Kölbel is leading, tied on points with Thalheimer. Kölbel`s TQ from Apeldoorn is putting him on top of the field now. Thalheimer had two strong results but is still missing his first win in the 40+ Masters class. On a perfect day he can do it.
Reigning champion Stankowitz is third, followed by Werner Schmitzer in fourth place. Michel Zierold, who won in Austria, is sitting in fifth place which he will try to improve for sure. In Aigen he showed that the speed is definateley there to fight for the title.
Actual situation: 5 drivers within 5 points – the rest of the season will be a great show, and a hard fight!
Orca 21.5 Stock
Bergheim in comfortable position after ETS Austria
Tristan Bergheim is sitting first in the championship of the Orca 21.5 Stock class. The young and quick German driver won the season opener in the Netherlands, and finished third in Austria – enough to put seven points between himself and second placed Tobias Baumbach. Timo Siebert is ranked third, followed by Karl Heinz Moritz and young Emely Ratheisky. If Bergheim will continue to score constant top 3 results, he can win the title at the end of the season.
Actual situaton: Comfortable lead for Bergheim makes him overall title favourite!
Stiebler the man to beat
Andreas Stiebler won both races of the season. One from TQ (Aigen), the other one from third on the grid (Apeldoorn). Stiebler is driving the most consistant races at the moment and that has put him on top of the championship rankings. Jan Ratheisky is 5 points behind him, but he is a driver who is always able to turn things around by winning some races in a row. David Ehrbar struggled a little bit in Austria, but he will not stop to push hard for claiming victories.
Actual situation: Stiebler can defend his title but needs to beat Ratheisky and Ehrbar two more times!