Due to the current uncertainty in Hong Kong the organisers of the 2019 OneTen series presented by Infinity have taken the difficult decision to change the venue for Rounds 3 & 4 of the series. Originally set to be hosted by TRC Raceway, who have fully supported our decision, the Amazing Indoor Arena has graciously stepped in to be the venue for the 2nd stop of the series. The indoor asphalt track, located in Guangzhou, is a just over the border from Hong Kong and have hosted numerous top level races in the past. The date will remain the same, November 16-17, and being an indoor facility we are guaranteed perfect conditions for the entire weekend. Entry for this and all rounds of the series, including the season opener at RCI V2 in Shanghai in October 19-20, is now open and can be submitted through this website here.
Red RC非常高興地宣佈由Infinity冠名的OneTen系列賽第二賽季將於10月19日至20日在上海拉開戰幕。在成功的第一賽季後，全新的2019/20賽季將繼續沿用週末雙賽制，一些細微的改變將在稍後公佈。本賽季的新變化是將在特定場次加入沒有賽季積分的附加組別，分別在廣州和香港舉行的第3站與第4站、第7站與第8站會增設FWD組別；在廣州舉行的第5站與第6站會增設InHobby i21組別。所有組別都將繼續使用Sweep Racing公發輪胎，Stock和FWD組別將使用同樣規格的Scorpion 13.5T公發馬達。
Red RC are very pleased to announce that the second season of the OneTen series presented by Infinity will kick off on the weekend of the 19th to 20th of October with Rd1 & 2 in Shanghai. Following a solid first season the 2019/20 season will retain the same double header format we introduced in our first season but with some minor tweaks to be announced later. New for this season is the introduction of a non championship support class at select rounds, with the FWD class to be run at rounds 3 & 4 and 7 & 8 in Guangzhou and Hong Kong；the InHobby i21 class at rounds 5 & 6 in Guangzhou. In all classes, drivers will once again run handout tires from Sweep Racing while in Stock and FWD all drivers will run the identical Scorpion 13.5T handout power units.
The 2019/20 OneTen series will kick off in late October on carpet, with RCI V2 providing the venue in Shanghai for rounds 1 & 2. Rounds 3 & 4 will take place at AMA in Guangzhou in mid November before heading to the Feiteng Racing Circuit, also in Guangzhou, in early January for rounds 5 & 6. The season concludes with rounds 7 & 8 in March at PYC in Hong Kong where we will once again crown our OneTen series season Champions.
Rounds 1 & 2 – RCI V2, Shanghai (Carpet)
Date: October 19-20, 2019 Rounds 3 & 4 – AMA, Guangzhou (Indoor Asphalt) (**New Venue**)
Date: November 16-17, 2019 Rounds 5 & 6 – Feiteng Raceway, Guangzhou (Asphalt)
Date: January 4-5, 2020 Rounds 7 & 8 – PYC, Hong Kong (Asphalt)
Date: March 14-15, 2020
Just like last season we will have custom trophies for the Top 20, from both days combined, in both Modified and Stock and for the Top 3 in the support class and all racers will get an event t-shirt, commemorative race pass, event decals and a set of handout Sweep tires with their entry.
Having both wrapped up their respective titles at the previous rounds in Guangzhou, Akio Sobue’s record for the season is 6 TQs and 7 wins from a potential 8, while Jan Ratheisky’s is a very impressive 8 TQs and 8 wins. Today we have crowned both season champions and below we have a closer look at both of their cars, Akio’s Infinity IF14 and Jan’s Xray T4.
Akio Sobue has won the final round of the OneTen series from his team mate, and overall PYC Hong Kong modified class event winner, Marc Rheinard. It was very close between the Infinity drivers during qualifying but in the final, after an untidy first lap, Sobue was able to take a clear win ahead of his German team mate. Nicholas Lee found pace just in time for the final and took 3rd with Gary Huang and Naoki Akiyama completing the top half of the field. Akio summed up his race by saying ‘now good, perfect’ referring to the traction returning in time for the 8-minute final and his car being very good again. Explaining his race he said, ‘the first lap the car was strange, then good after’ and once in a clear lead he drove safely to conserve both his tires and batteries. Having had a difficult day yesterday, only finishing in 5th, combined with today’s victory he ended up 3rd in the combined event standings.
Rheinard, who won the previous round yesterday, said ‘just in the first lap I had a chance, then it started to push. Akio’s car not’. Continuing ‘I would like it to have been closer’, but the difference in pace between the two driver’s cars fairly evident. With his win and second place, the 3-time TC WC will take home the overall winners trophy from PYC.
Running the car of his team mate Jackie Shum following his earlier practice crash, Nicholas Lee would come from 6th on the grid to take 3rd, along the way making an awesome pass at the end of the straight on Jin Sawada to move up t0 3rd. Happier following the final the Yokomo driver simply said ‘some fortune after misfortune’. Changing everything to find a good setup he said ‘my car had better overall balance’ while on the race itself once into 3rd and seeing the large gap up to 2nd didn’t push and risk breaking the car, especially as he felt some drops of rain at some point.
Xray driver and Chinese national Champion Gary Huang was the biggest mover in the race, taking 4th place from 8th on the grid, demoting Naoki Akiyama to 5th along the way. Scorpion driver Meen Vejrak, Jin Sawada, B-main winner Lolo Sam, Charlee P and Kenrick Fong, who broke heavily after contact with another car, completed the Top 10.
The Scorpion Stock A-main was an exciting race long battle between Jan Ratheisky and Yan Cheung. The Xray driver managed to pull a small gap at the start but Cheung was able to slowly reel in the German over the course of the race getting very close in the final laps, the pair separated by just 3 tenths of a second at the end. Samson Chau was 3rd with Dave Chak and Derek Yuen completing the top 5 with another very close on track battle.
Akio Sobue is top qualifier for the final round of the 2018/19 OneTen series presented by Infinity at PYC in Hong Kong, the Japanese Infinity driver gambling big earlier in the day only for it to pay off in the last two heats. The only other person that could go for the pole position, Marc Rheinard could only take 2nd for the round, 9 tenths back, and will start right behind Sobue in this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Jin Sawada makes it an all Infinity IF14 top 3, with Serpent driver Naoki Akiyama having a much better Sunday and he will start from 4th on the grid, just ahead of top Hong Kong driver Kenrick Fong. Speaking to Akio following the race he said ‘big gamble’ referring to his saving tires in this morning’s first two rounds of qualifying. Using his tires from Q3 in Q4 he said the car was really good on used tires, while according to those that ran new tires in the final round, they were difficult to drive at the start with little feeling. For the final, like all the other front runners, he will run his remaining set of new tires.
Marc Rheinard, who went into the final round as favourite to TQ, felt that the car was not as good on new tires due to the extra wind and the dust it is blowing around. Commenting that it ‘didn’t pay off to save tires’, he will see how it pans out for the final, the multiple World Champion keen to take the double this weekend, having won Rd7 on Saturday.
Jin Sawada為Infinity車隊鎖定了Sweep Modified組別決賽的前三個發車位置，這位日本車手很有可能拿下賽季亞軍。雖然在第四輪預賽中僅拿到第七，但他在第二和第三輪預賽是都獲得第二，這使他力壓僅有一個第二和一個第三的Naoki Akiyama。
Jin Sawada made it an all Infinity lockout at the front of the Sweep Modified A-main grid, the Japanese driver and favourite to take the series runner up spot. While only taking 7th in Q4, his two 2nd places from Q2 and Q3 put him in front of Naoki Akiyama who scored 2nd and 3rd place finishes to put his Serpent 4th on grid.
Completing the top half of the grid Kenrick Fong was the best local, the Yokomo Hong Kong team driver put in a much improved run compared to yesterday’s Rd7, where he scraped into the main final back in 9th. Nicholas Lee, who is still trying to recover from his morning crash, will start from 6th with team mate Meen Vejrak 7th, Chinese National Champion Gary Huang 8th and Charlee Phutiyotin from Thailand in 9th. Vincent Tse will start on pole position in the B-main, the winner of that final, and all the lower mains, bumping their way through to the next final.
Sweep Modified – Qualifying results
目標是賽季全勝的Jan Ratheisky只剩一場比賽就可以達成願望。Yan Cheung一整個賽季都是德國人的影子，無論是預賽還是決賽，這一站這位Mugen車手依然會排在Xray車手身後發車。Associated車手Samson Chau在第三輪預賽中拿到第二，他獲得預賽第三，Derek Yuen與Yam Chi Yuen分別排名第四和第五。
Going for the perfect campaign, Jan Ratheisky is one race away from taking the top qualifying spot and win at all rounds this season, as he took all 4 qualifiers today to ensure he is in the best position to achieve the feat. Yan Cheung who has been the German’s shadow all season in both qualifying and in the finals, once again will start behind the Xray driver with his Mugen. Associated driver Samson Chau, who took 2nd in Q3 will set off from 3rd with Derek Yuen and Yam ChiYuen completing the top 5.