We are very pleased to announce that top US racer JJ Wang has confirmed he will attend the 5th and 6th round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity in Shanghai on the 4th & 5th of January. Making a return to race at his home track, since moving to California to study the Xray driver has been dominating races on the west coast and so we are looking forward to seeing him back in RCI V2 to go up against the best in the OneTen series, which for this weekend will run alongside the exciting new SGP1 Formula series. More information on the event can be found here and entry for all classes, Modified and Stock, can be submitted here or directly at RCI V2.
The organisers of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity are delighted to announce the return of Marc Rheinard to the series for Rd5 & 6 in Shanghai, the German making his series debut at last season’s finale in Hong Kong. With the championship returning to RCI V2 on January 4th & 5th, having also hosted the opening two rounds, the 4x World Champion will be making his first ever trip to Shanghai and the Infinity driver’s first race in mainland China since the World Championships in Beijing in 2016. Making a big impression when he joined the OneTen series at PYC back in March, winning on his debut, this time he will be running indoor on carpet and will be going up against a very on-form teammate Jin Sawada who has won all 4 rounds of the series to date. With the double header running alongside the exciting new SGP1 Formula series, we will announce a number of other big names that will attend in the coming days. More information on the event can be found here and entry for all classes, Modified and Stock, can be submitted here or directly at RCI V2.
Again it wasn’t as straight forward as he would have liked but Jin Sawada has taken the win at Rd4 of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity this afternoon in Guangzhou. Pushed very hard at the start by Yugo Nagashima, the Serpent driver made contact with the pole sitter on lap 7 which allowed Gary Huang to jump into the lead, which he held for 6 laps before being passed again by Jin, the Chinese Xray driver eventually coming home in 3rd having crashed later in the race. Stick King would take 4th with Marco Ma and fellow Xray driver Minhao Lao completing the top 6. ‘The car was very difficult at the start’ explained Sawada which he said was the cause of the first mistake which caused Yugo, who was following closely behind, to tag the back of his IF14 just before the straight. Yugo waited and this allowed Huang through into the lead, the contact also causing the Infinity driver’s body to tuck but quick thinking saw him drive over the dots to untuck the body. Once back on track he could catch and easily pass Gary and pull out an unassailable lead to take the win and maintain his perfect scoring record in this year’s series.
Yugo explained the contact as simply a racing incident, the Serpent driver having caught Jin very quickly at the start and when he made a mistake Yugo had nowhere to go and they touched. Back in 3rd when Gary Huang crashed ahead of him, once back up into 2nd the Japanese ace set about catching Sawada but acknowledged that his rival was cruising for the final 3 minutes. Feeling his car was again very difficult to drive this was in part due to the traction increasing once more and his decision to use his 1-run tires in the final.
Taking advantage of the mistake of those ahead of him Huang dived to the front of the field as the lead pair tripped over each other but seeing Sawada catch him so fast he just let him by and tried to hold on for 2nd spot. However, on lap 16 the Xray driver clipped a dot coming onto the straight and lost position to the following Nagashima. He would fall back further to 4th behind Stick King later on the 8-minute final but would be able to recover to 3rd by the end and complete the podium.
Again pushed from the start and having to come from behind, Jin Sawada was able to secure the TQ spot for this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Dropping to 2nd in the early part of the run, Sawada got his head down and pulled back the necessary time to go to the top of timing sheets where he stayed to the end. Following a big crash on the last lap Yugo Nagashima would eventually drop down to 4th for the round but he will still start in 2nd in the final. Sawada was on new tires for the last heat and apart from adding more glue to the sidewalls doesn’t plan to make any changes for the final.
Yugo explained his last-lap crash as just hitting the curb coming out of the double apex right-hander off the straight and rolling into the track divider. He too ran a new tire in the final qualifier but felt that the car pushed too much and will now have to make a decision on the new or used tire for the A-main, with the older tire having more grip but overheating too easily. Asked about his chances in the final, he said his plan is to just wait for a mistake from Jin, as passing on this track is quite tricky.
Gary Huang put in his best run of the day in Q4 to take 2nd for the round and secure the 3rd starting spot in front of Stick King who once again got 3rd in Q4 and will start the final from position 4, with Marco Ma completing the top 5 with his Xray
In what was a very close battle between Jin Sawada and Yugo Nagashima, it was the Infinity driver that took the 3rd round of qualifying in Guangzhou, passing his compatriot on the final lap after Yugo misunderstood the announcer and thinking the race was over. In the end, the difference was just 0.045 of a second, the pair very close now on pace, which will make for a very interesting 8-minute final. Finally finding a setup for his Serpent X20, it was Stick King in 3rd place, the Hong Kong driver was much improved this round while Gary Huang completed the top 4, still struggling with the difficult conditions. ‘Super close’ was how Jin summed up the run, also mentioning that the traction was now slightly lower than this morning. Making a mistake, riding up on the curb and half spinning just before the straight while passing Stick King, this lost the Japanese driver only 4 tenths but was enough to drop him to 2nd at that point in the run. For the final qualifier, Sawada will put on a new set of Sweep handout tires and try to seal his 4th TQ of the season.
‘Last lap was my mistake’ explained Yugo when asked about the very close finish. Thinking the race was over he didn’t push as hard on the final lap and this cost him his second TQ run of the day. Feeling it was more difficult this round, in part due to the small drop in traction, he said his car pushed too much and so to compensate he would turn in slightly earlier which caused him to clip the curbs on too many occasions. Another to bolt-on fresh tires for the final qualifier he plans to go all out to deny Sawada the pole position.
Showing a marked improvement over yesterday and this morning’s pace, Stick King put his newly found pace down to a number of things, the first being set-up changes which included changing the shock absorber angles, the Serpent driver saying the focus of his setup is to completely eliminate traction roll. The other change he said was to change his mind, telling his brain to slow down and think more when driving.