The organisers of the 2018/19 OneTen series presented by Infinity are excited to announce that RC superstar Marc Rheinard will attend our season finale double header in Hong Kong. The 4-time World Champion, 7-time Reedy race winner and former ETS season Champion will make a rare appearance in this region of the world, competing at rounds 7 & 8 of the series. While not in the hunt for championship points, the German will be aiming to put a stop to his Infinity team mate, and recently crowned OneTen series champion, Akio Sobie’s dominance of the championship. Held at the soon to be resurfaced PYC circuit, we expect our most competitive entry to date, with a number of other top international drivers soon to be confirmed. More information about this round(s) of the series can be found here, while entry for rounds 7 & 8, which like all rounds is limited to 100 entries, is open here.
Akio Sobue has maintained his perfect record at the 2018/19 OneTen Series presented by Infinity having taken the win in the 8-minute A-main here in Guangzhou. Having already wrapped up the title with the win in round 5 yesterday, the Japanese driver led a mostly processional race as racers drove with battery conservation in mind. In the end, the top 4 finished in the positions they started with Sawada crossing the line in 2nd, while Nicholas Lee and Jan Ratheisky, who had a good battle early on, completed the top 4 with Haoran Ma in 5th. The talk before the race was trying to finish the 8 minutes on this high speed track and Sobue said he drove the race very smoothly, having pushed hard in the first few laps to build a gap. He was able to maintain his lead and in the end had a lot of power left in his 6300mAh cells. Despite having taken the title, the Infinity driver said he will for sure be in Hong Kong for the final two rounds saying he is aiming for a perfect score in the series.
Team mate Sawada, who was running a 5600mAh pack, had his IF14 shut down on his in-lap after the race, causing an accident after the main straight. Checking his pack afterwards he only had 6.4V remaining and so declared his position as ‘a lucky 2nd’ as he would not have gone another lap. Like his team mate Jin started hard and then drove smooth to maintain track position, helped by the battle going on behind him.
Nicholas Lee would claim the final step of the podium in 3rd, the Yokomo driver being involved in the only real battle in the race, as he was passed by Ratheisky at the start but got the German back a few laps later with a very nice move at the end of the pit straight. Blaming losing the position at the start on having to wait too long for the race to get going which caused his tires to cool down and lose traction, the Yokomo driver said once his tires came in he was able to re-challenge the Xray driver. Looking to push to catch Sawada ahead, Nicholas started to get concerned about whether his battery would go the distance and so held back, but there was no need because following the race he checked and his LiPo still had ample power left.
Ratheisky, who was running back to back finals, got the pass on Nicholas at the start and felt his car was great in the first 2 minutes but then said it started to push and it only got worse as the race went on and he was left with no steering at the end. Jan had installed an 8200mAh battery in his Xray which meant he was able to push the electronics hard all race long but felt the extra weight of the bigger battery upset the balance of his car too much.
The Scorpion Stock class, which runs identical Scorpion 13.5T motors, once again belonged to Ratheisky. An uneventful race for the German he crossed the line to take the win by 8 seconds from his rival, Hong Kong Mugen driver Yan Cheung. Third spot would go to another Hong Kong driver Ali Lee, driving an Awesomatix, while the InHobby pairing of Jiarong Liu and Hanbin He completed the top half of the field.
The grids are complete here at Feiteng Raceway at round 6 of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity for this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. The Sweep Modified class saw Jin Sawada confirm his 2nd place starting spot on the grid as he ended Q4 in 2nd, again behind his team mate, who set the fast 4-minute run of the day. Nicholas Lee will start the final from 3rd on the grid having won the 3 way tie break with Jan Ratheisky and Lao Minhao, who will start 4th and 5th respectively.
Behind Ratheisky in the Scorpion Stock class, runner up in Hong Kong Yan Cheung will start from 2nd place driving his Mugen. Third place on the grid will be Jiarong Liu with his team mate Hanbin He in 5th, the InHobby pairing split by Awesomatix driver Ali Lee in 4th.
Akio Sobue has continued his dominance of the Sweep Modified class as the Japanese driver took the 3rd round of qualifying and wrapped up the top qualifying spot here early in Guangzhou for round 6 of the series with one qualifier still left to run. Jan Ratheisky did a similar feat in the Scorpion Stock class as the Xray racer once again was not headed by any of the local racers. In modified, the German bolted on a fresh set of Sweep handout tires and looked set to stop Sobue’s dominance, leading the heat for 3 minutes, but unfortunately fell back in the last minute which allowed Akio and Nicholas Lee passed. Sawada took 4th, while Lao Minhao completed the top 5. Sobue was once again on used tires, using a combination of 2 run old rear tires on the front and rear of his IF14, and said he felt the traction improve in the last 2 minutes of his run as the tires came in. For the final qualifier and the single 8-minute long A-main, Sobue still has two brand new sets of tires.
Nicholas Lee將自己的表現歸功於新胎，他的Yokomo BD9在這一輪表現穩定，沒有性能衰退問題，他甚至在最後一圈做出了自己的最快單圈。新加坡人對於第四輪預賽和決賽並沒有什麼期待，他說，「我已經做到自己的極限了」。
Nicholas Lee put his performance down to new tires, which helped the balance of his Yokomo BD9 and didn’t experience any drop off in performance throughout his run, his fastest lap of the round being his last lap. The Singaporean wasn’t very upbeat for Q4, and the final, saying ‘this was the maximum I can do’.
Ratheisky was frustrated following Q3, saying ‘I don’t know how to be fast for more than 3 minutes with these tires’, the Xray driver suffering a pretty severe drop in performance in the final minute of the run, having set the pace up to that point. Having tried a number of things concerning tire prep and driving style to prevent this he still seems to be suffering from tire drop off more than most.
Jin Sawada said his car was not ok in that run. The Japanese driver had completed all of qualifying with the same tires and now they were done. Looking forward to using new tires again in Q4, the Japanese National Champion will push hard in the final qualifier to consolidate his 2nd on the grid.
While the top 2 remained the same at the front of the grid in the Sweep Modified class with the Infinity pairing of Akio Sobue and Jin Sawada topping Q2, behind it was quick youngster Lao Minhao who was 3rd fastest. Showing very good pace in Q1, before crashing, this time around the Xray driver was able to keep it all together with new tires to take a competitive 3rd, only 1.6 seconds back on TQ. Jan Ratheisky was a further 1 second back in 4th, having started the heat very fast before dropping back. Jan would also top the 2nd Stock qualifier with Yan Cheung less than 4 seconds behind this time, while Jiarong Liu, Ali Lee and Infinity designer Kotonori Fujiwara completing the top 5.