Completing the perfect weekend, topping all sessions over both rounds 5 and 6 of the OneTen Series in RCI V2, Yugo Nagashima took a commanding win in the 8-minute A-main after the battle with JJ Wang failed to materialise, despite the American putting in the fastest lap of the race. Motor King would complete the round 6 podium after Rocket Zhang started to feel unwell near the end of the race while in 3rd, eventually finishing in 4th. While the win looked straight forward, Yugo was quick to say it was ‘not easy’, elaborating by saying that his car was super loose in the opening 2 minutes, while JJ’s car was very competitive at the start. Making a small mistake in the chicane while being chased, when the tires came good he could get his head down and drive a controlled race, winning by a 4.5 second margin.
JJ simply said ‘I tried, but just not enough this time’, the Xray driver pushing hard and closing the deficit to Yugo in the opening minute but dropping back as his car started to ‘run out of pace’. Again having a slow start, which let the Serpent driver pull out a margin on lap one, JJ was quick to congratulate Yugo on his clean sweep.
Taking third on the last lap from Rocket, the Serpent driver still getting 3rd overall for the Shanghai round, Motor King said his final was not so good as the traction was super low, making it difficult to drive. Running the Yokomo BD9 as he hasn’t received his BD10 yet, the Shanghai drive was slowly closing on Rocket from the midway point and when his fellow RCI V2 local started having troubles he made the pass.
Winning the Stock class, AI Luo led from start to finish, building up a gap on Heng who ended the race as runner up, just less than 3 seconds behind. However it was Simon Wang who finished in 3rd and took the overall Shanghai win thanks to his win in round 5 yesterday. He was pushed by Hua Hua all race, the Awesomatix driver finishing up only 0.5 seconds at the end of the 8-minutes.
Q4 saw the final grid positions decided and with little change in the order behind Yugo Nagashima and JJ Wang, it was Rocket Zhang confirmed to start 3rd in front of Motor King in 4th, while Gary Huang’s weekend didn’t improve and he will start the main from 5th. Stick King and Jimmy Qian complete the grid of 7 drivers who qualify directly into the A-main to be joined by the winner of the B-main. In the Stock class, AI Luo took the tie-break and will start from pole position in front Simon Wang with Heng in 3rd and Masaaki Kiyoyi in 4th. Da Chen will set off from 5th in front of Hua in 6th with Xu Ziyang, who made the trip from Australia, completing the direct finalists.
Completing the qualifying double this weekend, Yugo Nagashima is once again the top qualifier here in Shanghai, the Serpent driver topping the times in Q2 and 3 to secure his second pole position in as many days. Again he was pushed hard by JJ Wang, the American leading for half of the 3rd qualifier before being passed in the dying stages by the Japanese racer. Rocket Zhang has all but confirmed his 3rd place starting spot for this afternoon’s 8-minute A-main with his 3rd top 3 run of the day, with the remainder of the top 5 also staying the same as Motor King took 4th place for a 3rd time as well as Gary Huang in 5th. Yugo was happy to wrap up the TQ spot earlier, but was quick to point out that he had tried a change in setup which wasn’t to his liking which explained how JJ made it to the front in the 3rd qualifier. Saying the feeling was good but the car now had too much rotation he may have went too far in a direction and will make some more changes to dial back the effect for Q4.
‘2nd again’ was how JJ summed up his third run continuing by saying ‘the car was better at the beginning’, the Xray driver having struggled with his pace at the start in previous runs. ‘I tried to send it at the end, but it didn’t work out’, the loop being at the end of the straight means that if you don’t brake for the corner on your last lap you can gain some time at the risk you may crash your car. Now set to start directly behind the Serpent driver and with only one final he is looking forward to having some fun in the A-main. Ending by saying ‘I need to try something in the next round, I can’t let him clean sweep again’.
Rocket Zhang had tried a new setup on his car for Q2 but it pushed too much so he reverted back for Q3 and said that it ‘worked good, easy and consistent but with a little push’. Still feeling like the tires are dropping off, he plans to try a higher roll centre in Q4 in order to make the car rotate a little more. Knowing that in a long final a safe car is better, he feels he is already in good shape for the 8-minute A-main.
Stock Qualifying Rd3 would go to Simon Wang, just a fraction of a second ahead of AI Luo who had topped the second round, with Heng in 3rd, the trio covered by just 3 tenths. Running handout Scorpion motors, the sharp end of the field is proving to be extremely close and is shaping up to be the closest on track battle this weekend.
Having dominated proceedings yesterday in round 5 of the OneTen Series, Yugo Nagashima made his intentions of a double known early as he took the opening qualifier here at RCI V2. Although kept honest by the following JJ Wang, the American was just not able to match the pace of the Serpent driver and ended up 7 tenths back in the 4-minute encounter. Rocket Zhang was once again the best of the rest as Serpent continue to have a good showing here in Shanghai, with Motor King and Gary Huang completing the top 5 for the round in the Infinity Modified class. Continuing to use the setup he trialed in the last main yesterday evening, Yugo also said that he rebuilt the diff on his Serpent as he found the one he was using was leaking. Asked about the track conditions today he mention that the track feels more free, giving the car a better feeling of rotation in the corners.
Wang continues to be missing something in the setup of his Xray T4 2020 but concedes that it could be just tire prep. Apart from that the US driver said it was pretty close between the pair with them both running similar lap times. Feeling that Yugo starts the qualifier better each time, JJ thinks that this is causing him to have to play the chasing game and ultimately puts it down to who has the better rhythm on track.
Pleased with the new prototype chassis on his Serpent, Rocket Zhang declared his first qualifier as ‘not bad’, despite feeling that the traction is ‘not so high’. Switching from a carbon to an aluminium chassis plate last night he said the car works fine, with just a little push but he could adjust his driving style to compensate. Also feeling that the car is loose in the first minute and then comes in, Rocket will change the springs to see if he can make the setup work with the aluminium chassis better, but declared the change as making the tire performance more consistent throughout the run.
The opening qualifier for the Sweep Stock class went AI Luo, driving an Awesomatix chassis. Winner yesterday in round 5 of the series, Simon Wang would end the qualifier in 2nd place just 2 tenths back, with Heng in 3rd and Masaaki Kiyoyi in 4th, the top 4 covered by 0.55 seconds over 4 minutes.