Akio Sobue is the top qualifier for the Modified class at the 2nd round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity at RCI V2 in Shanghai. The Japanese driver, who dominated the opening round of the series yesterday, made it 3 from 3 in qualifying as he once again headed the times, this time ahead of team mate Jin Sawada. Jan Ratheisky ensured the top 3 remained consistent as he ended up less than 4 tenths back. The ongoing battle between Gary Huang and Nicholas Koh continued with the Xray pairing separated by half a second, ending the round 4th and 5th respectively.
In preparation for the single 8 minute final Infinity driver Sobue fully charged his ORCA battery to increase runtime while lowering the settings on the speedo to reduce the extra punch as a result. Obviously happy with wrapping up the TQ the current TITC Champion will continue to test in the final qualifier to be safe for the longer race.
Jin Sawada, still in search of a stable car with changes made to his IF14 each run, seems to have finally found his rhythm as he put in his best run, getting to within 2 seconds of his team mate.
Xray driver Jan Ratheisky took 3rd for the round, the German feeling his T4 was faster, which reflected in his lap times but which was slower over the run than his fastest time he set in Q2. Some 2 seconds of his quickest time, with two 2nd place finishes compared to Jin’s one 2nd and a 3rd, along with the faster run time, Jan has a very good chance to split the Infinity drivers.
While never in doubt, Ratheisky also took the overall TQ in the Scorpion Stock class, putting in another master class to take the round from Heng Heng, with Masaaki Kyoyi, Kenny Yan and Simon Wang completing the top 5 for the round.