Picking up where he left off in Round 1 of the OneTen series yesterday, Akio Sobue has taken the opening round of qualifying in the Sweep Modified class. Another solid but uneventful run for the Japanese driver he headed Xray star Jan Ratheisky and Infinity team mate Jin Sawada in 3rd, with an impressive run by Nicholas Koh to take 4th while Gary Huang rounded out the top 5. In the Stock class it was Jan who was once again in a class of his own in the 4 minute qualifier, with his closest rival coming again in the form of locally based Japanese driver Masaaki Kyoyi.
Running his second set of tires in the morning run, Akio feels this set of handout Sweep tires have a very good balance and will now put them away for this afternoon’s single 8-minute final. Ending some 4 seconds clear of Ratheisky, Sobue was able to put in the fastest lap of the weekend thus far with a 10.260.
Having tested a big change in the morning’s single controlled practice, which saw him give his Xray T4 19 more rear toe, less rear droop, softer diff, less bump steer and more top flex, Jan Ratheisky was much happier with his car in Q1 and ended the session 2nd fastest. Reporting a clean run, he said the car was more drivable but feels he is still missing some high speed side bite and so may change the narrower wheel hexes to improve this.
Jin Sawada ended his race just 0.5 behind the German, despite making fairly heavy contact with the barrier on the inside of the end of the straight, saying that afterwards the car was pulling to the left on power. Along with a thorough check through of his IF14 chassis, Infinity designer Fujiwara-san will make some changes to the car, focused on the roll centres to improve the car’s corner speed.
Finally breaking into the top 4, having had a number of top 5 runs yesterday, Nicholas Koh felt that the traction was a little lower than yesterday but will retain the setup on his Xray T4 18 for Q2. A mostly clean run, having just one small moment avoiding traffic, the Malaysian running in the 2nd last heat, he hopes to put in another clean one in the next run.
The Scorpion stock class was again an all Jan affair as the German extended his perfect record in the class in front of Masaaki Kyoyi with Heng Heng, yesterday’s podium finisher Kenny Yan and Simon Wang rounding out the top 5 for the first qualifier.