Carrying forward their form from the opening round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity yesterday, top qualifiers Akio Sobue and Jan Ratheisky have won their respective Sweep Modified and Scorpion Stock A-mains. The single 8-minute final saw the grid completed with Lao Minhao winning the B-main to bump up to the A-main. In a rather dominant performance Sobue won his final by 6 seconds from Jan followed by a hard charging Jin Sawada. The German taking the tie break for the overall Shanghai standings due to his fastest lap in today’s final, having had equal results in both the overall result and qualifying across both days. Gary Huang and Rocket Zhang completed the top 5.
Akio was very pleased with his race and also his Infinity IF14, saying it was perfect all weekend. He also commented that the race was very clean and traffic not a problem at all, despite the 10 cars on the small RCI V2 track. Pulling out such a margin early on in the race, the Japanese driver said he took it easy in the last few minutes and drove it steady to the end.
Ratheisky said, ‘I tried to follow Akio, but it became too risky so I took it easy in the last minutes’. Knowing the tie break system, managing to stay in second he needed the fastest lap so pushed very hard in the beginning and it worked out. Slowing near the end to bring it home, he knew Jin would come but the German commented that ‘catching is one thing, but blocking on this track is easy’.
Sawada said his race was only ‘so so’, but with his car the best it had been all weekend he was able to push Jan near the end of the final but as the Xray driver commented it is very tight and difficult to pass here.
Top Chinese driver in Shanghai, National Champion Gary Huang came good in the final. Like Jin, he felt he only managed to find a good setup by the time the final came along and was able to start very fast, however the car started to slide after about 2 minutes and he wasn’t able to push for 3rd in the race.
The Stock class, which uses handout Scorpion 13.5T motors, saw some very close racing behind the winner Ratheisky. With Jan checking out early and slowing up near to end to avoid ruining the 2nd placed battle between Heng Heng and Masaaki Kyoyi which lasted almost the entire 8-minutes. A small mistake 5 laps in saw the Japanese driver drop back to 3rd behind Kenny Yan, but he was able to regain the position and go back after Heng. In the end the pair were separated by only 0.5 seconds with Heng benefitting from the inability to pass here, meaning Kyoyi had to settle for the final podium spot.