The opening A-main at TRC in Hong Kong has seen a clear win for Infinity driver Akio Sobue. The Japanese driver defended an early attempt by 2nd placed starter Nicholas Lee and was able to build an early lead, which would never be headed. Behind, Nicholas Lee gave chase but made a mistake coming onto the straight and was swallowed by the following pack dropping him to last. The Yokomo driver would get back up to eight but following another mistake pulled up to save his car and tires.
From the 2nd lap there was a battle on for initially 3rd, but after Lee’s crash it was a battle for 2nd between Jin Sawada, Andy Moore and a much improved Jan Ratheisky. Going on for the remainder of the race Andy made a few half attempts on Jin but couldn’t find a way passed, the following drivers much quicker than the Japanese driver. Jan would push really hard on the final 2 laps and close the gap until the trio could be covered by a blanket, but coming onto the straight on the last lap the Xray driver did what so many others had done before him and hit the kerb on the start of the straight away which launched him into the wall. With the following pack already finished he would be classified 4th, while up front Infinity would take the top 3 positions.
In the Scorpion Stock class, again a much improved Jan Ratheisky did what he is best known for and checked out early in the race, his Xray chassis looking visibly much better around the TRC track under the floodlights, almost breaking into the 14 second lap barrier, just 8 hundredths off. Behind it was Yan Cheung, who had made an opportunistic move on the German on the first lap which dropped him down the order to 5th from where he recovered back to 2nd ahead of Angus Leung in 3rd, with James Lee and Jimmy So completing the Top 5.