Round 4 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity kicked off early this morning with one round of controlled practice followed by the first of 4 rounds of 4 minute qualifiers which will determine the grid for this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Akio Sobue was again the pace setter this morning, running the fastest lap of the first rounds of qualifying to take a 3 seconds advantage over Infinity team mates Andy Moore and Jin Sawada. Hay Lai would take 4th for the round driving his Xpress with Serpent driver Felix Law fastest of those running in the 2nd fastest heat, in 5th. Running on new tires for Q1 Sobue knew that with Nicholas Lee on old tires he had to put in a safe run, the Yokomo driver having saved one more of the 5 allocated tires than the Japanese driver. Continuing to run his Infinity IF14 unchanged since yesterday, Akio, like all his competitors, are now playing the tire strategy game with all drivers expected to keep one new set for the single 8 minute main.
Andy Moore拿下本輪第二，和他的兩位隊友一樣，他也使用了新胎；不過他的輪胎比隊友多跑了2圈，因為這是他在昨天最後一輪決賽中使用的輪胎，當時他很快就壞車退賽。他將自己本輪的表現簡單總結為「乾淨的一輪」，他認為自己還是沒有Akio快，但已經接近了。這位前世界冠軍希望車架能有更多的轉向，他說關鍵在於不要過分激進地操控車架進而讓輪胎有過溫的風險；今天上午，TRC的天氣非常炎熱。隊友Jin Sawada做出了和他幾乎一樣的成績，兩位車手的差距僅有0.011秒。
Taking 2nd for the round Andy Moore, like his two team mates was on new tires, however the British driver’s tires had 2 laps on them from yesterday’s 3rd A-main before he was taken out. Putting in what he described as simply ‘a clean run’ he feels he doesn’t have the same speed as Akio but is close. Still looking for more steering, the former World Champion said the key is to not overdrive the car and risk overheating the tires, conditions at TRC very hot this morning. Team mate Sawada put in an almost identical run to his team mate, the pair separated by just 11 thousandths of a second.
Xpress driver Hay Lai took 4th for this round, but complained that he had to wait too long before other drivers in the top heat put their cars down on track and felt his tires had cooled too much. Despite this, his 4th for the round placed him ahead of fellow Hong Kong drivers Felix Law, Kwok Ching Lung and Carven Chow with Fai Ho completing the top 8. Nicholas Lee on used tires was 9th.
In the Stock class, Jan Ratheisky continued where he left off in Rd3 of the Championship yesterday by taking the opening round of qualifying with his Xray with a very consistent run that saw him take it by the very narrow margin of half of a second. Runner up yesterday Yan Cheung, driving a Mugen, pushed the German all the way, setting the fastest lap of the round in the process. 3rd place went to Derek Yuen, who had a difficult day yesterday, not making the main, but was just one second off TQ in the opening round, with Jimmy So and CY Leung completing the top 5.