Akio Sobue will start Rd5 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity from pole position having wrapped up qualifying in the Sweep Modified class early by taking the opening 2 rounds. Team mate Jin Sawada would take the 3rd and final round to secure 2nd place overall with an improving Gary Huang to start from 3rd place. Local kid Haoran Ma will start an impressive 4th, while Nicholas Lee endured a difficult qualifying to end up 5th just had of Lao Minhao and Jan Ratheisky. Sobue, who can secure the title with a win in today’s 4-minute long triple A-mains, was again happy with his IF14, only adjusting his tire prep during the day and commented that he has saved 2 of his allotted sets of Sweep tires for the finals, the drop off in tire performance in qualifying minimal on the 2nd and 3rd runs.
Jin Sawada will start behind his team mate on the grid, the Infinity driver looking faster than his fellow Japanese team mate late in the final qualifier. Left with very little power in his battery following the 6 minute run, only 6V, a precautionary change of Hobbywing speedo has been made as it is somehow using too much power.
Third position on the grid went to Huang, the Chinese National Champion feeling while his 2nd round of qualifying was not good, his 3rd run was much improved in terms of setup, but 3rd run tires meaning he couldn’t show how good. For the final, the Xray driver will keep his setup as is and just bolt on new tires, a podium finish a realistic goal.
Haoran Ma gambled with tires, using 2 of his allotted 3 sets to allow him to start from 4th position ahead of a lot more experienced drivers. Only time will tell whether the gamble will pay off in the finals as the 13 year old will need to hold off Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee, Lao Minhao and the always fast Jan Ratheisky, who starts from back in 7th on the grid.
In the Scorpion Stock class Jan Ratheisky made it another clean sweep in qualifying as the German took all 3 rounds of qualifying to continue his perfect record. Wrapping up the TQ early having taken the 2nd round in his fastest time of the day, the German is now only 2 finals away from taking the inaugural OneTen series title. The 2nd place overall went to local driver Jiarong Liu, driving the locally made InHobby I21 car, with Mugen racer Yan Cheung in 3rd and Awesomatix racer Ali Lee in 4th.