Akio Sobue is top qualifier for the final round of the 2018/19 OneTen series presented by Infinity at PYC in Hong Kong, the Japanese Infinity driver gambling big earlier in the day only for it to pay off in the last two heats. The only other person that could go for the pole position, Marc Rheinard could only take 2nd for the round, 9 tenths back, and will start right behind Sobue in this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Jin Sawada makes it an all Infinity IF14 top 3, with Serpent driver Naoki Akiyama having a much better Sunday and he will start from 4th on the grid, just ahead of top Hong Kong driver Kenrick Fong. Speaking to Akio following the race he said ‘big gamble’ referring to his saving tires in this morning’s first two rounds of qualifying. Using his tires from Q3 in Q4 he said the car was really good on used tires, while according to those that ran new tires in the final round, they were difficult to drive at the start with little feeling. For the final, like all the other front runners, he will run his remaining set of new tires.
Marc Rheinard, who went into the final round as favourite to TQ, felt that the car was not as good on new tires due to the extra wind and the dust it is blowing around. Commenting that it ‘didn’t pay off to save tires’, he will see how it pans out for the final, the multiple World Champion keen to take the double this weekend, having won Rd7 on Saturday.
Jin Sawada為Infinity車隊鎖定了Sweep Modified組別決賽的前三個發車位置，這位日本車手很有可能拿下賽季亞軍。雖然在第四輪預賽中僅拿到第七，但他在第二和第三輪預賽是都獲得第二，這使他力壓僅有一個第二和一個第三的Naoki Akiyama。
Jin Sawada made it an all Infinity lockout at the front of the Sweep Modified A-main grid, the Japanese driver and favourite to take the series runner up spot. While only taking 7th in Q4, his two 2nd places from Q2 and Q3 put him in front of Naoki Akiyama who scored 2nd and 3rd place finishes to put his Serpent 4th on grid.
Completing the top half of the grid Kenrick Fong was the best local, the Yokomo Hong Kong team driver put in a much improved run compared to yesterday’s Rd7, where he scraped into the main final back in 9th. Nicholas Lee, who is still trying to recover from his morning crash, will start from 6th with team mate Meen Vejrak 7th, Chinese National Champion Gary Huang 8th and Charlee Phutiyotin from Thailand in 9th. Vincent Tse will start on pole position in the B-main, the winner of that final, and all the lower mains, bumping their way through to the next final.
Sweep Modified – Qualifying results
目標是賽季全勝的Jan Ratheisky只剩一場比賽就可以達成願望。Yan Cheung一整個賽季都是德國人的影子，無論是預賽還是決賽，這一站這位Mugen車手依然會排在Xray車手身後發車。Associated車手Samson Chau在第三輪預賽中拿到第二，他獲得預賽第三，Derek Yuen與Yam Chi Yuen分別排名第四和第五。
Going for the perfect campaign, Jan Ratheisky is one race away from taking the top qualifying spot and win at all rounds this season, as he took all 4 qualifiers today to ensure he is in the best position to achieve the feat. Yan Cheung who has been the German’s shadow all season in both qualifying and in the finals, once again will start behind the Xray driver with his Mugen. Associated driver Samson Chau, who took 2nd in Q3 will set off from 3rd with Derek Yuen and Yam ChiYuen completing the top 5.