Akio Sobue has won the final round of the OneTen series from his team mate, and overall PYC Hong Kong modified class event winner, Marc Rheinard. It was very close between the Infinity drivers during qualifying but in the final, after an untidy first lap, Sobue was able to take a clear win ahead of his German team mate. Nicholas Lee found pace just in time for the final and took 3rd with Gary Huang and Naoki Akiyama completing the top half of the field. Akio summed up his race by saying ‘now good, perfect’ referring to the traction returning in time for the 8-minute final and his car being very good again. Explaining his race he said, ‘the first lap the car was strange, then good after’ and once in a clear lead he drove safely to conserve both his tires and batteries. Having had a difficult day yesterday, only finishing in 5th, combined with today’s victory he ended up 3rd in the combined event standings.
Rheinard, who won the previous round yesterday, said ‘just in the first lap I had a chance, then it started to push. Akio’s car not’. Continuing ‘I would like it to have been closer’, but the difference in pace between the two driver’s cars fairly evident. With his win and second place, the 3-time TC WC will take home the overall winners trophy from PYC.
Running the car of his team mate Jackie Shum following his earlier practice crash, Nicholas Lee would come from 6th on the grid to take 3rd, along the way making an awesome pass at the end of the straight on Jin Sawada to move up t0 3rd. Happier following the final the Yokomo driver simply said ‘some fortune after misfortune’. Changing everything to find a good setup he said ‘my car had better overall balance’ while on the race itself once into 3rd and seeing the large gap up to 2nd didn’t push and risk breaking the car, especially as he felt some drops of rain at some point.
Xray driver and Chinese national Champion Gary Huang was the biggest mover in the race, taking 4th place from 8th on the grid, demoting Naoki Akiyama to 5th along the way. Scorpion driver Meen Vejrak, Jin Sawada, B-main winner Lolo Sam, Charlee P and Kenrick Fong, who broke heavily after contact with another car, completed the Top 10.
The Scorpion Stock A-main was an exciting race long battle between Jan Ratheisky and Yan Cheung. The Xray driver managed to pull a small gap at the start but Cheung was able to slowly reel in the German over the course of the race getting very close in the final laps, the pair separated by just 3 tenths of a second at the end. Samson Chau was 3rd with Dave Chak and Derek Yuen completing the top 5 with another very close on track battle.