Unsurprisingly the opening Modified A-main has gone to Jin Sawada, the Japanese Infinity driver recovering from a difficult getaway to put his head down and win the 4-minute encounter by 5 seconds from Rocket Zhang in 2nd and Gary Huang a further 5 seconds back in 3rd, having lost a lot of time a crash at the end of the race. Asked about his difficult start, Sawada noted that the area on which he was gridded was dirty which made his car difficult to get off the line and meant his tires were dirty for the first couple of laps. Admitting that it was tricky to negotiate the lapped traffic he had no problems while doing so and will hope for the same result again in A2.
Rocket Zhang was pleased with his race and that he could run with Jin in the opening laps before eventually falling back. Realising he couldn’t pressure the Japanese driver the Serpent driver changed his strategy to drive safe and try to stay in front of Huang who was following closely behind. The Shanghai driver declaring that ‘everything was ok this round’.
Finishing in 3rd, Gary Huang was running closely to Rocket in the closing stages but got stuck on the barriers on the right side of the track as the race was coming to a close and lost a chunk of time but such was his advantage over 4th place that he didn’t lose track position. Associated driver Jimmy Qian would be the only mover of the race as he took 4th from Motor King, who got tangled up with a back marker which dropped him back a spot to finish an eventual 5th.
In the Sweep Stock class the win went to the Hua, the Yokomo driver under pressure throughout the race, only able to breath on the last lap when the closely following pack of Zhao Jia and young Tino had a coming together, losing both a lot of time in the process. The start of the race saw carnage in the first 3 corners and the pole man Masaaki Kiyoyi, who fell down the staircase on his way to sauce his tires just before the race, got eaten up by the pack, eventually recovering to finish in 5th.