The opening qualifier for the first round of the new 2019/20 OneTen series presented by Infinity has been completed and it was Jin Sawada who set the pace. As he had done all through free practice on Friday and in controlled practice this morning, the Japanese driver was in complete control. Leading the charge for Infinity, as reigning champion Akio Sobue was called up to test the new IF14-11 in Japan this weekend, the young driver was pleased with his car however as temperatures had risen he felt the traction was lower compared to the morning. Ending the run some 4 seconds up on 2nd placed Gary Huang, it was RCI local pros Rocket Zhang and Motor King in 3rd and 4th respectively.
2nd placed Gary Huang was content with the performance of his Xray T4 but wanted to get his car to turn in more, something he felt was losing him time. Turning the most laps of anyone during testing prior to event, the Chinese National Champion will continue to make changes, for Q2 opting to reduce the rear toe in, in an attempt to get the car to turn.
Rocket Zhang was 3rd, running the all new Serpent touring car for the first time on carpet this weekend. Feeling the car was better compared to yesterday’s running, he said the carpet this morning felt different, which while it didn’t reflect in the lap times was strange to drive on. Planning no changes for the next run Rocket is pleased with his new car saying that there is much more room for improvement and he looks forward to receiving more parts to try in the coming days. Running a new mid motor conversion on his Yokomo, Motor King took 4th for the round, some 2.5 seconds back, with Masaaki Kiyoyi driving an Xray in 5th.
In the Sweep Stock class it was Japanese driver, and Shanghai resident, Masaaki Kiyoyi who took round 1 with his Xray by over 6 seconds and the only driver to get 33 laps. Zhao Jia took 2nd, while Tino Tino less than 3 seconds further back in 3rd. Coming from the 2nd fastest heat Simon Wang would end Q1 in 4th.