Jin Sawada will start the opening round of the OneTen series presented by Infinity from pole position having taken all rounds of qualifying this afternoon at RCI V2 in Shanghai. The Infinity driver secured his first pole position in the series at the end of the Q2 where he went faster than his Q1 time by a second, while Rocket Zhang and Gary Huang swapped places to end up 2nd and 3rd, repeating that result again in Q3 and ensuring thats how they will start the final. Commenting on his qualifying the Japanese driver said he was happy to make his first TQ after 9 attempts in the series. Commenting on his car he mentioned that he removed 30 grams to bring the car down to the minimum weight of 1320 grams, which he said improved the reactions of the car. Looking to the final, and a full 10 car grid on such a small track, Jin admits that it will be very difficult to avoid contact with lapped traffic, but he will keep his head down and remain focussed on trying to take the win.
Set to start from the number 2 spot on the grid, Rocket Zhang described his qualifying as having gone better than expected. Putting that down to the tires getting better with each run, his current set on their 6th pack, he has also admitted to changing his driving style, pushing the new Serpent more aggressively into the corners which caused the front tires to heat up which he thinks also helped with the car’s handling.
Gary Huang started qualifying with a 2nd place but ended with two 3rd places, the Xray driver unhappy with how it is going, simply describing it as ‘not good’. Having changed to a softer front anti-roll bar Gary aims to push hard in the final to at least pressure Rocket who starts directly in front of him. Motor King will start in 4th as he still gets to grips with his mid motor Yokomo, while Associated driver Jimmy Qian rounds out the top 5.
In the Sweep Stock class it was Masaaki Kiyoyi who took the top spot on the grid for the triple mains, the Xray driver also making a clean sweep of qualifying. Zhao Jia would also do a clean sweep of 2nd place finishes to line up for the mains in 2nd, with young driver Tino putting in some solid runs to end qualifying in 3rd.