Making it a clean sweep, Yugo Nagashima has won all 3 A-mains at the fifth round of the OneTen series in Shanghai. The Serpent driver was never threatened in the 2nd final and could win easily to take the overall, while in the last final JJ could have a go at Yugo but couldn’t make the pass stick after contact forced him to relinquish the spot, the American eventually coming home 2nd overall. Despite a bad last final, where he finished down in 7th, Rocket Zhang could take the final podium spot in 3rd, winning the tie break with Motor King, thanks to his faster 3rd place finish. Behind Motor King, Gary Huang ended the day in 5th with Stick King, making the trip from Hong Kong, taking 6th. With very little to say about what was an uneventful 3 finals, Yugo was already focussed on tomorrow trying a new shock setup for A3 which he says has potential but needs a bit of work.
JJ Wang rued his less than ideal starting position from 3rd, saying it left him way too much to do to challenge the Japanese Serpent driver ahead. In the 2nd main, the Xray driver dropped back down the field after early contact but could recover back to 2nd, and getting passed Rocket quickly meant he could mount a challenge on Yugo but inevitably would finish again in 2nd to secure the runner up spot. Looking to tomorrow JJ said he doesn’t know what to expect from the 8-minute A-main but one thing he does know is that he will have to borrow a battery from someone to ensure he will last the distance.
Taking another podium, having also done so in rounds 1 and 2 with 2nd on both previous occasions, Rocket Zhang was struggling with his tires dropping off badly after 2 minutes. Feeling that traction coming onto the straight is being affected by the Formula cars being set down with their tires still wet this is making things difficult for everyone. For the 2nd and 3rd A-mains the Serpent driver said he didn’t run a warm up lap to make his car better in the opening laps having had problems at the start of the opening final suffering from low grip. Changing to a prototype aluminium chassis plate in place of the carbon version he ran today, he hopes this will make the car easier to drive.
The Sweep Stock class saw the best battles as we had 3 different winners in the A-mains, with Masaaki Kiyoyi being handed A2 after the leaders Heng and Wang got together on the last corner, while Heng would finally win in A3, having lead each final at one point or another. But it was Simon Wang who would claim overall victory with his A1 win and 2nd place in A2, while Heng would take the runner up spot in front of Kiyoyi in 3rd, with AI Lou and Da Chen completing the top 5.