Completing the qualifying double this weekend, Yugo Nagashima is once again the top qualifier here in Shanghai, the Serpent driver topping the times in Q2 and 3 to secure his second pole position in as many days. Again he was pushed hard by JJ Wang, the American leading for half of the 3rd qualifier before being passed in the dying stages by the Japanese racer. Rocket Zhang has all but confirmed his 3rd place starting spot for this afternoon’s 8-minute A-main with his 3rd top 3 run of the day, with the remainder of the top 5 also staying the same as Motor King took 4th place for a 3rd time as well as Gary Huang in 5th. Yugo was happy to wrap up the TQ spot earlier, but was quick to point out that he had tried a change in setup which wasn’t to his liking which explained how JJ made it to the front in the 3rd qualifier. Saying the feeling was good but the car now had too much rotation he may have went too far in a direction and will make some more changes to dial back the effect for Q4.
‘2nd again’ was how JJ summed up his third run continuing by saying ‘the car was better at the beginning’, the Xray driver having struggled with his pace at the start in previous runs. ‘I tried to send it at the end, but it didn’t work out’, the loop being at the end of the straight means that if you don’t brake for the corner on your last lap you can gain some time at the risk you may crash your car. Now set to start directly behind the Serpent driver and with only one final he is looking forward to having some fun in the A-main. Ending by saying ‘I need to try something in the next round, I can’t let him clean sweep again’.
Rocket Zhang had tried a new setup on his car for Q2 but it pushed too much so he reverted back for Q3 and said that it ‘worked good, easy and consistent but with a little push’. Still feeling like the tires are dropping off, he plans to try a higher roll centre in Q4 in order to make the car rotate a little more. Knowing that in a long final a safe car is better, he feels he is already in good shape for the 8-minute A-main.
Stock Qualifying Rd3 would go to Simon Wang, just a fraction of a second ahead of AI Luo who had topped the second round, with Heng in 3rd, the trio covered by just 3 tenths. Running handout Scorpion motors, the sharp end of the field is proving to be extremely close and is shaping up to be the closest on track battle this weekend.