The 3rd stop of the 2018/19 OneTen Series presented by Infinity kicked off with Rd5 getting underway in dry but cool conditions at Feiteng Raceway in Guangzhou, China. It was current championship leader Akio Sobue from Japan that topped the opening round of qualifying. The Infinity driver, as has been the norm this season, headed home his team mate Jin Sawada by 3 seconds. Next up was Chinese national champion and Guangzhou local Gary Huang in 3rd followed by 13 year old Haoran Ma just 2 seconds back, while Jan Ratheisky, who had an incident in traffic completing the top 5. Sobue had rebuilt his car overnight, not happy with the balance of his IF14 following Friday’s free practice. Reverting to a softer variation of his home track setup, which was being used by Sawada, he said the car was now better balanced, having been very loose on Friday.
Sawada had come to China with Akio’s home track setup and with adjustments made to the car’s droop and ride height it seemed to work well despite Akio’s home track being high traction indoor asphalt. Feeling he had a solid first run, both Infinity drivers reported that the track’s traction was stable and neither had reported any issues with traffic in the run.
Gary Huang would lead home a group of Xray cars, which covered 3rd to 6th. The reigning national champion reporting his run as normal but believed that it can be definitely faster with a lot more to come in the setup. Currently the car is too stable and lacks steering and also during the run the car’s performance drops quite considerably. Gary was in discussions with pitman Gavin Kowk to find solutions to help make it turn in.
A new name to most, Haoran Ma, put in an impressive run in Q1 to end up only 1 second behind his more well known team mate. This being his local track, the 13 year old reported the car as feeling ok and had no plans to make any changes to setup, instead preferring to focus on his driving for Q2. Jan Ratheisky took Q5, an altercation in traffic near the end of his run losing him 2 seconds and 2 places. Lao Minhao completed the top 6.
在Scorpion Stock組別中，所有車手都使用Scorpion公發馬達參賽，冠軍候選人Jan Ratheisky再度獨領風騷，領先駕駛Awesomatix的第二名車手Ali Lee 6秒完賽。第三名是本地車手劉家榮，香港站的亞軍Mugen車手Yan Cheung落後一秒，獲得第四。
In the Scorpion stock class, which uses identical 13.5T motors from Scorpion, it was Champion elect Jan Ratheisky who once again showed he is the class of the field by taking the opening qualifier with his Xray by 6 seconds ahead of Ali Lee driving an Awesomatix. In 3rd place it was local driver Jiarong Liu a second further back with Mugen driver Yan Cheung, who was runner up in the class in Hong Kong completing the top 4, another second back.
The OneTen Series presented by Infinity makes its 3rd stop in Gunagzhou for rounds 5 & 6 of the championship at Feiteng Raceway close to the centre of the sprawling metropolis. Set in a wooded area on a small island surrounded by river, the track was built in 2006 and on numerous occasions in the past has hosted the Chinese Youth Nationals. But what the track is best known for is being a licensed training facility and hosting school children who are taught at the main schools in the region. Headed by Carson Lin, who also organises the IYRCA junior World Championships each year, the facility also sports a number of rc related offices as well as a shop and an offroad track.
Talking with Modified class series points leader Akio Sobue regarding the track, he said he likes the high speed layout, and while the traction is not so high, the smooth surface and 28 shore handout Sweep tires make it quite enjoyable. Asked to point out a difficult section of the track, the Infinity driver replied that the long 4-apex left hander on the left side of the track can cause issues due to the changes in traction level going through the section.
Already entering the 2nd half of a successful first season, the organisers of the OneTen series presented by Infinity are pleased to once more bring top international regulars to the 5th and 6th round of the series which take place on the 12th to 13th of January. Set to be held at the Feiteng Raceway in Guangzhou, a popular venue used by the many school children in the region who have RC as part of their curriculum, for the OneTen series the track owners will provide a well presented facility with sugar watered track surface. Having had perfect scores in the opening 4 races of the series, Infinity driver Akio Sobue and Xray’s Jan Ratheisky can wrap up the series title in the Sweep Modified and Scorpion Stock classes respectively at the next stop of the series, a driver’s 5 best points to count from 8. Joining the points leaders, and racing alongside the top Chinese and Hong Kong racers, will be Yokomo Factory driver Nicholas Lee, Infinity’s Japanese National Champion Jin Sawada and returning the series, having missed the 3rd and 4th round, Xray team driver and Chinese National Champion Gary Huang. More information about this, and all future, rounds of the series can be found here, while entry for rounds 5 & 6, which like all rounds is limited to 100 entries, is now open here.
Akio Sobue put in a dominant performance in what was mostly a precessional race in the Sweep Modified class at TRC this afternoon. Never really challenged, the Japanese driver was able to pull clear of the chasing pack early on and build up a substantial lead by the end. Behind, Nicholas Lee had what can be described a lonely race in 2nd. While Jin Sawada and a very fast starting Jan Ratheisky, starting in 8th, had a good battle for 4th. That battle would become for 3rd as just ahead Andy Moore had a big moment coming onto the main straight and stuffed it into the wall on the main straight but somehow only lost 2 positions and was able to bring it home in 5th. Jin could stay in front of the German to take the final step on the podium with Jan finishing in 4th.
Sobue said after, that he pushed hard in the first 2 minutes to build a gap and when he was sure his position was secure he started drive easier. He said that before the race he thought that after 5 minutes the car would become loose but it didn’t and actually maintained its balance throughout the entire race. Mentioning that it was important not to touch the kerbs as it was easy to flip over he drove conservatively and brought it home to take his 4th win and second clean sweep of the season.
Yokomo driver Lee said ‘I wanted to be closer to Akio’ however a setup change made prior to the final hadn’t worked out and so he was not as fast as expected. His first entry for the 2018/19 season, having missed the first two rounds due to personal reasons, he was content with his solid start to the championship, leaving Hong Kong with a 3rd from yesterday to go with today’s 2nd place.
Jin Sawada在決賽中的表現非常穩定，他一邊對前方的隊友Andy Moore施加壓力，同時又要抵御來自Jan Ratheisky的進攻，最終獲得第三名。Jin在賽後依然對自己的車不滿意，並又跑了一排電進行測試；一如既往，他終於找到了一整個週末都在思考的解決方案。
Jin Sawada put in a solid performance as he pressured his team mate Andy Moore ahead of him while resisting pressure by Jan Ratheisky from behind to take home 3rd. Jan was still not happy with his car following the race and so decided to run an extra pack and, as is common, finally found a solution to the problem he was having all weekend.
In the Scorpion Stock class, it was the opposite of the modified final, with pole man Jan Ratheisky and 2nd placed starter Yan Cheung putting on an exhibition for almost the entire race, with the pair separated by fractions of a second throughout. Featuring multiple passes, as well as a one time major get together which involved the 3rd place starter Derek Yuen, in the end Jan was able to just pull clear and take the win, the German however still visibly down on power. Mugen driver Cheung took 2nd, while Angus Leung complete the Round 4 series podium.