Remarks – Singapore based Yokomo driver is running a standard version of the all new BD9, recently released by the Japanese brand. Topping practice here at the OneTen series in Hong Kong, the new chassis has marked a distinct improvement over the previous iteration. Lee has chosen to run a number of option parts, the main ones being aluminium outdrives and a lightweight screw set from T-Works.
OneTen系列賽於本週末來到賽程上的第二個舉辦地——香港著名的TRC賽車場——舉行第三輪和第四輪賽事。全名為Tom Racing Circuit的這家賽車場和香港大多數車場一樣都位於香港北方群山環繞的新界區域。TRC並排建有兩條賽道，其中位於山坡上方的是一條大型的油車賽道，毗鄰的電車賽道就是本週末舉行比賽的地方。兩條賽道的周圍是帶有空調的維修間，最近的一場大火非常不幸地燒毀了其中近半的房間，場主目前仍在忙碌地進行恢復重建工作。在電車場的一側，一條小型室內地毯賽道的搭建已經接近尾聲。未來本地車手在雨季就會有多一處玩車的選擇。
The OneTen Series has arrived at its second venue for rounds 3 and 4 this weekend, the well known TRC in Hong Kong. Tom Racing Circuit to give it its full name, the track is located, as most tracks are in the region, in the new territories to the north of the country up in the mountains. Comprising of two onroad tracks and located on a slight incline, at the top of the hill is a large nitro onroad circuit with the EP onroad track, which is being used this weekend, right next to it. The whole facility is surrounded by air conditioned pitting cabins, however a recent fire unfortunately destroyed a number of them and the track owners are still busy re building following this incident. At the end of the track, joining the cabins on either side of the track, the owners are near completion on a small indoor carpet track, to give the local members an area to race during the rainy months.
Talking to Rd1 and 2 winner Akio Sobue about the track, he mentioned that the surface is very bumpy with traction, while better than in free practice, quite low. However the main challenge is the fact that the circuit lies on a slope. The Infinity driver elaborated saying that every corner is different as it can be on camber or off camber depending where it is on the track, another difficulty is that the short shute at the end of the main straight is also angled, pulling your car left. For Modified, the quick drivers are expected to break into the 13 second barrier, while in Stock the fastest drivers are running in the mid 15 seconds.
Having already confirmed a number of big name drivers that will attend the 3rd and 4th round of the OneTen series presented by Infinity at TRC in Hong Kong, the organisers are excited to announce a late addition to the entry list. 2006 ISTC World Champion Andy Moore will make the trip to compete with the best from Hong Kong and China, joining his Infinity team mates, Akio Sobue and Jin Sawada as well as Xray’s Jan Ratheisky and Yokomo’s Nicholas Lee. Fresh off of his awesome performance at the Nitro Onroad Worlds in Miami in October, Andy will make the switch back to the class he is most famous for, fielding his Infinity IF14, in the Modified class. More information about this, and all future, rounds of the series can be found here, while entry for rounds 3 & 4, which like all rounds is limited to 100 entries, is open here.
Following a successful start to the OneTen series presented by Infinity in Shanghai back in October, the series organisers are excited to go to Hong Kong for the 3rd and 4th round of the championship on the 1st and 2nd of December. Held at the awesome TRC facility, the series will have its first outdoor round run on control Sweep tires as we look forward to welcoming all the local Hong Kong racers. With such a high level of competition in the country, and with all the remaining rounds of the series held in this region, we can expect to see a lot of drivers to kick off their championship challenges at this race. Joining the locals at this event, we can again confirm entries from round 1 & 2 Modified class winner Akio Sobue, as well as his Japanese Infinity team mate Jin Sawada. Jan Ratheisky, who dominated the Scorpion powered Stock class at RCI V2 will once again return to race both classes. Unable to attend the opening rounds due to personal reasons, Nicholas Lee will hope to get his title ambitions kicked off in style as he heads the Yokomo challenge at TRC. More information about this, and all future, rounds of the series can be found here, while entry for rounds 3 & 4, which like all rounds is limited to 100 entries, is now open here.
Carrying forward their form from the opening round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity yesterday, top qualifiers Akio Sobue and Jan Ratheisky have won their respective Sweep Modified and Scorpion Stock A-mains. The single 8-minute final saw the grid completed with Lao Minhao winning the B-main to bump up to the A-main. In a rather dominant performance Sobue won his final by 6 seconds from Jan followed by a hard charging Jin Sawada. The German taking the tie break for the overall Shanghai standings due to his fastest lap in today’s final, having had equal results in both the overall result and qualifying across both days. Gary Huang and Rocket Zhang completed the top 5.
Akio was very pleased with his race and also his Infinity IF14, saying it was perfect all weekend. He also commented that the race was very clean and traffic not a problem at all, despite the 10 cars on the small RCI V2 track. Pulling out such a margin early on in the race, the Japanese driver said he took it easy in the last few minutes and drove it steady to the end.
Ratheisky said, ‘I tried to follow Akio, but it became too risky so I took it easy in the last minutes’. Knowing the tie break system, managing to stay in second he needed the fastest lap so pushed very hard in the beginning and it worked out. Slowing near the end to bring it home, he knew Jin would come but the German commented that ‘catching is one thing, but blocking on this track is easy’.
Sawada said his race was only ‘so so’, but with his car the best it had been all weekend he was able to push Jan near the end of the final but as the Xray driver commented it is very tight and difficult to pass here.
Top Chinese driver in Shanghai, National Champion Gary Huang came good in the final. Like Jin, he felt he only managed to find a good setup by the time the final came along and was able to start very fast, however the car started to slide after about 2 minutes and he wasn’t able to push for 3rd in the race.
The Stock class, which uses handout Scorpion 13.5T motors, saw some very close racing behind the winner Ratheisky. With Jan checking out early and slowing up near to end to avoid ruining the 2nd placed battle between Heng Heng and Masaaki Kyoyi which lasted almost the entire 8-minutes. A small mistake 5 laps in saw the Japanese driver drop back to 3rd behind Kenny Yan, but he was able to regain the position and go back after Heng. In the end the pair were separated by only 0.5 seconds with Heng benefitting from the inability to pass here, meaning Kyoyi had to settle for the final podium spot.