Round 6 of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity kicked off at Feiteng Raceway in Guangzhou with cooler conditions than on Saturday. The colder track conditions meant traction was a little lower than before but the order of the top 2 drivers remained the same. Akio Sobue, who claimed the season title in Modified yesterday, was again the pace setter from Jin Sawada, who seeded first in controlled practice earlier in the morning. 3rd spot for the opening round went to Jan Ratheisky, while Nicholas Lee and Gary Huang, the Xray driver running in the 2nd fastest heat, completed the top 5. Sobue who was on one run tires from the 2nd A-main yesterday felt that the traction was lower today but his car and the used tire were still ok.
Sawada, who was the only one of the top 4 to run new tires for Q1 was less than 4 tenths behind his team mate at the end of the run but complained that his car was sliding around due to the lower than expected grip. Not helped by traffic on the last 3 laps of his run, he may have been able to take the top spot from his Infinity team mate had he managed to have a clear track.
Jan Ratheisky was 3rd but admitted that he was lucky to get third on old tires as he was slow but made no mistakes and was consistent. The Xray driver further helped by a number of faster drivers making mistakes such as Lao Minhao, Zhipeng Cao and Haoran Ma, all crashing while setting fast times.
Nicholas Lee was 4th in Q1, saying that he flipped only once, but overall is not happy with the balance of his Yokomo car. Feeling he should use the ARS system on the rear of his car, as his competitors are doing, the Singaporean broke his only set earlier in the weekend and has no spares to fix it and has admitted that he is running out of ideas to get his car better.
The Scorpion Stock class once again was all about Jan Ratheisky, the German heading Yan Cheung from Hong Kong by nearly 7 seconds in 4 minutes and setting the only sub 20 second lap in the run. The German choosing again to run on used tires, he joked that we will have 2 brand new sets for practice following the race. Yesterday’s race runner up Hanbin He would take 3rd for the round with his InHobby chassis with team mate Jiarong Liu in 4th, while Ali Lee would complete the top 5.
Remark – Qualifying 4th and having some big battles at Rd5 of the series here in Guangzhou, Ma Haoran is using a standard Xray T4 2019 with Xray’s low friction centre pulley, T-works LiPo mount and UFO screws. Starting the weekend using a starting setup from Gavin Kowk, he found the car was pushing too much, so he made changes to the rear suspension and is now happy with the overall balance. His Hobbywing ESC has the optional upper case which can mount bigger cooling fan.
As expected Akio Sobue has taken his 5th overall win of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity and in doing so has wrapped up the overall Sweep Modified title. Winning the 2nd leg of A-mains today in Guangzhou, and setting the fastest lap of the weekend with a 16.984, Akio was the only driver to break into the 16 second lap barrier all weekend to take the title in commanding fashion and allowing him to sit out the final leg.
With Sobue absent from Leg 3, it meant that Sawada would effectively start from pole position and the Japanese National Champion took full advantage to take a clean start and pull out a comfortable gap on eventual 2nd place finisher Gary Huang, the Xray driver finally managing a good result.
The final main would see a number of incidents, most notably a coming together with Haoran Ma and Jan Ratheisky, the Xray pairing having a heavy coming together coming onto the pit straight as the German tried to pressure his way passed having been stuck behind the youngster. The resulting penalty saw Jan lose a number of places which allowed local racer Zhipeng Cao, driving for InHobby, to take 3rd place in A3, to go with his 3rd in A2, from 8th on the grid and secure the final overall podium spot in round 5. Gary Huang would end up 4th overall, with Ratheisky in 5th and Nicholas Lee in 6th.
In the Scorpion Stock class, while it was a formality, Jan Ratheisky too wrapped up the overall season title by taking the 2nd A-main in front of the InHobby driver pairing of Jiarong Liu and Hanbin He. Able to sit out Leg 3 to focus more on the modified class, the win went to He, with Liu in 2nd and Yan Cheung in 3rd, the Hong Kong Mugen driver showing good pace in all finals but unlucky to have a number of incidents, meaning he ended up 5th overall behind Ali Lee who was also unlucky in 4th.
Remark – Liu Jiarong calls Feiteng his home track and so has a good basic setting for this race having changed nothing on his InHobby i21 throughout the day. The car is mostly all original, with just Roche double-joint CVDs on the front and Xray dogbones on the rear as well as Xray 2.7 front and rear shock springs.
Infinity driver Akio Sobue has moved a step closer to securing the 2018/19 OneTen Series Modified title as he took an easy win in A1 this afternoon in Guangzhou. The Japanese driver was never challenged and could win by a substantial margin, which had increased to 9 seconds as team mate Sawada crashed on the last lap coming onto the back straight. Having managed to get pass the line before the buzzer Jin was luckily able to maintain his runner up position.
Jan Ratheisky躍進了好幾位，最終獲得本輪第三；他在緊貼隊友馬浩然連續4圈之後超過了這位小將。Nicholas Lee的開局很糟糕，但依舊奮勇追回到第四完賽，只比德國人慢了一秒鐘。
As has become the norm, Jan Ratheisky made up lots of places in the early laps and would eventually take 3rd, getting passed Xray team mate Haoran Ma following 4 laps of close quarters racing with the youngster. Nicholas Lee would recover from a rough start to take 4th by the finish, less than a second behind the German at the end of the 4 minutes.
Gary Huang would endure a terrible start as he got caught up in the chaos on the opening lap which saw him drop all the way back to 9th, but the Chinese National Champion’s experience shone through as he was able to recover to 5th at the finish. Lao Minhao would take 6th, with Ma dropping to 7th in the laps following Jan getting by.
Starting the race on 3 run tires, Jan Ratheisky still took the win in the opening leg of the Scorpion Stock class A-mains despite it looking as though Yan Cheung would challenge mid way through the race. That expected battle would fizzle away as a closing Ali Lee in 3rd would start a battle with Cheung, dropping both back with Lee eventually getting the 2nd spot with Hong Kong driver Cheung 3rd and Xu Ziyang 4th.
Akio Sobue will start Rd5 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity from pole position having wrapped up qualifying in the Sweep Modified class early by taking the opening 2 rounds. Team mate Jin Sawada would take the 3rd and final round to secure 2nd place overall with an improving Gary Huang to start from 3rd place. Local kid Haoran Ma will start an impressive 4th, while Nicholas Lee endured a difficult qualifying to end up 5th just had of Lao Minhao and Jan Ratheisky. Sobue, who can secure the title with a win in today’s 4-minute long triple A-mains, was again happy with his IF14, only adjusting his tire prep during the day and commented that he has saved 2 of his allotted sets of Sweep tires for the finals, the drop off in tire performance in qualifying minimal on the 2nd and 3rd runs.
Jin Sawada will start behind his team mate on the grid, the Infinity driver looking faster than his fellow Japanese team mate late in the final qualifier. Left with very little power in his battery following the 6 minute run, only 6V, a precautionary change of Hobbywing speedo has been made as it is somehow using too much power.
Third position on the grid went to Huang, the Chinese National Champion feeling while his 2nd round of qualifying was not good, his 3rd run was much improved in terms of setup, but 3rd run tires meaning he couldn’t show how good. For the final, the Xray driver will keep his setup as is and just bolt on new tires, a podium finish a realistic goal.
Haoran Ma gambled with tires, using 2 of his allotted 3 sets to allow him to start from 4th position ahead of a lot more experienced drivers. Only time will tell whether the gamble will pay off in the finals as the 13 year old will need to hold off Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee, Lao Minhao and the always fast Jan Ratheisky, who starts from back in 7th on the grid.
In the Scorpion Stock class Jan Ratheisky made it another clean sweep in qualifying as the German took all 3 rounds of qualifying to continue his perfect record. Wrapping up the TQ early having taken the 2nd round in his fastest time of the day, the German is now only 2 finals away from taking the inaugural OneTen series title. The 2nd place overall went to local driver Jiarong Liu, driving the locally made InHobby I21 car, with Mugen racer Yan Cheung in 3rd and Awesomatix racer Ali Lee in 4th.