Marc Rheinard延續了昨天的狀態，這位系列賽第七站的贏家在PYC贏得了今天的首輪預賽，狀態回勇的Naoki Akiyama緊隨其後。Jin Sawada排名本輪第三，香港本地Yokomo車手Kenrick Fong位居第四，身後是泰國隊友Charlee P.。這個開局對於Akio Sobue和Nicholas Lee來說都很糟糕，賽季總冠軍使用舊胎下地，最終僅獲得第六名；Lee排在第八，他在控制練習時撞車，匆匆忙忙換完車就上場了。新加坡人在控制練習時撞上了停在大直路入口處的隊友Kenrick Fong，車架全毀，他的另一位隊友Jackie Shum犧牲了自己的比賽，將車架交給了Nicholas。首次來香港參加比賽的Rheinard在賽後很快評論說，「Naoki和Jin現在都非常快」。天氣條件相比昨天有所變化，今天的風更大，帶來的灰塵也更多，這位Infinity車手利用第一輪預賽再次測試了Zoo Racing Preopard車殼；他感覺這個車殼的進彎更快、但過彎速度較慢一些。
Marc Rheinard has continued where he left off yesterday, the winner of Rd7 of the series here at PYC taking the opening qualifier over a much improved Naoki Akiyama. Jin Sawada would come home in 3rd place while Hong Kong Yokomo driver Kendrick Fong was 4th just in front of his Thai team mate Charlee P. It was a tough start for both Akio Sobue and Nicholas Lee, the newly crowned champion starting qualifying with used tires and ending up in 6th while Lee ended 8th having to scramble between practice and qualifying as he destroyed his car in free practice. The Singaporean hit a stationary Kendrick Fong at the start of the straight way and completely destroyed his car, team mate Jackie Shum sacrificing his race to give his team mate his race car to run. Rheinard, who is racing for the first time in Hong Kong, was quick to comment that both ‘Naoki and Jin are also very fast now’. With conditions changing overnight, it being more windy and dusty today, the Infinity driver used the first heat to again test the Zoo Racing Preopard which he feels has more turn in but carries less corner speed.
Serpent driver Akiyama, who is running the newly released 4X Pro, put in a very quick qualifier on new tires. Working with Felix Law as mechanic this weekend and struggling yesterday somewhat, the pair found a solution last night to a problem that was previously lost in translation. The change focussed on power delivery, Naoki preferring a lot of initial power to drive the car, and so a 12.3 rotor was used in place of a 12.1 and the relevant settings were made to the car’s speed control.
Jin Sawada was 3rd this round. Also running on a new set of Sweep handout tires, the Japanese Infinity racer said his run had ‘almost no mistake’, just riding some curbing during the 4 minute qualifier.
Top Yokomo driver for the round Kenrick Fong put in the 4th fastest time. Involved in the incident in practice with his team mate Lee, he commented afterwards that the crash had taken away some of his confidence. Just driving safe in Q1, he aims to repeat that feat in Q2 to lock himself into this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main.
Scorpion Stock Champion Jan Ratheisky continues to go for the perfect season, as he once again took the first round with his Xray. Declaring it as a ‘clean run’, he was running on new tires, but such was the drop off in track conditions caused by the dust being blown about by the wind, his time was nearly a lap slower than yesterday. Yan Cheung was once again 2nd albeit some 5 seconds back, while Derek Yuen completed the top 3.
Remark – Hong Kong resident Yan Cheung has been the best of the rest all season in the Scorpion Stock class driving his Mugen MTC1. Arriving to PYC with his setup from the TITC, Yan focussed mainly on the change in tires, working to prevent them overheating while also ensuring the car had good direction change for the many left right sections. Narrowing the car, especially in the rear to make it more nimble he also made the change to harder springs.
Nicholas Lee在香港PYC獲得了由Infinity冠名的OneTen系列賽第七站比賽的亞軍。這位Yokomo車手在第三輪決賽中戰勝了Marc Rheinard，稍稍彌補了自己在第二輪失利的遺憾。Jin Sawada獲得今天比賽的季軍，Naoki Akiyama名列第四；賽季總冠軍Akio Sobue僅拿到第五名，他在最後一輪決賽中再度表現不佳。
Nicholas Lee has taken the runner up spot at Rd7 of the OneTen series present by Infinity at PYC in Hong Kong. The Yokomo driver took the win in A3 from Marc Rheinard to make up somewhat for his misfortune in A2. Jin Sawada who ended the day in 3rd place with Naoki Akiyama taking 4th, while the new champion Akio Sobue ended the day in 5th, having another bad run in the last final.
While Xray’s Jan Ratheisky took the win again in today’s final Scorpion Stock A-main, it was Yan Cheung who took the overall runner up spot with his Mugen despite bad luck in the last final which saw him drop to last at the start, only to recover to 6th. Starting from 4th Samson Chau would take 2nd in A3 with a nice pass on Derek Yuen who took 3rd, the pair ending up 3rd and 4th overall with James Lee from 7th on the grid completing the top 5.
Remark – Triple TC World Champion Marc Rheinard has taken the win in round 7 of the series here at PYC with his Infinity IF14. Running a fairly standard car, he set it down on the track with his Reedy Race setup but made some adjustments through the week. Feeling the tires were overheating he made the front of the car wider and to make it turn more freely also widened the rear of the car and raised the rear roll centres.
Marc Rheinard在香港勝出了他的OneTen系列賽首秀，這得益於隊友Akio Sobue和桿位選手Nicholas Lee的撞車。錯誤估計了一個超車的機會，Akio狠狠地撞到了Yokomo車手，直接將他的後杯撞斷，迫使其當場退賽。這一事故讓Marc上升到領先位置，之後他一路高歌，率先衝線。Sobue的賽季連勝紀錄也就此終結。Rheinard評論說他當時「只是跟著」，事故之後，他就「順勢拿下比賽」。他依舊使用舊胎跑完了這一輪；贏下了這一場後，他為明天的比賽省下了一套新胎，這顯然會有助於他在明天再下一城。
Marc Rheinard has won on his debut at the OneTen series in Hong Kong, aided by an accident between his team mate Akio Sobue and pole sitter Nicholas Lee. Misjudging a passing opportunity Akio made heavy contact with the Yokomo driver, breaking his rear upright and forcing him to retire on the spot. This allowed Marc into the lead where he was able to drive it home and take the win, in doing so preventing Sobue from making it a clean sweep of the series this season. Rheinard commented that he ‘just stayed back’ and following the accident he ‘just took it’. He was again on old tires and with the win sealed up he has an extra set for tomorrow which will aid him in doing the double here at PYC.
Jin Sawada在混亂中拿下第二，落後自己的隊友3秒多完賽；Akio Sobue也最終從第一圈的事故中恢復過來，獲得本輪第三。Akio承認這一次撞車完全是他的錯，但他當時感覺Nico的車不在線路上，於是他就試圖進行超車。他還說自己的新胎抓地力比舊胎強很多，這也是讓這位日本車手出錯的原因之一。
Jin Sawada would come through the carnage to take 2nd spot some 3 seconds back on his senior team mate while Akio Sobue would eventually recover from the first lap incident to take 3rd. Akio admitted that the crash was completely his fault but felt that Nico’s car got out of shape and that he went for a pass. He also believed that his new set of tires had much more traction than his previous set which also caught the Japanese driver out.
Nicholas Lee felt that Sobue simply took him out and that he was also on new tires and the car felt ok before the incident, the crash breaking the rear of his Yokomo. For the final A-main he still has the tires from A2 that have only 4 laps on them and he will go for the win, which would net him the runner up spot.
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Jan Ratheisky保持了自己的完美戰績，又一次以穩健的操控獲勝，目前他還剩一輪決賽要跑。德國人控制了比賽的進程並贏得勝利，第二名是始終緊隨其後的Yan Cheung。第三到第五名的選手保持了他們的發車排位完賽，Derek Yuen獲得第三，Samson Chau第四，Angus Leung第五。
Jan Ratheisky has maintained his perfect record in the series as he once again won the Scorpion stock class with a very steady drive to take the round with one final left to run. The German controlled the race and took victory by over a second from the ever present Yan Cheung in 2nd. The rest of the top 5 maintained their grid position to the end of the 4 minute race with Derek Yeun in 3rd, Samson Chau in 4th and Angus Leung 5th.
Marc Rheinard在PYC勝出了三輪決賽的第一輪。這位Infinity車手利用新胎的優勢先超越了Akio，之後又非常漂亮地內道超過Nicholas。Akio的比賽早早就告吹，在抓地很差的情況下，他進直路時踩到路肩並撞牆，避震跳出，提前退賽。在前兩位車手之後，Jin Sawada與Naoki Akiyama分獲第三與第四；兩人上演了非常精彩的追逐戰。Marc將自己的勝利總結為，「一切都好」；不過這位多屆世界冠軍也承認「我用的是新胎，其他人都在跑舊胎」。超過Akio之後，他迅速接近Nico並做出了一個「OK的超車」。現在所有人都需要在第二輪決賽中用上新胎，而Marc可以選擇在第二輪還是第三輪用上自己的最後一套Sweep公發胎。
Marc Rheinard has taken the win in the opening round of triple A-mains here at PYC. The Infinity driver could take advantage of his new tires to work his way passed Akio and then Nicholas, with a very nice pass down the inside. Akio’s race would implode early on as battling with very low traction he hit the curb coming onto the straight and went into the wall. This would pop off his shock and he would retire. Behind the top 2, Jin Sawada and Naoki Akiyama completed the top 4 after a very nice battle following an earlier incident that had dropped both down the order. Marc summed up his win as ‘so far so good’ the multiple WC admitting that he was on ‘new tires while the others were all on old’. Once passed Akio, he closed on Nico and made an ‘ok pass’ and now with the others needing to use their 3rd set of tires for the 2nd main, Marc will decide when to use his 3rd and final set of handout Sweep tires.
Pole man Nicholas Lee said he went with ‘old tires because I need to gamble on tire strategy’. Like the others he found the track conditions have gotten very difficult as the day has gone on with traction lower than before, due to the rising temperature and the wind picking up. Admitting to struggling with his car he said he wasn’t able to keep Rheinard behind him and didn’t push to issue when he got down the inside.
3rd place would go to Jin Sawada, a crash at the start of the race dropping the Infinity driver to 7th, but a good recovery drive, helped by others crashing and making mistakes, saw him come back strong. A close battle with his fellow Japanese driver Naoki Akiyama, who also had a bad start, pushed the two to progress through the field and the Serpent driver would take 4th with Scorpion driver Meen Vejrak taking 5th.
The Scorpion Stock class was again a Jan Ratheisky show as the Xray driver won ahead of Yan Cheung by some 2 seconds. The German was never threatened throughout the race and once he had a comfortable margin he could control the gap. Andy Yip would come through from 6th on the grid to round out the top 3.