After failing to top the first round of qualifying this morning at the Amazing Indoor Arena, Jin Sawada bounced back in Q2 to take the round from fellow Japanese driver Yugo Nagashima, although the leading pair were much more closely matched, just over a second separating them over 4 minutes. The third-place once again went to Gary Huang, his second round only slightly faster than his first, while Xray teammate Marco Ma completed the top 4. Drivers now have 2 more rounds of qualifying before going into the single 8-minute mains later this afternoon.
A new day and finally a new name at the top of the results sheet, with Yugo Nagashima topping Q1 at the 4th round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity at the AMA in Guangzhou. The Serpent driver led home Jin Sawada, who had headed the times up until an incident midway through the run where he had to avoid a crashed car on the main straight. Taking 3rd Gary Huang was less than happy with his car today due to the increase in traction overnight, while 4th went to young Marco Ma with the Serpent of Hong Kong driver Stick King rounding out the top 5. Asked about his run Yugo said, ‘the car is so so’, before going on to explain that the traction had increased since yesterday but thanks to a number of changes to his Serpent X20, including a different chassis and some major setup changes as well as reverting to a Turismo body from Protoform, had made the car slightly easier to drive but was still nowhere near where he wants it.
Winner of yesterday’s 3rd round of the series, Infinity driver Jin Sawada was leading the opening round of qualifying before he had to take avoiding action for Minhao Lao who had crashed out of the infield into the path of the Japanese driver on the main straight, the resulting half spin and trip off the racing line resulting in nearly 2 seconds lost on that lap and some dirty tires for the following lap. Another to talk about the higher traction, Jin said he has left his car the same as yesterday but only added more glue to the side of the front tires to try and avoid traction rolling his IF14.
Despite getting third for the round, Xray driver Gary Huang declared himself ‘not happy’ with his run and his car despite not crashing, however, he felt he was not able to push his T4’19 at all for fear of rolling it. For the next run, the Chinese driver will try an aluminium chassis plate in a hope to make the car safer to drive.
Jin Sawada has maintained with his perfect winning record this year at the OneTen Series presented by Infinity as he took the win today in Guangzhou. Having won A1 earlier in the afternoon, the Japanese driver would follow up with a win in A2 to seal the overall at Rd3 of the series. Gary Huang would take the runner up spot as the Xray driver had a difficult A2 but would bounce back to win A3 by a big margin. Having a troubled start to the day, Yugo Nagashima’s day finally turned around as he finished 2nd in both A2 and A3 to take the final step of the podium. Marco Ma would take 4th overall followed by Stick King in 5th. Commenting on his A2, he said it was easier than expected as the challenge from Gary failed to materialize. For A3 he tried a change of body, going from the DBX to the Hellcat but it wasn’t any better, and in the end contact with a backmarker ended his run as it pulled the right front corner of his IF14.
Gary explained his issue in A2, pointing at Marco Ma, saying ‘I crashed with my teammate’. He said he was just unlucky, he was following Jin and then they got together. Regarding his car and his A3 win, he said it is still easy to drive and so was able to win without a problem and he will not change anything if the conditions remain the same for Rd4 of the series tomorrow.
Describing his run today as ‘no good’, Yugo Nagashima is finding the conditions very challenging and is having a hard time to find the right setup on his new Serpent X20. He has it set to push because he says if he adds any more steering it will traction roll. Asked what he can change on his car to prevent this, he replied ‘I have no idea what to change’. Having run well in free practice on Friday, he said ‘today the traction is too high now’.
Having looked set for a podium finish, a rather disappointed Marco Ma struggled in A2 after contact with Huang and could only manage 4th in A3, putting his problems down to clipping the track’s rather high curbs too much. Feeling he has always struggled on this track in the past, for tomorrow he will regroup and aim for a podium finish.
The win in A1 at the OneTen series Rd3 in AMA in Guangzhou has gone to Infinity driver Jin Sawada but he was pushed very hard early on by Gary Huang until a mistake from the Xray driver dropped him back and out of contention although he would still finish in 2nd. A rough start to the final say some crashes in the mid-pack and surviving the carnage it was Marco Ma who would come out of it in 3rd while Stick King finally had some luck on his side and finished in 4th. Describing his final simply as ‘Good’, he expanded on it by saying that at the start Gary was very fast and when he made his mistake Jin switched to safety mode and cruised home to the win. Running the final on a new set of Sweep control tires, Jin said his only major issue in the final was dealing with the traffic, coming together with a slower car at one point.
Gary explained that he had a very good start and was able to push hard and catch up on the rear of Sawada’s Infinity, but then clipped the curb and rolled, slow marshaling ensured that he lost a big chunk of time. Huang would go on to post the fastest lap of the final as he pushed to recover lost time. For A2 he will push once again and because it is very difficult to pass on this layout he hopes he can pressure Sawada into a mistake.
Marco Ma would again take third, getting involved in the melee on the first lap which dropped him down one spot but he would retake that spot from Serpent driver Stick King on the following lap as the Hong Kong driver dropped down to 7th before finally recovering the 4th. Yugo Nagashima, who was another to get caught out at the start, would complete the top 5.