Having dominated proceedings yesterday in round 5 of the OneTen Series, Yugo Nagashima made his intentions of a double known early as he took the opening qualifier here at RCI V2. Although kept honest by the following JJ Wang, the American was just not able to match the pace of the Serpent driver and ended up 7 tenths back in the 4-minute encounter. Rocket Zhang was once again the best of the rest as Serpent continue to have a good showing here in Shanghai, with Motor King and Gary Huang completing the top 5 for the round in the Infinity Modified class. Continuing to use the setup he trialed in the last main yesterday evening, Yugo also said that he rebuilt the diff on his Serpent as he found the one he was using was leaking. Asked about the track conditions today he mention that the track feels more free, giving the car a better feeling of rotation in the corners.
Wang continues to be missing something in the setup of his Xray T4 2020 but concedes that it could be just tire prep. Apart from that the US driver said it was pretty close between the pair with them both running similar lap times. Feeling that Yugo starts the qualifier better each time, JJ thinks that this is causing him to have to play the chasing game and ultimately puts it down to who has the better rhythm on track.
Pleased with the new prototype chassis on his Serpent, Rocket Zhang declared his first qualifier as ‘not bad’, despite feeling that the traction is ‘not so high’. Switching from a carbon to an aluminium chassis plate last night he said the car works fine, with just a little push but he could adjust his driving style to compensate. Also feeling that the car is loose in the first minute and then comes in, Rocket will change the springs to see if he can make the setup work with the aluminium chassis better, but declared the change as making the tire performance more consistent throughout the run.
The opening qualifier for the Sweep Stock class went AI Luo, driving an Awesomatix chassis. Winner yesterday in round 5 of the series, Simon Wang would end the qualifier in 2nd place just 2 tenths back, with Heng in 3rd and Masaaki Kiyoyi in 4th, the top 4 covered by 0.55 seconds over 4 minutes.
Making it a clean sweep, Yugo Nagashima has won all 3 A-mains at the fifth round of the OneTen series in Shanghai. The Serpent driver was never threatened in the 2nd final and could win easily to take the overall, while in the last final JJ could have a go at Yugo but couldn’t make the pass stick after contact forced him to relinquish the spot, the American eventually coming home 2nd overall. Despite a bad last final, where he finished down in 7th, Rocket Zhang could take the final podium spot in 3rd, winning the tie break with Motor King, thanks to his faster 3rd place finish. Behind Motor King, Gary Huang ended the day in 5th with Stick King, making the trip from Hong Kong, taking 6th. With very little to say about what was an uneventful 3 finals, Yugo was already focussed on tomorrow trying a new shock setup for A3 which he says has potential but needs a bit of work.
JJ Wang rued his less than ideal starting position from 3rd, saying it left him way too much to do to challenge the Japanese Serpent driver ahead. In the 2nd main, the Xray driver dropped back down the field after early contact but could recover back to 2nd, and getting passed Rocket quickly meant he could mount a challenge on Yugo but inevitably would finish again in 2nd to secure the runner up spot. Looking to tomorrow JJ said he doesn’t know what to expect from the 8-minute A-main but one thing he does know is that he will have to borrow a battery from someone to ensure he will last the distance.
Taking another podium, having also done so in rounds 1 and 2 with 2nd on both previous occasions, Rocket Zhang was struggling with his tires dropping off badly after 2 minutes. Feeling that traction coming onto the straight is being affected by the Formula cars being set down with their tires still wet this is making things difficult for everyone. For the 2nd and 3rd A-mains the Serpent driver said he didn’t run a warm up lap to make his car better in the opening laps having had problems at the start of the opening final suffering from low grip. Changing to a prototype aluminium chassis plate in place of the carbon version he ran today, he hopes this will make the car easier to drive.
The Sweep Stock class saw the best battles as we had 3 different winners in the A-mains, with Masaaki Kiyoyi being handed A2 after the leaders Heng and Wang got together on the last corner, while Heng would finally win in A3, having lead each final at one point or another. But it was Simon Wang who would claim overall victory with his A1 win and 2nd place in A2, while Heng would take the runner up spot in front of Kiyoyi in 3rd, with AI Lou and Da Chen completing the top 5.