Nicholas Lee賭對了輪胎策略，在TRC拿下第二輪預賽。Akio Sobue獲得第二名，他的隊友Jin Sawada再次拿下第三。Fai Ho進一步提升自己的排名，獲得本輪第四，另一位香港車手Carven Chow位居第五。Yokomo車手Nicholas在第二輪中使用了全新的輪胎，而他的對手們都選擇了舊胎；每位車手在週末兩天的比賽中只允許使用最多5套Sweep公發輪胎。新加坡人認為這條賽道並不容易超車，所以他需要確保自己至少在決賽中排在Sawada之前，從第二位發車；因此他必須要做出第二個優異的完賽成績。感覺自己的BD9過於穩定，他打算在第三輪也是最後一輪預賽中嘗試新設定以獲取更多轉向，他將會為自己的Yokomo車架安裝一套ARS。
Nicholas Lee took round 2 of qualifying at TRC following a gamble with tires which paid off. Akio Sobue would end up in 2nd for the round followed by his Infinity team mate Jin Sawada in 3rd and Fai Ho again putting in a good run to claim fourth while fellow Hong Kong driver Carven Chow was 5th. Yokomo driver Lee decided to run new tires in Q2 as his competitors decided for used tires, each driver only allowed 5 sets of handout Sweep tires for the entire race weekend. Knowing he needed a 2nd good run to start at least in 2nd position for the triple mains later today, the Singaporean remarked that the track is not easy to pass on so he wanted to ensure he would at least start ahead of Sawada. Feeling that his BD9 was too stable, for the 3rd and final qualifier he will look for more steering, installing the rear active toe option on his Yokomo.
Sobue, had a carbon copy of his Q1 incident as he again lost the IF14 as he came onto the straight and once again it corrected itself, landing back on its wheels allowing the Japanese driver to continue. Quick to remark that Nico was on new tires while he was on used, he also commented that the gap between the pair before the incident was not very big considering the 2nd run drop off in performance of the tires. Still undecided as to whether he will use a new set for Q3 or try a 3rd run on his current set, he will make the decision closer to the start of the next qualifier.
Struggling with his car and making a mistake in Q1, Sawada ran his tires also for a second time and this time making no mistakes was closer to his team mate. Having not made any changes to the car since the start of qualifying the Japanese driver said ‘the car is good but old tires not good’.
Once again best of the non international drivers Fai Ho took his Scorpion powered Awesomatix to 4th, less than a second back on Sawada and only just ahead of Carven Chow, who was less than 4 tenths back. Andy Moore would end the round 6th fastest with King Fong 7th, Simon Yeung 8th, a struggling Jan Ratheisky in 9th and Chan Chau Man in 10th.
Fortunes were better for Ratheisky in Stock, the German wrapping up the TQ, but was not happy with the car and also with the speed of his Xray T4. Running on used tires, he said he had no traction at all and in the run let the faster Yan Cheung passed but still took the round following mistakes for Cheung who would take 2nd. CY was 3rd, with Angus Leung and Jimmy So 4th and 5th respectively, the top 5 covered by just over 3 seconds after 6 minutes.
Following a later than planned start, the 3rd round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity finally got underway with beautiful warm weather greeting all the entries for this the second stop of the series at TRC in Hong Kong. In the Sweep Modified class it was Akio Sobue who kicked off qualifying with the fastest time over the 6 minute run, followed closely by Nicholas Lee. Jin Sawada would take 3rd, while Jan Ratheisky, top local driver Fai Ho and former WC Andy Moore completed the top 6. While ending quickest, Sobue had one moment coming onto the straight, when is IF14 rolled over, but luckily righted itself, admitting that the car was so good he was able to recover the lost time.
Driving the new BD9 from Yokomo, Singaporean Nicholas Lee was caught out by a change in schedule by the organisers which saw the removal of CP2 from the time table and so had to rush to mount his race tires meaning the sauce time was too short. While feeling Akio was still quicker, his plan is to put in another safe run, driver’s having 2 from the 3 qualifiers counting, leaving it for the 3rd qualifier to try a setup change and push the limits.
Jin Sawada struggled in his run, despite bringing his Infinity home in 3rd, the low traction surface causing problems for the Japanese National Champion. Having a spin in the centre chicane highlighted the difficulties he was experiencing, with the rear end of the car too loose meaning it would swap ends if he pushes hard. Looking to improve the car for the next run, he and his team will discuss a number of setup in the break between rounds.
Taking 4th for the round, runner up at the 2nd round of the series, Jan Ratheisky made a change to his car for the opening qualifier going to a softer spring with the intention to get more rotation but it was still sliding around. For the next run he will revert the springs back and instead try more droop on his T4 2019.
Scorpion driver Fai Ho, driving an Awesomatix A800X took 5th this round, the Hong Kong driver fastest of those racing in the 2nd quickest heat, his time just one second up on Andy Moore in 6th with Xpress driver Carven Chow in 7th.
In the Scorpion stock class, which uses identical Scorpion 13.5 handout motors, it was Jan Ratheisky who would take the first round, the Xray driver pushed hard by local racer Derek Yuen, who was less than a second behind after 6 minutes, while top seed after practice Yan Cheung would complete the top 3 for the round. Jan felt his Xray had absolutely no traction as he slid around the track but also felt he had no top speed. For the second problem, the German said following the run he found a piece of dirt lodged in the rear pulley which he feels could have been the culprit.
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.