It was clear win for Yugo Nagashima in the opening A-main here at RCI V2 for the 5th round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity. The Serpent driver took the lead from the start and was never headed for the remainder of the final. JJ Wang kept him honest for a while as he started to catch him but hit the curbs coming through the chicane and dropped back, coming home in 2nd, some 3 seconds back. Motor King would take third, benefitting from a strange crash on the straight by Rocket Zhang early in the race, the Serpent driver recovering to take 4th just ahead of Gary Huang in 5th. In what was a fairly straight forward race, Yugo described it as ‘Easy’ with ‘no need to push and no pressure’, a ‘very safe run’.
JJ felt he lost his chance at the start, it taking too long for the tires to come in. Once he got passed Rocket he had too much work to do to catch the Japanese driver and so needs to make some changes to get the most from the tires sooner as well as try to get a better start. Asked about him catching Yugo, the Xray driver said he was pushing very hard and had a few bobbles, including coming onto the straight, so decided to ‘let it go’.
Motor King would take his Yokomo to 3rd position doing enough to stay ahead of a recovering Rocket Zhang, the two Shanghai based drivers separated by 1.6 seconds at the end. Gary Huang who is enduring a difficult race on what is not his favourite surface was 5th, with Stick King and fellow Hong Kong driver Jackie Shim taking 6th and 7th with Jimmy Qian completing the A-main field.
The opening A-main for the Sweep Stock class went to Simon Wang, but the top qualifier was gifted the win when race long leader Heng crashed on the last lap and let the chasing field passed, ending up in 4th. In what was a good battle at the start between the top 2 as they swapped places, even coming together a number of times, Heng emerged out in front and pulled a gap only to throw it away getting stuck on a curb in the centre of the track. AI Lou would take 2nd, just one tenth behind the winner, with Da Chen a further 6 tenths back in 3rd.
Yugo Nagashima is the top qualifier for the 5th round of the OneTen series presented by Infinity. The Serpent driver wrapped up the top qualifying spot with his second round TQ in Q2 but only took 2nd in the 3rd and final 6 minute qualifier. The 3rd round of qualifying went to his Serpent team mate Rocket Zhang who as a result will now line up in 2nd on the grid for this afternoon’s triple 4-minute mains. JJ Wang will line up in 3rd for Xray just ahead of Yokomo driver Motor King with Gary Huang completing the top 5. Asked about his qualifying, Yugo said that in the 2nd qualifier he made a small mistake and hit the curb which allowed JJ to lead but once he regained his rhythm he could go to the top of the times again. Happy with the setup of his car in Q2, for Q3 he tried something completely different but it wasn’t as good and will revert to the previous setup for the finals.
Taking the final round and starting from 2nd for the finals, Rocket Zhang was pleased with his final run. With JJ making a mistake this allowed Rocket to lead but with his team mate able to close, Rocket said ‘Yugo let me go, I think it is safer for him’, referring to the fact that the Japanese driver knew that if Rocket took a win he would start ahead of JJ. Not planning to change anything for his finals his aim is to try and maintain his position.
Speaking to JJ Wang following the conclusion of qualifying he said that he didn’t realise that Rocket could take 2nd away from him until he had pulled up before the end. Trying something different for Q3, he said it didn’t work out and he didn’t want to risk breaking anything and chose to stop early, but had he known that Yugo would slow for his team mate he would have stayed out and pushed. Going back to his Q2 setup the US driver said he will ‘make some moves in the final’.
In the Sweep Stock class Heng would take the final round of qualifying but with Simon Wang already wrapping up qualifying having taken the first two rounds, it is the Awesomatix driver that starts up front. Heng will set off from 2nd with his Yokomo with the Xray of Masaaki Kiyoyi starting just behind in 3rd. AI Lou and Da Chen complete the top 5.
The second qualifier ended up being a repeat of the first, with Yugo Nagashima once again topping the timesheets. This time however the Serpent driver was pushed harder by JJ Wang, who came from behind to lead the race for a while before making a mistake which dropped him back into 2nd. Rocket Zhang was once again 3rd, with Motor King the biggest improvement of the round taking 4th in front of Gary Huang who rounded out the first 5. In Stock it was again Simon Wang from Heng in 2nd with Masaaki Kiyoyi taking 3rd.
Yugo Nagashima has taken the opening round of qualifying in the Infinity Modified class at the 5th round of the OneTen series in Shanghai. The Serpent driver was 1 and a half seconds up on Xray driver JJ Wang, with the American a further 2 seconds up on local Serpent driver Rocket Zhang in 3rd. Coming from the 2nd fastest heat, it was Motor King who headed the Yokomo effort in 4th while Stick King completed the top 5, making it a solid start for Serpent. Describing his first run as ‘ok, but big push’, Nagashima will look to make a change for Q2 but conceded that any changes made on this track seem to make no difference to the overall feel of the car. A fan of the RCI V2 track, having won the AOC here last year, Yugo said that JJ is fast but he believes he has the pace to beat the US driver if he can tweak the setup further.
Racing on his home track, JJ Wang described the run as super close, going on to say that at the start Yugo was catching him and when he clipped a curb the Japanese driver got passed but then he too clipped the curb and fell back behind the American, which is where he stayed until the end. Lacking overall grip on his Xray, this is first time out with the 2020 T4 chassis, JJ said ‘the conditions are tough but fun, changing a lot throughout the day’ and he will make some minor tweaks for the next qualifier.
Rocket Zhang was 3rd fastest for Serpent saying his first qualifying run was ‘not bad’. The Shanghai driver explained that he hadn’t changed anything to his setup today, having found a good setup 2 days ago when he tried different springs and shocks. Now planning to make his first change for Q2, to softer shocks, he hopes this will improve the overall grip of the car. Feeling that with the lower temperatures in Shanghai currently, the tire needs more running to come in and also takes longer to come up to racing temperature and that this is the major reason for the lack of traction.
In the Sweep Stock class, the opening qualifier went to Simon Wang, the Awesomatix driver just narrowly beating out Heng, the Yokomo driver being held up for a number of laps near the end of the run while setting the pace. AI Lou would claim 3rd for the round in front of Xray driver Masaaki Kiyoyi, the winner of the opening 2 rounds of the series taking time to get up to speed.
The OneTen series presented by Infinity has returned to RCI V2 for rounds 5 & 6 of the 2019/20 series, with the touring car series running alongside the opening round of the SGP1 Formula 1 series. Since the opening round in October, the layout has been replaced with a more technical one, sporting a tight hairpin at the end of the straight to serve as a good passing opportunity as well as the addition of a long pitlane on the right side of the track for the compulsory SGP1 pitstops. With Marc Rheinard’s surprise departure from Infinity the German is unfortunately not in attendance and we are without our series leader Jin Sawada, but the racing will be no less competitive with JJ Wang, Yugo Nagashima and Stick King making the trip to join the fast locals in Shanghai. Round 5 of the series on Saturday sees 3 rounds of 6-minute qualifiers followed by 3 legs of 4-minute mains, with round 6 of the series on Sunday set to have four 4-minute qualifiers with a single 8-minute main to wrap up proceedings.