Akio Sobue put in a dominant performance in what was mostly a precessional race in the Sweep Modified class at TRC this afternoon. Never really challenged, the Japanese driver was able to pull clear of the chasing pack early on and build up a substantial lead by the end. Behind, Nicholas Lee had what can be described a lonely race in 2nd. While Jin Sawada and a very fast starting Jan Ratheisky, starting in 8th, had a good battle for 4th. That battle would become for 3rd as just ahead Andy Moore had a big moment coming onto the main straight and stuffed it into the wall on the main straight but somehow only lost 2 positions and was able to bring it home in 5th. Jin could stay in front of the German to take the final step on the podium with Jan finishing in 4th.
Sobue said after, that he pushed hard in the first 2 minutes to build a gap and when he was sure his position was secure he started drive easier. He said that before the race he thought that after 5 minutes the car would become loose but it didn’t and actually maintained its balance throughout the entire race. Mentioning that it was important not to touch the kerbs as it was easy to flip over he drove conservatively and brought it home to take his 4th win and second clean sweep of the season.
Yokomo driver Lee said ‘I wanted to be closer to Akio’ however a setup change made prior to the final hadn’t worked out and so he was not as fast as expected. His first entry for the 2018/19 season, having missed the first two rounds due to personal reasons, he was content with his solid start to the championship, leaving Hong Kong with a 3rd from yesterday to go with today’s 2nd place.
Jin Sawada在決賽中的表現非常穩定，他一邊對前方的隊友Andy Moore施加壓力，同時又要抵御來自Jan Ratheisky的進攻，最終獲得第三名。Jin在賽後依然對自己的車不滿意，並又跑了一排電進行測試；一如既往，他終於找到了一整個週末都在思考的解決方案。
Jin Sawada put in a solid performance as he pressured his team mate Andy Moore ahead of him while resisting pressure by Jan Ratheisky from behind to take home 3rd. Jan was still not happy with his car following the race and so decided to run an extra pack and, as is common, finally found a solution to the problem he was having all weekend.
In the Scorpion Stock class, it was the opposite of the modified final, with pole man Jan Ratheisky and 2nd placed starter Yan Cheung putting on an exhibition for almost the entire race, with the pair separated by fractions of a second throughout. Featuring multiple passes, as well as a one time major get together which involved the 3rd place starter Derek Yuen, in the end Jan was able to just pull clear and take the win, the German however still visibly down on power. Mugen driver Cheung took 2nd, while Angus Leung complete the Round 4 series podium.
Remarks – Having wrapped up the win today in a very exciting 8-minute long Stock class A-main, Jan Rathiesky is using a standard version of the T4 2019 with a number of options. To ensure consistent power for the longer final the German installed a 8200mAh battery from EZ power.
Akio Sobue will start from pole position in round 4 of the OneTen series having taking his 2nd TQ run of the day. Nicholas Lee will start from 2nd position, the Yokomo driver tying on points with Andy Moore but having the faster time thanks to his Q3 run. Jin Sawada and Felix Law complete the top half of the grid. Sobue was the only driver in the top heat on new tires but due to the heat felt the track was more loose than before. The Infinity driver also noticing a more considerable drop off in pace later in the run compared to earlier. For the final, Akio said he will simply mount his final set of tires.
Yokomo driver Nicholas Lee will start from 2nd place, finding renewed pace after a direction change in the setup of his new BD9. In the final qualifier, he said with the hot weather making the track loose, combined with old tires he admitted it was difficult to drive but still came home with a 4th for the round. For the final he will make a small change to help find more rotation in the car and with that and all drivers on new tires he feels he can fight it out for the win.
Andy Moore說他希望能拿下預賽第二，但Nico在成績上擊敗了他，所以最終他只能接受在決賽中從第三位發車。關於決賽，他認為跑完8分鐘沒有任何問題，只要確保電池是充滿的。Andy的隊友Jin Sawada獲得預賽第四，他的最後一輪由於二樓板有一顆螺絲松脫而表現得不盡人意，日本車手說有鑒於此，他認為車架其實感覺還不錯。
Andy Moore said he was hoping for 2nd on the grid but Nico beat his time and will instead start from 3rd on the grid later today. Asked about the final he is confident he can make the 8 minutes without problems, saying he just needs to make sure the battery is full. Team mate Jin Sawada starts just behind in 4th, his final run being hampered somewhat by a missing top deck screw, the Japanese racer saying his car felt not too bad considering this.
Starting from position 5 on the grid, Felix Law ran his final qualifying set of Sweep tires in Q4 to give him 5th for the round, his strategy of saving tires for today netting him a grid position in the top half of the A-main field. Behind, Hay Lai, Carven Chow, Jan Ratheisky and Fai Ho complete the top 9 drivers that qualify directly into the main final, a place reserved for the winner of the B-main.
In the Scorpion Stock class, behind pole sitter Jan Ratheisky and confirmed 2nd place starter Yan Cheung, it was Derek Yuen who will start from 3rd place. Jimmy So will set off from 4th place with Angus Leung, CY Leung, Joey Chan, James Lee from Korea and Rex Chan complete the list of drivers locked into the 8 minute Stock main.
Nicholas Lee勝出第三輪預賽，這位Yokomo車手使用了僅存的一套可以在預賽中使用的新胎。比二車快2秒完賽的新加坡人使用了全新的設定，力壓Infinity三人組Jin Sawada、Akio Sobue和Andy Moore；Sawada在這一輪也使用了新胎。目前在預賽積分表上，Lee和Moore暫時同分排在榜首，而Nicholas目前小分佔優。Akio Sobue仍然有機會奪得TQ，他只需要在最後一輪跑出第二名即可，他現有的單輪最快完賽成績應該很難被超過，而日本車手也確實保留了一套新胎在最後一輪使用。
Nicholas Lee has topped Q3, the Yokomo driver using the round to run his last remaining qualifying set of tires. Two seconds clear at the front, the Singaporean ran a completely new setup and headed the Infinity trio of Jin Sawada, Akio Sobue and Andy Moore, Sawada another to run on new tires. The result now sees Lee on the same points as Moore at the top of ranking, with Nicholas currently having the tie break. Akio Sobue can still take the TQ spot, needing only a 2nd place having put in the fastest 4 minute run of the day should it need to go to tie break, the Japanese driver having saved tires with which to do so.
In the Scorpion Stock class Jan Ratheisky confirmed what was already a forgone conclusion as the German again took the top spot in Q3 to secure the pole position starting spot for this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Yan Cheung continues to be the only competition for the Xray driver, his time only 4 tenths back, with Jimmy So completing the top 3.
Andy Moore是香港OneTen系列賽第二輪預賽的TQ，這位Infinity車手及第二至第四名Nicholas Lee、Jan Ratheisky和Felix Law都在這一輪啓用了新胎。Jin Sawada是使用舊胎的車手中最快的，Akio Sobue使用跑過2輪的舊胎下地，僅獲第九名。知道自己的隊友將使用新胎，Andy Moore就堵上了自己僅剩的兩套新胎中的一套。如果收穫一輪第一、一輪第二，這將能確保他最少可以從第三位起步進行決賽，他之所以做這個決定是因為他認為自己在剩下的兩輪預賽中不可能有更好的表現。
Andy Moore has TQd the 2nd round of qualifying at the OneTen series in Hong Kong, the Infinity driver heading home Nicholas Lee, Jan Ratheisky and Felix Law, the top 4 all deciding to run one of their new sets of Sweep tires for this round. Jin Sawada was quickest of the drivers who decided to use old tires, team mate Akio Sobue ending in 9th having run 2 run old tires. With the knowledge of his team mates running old tires Andy Moore bolted one of his 2 remaining fresh sets, the result being that he now has a 1st and a 2nd and at a minimum will give him a 3rd on the grid, saying he doesn’t believe he can produce a better result in the remaining two rounds.
Nicholas Lee was disappointed with his run, saying it was ‘not too good’. Admitting to getting lost with setup, he will now revert back to what he ran yesterday morning, removing the active rear toe from his BD9. Still having 2 new sets of tires, the decision about when to run them will be crucial if he is to improve his starting position.
Xray driver Jan Ratheisky, also on new tires, complained that with the track temperature coming up it is causing his car to push badly. To counter this for the next round he has changed the oil in his rear diff, going up to 20K in search of more steering. In the Stock class, Jan continues to dominate despite lacking top speed, the German having taking all 3 rounds of qualifying and all finals yesterday along with the opening two rounds today.
Felix Law將他昨天的表現形容為「Super epic fail」，他選擇為今天的比賽保留4套新胎，而新胎的優勢也顯而易見，這位Serpent車手在第一輪獲得第五，本輪拿下第四。Jin Sawada這一輪排名第五，其後是Awesomatix車手Fai Ho，King Fong和Ivan Lo。
Felix Law, who described his Saturday as a ‘Super epic fail’, chose to save 4 of his 5 allocated tires for today, the benefit of new tires plain for everyone to see, the Serpent driver backing up his 5th in Q1 with 4th in Q2. Jin Sawada would take 5th for the round ahead of Awesomatix driver Fai Ho, King Fong and Ivan Lo rounding out the top 8.
Remarks – Winner of the opening 3 rounds of the OneTen series this season Japanese driver Akio Sobue is running his standard IF14 here in Hong Kong. New on the car are springs from SMJ which he says makes the car easier to drive over the bumps giving him a better feeling in the corners.