Qualifying is complete at RCI V2 and the grids for the 2nd round of the championship have been finalised, having confirmed our class top qualifiers following the Q3. Joining Akio Sobue at the sharp end of the grid in the single 8-minute Sweep Modified A-main will be Jan Ratheisky in 2nd, Jin Sawada, who retired from the final qualifier in 3rd, followed by Gary Huang, Rocket Zhang and Nicholas Koh rounding out the top 5. Young Xray driver Lao Minhao will have to try and bump up from the B-main, having just qualified 10th. The Scorpion Stock class A-main will see pole man Ratheisky joined by an improving Heng Heng in 2nd, Masaaki Kyoyi in 3rd, with Kenny Yan and Simon Wang completing the top half of the grid. Mao Yujin took 10th and so will line up on pole position for the B-main.
Akio Sobue is the top qualifier for the Modified class at the 2nd round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity at RCI V2 in Shanghai. The Japanese driver, who dominated the opening round of the series yesterday, made it 3 from 3 in qualifying as he once again headed the times, this time ahead of team mate Jin Sawada. Jan Ratheisky ensured the top 3 remained consistent as he ended up less than 4 tenths back. The ongoing battle between Gary Huang and Nicholas Koh continued with the Xray pairing separated by half a second, ending the round 4th and 5th respectively.
In preparation for the single 8 minute final Infinity driver Sobue fully charged his ORCA battery to increase runtime while lowering the settings on the speedo to reduce the extra punch as a result. Obviously happy with wrapping up the TQ the current TITC Champion will continue to test in the final qualifier to be safe for the longer race.
Jin Sawada, still in search of a stable car with changes made to his IF14 each run, seems to have finally found his rhythm as he put in his best run, getting to within 2 seconds of his team mate.
Xray driver Jan Ratheisky took 3rd for the round, the German feeling his T4 was faster, which reflected in his lap times but which was slower over the run than his fastest time he set in Q2. Some 2 seconds of his quickest time, with two 2nd place finishes compared to Jin’s one 2nd and a 3rd, along with the faster run time, Jan has a very good chance to split the Infinity drivers.
While never in doubt, Ratheisky also took the overall TQ in the Scorpion Stock class, putting in another master class to take the round from Heng Heng, with Masaaki Kyoyi, Kenny Yan and Simon Wang completing the top 5 for the round.
Remarks – Shanghai based Yokomo driver Motor King is running a BD8 that features a custom machined aluminium chassis plate that has more cutouts to give the whole car more flex and a top deck from Vigor RC. Starting with his base RCI V2 setup, due to lower than normal traction he has removed the 1mm bulkhead spacer and made his shocks lay down more. Still a little difficult to control especially after the first 2 minutes, he is thinking to change to a narrower rear suspension mount and softer shock spring.
Jan Ratheisky在第二輪預賽中發揮出了高水準，距離Akio Sobue僅有咫尺之遙。德國人的完賽成績比第一輪提升了3秒之多，落後Sobue 1秒衝線。Sobue在這一輪只比自己第一輪的成績快了0.1秒，但仍舊讓他拿下第二輪預賽的頭名。不過這個成績依舊不足以確保他獲得預賽TQ，他還需要一個單輪預賽第一來鎖定桿位。Jin Sawada再次獲得第三名；黃揆笙的成績有大幅度提升，拿下第四，力壓第五名張方洲僅0.2秒。在Stock組別中，Jan、Kyoyi和Heng再度以同樣的一二三名順序完賽。
Jan Ratheisky has come very close to unseating Akio Sobue from the top of the timing sheets with a stellar run in Q2 which saw him improve his Q1 time by 3 seconds to get to within 1 second of the Japanese driver. Sobue, who also improved upon his Q1 time but by just 1 tenth of a second to take his second round of the day, is still not assured of the TQ spot because with 2 of the 4 rounds to count will need one more fast run to be certain of his second pole position in as many days. Jin Sawada was once again 3rd on a track that appears to have improved traction compared to earlier in the day. Completing the top 5, Gary Huang had a much improved run to 4th, just narrowly beating out Rocket Zhang who end up in 5th only 2 tenths back on the Xray driver. In Stock it was again a repeat of Q1 with Jan from Kyoyi in 2nd and Heng Heng in 3rd.
Picking up where he left off in Round 1 of the OneTen series yesterday, Akio Sobue has taken the opening round of qualifying in the Sweep Modified class. Another solid but uneventful run for the Japanese driver he headed Xray star Jan Ratheisky and Infinity team mate Jin Sawada in 3rd, with an impressive run by Nicholas Koh to take 4th while Gary Huang rounded out the top 5. In the Stock class it was Jan who was once again in a class of his own in the 4 minute qualifier, with his closest rival coming again in the form of locally based Japanese driver Masaaki Kyoyi.
Running his second set of tires in the morning run, Akio feels this set of handout Sweep tires have a very good balance and will now put them away for this afternoon’s single 8-minute final. Ending some 4 seconds clear of Ratheisky, Sobue was able to put in the fastest lap of the weekend thus far with a 10.260.
Having tested a big change in the morning’s single controlled practice, which saw him give his Xray T4 19 more rear toe, less rear droop, softer diff, less bump steer and more top flex, Jan Ratheisky was much happier with his car in Q1 and ended the session 2nd fastest. Reporting a clean run, he said the car was more drivable but feels he is still missing some high speed side bite and so may change the narrower wheel hexes to improve this.
Jin Sawada ended his race just 0.5 behind the German, despite making fairly heavy contact with the barrier on the inside of the end of the straight, saying that afterwards the car was pulling to the left on power. Along with a thorough check through of his IF14 chassis, Infinity designer Fujiwara-san will make some changes to the car, focused on the roll centres to improve the car’s corner speed.
Finally breaking into the top 4, having had a number of top 5 runs yesterday, Nicholas Koh felt that the traction was a little lower than yesterday but will retain the setup on his Xray T4 18 for Q2. A mostly clean run, having just one small moment avoiding traffic, the Malaysian running in the 2nd last heat, he hopes to put in another clean one in the next run.
The Scorpion stock class was again an all Jan affair as the German extended his perfect record in the class in front of Masaaki Kyoyi with Heng Heng, yesterday’s podium finisher Kenny Yan and Simon Wang rounding out the top 5 for the first qualifier.
Remarks – Finishing 3rd in the opening round of Modified at the OneTen series yesterday, German driver Jan Ratheisky was using the 2019 edition of Xray’s T4 platform for the first time. Having only built the car on Friday he started with his base carpet setup and while the feeling was ok, he lacked some steering on the tight RCI track. Making the rear loose to get the car to turn, he admitted going too far in that direction which resulted in his big crash in A2 yesterday and so will turn it back for today’s 2nd round of the series.