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.
The podium positions for both the Sweep Modified and Scorpion Stock classes at the opening round of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity have been decided following the 3rd A-mains. Joining Akio Sobue on the podium was the winner of the 3rd A-main Jin Sawada, along with Xray driver and Stock class winner Jan Ratheisky. Sawada managed to get past his team mate at the half way mark after Sobue had contact with a back marker. This set up an exciting battle between the Japanese pair, with Sobue unable to find a way passed despite running so close for the final minute of the race.
Kyoyi Masaaki, driving an Xray, would take the last Stock A-main to secure the runner up spot on the podium after Ratheisky sat out the final in order to rebuild his modified car following a heavy crash in A2. Yokomo driver Kenny Yan would take the runner spot in A3 to give him 3rd overall with Huang Ziyun and Tommy Dai completing the top 5.
Leg 2 of the Sweep Modified class saw Akio Sobue complete the clean sweep by taking the win and with it the overall win of round 1 of the new for this season OneTen Series. The Infinity driver never put a foot wrong the whole day and despite some moments while lapping traffic he put in the perfect run to win, once again in front of his team mate Jin Sawada. Still running on the same set of Sweep handout tires since the beginning of the day, he will continue to use them for tomorrow’s second round of the series. It was not a good final for Jan Ratheisky however as a coming together with the barrier coming on to the straight saw his Xray sent into the outside wall, causing extensive damage. The crash promoted Gary Huang to 3rd with Rocket Zhang from 6th on the grid to 4th.
While having a difficult race in Modified, Jan Ratheisky wrapped up the title in the Scorpion Stock class, with his second win, in a display of why he is one of the best stock class racers in the World. Never threatened he won by nearly a lap and apart from having to slow up to avoid battling lapped drivers he had yet another uneventful race. Yokomo driver Kenny Yang took the runner up spot with Tommy Dai completing the top 3 in the second final.
It was business as usual in the opening leg of modified A-mains at RCI V2 this afternoon for Akio Sobue as he took an easy win ahead of Jin Sawada and Jan Ratheisky, with the front of the field maintaining their grid order throughout the 4 minute final. Breaking away early the Infinity driver was never challenged at the front, his only concern coming while working his way through traffic on this tight track.
In the Scorpion Stock class Jan Ratheisky was again the class of the field as he won by over 7 seconds from Japanese driver Masaaki Kyoyi with the biggest mover of the race Huang Ziyun coming from 9th on the grid to finish 3rd.
Qualifying has ended for the opening round of the OneTen series and it is Akio Sobue who will start this afternoon’s triple A-mains from pole position. Completing a clean sweep of qualifying the Infinity driver took all 3 rounds, with round 2 seeing him finish ahead of team mate Jin Sawada and Xray driver Jan Ratheisky, with 2nd and 3rd positions reversed in the final round. Gary Huang was again best of the rest, with Nicholas Koh set to complete the top 5 in front of an improving Rocket Zhang.
Sobue has run all of qualifying with no change to his IF14 and is set to leave it that way for the finals, saying is car is ‘easy to drive and super stable’, with him running the same laps at the start of the race as at the end. Asked about the finals he said it is very difficult to pass on this track and so he will hope to get his head down and build up a gap to the chasing group.
Jin Sawada ended qualifying with his fastest run of the day, despite finishing 3rd to Jan, and is now happy with the setup direction of his car. Having switched to harder springs in that 3rd round, he will now switch back to what he used in Q2 as it was a little difficult to drive.
Jan Ratheisky同樣在抓地力提升的第三輪跑出個人最好成績，以第二名完賽。在首輪預賽之後改變了設定方向，將車尾扭動性調整到了最大，他對於車架的現狀很滿意，在決賽前僅會進行小幅度調教。談到他的決賽策略，尤其是針對Jin Sawada，德國人說，「我會全力以赴，頂住他的菊花」。
Jan Ratheisky also finished qualifying with his fastest run as the traction came up again, taking 2nd in Q3. Having went in a different direction with his setup after the opening qualifier he has now gone for maximum flex in the rear of the car and is very happy with the feeling set to only make small changes for the final. Asked about the race and Jin in particular, the German said ‘I will put my race on and will push his ass’.
Gary Huang will start the A-main in 4th, the Xray driver not used to racing on carpet and so is chasing a setup on his T4, trying to find the right balance between steering and being too aggressive. Feeling that traction is now back to normal having been lower than in practice up to this point the main goal is to find more steering and so is working with his team mates to find a good solution.
In the Stock class Jan again took the 2nd and 3rd rounds of qualifying to cement his position at the top, the Xray driver have nothing really to report other than needing to re glue the tires between rounds. Masaaki Kyoyi will start from 2nd ahead of Heng in 3rd who was tied on points with Simon Wang, with Kenny Yan completing the top 5.