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.
由Infinity冠名的OneTen華人電房系列賽首輪預賽剛剛結束，日本車手Akio Sobue在6分鐘的預賽中位列第一。這位Infinity車手領先同胞及隊友Jin Sawada約5秒完賽，Sobue也是唯一一位在RCI V2高技巧性的小賽道中做出35圈的車手。德國Xray廠車手Jan Ratheisky領先新近簽約Xray的隊友黃揆笙獲得本輪第三名，另一位Xray車手Nicholas Koh拿下第五。
The opening round of qualifying for the Sweep Modified class at the OneTen series presented by Infinity has been completed, the 6 minute run being topped by Japanese driver Akio Sobue. The Infinity driver headed compatriot and team mate Jin Sawada by some 5 seconds with Sobue the only driver to get 35 laps around the technical but short lap at RCI V2. German Xray driver Jan Ratheisky would claim 3rd in front of team mate and newly signed Xray factory driver Gary Huang, with another Xray, that of young Nicholas Koh claiming 5th.
Sobue was very happy with his car in the opening run of the day, two from the 3 rounds of qualifying counting towards a driver’s starting position in this afternoon’s triple mains. Commenting on the 6 minute run he reported no issues and plans no changes for the next round.
Japanese National Champion Sawada reported having trouble with his car and despite copying Akio’s setup he felt it was not as good. For the first 4 minutes the car was sliding in the corners but as the race went on the car became better. Team mate Akio will now make his shocks for the 2nd qualifier in the hope of eliminating the issues.
現任ETS Stock及Formula冠軍Jan Ratheisky首次使用Xray T4 2019參賽，他在昨天才剛剛裝好這台車。為了在緊窄的賽道上讓車尾更加靈活，他在設定上過於激進；在第二輪預賽中，他將嘗試另一個「瘋狂」的設定方向來解決車尾太甩的問題，這也將有利於讓他進一步瞭解新車的設定。在Modified組別中僅排名第三，但在Stock組別中Jan以7秒的優勢勝出，車架設定來自於他的ETS標準室內設定，他不準備在第二輪開始前做任何調整。
Current ETS Stock and Formula Champion Jan Ratheisky is running the 2019 spec Xray T4 car for the first time, having only just completed building it yesterday. In an effort to free up the rear of the car for the tight corners he went too far with the change making it too loose in the rear and for Q2 will go a different ‘crazy’ direction with the setup to solve the issue but also to help understand the new car’s setup. While 3rd in Modified, in the Stock class, Jan took the round by 7 seconds using his standard indoor ETS setup and will leave the car unchanged for Q2.
Taking 4th in Modified Chinese National Champion Gary Huang reported no steering on his Xray T4, Gary using the 2018 version of the car for this race, leading to a number of mistakes. Asked about the next qualifier he said he will have his mechanic Gavin change the front sway bar to improve the steering.
Ratheisky拿下Scorpion Stock組別首輪預賽的第一，這個組別中的所有車手都使用Scorpion 13.5T馬達參賽。常駐上海的日本車手Masaaki Kyoyi獲得本輪第二，他同樣使用Xray車架。Kyoyi表示在昨天因為颱風造成的低溫及降雨讓賽道抓地力頗佳，而今天晴朗的天氣讓氣溫回升，也造成了抓地力下降。對於第二輪，他將不會改變任何設定，但會爭取跑得更好。Simon Wang及Heng分獲首輪第三及第四。
While Ratheisky took Q1 of the Scorpion Stock class, all drivers running identical Scorpion 13.5T motors, it was Shanghai based Japanese driver Masaaki Kyoyi that took 2nd. Also driving an Xray he said that with cooler conditions yesterday due to a passing Typhoon, the grip was much higher in free practice, but with conditions much warmer today the traction has dropped. For Q2 he will not change anything but instead focus on improving his driving. Simon Wang and Heng Heng completed the top 4.
The opening leg of the 2018/19 OneTen Series presented by Infinity kicks off at the World famous RCI V2 in Shanghai with rounds 1 and 2 of the series run across Saturday and Sunday. Built 5 years ago, RCI V2 is located south west of Shanghai and this indoor track features ETS carpet with boards and dots used for corners and track separation. As is common in Asian tracks the facility has rented air conditioned pit boxes upstairs overlooking the track as well as a fully stocked hobby shop at the entrance next to the pit room. Next door is the SMP Offroad track, which like its onroad counterpart has hosted a number of international races in the past, and joining both tracks together are buildings containing a number of RC shops and RC related offices.
Run in an anti clockwise direction, the layout is one that has been used previously with fastest lap times in Modified in the mid 10-second range. Asked his thoughts on the track, TITC champion Akio Sobue replied that he liked the layout but that bumps at the end of the straight made it difficult to take a consistent line through the chicane which follows directly after. Combined with dust on the outside edge of the straight and it is very easy to overshoot the corner or just as easily suffer oversteer. Another point is the use of boards in the corners which the Japanese ace pointed out that if you touch them will send you bouncing across to the other side of the track.
The organisers of the new OneTen Series presented by Infinity are delighted to announce the confirmation of a number of top factory drivers for the opening double header of the championship. Set to be held at the awesome RCI V2 Indoor carpet track in Shanghai on October 6-7, joining the top regional and local racers in attendance will be TITC Champion Akio Sobue who will be joined by his Infinity team mate and current Japanese National Champion Jin Sawada. All the way from Germany, current ETS Pro Stock Champion Jan Ratheisky will be representing Xray in both Mod and Stock and will be joined by his team mate, multiple Chinese National Champion Gary Huang. From Singapore Nicholas Lee, who is no stranger to racing in China, will lead the Yokomo factory effort and all these drivers will be on hand to provide technical support for those in attendance. More information about this and all future rounds of the series can be found here and entry for rounds 1 & 2 is now open here.
The organisers of the OneTen series presented by Infinity are delighted to announce our timetable for the 2018/19 season. With the series run at 4 different locations between October and March, each venue will play host to two rounds of the championship. Aiming to get away from the traditional race format played out over a weekend, we have introduced a new schedule that sees both the Saturday and Sunday rounds run to different formats. Saturday will see a focus on longer qualifiers of 6 minutes and short 4 minute triple finals while Sunday has shorter qualifiers, but more of them, and a single 8 minute main, incorporating bump ups. The organisers hope that this will encourage different approaches to each round in terms of setup and driving while the double header allows each racer two chances to get a good result. For the series, 5 of the 8 rounds count towards the final standings, however trophies will be presented to the top 20 in each class based on a driver’s combined result from both days. Entry for each event will be limited to 100 across both classes and is now open for round 1 at RCI V2 in Shanghai on October 6-7. You can submit your entry by clicking here or by contacting RCI V2 direct.