Round 4 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity kicked off early this morning with one round of controlled practice followed by the first of 4 rounds of 4 minute qualifiers which will determine the grid for this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Akio Sobue was again the pace setter this morning, running the fastest lap of the first rounds of qualifying to take a 3 seconds advantage over Infinity team mates Andy Moore and Jin Sawada. Hay Lai would take 4th for the round driving his Xpress with Serpent driver Felix Law fastest of those running in the 2nd fastest heat, in 5th. Running on new tires for Q1 Sobue knew that with Nicholas Lee on old tires he had to put in a safe run, the Yokomo driver having saved one more of the 5 allocated tires than the Japanese driver. Continuing to run his Infinity IF14 unchanged since yesterday, Akio, like all his competitors, are now playing the tire strategy game with all drivers expected to keep one new set for the single 8 minute main.
Andy Moore拿下本輪第二，和他的兩位隊友一樣，他也使用了新胎；不過他的輪胎比隊友多跑了2圈，因為這是他在昨天最後一輪決賽中使用的輪胎，當時他很快就壞車退賽。他將自己本輪的表現簡單總結為「乾淨的一輪」，他認為自己還是沒有Akio快，但已經接近了。這位前世界冠軍希望車架能有更多的轉向，他說關鍵在於不要過分激進地操控車架進而讓輪胎有過溫的風險；今天上午，TRC的天氣非常炎熱。隊友Jin Sawada做出了和他幾乎一樣的成績，兩位車手的差距僅有0.011秒。
Taking 2nd for the round Andy Moore, like his two team mates was on new tires, however the British driver’s tires had 2 laps on them from yesterday’s 3rd A-main before he was taken out. Putting in what he described as simply ‘a clean run’ he feels he doesn’t have the same speed as Akio but is close. Still looking for more steering, the former World Champion said the key is to not overdrive the car and risk overheating the tires, conditions at TRC very hot this morning. Team mate Sawada put in an almost identical run to his team mate, the pair separated by just 11 thousandths of a second.
Xpress driver Hay Lai took 4th for this round, but complained that he had to wait too long before other drivers in the top heat put their cars down on track and felt his tires had cooled too much. Despite this, his 4th for the round placed him ahead of fellow Hong Kong drivers Felix Law, Kwok Ching Lung and Carven Chow with Fai Ho completing the top 8. Nicholas Lee on used tires was 9th.
In the Stock class, Jan Ratheisky continued where he left off in Rd3 of the Championship yesterday by taking the opening round of qualifying with his Xray with a very consistent run that saw him take it by the very narrow margin of half of a second. Runner up yesterday Yan Cheung, driving a Mugen, pushed the German all the way, setting the fastest lap of the round in the process. 3rd place went to Derek Yuen, who had a difficult day yesterday, not making the main, but was just one second off TQ in the opening round, with Jimmy So and CY Leung completing the top 5.
Jin Sawada has secured the runner up spot at Rd3 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity following a racing incident between Ratheisky and Lee on the 2nd last lap. Running closely together, as Sobue ran away with the win again, Lee sat in 2nd ahead of Sawada and Ratheisky. A light touch on the 2nd last lap between the 2nd and 3rd placed drivers allowed 4th place Jan to close considerably going on to the straight. Coming into the corner at the end of the straight, Jan managed to pass Jin, but having got passed the Japanese driver the German couldn’t slow his Xray in time and turned around Lee. The following melee saw Jan come out in 2nd and Lee drop back to 4th but despite Jan slowing to let the pair back through the change of positions meant the Infinity driver secured the runner up spot and Nicholas was to end up 3rd overall.
In the stock class, Ratheisky sat out the final A-main and so Yan Cheung could dominate the final leg with his Mugen and confirm his runner up spot overall for Rd3 of the series. CY Leung would take 2nd for the leg, but it was Jimmy So that took the final step on the podium overall.
Japanese driver Akio Sobue has wrapped up the overall Modified victory in Rd3 of the OneTen Series presented by Infinity. In a repeat of the opening leg of the triple mains, the Infinity driver was able to pull clear of the chasing pack, lead by Nicholas Lee. The top 4 running in the same order as they started, it was Andy Moore who cracked first, crashing out on the now infamous main straight kerb, retiring on the spot. Nicholas Lee lead another 3 way battle, this time with Jin Sawada and Jan Ratheisky following behind. Jin was holding position until a main shaft bearing on his IF14 failed causing him to strip his spur gear and putting him out.
His retirement let Jan get up the back of Lee, the German putting in the 2nd fastest lap of the race to get there, having started 6th. While not as aggressive as in A1 he pushed the Singaporean hard but didn’t get close enough to make a move despite finishing the race only 3 tenths back. Awesomatix driver Fai Ho would take 4th, some 5 seconds back, leading Hay Lai to the line who completed the top half of field.
Just as in Modified, Jan wrapped up the win early, this time he was pushed all the way by Yan Cheung, who set the fastest lap of the race. Ratheisky who was on old tires was kept honest by the Hong Kong driver and was only 3 tenths back at the end of the 4 minutes. Jimmy So, Angus Leung and Joey Chan completed the top 5.
The opening A-main at TRC in Hong Kong has seen a clear win for Infinity driver Akio Sobue. The Japanese driver defended an early attempt by 2nd placed starter Nicholas Lee and was able to build an early lead, which would never be headed. Behind, Nicholas Lee gave chase but made a mistake coming onto the straight and was swallowed by the following pack dropping him to last. The Yokomo driver would get back up to eight but following another mistake pulled up to save his car and tires.
From the 2nd lap there was a battle on for initially 3rd, but after Lee’s crash it was a battle for 2nd between Jin Sawada, Andy Moore and a much improved Jan Ratheisky. Going on for the remainder of the race Andy made a few half attempts on Jin but couldn’t find a way passed, the following drivers much quicker than the Japanese driver. Jan would push really hard on the final 2 laps and close the gap until the trio could be covered by a blanket, but coming onto the straight on the last lap the Xray driver did what so many others had done before him and hit the kerb on the start of the straight away which launched him into the wall. With the following pack already finished he would be classified 4th, while up front Infinity would take the top 3 positions.
In the Scorpion Stock class, again a much improved Jan Ratheisky did what he is best known for and checked out early in the race, his Xray chassis looking visibly much better around the TRC track under the floodlights, almost breaking into the 14 second lap barrier, just 8 hundredths off. Behind it was Yan Cheung, who had made an opportunistic move on the German on the first lap which dropped him down the order to 5th from where he recovered back to 2nd ahead of Angus Leung in 3rd, with James Lee and Jimmy So completing the Top 5.
Akio Sobue will start this evening’s 4 minute triple A-mains at Rd3 of the OneTen series presented by Infinity from pole position having returned to the top of the timing sheets in Q3. Nicholas Lee consolidated his 2nd place starting position with 3rd behind Andy Moore in Q3, the British driver having a good run to move him up to 4th overall. Jin Sawada will set off from 3rd, with Fai Ho and Jan Ratheisky completing the top 6. Sobue felt that the traction on track was now better than before and like his whole team decided to use new Sweep rubber. Looking to the finals, the Japanese driver expects that he will use one more new set saying that his car now feels not so different from the beginning to the end.
Lee, who topped Q2, was pleased with the changes made to his car, remarking that he was on used tires while the Infinity team were all on new. Keeping the active rear toe system for the finals he plans to tweak the setup further and make additional changes as the later finals will be run under floodlights.
Jin Sawada又一次翻車，這一次失誤讓他損失了6秒鐘，因為他不得不等待助手的救援。不過前兩輪連續兩個第三名的完賽成績依舊讓他保住了預賽第三的排位。Andy Moore發揮出了開賽至今最好的狀態，拿下本輪第二，同時將自己的預賽排位提升至第四。他感覺自己的暖胎時間不夠，相比隊友們過早得將賽車放上跑道，因此影響到了成績。他認為自己的IF14性能均衡，只是輪胎抓地力不足，在最後一輪預賽開始前他降低了前滾動中心，但也同時使用了新胎，所以他不確定成績的提升應該歸功於設定調整還是輪胎。
Jin Sawada once again had a roll over, this time costing him 6 seconds as he had to be marshalled but based on his two 3rd places from the first two qualifiers will start from 3rd overall. Andy Moore, put in his best run to claim 2nd for the round and will start 4th, feeling his lack of pace compared to his team mates has been tire prep, believing he needs more time to heat to tires prior to putting his car down on track. Saying that the balance of his IF14 was good, there just wasn’t enough grip, for the final qualifier he tried lowered front roll centres which maybe gave him more steering but running on new tires, was unsure if that improvement was from the tires or the changes made.
Fai Ho殺入A組前五，不過他在第三輪預賽中表現一般；他將在決賽中排在Jan Ratheisky和Carven Chow之前起步，Hay Lai、Simon Yeung和King Fong是其餘三位進入Sweep Modified A組的選手。
Fai Ho will complete the top half of the A-main grid, having a difficult run in Q3, he will start just ahead of Jan Ratheisky and Carven Chow with Hay Lai, Simon Yeung and King Fong completing the Sweep Modified A-main grid.
In Stock, while Jan had already sealed the pole position in Q2, he would take the 3rd round as well to make it a clean sweep in qualifying. Yan Cheung was again 2nd and will start 2nd overall with CY, Angus Leung and Jimmy So completing the top 5.
Nicholas Lee賭對了輪胎策略，在TRC拿下第二輪預賽。Akio Sobue獲得第二名，他的隊友Jin Sawada再次拿下第三。Fai Ho進一步提升自己的排名，獲得本輪第四，另一位香港車手Carven Chow位居第五。Yokomo車手Nicholas在第二輪中使用了全新的輪胎，而他的對手們都選擇了舊胎；每位車手在週末兩天的比賽中只允許使用最多5套Sweep公發輪胎。新加坡人認為這條賽道並不容易超車，所以他需要確保自己至少在決賽中排在Sawada之前，從第二位發車；因此他必須要做出第二個優異的完賽成績。感覺自己的BD9過於穩定，他打算在第三輪也是最後一輪預賽中嘗試新設定以獲取更多轉向，他將會為自己的Yokomo車架安裝一套ARS。
Nicholas Lee took round 2 of qualifying at TRC following a gamble with tires which paid off. Akio Sobue would end up in 2nd for the round followed by his Infinity team mate Jin Sawada in 3rd and Fai Ho again putting in a good run to claim fourth while fellow Hong Kong driver Carven Chow was 5th. Yokomo driver Lee decided to run new tires in Q2 as his competitors decided for used tires, each driver only allowed 5 sets of handout Sweep tires for the entire race weekend. Knowing he needed a 2nd good run to start at least in 2nd position for the triple mains later today, the Singaporean remarked that the track is not easy to pass on so he wanted to ensure he would at least start ahead of Sawada. Feeling that his BD9 was too stable, for the 3rd and final qualifier he will look for more steering, installing the rear active toe option on his Yokomo.
Sobue, had a carbon copy of his Q1 incident as he again lost the IF14 as he came onto the straight and once again it corrected itself, landing back on its wheels allowing the Japanese driver to continue. Quick to remark that Nico was on new tires while he was on used, he also commented that the gap between the pair before the incident was not very big considering the 2nd run drop off in performance of the tires. Still undecided as to whether he will use a new set for Q3 or try a 3rd run on his current set, he will make the decision closer to the start of the next qualifier.
Struggling with his car and making a mistake in Q1, Sawada ran his tires also for a second time and this time making no mistakes was closer to his team mate. Having not made any changes to the car since the start of qualifying the Japanese driver said ‘the car is good but old tires not good’.
Once again best of the non international drivers Fai Ho took his Scorpion powered Awesomatix to 4th, less than a second back on Sawada and only just ahead of Carven Chow, who was less than 4 tenths back. Andy Moore would end the round 6th fastest with King Fong 7th, Simon Yeung 8th, a struggling Jan Ratheisky in 9th and Chan Chau Man in 10th.
Fortunes were better for Ratheisky in Stock, the German wrapping up the TQ, but was not happy with the car and also with the speed of his Xray T4. Running on used tires, he said he had no traction at all and in the run let the faster Yan Cheung passed but still took the round following mistakes for Cheung who would take 2nd. CY was 3rd, with Angus Leung and Jimmy So 4th and 5th respectively, the top 5 covered by just over 3 seconds after 6 minutes.