June 4, 2017

勢不可擋,Infinity車隊再度包攬前兩名

由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽第二站在一個緊湊的比賽日後順利收官。受到持續降雨的影響,本站比賽的賽程被迫縮短為一天,而濕滑的場地也大大提升了比賽的難度。Infinity雙雄再一次證明他們的組合堅不可摧,成功地包攬了Infinity Modified組的冠亞軍。但與第一站比賽恰好相反,Naoto Matsukura提前一輪獲得本站冠軍,Akio Sobue則緊隨其後,憑借最後一輪決賽的勝利,拿下亞軍。暫列Arrowmax華人電房Modified組積分榜首位的Nicholas Lee在第三輪決賽中屈居第二,僅為自己爭取到了領獎台上的最後一個席位;他的同胞Dominic Quek獲得本站比賽的第四名。與Quek同屬Xray車隊的JJ Wang獲得第五,另一位Xray小將勞敏晧名列第六。香港Xpress車手陳秋文在決賽中愈戰愈勇,最後一輪決賽拿下第五,排名本站第七。來自馬來西亞的Micheal Lo和他的Awesomatix隊友張方洲分獲本站第八和第九。

After a busy race day at the 2nd round of the CETC presented by Infinity, which due to rain saw the event shortened from a 2 day event to a single day event, the race was eventually able to come to a successful conclusion. Once again the Infinity duo proved to be a formidable team, successfully taking 1st and 2nd positions in the Infinity Modified class. With places switched between the team mates from the opening round at AMA, Akio Sobue was able to secure the runner up spot thanks to winning the final A-main. Points leader in the Arrowmax Chinese Modified ranking, Nicholas Lee could only take 2nd in the last final, giving him the final step of the podium. Fellow country man Dominic Quek would end the race in fourth place in front of Xray team mate JJ Wang who took fifth.

「這一輪,車子狀態很好」,Akio Sobue如是評價道。發車後始終緊跟Nicholas Lee的Infinity王牌在一分鐘後找到機會,成功完成超車。之後的比賽可謂一帆風順,日本高手最終以巡航狀態衝過終點線,幫助車隊包攬本站比賽前兩名。

‘For this round the car was really good’, said Akio Sobue. Following Nicholas Lee closely from the start, the Infinity ace found his way passed at the 1 minute mark and once in front the Japanese driver went into cruise mode, helping his team secure the top two spots on the podium.

Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee對獲得季軍並不完全滿意,他表示本站比賽的難度非常高,「場地從濕變乾,不斷變化,越來越抓」,車架的設定必須想辦法時刻與場地條件契合,這對車手來說「極具挑戰」。上週末剛剛在美國參加完高強度的Reedy Race,緊接著就來到廈門三圈,新加坡車手的身體略感不適,相信這也對他的發揮產生了一定的影響。

Yokomo driver Nicholas Lee was not fully satisfied with his 3rd place, saying ‘the track is changing from wet to dry and the grip level constantly changed’ the setting of the car needing to be constantly tweaked for the changing conditions. This situation is ‘really challenging’ for the drivers. Having attending the Reedy Race in the US last week, Lee came straight to Xiamen from California and as a result wasn’t feeling too well and this also affected his focus.

在Sunpadow Stock組別中,最後一輪決賽顯得格外精彩。本站比賽的TQ Yan Cheung和上一站比賽的冠軍丁房傑在前兩輪比賽中各取一分;在決定性的第三輪決賽中,兩人亦不負眾望,展開了備受期待的終極對決。發車後,Yan Cheung一路領先;而從第五位發車的丁房傑則一度跌落至第八位,但迅速調整好狀態的Awesomatix車手依靠出色的操控技巧奮起直追,在比賽還剩1分半左右時終於追到了香港高手。在最後三圈,兩位選手上演了火藥味十足的短兵相接。丁房傑在首次試圖超越Yan Cheung時撞到前車,被迫停車等待。一圈之後,杭州高手在操控台前短直路上的「門對門」對抗中佔據上風,完成超越;但僅僅領先不到三個彎道,Yan Cheung就捲土重來,試圖在賽道右下角超車。但這一次Cheung撞到了前方的丁房傑,導致Awesomatix車手的車殼卡住掉頭。香港車手試圖停車等待丁房傑,但並沒有留出足夠的時間讓丁房傑回到領先位置。賽後,Yan Chueng受到賽會罰時,另一位香港車手Ali Lee因此獲得了第三輪決賽的勝利。最終丁房傑獲得第三輪比賽的第二名,並以積分優勢蟬聯Stock組分站賽冠軍;Yan Cheung屈居第二,贏得第三輪決賽的Ali Lee獲得本站季軍。

In the Sunpadow Stock class, the final A-main was very entertaining. TQ Yan Cheung and CETC Rd1 winner Ding Fang Jie took a win a piece in the first two A-mains and with the 3rd round setting up to be a showdown it did not disappoint. Right from the start Yan Cheung was leading the race while starting from 5th Ding fell to 8th. Quickly regrouping the Awesomatix driver started picking off those ahead of him and with only a minute and a half remaining he finally reached the Hong Kong driver in the lead. In the last 3 laps the two drivers had an intense battle with Ding trying to pass Yan the first time, but making contact he was forced to wait. One lap later the driver from Hangzhou had a door to door battle on the pit straight and worked his way passed but only 3 corners later Yan made a move resulting in contact causing a body tuck for the Awesomatix driver. While Cheung stopped to wait he didn’t wait for Ding to re pass and was subsequently given a penalty which gave another Hong Kong driver Ali Lee the win in this round. Ding Fang Jie took 2nd in A3 with this result giving him the overall win with Yan Cheung having to settle for 2nd with Ali Lee 3rd.

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June 4, 2017

再下一城,Matsukura提前奪冠

多次世界冠軍Naoto Matsukura毫無懸念地贏得了第二輪決賽,提前問鼎由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽第二站Modified組冠軍。他的隊友Akio Sobue則再度反超Nicholas Lee,拿下本輪第二。新加坡高手的Yokomo BD8在本輪依舊缺乏足夠的競爭力,最終僅以1.5秒的優勢力壓他的同胞、Xray車手Dominic Quek,守住了第三位。JJ Wang在本輪運氣不佳,僅獲第五,其後是全國青少年冠軍勞敏晧。在兩位Xray車手之後,從第九位發車的Xpress車手陳秋文將個人提升兩位,以第七名的成績完賽。Awesomatix隊友Michael Lo和張方洲則分獲第八和第九名。

Multiple World Champion Naoto Matsukura dominated the 2nd round of mains to take the overall win in the Infinity sponsored Modified class at the ARC International Raceway. Team mate Akio Sobue once again made the jump on Nicholas Lee and took 2nd for the round. The Singaporean’s Yokomo BD8 still lacked the competitiveness in this run and was only just able to keep fellow countryman Dominic Quek behind, albeit some 1.5 seconds back. JJ Wang once again failed to have any luck, finishing back in 5th with Chinese Junior Champion Lao Min Hao in 6th. Behind the two Xray drivers in 7th was Xpress driver Chan Chau Man who started from the 9th position.

「我非常高興,這個週末我們的車表現極佳!」Matsukura滿面微笑,享受著勝利的喜悅。「新胎有一點推頭」,但「一分鐘以後就完全正常了」。Infinity車手在之後的比賽中逐步擴大了自己的領先優勢,最終以2.8秒的優勢率先衝線。談到場地,前世界冠軍感到非常滿意,「場地棒極了,大小正合適,賽道路線設計也很好」,日本高手認為這個場地非常符合他的喜好,這也是他奪冠的因素之一。

‘I’m very happy, this weekend our cars performed very well’, said a smiling Matsukura, obviously enjoying his victory, continuing ‘with new tires the car pushed a little, but after a minute it was all normal again’. The Infinity team driver managed to extend his lead by the end of the race, eventually winning by a 2.8 second margin. Talking about the track the multiple World Champion was very content with the track conditions saying ‘the track was great, the size is perfect and the layout was very good’. The Japanese ace liking this style of track and feeling it was one of the reasons he excelled at this race.

「我有一次失誤」,不過「新胎表現挺好的」,上一站的冠軍依然認為自己的操控可以更好。對於下一輪,Sobue不準備調整任何設定,只會想辦法在隊友Matsukura作壁上觀時爭取拿下最後一輪。

‘I had one mistake’, but the ‘new tires are really good’, the round 1 winner still felt his driving was lacking somewhat. For the final round Sobue will not make any changes to his IF14 and with Matsukura sitting out the last final he hopes he can take the round win to secure the runner up spot.

Nicholas Lee對車架的表現很不滿意,「沒有轉向,沒有抓地」。雖然在賽前更換了避震油,但Yokomo車手感覺車架表現並沒有太大差別。僅剩最後一輪決賽,新加坡人必須在桿位車手缺席的情況下守住頭位才有可能保住亞軍位置。

Nicholas Lee was not happy with his car saying ‘no steering, no grip’, despite changing his shock oil the Yokomo driver couldn’t feel much difference with his car. With only one run left, and the Singaporean effectively on pole position he only has to maintain his position on track to take 2nd overall.

「我起步就被撞了」,Xray小將Dominic表示自己在比賽一開始就處於不利位置。「能夠守住第四位,我已經感到滿意」。在Sunpadow Stock組別中,從第五位發車的CETC首站冠軍丁房傑表現神勇,最終拿下本輪比賽,也將Stock組冠軍歸屬的懸念延續到最後一輪。Serpent王牌Stick King則輕鬆梅開二度,提前贏得Formula組的比賽,蟬聯CETC分站賽冠軍。

‘I got hit at the start’, Xray youngster Dominic feeling his race was compromised from the beginning, continuing ‘I’m really happy to maintain fourth place’. Elsewhere in the Sunpadow Stock class, starting from 5th on the grid, the winner of the stock class in Guangzhou, Ding Fang Jie had a great race and was able to come through to take the win in this leg to set up an A3 showdown. Serpent ace Stick King wrapped up the 2nd Formula main in convincing style to maintain his winning streak having won the season opener back in March.

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June 4, 2017

先聲奪人,Matsukura贏下首輪決賽

Infinity厂车手Naoto Matsukura成功地将决赛发车杆位转化为一场胜利,在厦门三圈拿下了由Infinity冠名的CETC联赛第二站首轮决赛。在第二圈一度获得领先的Yokomo王牌Nicolas Lee却在第四圈和第六圈接连犯错,屈居本轮第三。Matsukura的Infinity队友Akio Sobue后来居上,以第二名的成绩完赛。从第八位发车的Xray厂电车手JJ Wang一路追击,虽然在最后几圈与劳敏晧的缠斗中损失了时间,但依旧在最后一圈超越“明日之星”劳敏晧,拿下本轮第四。Xray小将Dominic Quek以0.6之差惜败于Xray队友劳敏晧,排名第六。两位Awesomatix车手张方洲和Michael Lo分获本轮第七与第八。

Infinity Factory driver Naoto Matsukura has successfully converted his pole position into victory, winning the first A-main of the Infinity Modified class here at CETC Rd2. Taking the lead on the 2nd lap, Yokomo ace Nicholas Lee went on to make mistakes on the 4th and 6th laps and had to settle for 3rd position in this leg while Matsukura’s Infinity team mate Akio Sobue finished the race in 2nd. Starting from 8th place Xray team driver JJ Wang had been locked in battle with Lao Min Hao, finally passing the future star on the last lap, giving him 4th for the round, with Xray’s Dominic Quek only 0.6 seconds behind team mate Lao in 6th. The two Awesomatix drivers Rocket Zhang and Michael Lo would finish the race in 7th and 8th.

发车后未能快速拉开的Matsukura在第二圈就在操控台前的短直路上发生了轻微的侧滑,让出了行车线。虽然Infinity车手想竭力挽救,但依旧被Nicholas Lee借机超越。不过前世界冠军在仅仅两圈后就利用更好的车况拿回了头车位置,并将领先优势保持到终点。对自己的车架表示十分满意,Matsukura仅计划在第二轮决赛前换上新胎,其他设定均不作改变。

Failing to pull out a gap at the start, a moment on the 2nd lap for Matsukura resulted in him going wide and while he tried to close the door Nicholas Lee was able to slip by. With a visibly faster car the ex World Champion took back the lead in only 2 laps and was able to maintain the position until the end. Happy with his IF14, Matsukura only plans to fit a new set of Sweep handout tires for the 2nd main.

「我有一兩次小失誤」,雖然精彩超越Nicholas Lee,拿下本輪第二,但CETC的首站冠軍認為自己的操控仍有改進的餘地。對於第二輪決賽,他也僅準備使用新胎,不調整設定。

Admitting, ‘I had one or two mistakes’ Sobue was still able to pass Nicholas Lee in a nice move that gave the Japanese driver 2nd. Winner of the previous round of the CETC at AMA, he believes his driving still has space to improve and like team mate Matsukura he too will just fit fresh tires for the 2nd main and simply focus on his driving.

感觉自己的车架并不在状态,Nicholas说,“车子有的时候滑,有的时候抓”。这也解释了这位Yokomo车手在这一轮显然缺乏一些竞争力。在第二轮决赛前,新加坡高手打算先搞清楚车架的问题,同时也会考虑启用新胎。

With his car not on form, Nicholas felt ‘the car is sometimes loose and sometimes grippy’, which explained the Yokomo driver’s lack of competitiveness in this first main. For the next the Singaporean will try to find out the problem and will also consider using a new set of tires.

“车子很好开”,但是“起步的时候我就被撞了”,Xray车手感到很无奈。“之后我又花了些时间超越劳敏晧”,这让JJ失去了接近Nicholas的机会。谈到下一轮决赛,美籍华裔车手考虑更换避震弹簧、拆除中部碳纤加强撑同时换用新胎。

‘The car was great, but I got hit right at the start’, the Xray driver feeling he also ‘took too long to get passed Lao’, this time spent behind his team mate meaning he lost contact with Nicholas. When asked about the 2nd main, the Chinese American explained that he will consider changing shock springs, remove the centre chassis stiffener and switch to a new set of Sweep tires.

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