The organisers of the CETC presented by Infinity are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the 2017 season finale to be held in Hong Kong at the Twin RC Speedway from the 23rd to the 24th of September. Set to be a great event, we expect a very strong regional entry, as well as more star drivers from further afield, as we wrap up our first season and crown our series champions. With entries set to close by the 14th of September, in the coming days we will publish further information concerning the official hotel and the free shuttle service to and from the track.
Racers interested in attending CETC Rd4 can enter the event by filling in the form here.
The third round of the 2017 CETC presented by Infinity at RCI V2 in Shanghai has come to an end. Winning the first two rounds and wrapping up the win early, JJ Wang chose to sit out the last final. Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee would take full advantage of the clear track ahead of him to win the last leg with a sizeable gap, which in turn secured his second place overall. The Singaporean was very happy with the performance of his Hobbywing powered Yokomo BD8, saying ‘For the finals I’ve got the set-up right, the chassis is really competitive’, ‘it’s a shame that it has come too late, and losing out on the TQ position means losing the race’. His Yokomo team mate Motor King also enjoyed a strong showing in the last final, demonstrating the capabilities of the WC winning chassis by starting from 6th position to eventually finish 2nd behind Nicholas, this result however not enough to claim the last step on the podium. Although having a lack lustre performance in the final leg, Serpent factory driver Felix Law would net himself the final step of the podium thanks to his performance in the 1st and 2nd finals. Behind Motor King, Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang would take 5th place overall. Having been sitting comfortably in 2nd place for more than 4 minutes, Xray driver Lao Min Hao would once again suffer an unfortunate mistake to fall behind Motor King a result that would give him 6th place in the Shanghai round of the CETC.
For the Sunpadow Stock class, Xray Driver John Lu would lead the race from tone to tone, successfully claiming his first CETC round win. Destiny driver AI Luo was overtaken by Xray youngster Nicholas Koh in the latter half of the race and had to settle for 3rd for the round. For his exceptional performance in the Stock class, the youngster from Malaysia was presented the Protoform / Sunpadow CETC “Rising Star” award for the Shanghai round. For the Serpent Formula class, winner of the first two rounds, Jimmy Qian would also sit out the 3rd round, Ryan Lam from Hong Kong would seize the opportunity and take the leg and with it claim 2nd place for the Shanghai round. The popular RCI V2 track manager, Xray driver Bobby Zhang would complete the podium. With Rd3 now over the season finale of the 2017 CETC presented by Infinity will be hosted by Hong Kong Twin RC Speedway on the 23rd to 24th of September this year, and with all three championship titles still up for grabs, the final round is building up to be an exciting event.
Xray Factory driver JJ Wang took the win in the 2nd A-main, to secure the overall win of the 3rd round of the CETC presented by Infinity with one final in hand. On his home track, RCI V2, the Chinese American maintained a 0.9 second lead over Nicholas Lee to convert his pole position into the win here in Shanghai. In what was a relatively uneventful A2 in comparison to the opening leg, Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang could maintain his 3rd place starting position with ease with the only driver to make a big mistake being Xray youngster Lao Ming Hao, who following the incident on the 5th lap, fell back to 8th and was not able to recover.
JJ Wang was thrilled to have been able to win in such dominant fashion. ‘I still have the wrong strategy for this leg’, JJ explaining that his tire treatment makes his Xray T4 uncompetitive at the beginning of the final but he was still confident saying ‘the track is small and so its very hard to pass meaning all I have to do is defend my line’. The top Chinese driver, who executed the perfect race weekend, is now able to celebrate his win a round early.
‘My car is very good’, Nicholas Lee said, continuing ‘I finally had the same pace as JJ’, A2 the first time the Yokomo driver had a faster lap time than JJ the whole weekend. For the final leg the Singaporean has no plans to change his car and with JJ sitting out the final run, Nicholas feels he has a good chance to take the victory.
‘Lao Min Hao came together which gave me some breathing room’, said the Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang, relieved after the 5th lap incident meant he was able to maintain his 3rd position and finish his race without pressure from behind. For the next round he will not change anything on his car and will continue to use his only set of Sweep handout tires.
‘A normal round’, after the excitement of A1, Serpent team driver Felix Law felt that everything went back to normal in the 2nd leg. A coming together with Motor King at the start saw him fall back to 6th position, but 3 laps later he was able to recover back to 4th but was not able to close the gap between himself and Rocket and so would have to settle for that position in this round.
Xray driver John Lu ‘hit back’ in Leg 2 of the Sunpadow Stock class A-main, putting him on the same points as Destiny driver and A1 winner AI Luo, the two Shanghai drivers set to battle it out in the deciding 3rd final. Yokomo driver Heng took 3rd place with only 0.34 seconds separating him and the Malaysian youngster Nicholas Koh to claim a very valuable 3 points. Using the ORCA controlled motor and a fixed gear ratio, the Stock class was extremely competitive with 2nd to 8th place all covered by 4 seconds at the end. In the Serpent Formula class Team Saxo driver Jimmy Qian again took the win to warp up the overall title.