The opening round of mains is complete at the 2017 CETC presented by Infinity and it was first blood to Akio Sobue, who took the first modified A-main. In an incident packed race the Japanese driver was able to cruise around and take the victory by 3 seconds over 2nd place finisher Viktor Wilck, who started 5th on the grid. The incident didn’t take long to materialise as a crash involving the 3rd, 4th and 5th placed starters dropped all of them to the back of the pack, Nicolas Lee putting in the best recovery drive to end the race 6th, less than a second behind Gary Huang in 5th. Naoki Akiyama’s bodyshell got tucked in the coming together and he regretfully decided to pull up to save the tires.
Benefitting from the retirement of his biggest rival on the first lap infinity driver Sobue took a very relaxed win. With the traction continuing to drop, this made the driving easier as the edginess from his car had been all but taken away. For the 2nd A-main the Japanese driver hopes to do it again and wrap up the overall victory early.
‘All drivers in front of me crashed, said Viktor Wilck who felt lucky as his car was ‘not aggressive enough this round. Planning to adjust his set-up ahead of A2, the Serpent factory driver hopes a more aggressive 4X, which features some new part, could bring him a better result.
Talking about his good result, Souta Goto gave all the credit to the accidents that befell those ahead of him. “I’m stable and slow”, was how the Japanese national champion summed up his first A-main performance. Similar to Wilck, the Yokomo driver plans further changes to his car to make it more competitive, the 16 year old looking to add 1 degree camber and make longer stroke shocks.
‘My car was loose on the first lap’, said Nicolas Lee, who thinks starting from the dirtier outside lane might have affected his tires a little. Adding, ‘I tried very hard to catch up’, but when the Singapore ace felt his car was getting better and better ‘Naoto hit me again’. With a deformed body he was still able to finish the race, but with a car that was down on performance he wasn’t able to capitalise on the problems for his main competitors. For A2, he is planning to use his last new set of tires.