After two very busy days of racing, the opening round of the CETC presented by Infinity has come to an end. The Infinity team of Sobue and Matsukura has achieved the best possible result against some very tough competition taking a 1-2 in the modified class. Having sewn up the race win early, Sobue decided to stand and watch A3 from the drivers stand and cheer on his team mate and good friend Matsukura and the former World Champion didn’t disappoint with a blistering run to record the only 28 lap run of the entire event to finish up the event in Guangzhou in the best possible way. Serpent factory driver Viktor Wilck also had a great run in A3 taking 2nd place again and securing himself the final spot on the podium. Having almost collided earlier in the race, while running 2nd and 3rd, Yokomo team mates Naoki Akiyama and Nicolas Lee eventually touched just as the race passed halfway, the accident giving Wilck the chance to get by and dropping the Yokomo drivers to 3rd and 4th which meant Yokomo would miss out on the podium.
Finishing the event with the best 5 minute run Matsukura was very happy with his performance. ‘Perfect start’ was how the Japanese ace describe his pass on Yokomo protege Akiyama of the line at the start of A3 and once in front the Infinity driver did’t have anything to worry about anymore as he was able to show the full potential of the new chassis, which is planned for release this April. Summing up today’s action, in which he got faster every round, the Japanese driver said ‘today the traction is lower’ and this was ‘very good for me’. He also mentioned his new power system for this event from Hobbywing and Sunpadow saying ‘ESC/motor combo works perfectly, very linear, and the new battery also makes me very satisfied’.
‘More improvement’ said Viktor Wilck who was pleased with his Serpent 4X in the final A main. Summing up the whole race, he felt the opening CETC round was a ‘very competitive race’ and he, like all the competitors, were very impressed with the new AMA facility, summing up with ‘we learned a lot from our new parts this weekend’.
In the very competitive Sunpadow Stock class, Awesomatix driver Ding was a very different man today. In the finals he overtook poleman Ali Lee in both A1 and A2 to wrap up the win early while in the last final, when Ding decided to watch the race, Ali still failed to win, losing A3 by just 0.2 seconds to TRC track owner Siu Hung. With three 2nd place finishes in three finals, Ali secure himself the vice champion position while Siu Hung got the last podium position thanks to his A3 win.