The CETC presented by Infinity has crowned its first race winner this afternoon at the Amazing Indoor Arena. With great skill and a little luck, Infinity team driver Akio Sobue secured the overall win with 1 round of finals to spare. Just behind him team mate Naoto Matsukura made the fastest lap of the event with a strong performance and some last minute luck which gave Infinity the 1-2. Young Yokomo driver Naoki Akiyama has several chances to challenge Sobue this round, but a few minor mistakes as well as a big last lap crash meant he had to settle for 3rd. Akiyama’s team mate Nicolas Lee had another terrible first lap, finishing the race in 4th place again. Xray driver Gary Huang and Serpent driver Viktor Wilck took 5th and 6th respectively, while behind it was three Chinese drivers Li Jiawei, Hay Lai and Ivan Lo. Japanese champion Souta Goto broke his car and retired on the 19th lap.
‘I’m very happy’, said a smiley Sobue clearly pleased with taking the win early, ‘My car is super good’. He also wanted to say thank you to his team mate Naoto, who unintentionally righted his car which had flipped. Having rolled, his Infinity team mate who was just a corner behind crashed into Sobue’s car, putting it back on its wheels and leaving Naoto needing to be marshalled. Following the incident, which the team mates had a good laugh about afterwards, the Worlds finalist calmed himself down and was able to finish the race with ease. Talking about A3, Sobue said ‘I hope that Naoto wins’ and when asked about the brand new CETC series, the Japanese ace didn’t hide his appreciation saying ‘the race is great!’ with his plan being to compete in all rounds this season.
Making the fastest lap of the weekend with a 11.078, Infinity team driver Naoto Matsukura simply stated ‘Car too good’ and ‘with new tire is also amazing’. Although he has no chance to win, the former World Champion hopes he can help CETC title sponsor Infinity take the overall 1-2 with a good performance in A3.
‘Car so good’, said a frustrated Akiyama. Unfortunately, having showing real good pace this leg, Akiyama broke too late at the end of the straight and slid of the racing line at the end of back straight giving up 2nd place. The 17 year old simply said, “I feel sorry for my mechanic”, the Yokomo protege working alongside Yukijiro Umino this weekend.
Taking 4th place again, Yokomo driver Nicolas Lee blamed everything on another bad first lap, saying ‘I have been hit again’. Putting new tires on his Yokomo BD8 for this final the Singaporean said the feel of the car is ‘very good’, however the drivers in front of him didn’t really give him any chance to get close. Following his team mate Naoki who made his mistake on the last lap, the popular “Chinese” driver crossed the finish line just 0.3 seconds behind.
In the fun Serpent Formula class, which uses ORCA 21.5T handout motors, Stick King driving his ETS champion Serpent F110 chassis again won A2 with ease securing him the overall win with one round to spare.