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.
‘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.
‘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 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.
‘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.