Infinity Factory driver Naoto Matsukura has successfully converted his pole position into victory, winning the first A-main of the Infinity Modified class here at CETC Rd2. Taking the lead on the 2nd lap, Yokomo ace Nicholas Lee went on to make mistakes on the 4th and 6th laps and had to settle for 3rd position in this leg while Matsukura’s Infinity team mate Akio Sobue finished the race in 2nd. Starting from 8th place Xray team driver JJ Wang had been locked in battle with Lao Min Hao, finally passing the future star on the last lap, giving him 4th for the round, with Xray’s Dominic Quek only 0.6 seconds behind team mate Lao in 6th. The two Awesomatix drivers Rocket Zhang and Michael Lo would finish the race in 7th and 8th.
Failing to pull out a gap at the start, a moment on the 2nd lap for Matsukura resulted in him going wide and while he tried to close the door Nicholas Lee was able to slip by. With a visibly faster car the ex World Champion took back the lead in only 2 laps and was able to maintain the position until the end. Happy with his IF14, Matsukura only plans to fit a new set of Sweep handout tires for the 2nd main.
Admitting, ‘I had one or two mistakes’ Sobue was still able to pass Nicholas Lee in a nice move that gave the Japanese driver 2nd. Winner of the previous round of the CETC at AMA, he believes his driving still has space to improve and like team mate Matsukura he too will just fit fresh tires for the 2nd main and simply focus on his driving.
With his car not on form, Nicholas felt ‘the car is sometimes loose and sometimes grippy’, which explained the Yokomo driver’s lack of competitiveness in this first main. For the next the Singaporean will try to find out the problem and will also consider using a new set of tires.
‘The car was great, but I got hit right at the start’, the Xray driver feeling he also ‘took too long to get passed Lao’, this time spent behind his team mate meaning he lost contact with Nicholas. When asked about the 2nd main, the Chinese American explained that he will consider changing shock springs, remove the centre chassis stiffener and switch to a new set of Sweep tires.