After a busy race day at the 2nd round of the CETC presented by Infinity, which due to rain saw the event shortened from a 2 day event to a single day event, the race was eventually able to come to a successful conclusion. Once again the Infinity duo proved to be a formidable team, successfully taking 1st and 2nd positions in the Infinity Modified class. With places switched between the team mates from the opening round at AMA, Akio Sobue was able to secure the runner up spot thanks to winning the final A-main. Points leader in the Arrowmax Chinese Modified ranking, Nicholas Lee could only take 2nd in the last final, giving him the final step of the podium. Fellow country man Dominic Quek would end the race in fourth place in front of Xray team mate JJ Wang who took fifth.
‘For this round the car was really good’, said Akio Sobue. Following Nicholas Lee closely from the start, the Infinity ace found his way passed at the 1 minute mark and once in front the Japanese driver went into cruise mode, helping his team secure the top two spots on the podium.
Yokomo driver Nicholas Lee was not fully satisfied with his 3rd place, saying ‘the track is changing from wet to dry and the grip level constantly changed’ the setting of the car needing to be constantly tweaked for the changing conditions. This situation is ‘really challenging’ for the drivers. Having attending the Reedy Race in the US last week, Lee came straight to Xiamen from California and as a result wasn’t feeling too well and this also affected his focus.
In the Sunpadow Stock class, the final A-main was very entertaining. TQ Yan Cheung and CETC Rd1 winner Ding Fang Jie took a win a piece in the first two A-mains and with the 3rd round setting up to be a showdown it did not disappoint. Right from the start Yan Cheung was leading the race while starting from 5th Ding fell to 8th. Quickly regrouping the Awesomatix driver started picking off those ahead of him and with only a minute and a half remaining he finally reached the Hong Kong driver in the lead. In the last 3 laps the two drivers had an intense battle with Ding trying to pass Yan the first time, but making contact he was forced to wait. One lap later the driver from Hangzhou had a door to door battle on the pit straight and worked his way passed but only 3 corners later Yan made a move resulting in contact causing a body tuck for the Awesomatix driver. While Cheung stopped to wait he didn’t wait for Ding to re pass and was subsequently given a penalty which gave another Hong Kong driver Ali Lee the win in this round. Ding Fang Jie took 2nd in A3 with this result giving him the overall win with Yan Cheung having to settle for 2nd with Ali Lee 3rd.