Following the final two qualifiers in the morning, the finals at RCI V2 in Shanghai finally got underway. In the opening modified class A-main TQ driver JJ Wang pulled away right from the start and was able to quickly build up a large lead while the rest of the field had a rough start following an early coming together. In the end the Xray factory driver cruised to the win ahead of Serpent team driver Felix Law, who following a tough battle emerged in 2nd place while under huge pressure from Nicholas Lee, managing to hold off the Singaporean driver by 0.5 seconds at the end. Just behind the ‘unlucky’ Yokomo driver, Rocket Zhang finished the final just 0.38 seconds back and took 4th position, the gap from 2nd to 4th being covered by less than a second at the end of the 5 minute run. Young Xray driver Lao Min Hao held 2nd position early in the race but fell back to end the race behind Motor King in 6th.
‘My car didn’t have any grip’, said Wang who was not content with his T4 2017 saying ‘it took too long to set the grid meaning my car lost traction, but luckily after the start no one gave me any pressure’. With a win in hand the Chinese American will leave his setup unchanged and just consider trying new tires for the next run, saying ‘the old tires have been used for 4 rounds already’.
‘This was the most exciting and scary race of my whole life’, was how Serpent driver Felix Law summed up his race and while still filled with adrenalin was quick to point out, ‘I’m very lucky’. While Yokomo team driver Nicholas Lee was obviously faster than the Hong Kong driver, he had a coming together with Lao Min Hao which allowed Felix to make his way up to 2nd position. Nicholas was however able to come back very fast and could put Law under huge pressure which meant he had to defend hard, a crash between Lee and Rocket Zhang giving the Serpent driver some breathing room meaning he was able to maintain his 2nd spot. Felix was very pleased with his 4X in the race saying ‘I switched the setting back to what I used in Q3, the adjustment of RRS and the raised front roll centre helping a lot’. In terms of tires, Law who was still using the same set of Sweep handout tires since CP1 ended by saying ’while the tires are not the fastest, they are very consistent over 5 minutes’.
‘Very unlucky’ was how Yokomo team driver Nicholas Lee summed up his race, stating he was very disappointed that ‘Rocket hit me twice’. Changing to a harder shock oil, the Singapore driver thought the performance of his BD8 was very good but his result was disappointing. For the 2nd main Nicholas will consider to use new tires but said ‘it would be good not to be hit again’.
Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang was very pleased with his A800X, simply saying ‘the car is running very well’. Regarding the coming together with Nicholas Lee, the Shanghai driver explained ‘when the race started Nicholas went off the racing line a little and I accidentally hit him, and the second time was when we tried to enter the straight, Nicholas suddenly slowed up’. With the former National Champion’s result also affected by the incident he hopes the following round will be better, saying ‘my car is very competitive in the first half of the run so I will try my best to get a good position’.