During the past 6 months, visiting 4 of the best racing tracks within China, the CETC presented by Infinity has crowned its first Champion with Akio Sobue taking the title at Twin RC Speedway in Hong Kong. In the second round of finals the Infinity factory driver recovered from being passed early in the race by Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee to take the title with one round of finals to spare. Using old tires Naoto Matsukura did not pose a threat to Sobue, and only 1.3 seconds ahead of Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang would finish in 2nd place. Leading the race for the first 3 minutes until a coming together with Sobue, Nicholas Lee would end up on his roof after the Japanese driver made a pass on him. Returning to the track the Singaporean ace could only come back to 4th place, 0.38 seconds behind Rocket Zhang. The two Serpent factory drivers Stick King and Felix Law ended the race in 5th and 6th, with Fai Ho just behind in 7th.
Only missing Rd3 in Shanghai, Akio Sobue ended the season with two wins and two TQ’s, with his lowest position a 2nd place, the Infinity driver won A2 by a clear margin. Asked about the 2nd leg, he said ‘we finally decided to use old tires, and that is the reason why I could not hold my line at the start of the race’. As the final approached the midway point Nicholas Lee went over the track dots and this little error let the Japanese driver to close the gap. With a door to door clash the Japanese driver would reclaim his position and end the race with a win.
Also using old tires this run, Naoto Matsukura felt the car was ‘very slow’, but still with a new set of tires the former Touring Car World Champion is confident he can take the last round. With his team mate claiming the championship, the Infinity driver hopes that he can help the team claim the top 2 steps of the podium once again.
‘New tires’ and ‘Luck’, was how Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang summed up his race. ‘The sprinkles of rain during A2 made the track slippery, so I was very cautious’. On the last lap the Shanghai driver made a mistake and the car had a half spin which allowed Nicholas to get passed, but when the Yokomo driver made his own mistake straight after this allowed Rocket to get back passed and the pair would finish the race separated by just 0.4 seconds.
With a clear advantage on new tires, Yokomo driver Nicholas Lee performed a text book inside pass on the first lap and looked set to win the second leg, but as the race approached 3 minutes an error just in front of the driver stand saw the situation start to change and ‘my car started to push’. As the light rain started to get heavier and with the wind picking up the Singaporean driver, and Arrowmax Chinese series champion, now has to try to take the win in the last A-main.
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