The first round of finals at the season finale of the CETC presented by Infinity at Twin RC Speedway has just finished and it was Infinity factory driver Akio Sobue who took full advantage of a crash between 2nd place starter Nicholas Lee and Naoto Matsukura which set of a chain reaction of crashes that affected most of the chasing pack. So without any pressure the Japanese ace won the race with ease and is now only one step away from taking the inaugural CETC season title. Sobue’s team mate Matsukura recovered after the clash with Lee and would finish the race in 2nd place. The first lap incident caused a body tuck for Nicholas Lee, making the start of his race a nightmare, however he kept pushing and would end up in 3rd. Behind the 3 international racers the remaining drivers were involved in an intense battle. Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang was able to pass Xpress driver Hay 4 laps before the end of the race and took the 4th place with a 1.3 second gap over Hay. Serpent factory driver Felix Law was another 0.4 seconds behind and classified 6th.
With victory clearly in sight, Sobue described his first run as having ‘no pressure’, and was able to start cruising very early in the race. Only five minutes away from being the series champion, the plan for the Infinity driver in the 2nd final is ‘a set of new tires and to push for the victory’
‘Too hard’ was how Naoto Matsukura described his first final, saying it was very hard for him to win the race and become Champion. He would go on to explain that ‘the track is very narrow and only when Akio makes a mistake will I have a chance’. Talking about the first lap crash with Nicholas, the Infinity driver replied instantly, ‘I did stop and wait for him but I got hit from behind’. Talking about the 2nd final while queueing to buy a new set of Sweep handout tires, the former World Champion said ‘I need to get past Nicholas and wait for my chance’.
‘I got hit by Naoto, and there was no call from the referee’, was how the Yokomo factory driver described his start, obviously still a little upset, continuing ‘my car was really good but I lost out right at the beginning’. With regard to the next round of finals, Nicholas Lee said he will try his best to have a better start.
With the goal of ‘finishing the race safely’, Rocket Zhang was very satisfied with his 4th place result, ‘the first lap was chaotic but my luck was good’. Talking about his Awesomatix A800X the Shanghai ace said ‘it pushed a little bit’ but he will not make any changes, ‘I will only change tires for the 2nd final’.
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