July 23, 2017

JJ Wang巡航勝出事故連連的首輪決賽,Felix成功守住第二位

由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽上海站進入決賽階段,在Infinity Modified組別A組首輪決賽中,TQ選手JJ Wang得以在發車後迅速脫離後車,並在後車事故不斷的情況下建立起巨大的領先優勢。最終Xray廠電車手得以巡航取勝,而Serpent廠車手Felix Law則在一番苦戰後脫穎而出,在Yokomo王牌Nicholas Lee的巨大壓力之下以不到半秒的優勢成功守住了第二名的位置。在認為自己「運氣不佳」的新加坡高手之後,Awesomatix廠車手張方洲落後0.38秒衝線,獲得第四名。二、三、四名車手之間的差距不到一秒。一度排名第二的Xray小將勞敏晧最終落後Yokomo廠車手王海峰不到一秒完賽,獲得本輪第六。

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.

「我的車子並不抓地」,JJ Wang對自己的Xray T4 2017不甚滿意,「起跑前放車損失了一些時間,讓我的輪胎不在狀態,但好在起跑後其他人都沒有跟上來」。手握一輪勝利而佔據先機的華裔頂尖高手會考慮在下一輪使用新胎,「舊胎已經跑了4輪」,而車架的設定方面則將保持不變,「但我會仔細檢查一下」。

‘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’.

「這是我這輩子最驚險的一場比賽」,Serpent廠車手Felix Law心有餘悸道,「我很幸運」。明顯比他快一些的Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee在與勞敏晧纏鬥時發生碰撞,讓Felix借機上升到二車位置。之後在Nicholas的重壓之下,Felix不得不全力防守,但張方洲又與新加坡王牌發生小擦碰,給了Serpent高手喘息的空間並最終保住了第二名的排位。對於這一輪的車架,Felix感到滿意,「我又回到了第三輪預賽時的設定,RRS的調整和前滾動中心的抬高都很有幫助」。而關於輪胎的選擇,Felix依舊堅持使用他目前僅有的一套Sweep控制胎,「舊胎不是最快,但五分鐘內很穩定」。

‘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’.

「運氣太差」,極為遺憾的Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee說,「張方洲兩次撞到了我」。新加坡高手認為自己在賽前更換了更硬避震油的Yokomo BD8狀態極佳,但顯然結果不盡如人意。對於下一輪,Yokomo王牌考慮啓用新胎,「同時最好不要再被撞到了」。

‘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’.

預賽第三的Awesomatix車手張方洲對自己的A800X頗為滿意,「車子很好跑」。關於與Nicholas的碰撞,上海高手解釋道,「起步時Nicholas走大了一些,我不小心碰到了他;而第二次則是進入直道時,Nicholas突然變慢了」。同樣因碰撞而影響了成績的前全國冠軍希望自己的下一輪會更好,「我的車在前半段很好,我會力爭好成績」。

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’.

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July 23, 2017

預賽塵埃落定,Nicholas Lee與張方洲鎖定二、三位

在上一輪就已經提前鎖定由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽上海站TQ,Xray廠電車手JJ Wang在最後一輪卻險些未能達成預賽全勝的記錄。發車後就一度落後於Awesomatix廠車手張方洲,JJ在第3圈拿回領先位置,卻又在第11圈遇到落後的馬達王,損失了近1.5秒,排名又一次跌落至第三。不過依靠明顯的圈速優勢,主場作戰的華裔王牌先後反超張方洲與Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee,在第18圈重返頭車位置並將領先優勢保持到完賽。在比賽中段領先了一分多鐘的新加坡Yokomo高手Nicholas最終又一次遺憾得屈居第二。前全國冠軍張方洲再取一輪第三,預賽積分追平Xray小將勞敏晧,並依靠更快的單輪成績力壓CETC「明日之星」。Serpent廠車手Felix Law在最後一輪預賽中位居有所進步的Yokomo廠車手王海峰之後,但在預賽排名上依舊力壓王海峰一頭,位居第五。三位Xray車手,Julian Wong、Mihnea Lupu和Hara Tune分獲預賽第七至第九,來自美國的RC America車手Michael Lee則是最後一位殺入決賽的選手。

Having taken the first three rounds of qualifying at RCI V2 in Shanghai, Xray factory driver JJ Wang nearly lost out on getting the perfect score from taking all 4 rounds. Initially dropping behind Awesomatix factory driver Rocket Zhang, JJ was able to regain the lead on the third lap, but then dropped back to third on the 11th lap when he lost 1.5 seconds stuck behind Motor King. However with his faster pace, and being on his home track, the Chinese American worked his way back passed Rocket Zhang and Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee, and was once again able to top the timing screens on lap 18, maintaining the position until the end. Leading the pack for more then a minute when the race approached its halfway point, Yokomo driver Lee would once again have to settle for 2nd. Former Chinese National Champion Rocket Zhang again took a 3rd place for the round, and with the same score as Xray young gun and CETC “Rising Star” Lao Min Hao, but having the faster round time, Rocket will start the final from 3rd place on the grid. Although finishing behind an improving Motor King for the round, Serpent factory driver Felix Law will start from 5th place in the final, just ahead of the Yokomo driver. Next up was a gaggle of Xray drivers consisting of Julian Wong, Mihnea Lupu and Toshihiko Hara, with the last spot in the Modified A-main going to the RC America driver Michael Lee.

在TQ懸念頗大的Sunpadow Stock組別中,兩位上海本地高手上演了巔峰對決。Xray車手盧俊樵笑到了最後,領先比賽前半段的Destiny高手駱永晟在第14圈失去了頭車位置,五分鐘過後落後0.8秒衝線,不得不接受預賽第二的排名。Yokomo車手陸怡衡在最後一輪依舊未能有正常發揮,但依靠第一輪與第三輪的積分,最終位居預賽第三,其後是Xray小將Nicholas Koh。Serpent Formula組的最後一輪預賽則極具戲劇性,Teamsaxo車手錢敏及RCI V2經理張維康都在領先的情況下先後壞車退賽,而這個看上去頗有「陰謀論」嫌疑的統一行動讓Xray車手Ben Lai拿下本輪TQ,在預賽積分上超越RCI V2場主Rick Wang,排名第三。

While the Modified class TQ had been wrapped up early, the Sunpadow Stock class on the other hand was still open, with two local Shanghai drivers locked in a tight battle. Destiny driver AI Luo led the first half of the race, but Xray driver John Lu would eventually catch and pass him on the 14th lap. With only 0.8s between the two after 5 minutes of racing, John would eventually take the last round and with it the TQ honour. With his result from the first and third round, Yokomo driver Heng would end up starting the final from 3rd place, with another Xray youngster Nicholas Koh set to start from 4th on the grid. For the Serpent Formula class, the last round proved to be a dramatic end for the lead drivers. With Teamsaxo racer Jimmy Qian and RCI V2 track manager Bobby Zhang both broken down while leading the race, it was veteran Ben Lai driving a Xray who took the round, which demoted RCI V2 owner Rick Wang to 4th place on the starting grid.

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July 23, 2017

車架聚焦 – 盧俊樵

車架 – Xray T4
馬達(公發)– CETC ORCA 13.5T 固定進角
電調 – Hobbywing XR10 Pro
電池 – Maxcellent 6500mAh
輪胎(公發)– Sweep Racing
遙控器/舵機 – Sanwa
車殼 – ProtoForm LTC-R

說明 – Xray車手盧俊樵在機械師丁房傑的全力支持下出戰CETC第三站。使用丁房傑的MTS基礎設定下地,這位本地高手先後測試了#400與#450避震油及Xray、AXON和Yokomo RacePerformance 2.6避震彈簧。最終兩人決定使用Yokomo推出的新彈簧,而車架的其他部分則為T4標配,沒有任何特別的改裝。

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July 23, 2017

JJ Wang提前鎖定CETC上海站TQ

繼續維持昨天無可阻擋的趨勢,JJ Wang在今天上午的第三輪預賽中提前一輪鎖定由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽上海站TQ。這位Xray廠電車手在發車後再度迅速確立領先優勢,並最終領先Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee約2.5秒衝線,拿下決賽發車桿位。Awesomatix廠車手張方洲在起跑後一度位居第二,但在賽程過半時被Nicholas Lee與勞敏晧相繼超越,更一度下跌到第五位。最後一分鐘,上海本地王牌終於找回一些圈速,反超勞敏晧約1.6秒完賽,拿下本輪第三,但三輪預賽過後依舊在總積分排名上位居勞敏晧之下,處於第四的位置。Serpent廠車手Felix Law重復了自己第一輪預賽的成績,拿下第五,其後是始終沒有真正進入狀態的Yokomo廠車手王海峰。

Xray continued to dominate qualifying in the Modified class as JJ Wang secured the overall TQ, taking the 3rd round this morning at RCI V2 in Shanghai at Rd3 of the CETC presented by Infinity. The factory Xray driver quickly built up a lead from the start and ended the race 2.5 seconds up on Yokomo team driver Nicholas Lee to claim pole position for this afternoon’s triple A-mains. Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang was in 2nd position at the halfway point in the run but he was overtaken by Lee and Lao Min Hao, but in the final minute the local Shanghai driver found pace to get back passed Hao and take 3rd at the end. After 3 rounds Rocket is sitting in fourth behind Lao Min Hao in the overall classification, while Serpent driver Felix Law had a repeat of his performance in Q1, taking 5th position.

在主場提前鎖定桿位的JJ Wang對這一輪的車況很滿意,「我今天一早發現了車架上的一個小問題」,解決問題之後,這位美籍華裔王牌使用LRP動力的Xray T4「好開了很多」。談到這一輪的表現,JJ認為自己沒有犯錯,但賽道依舊不夠快。展望下午的決賽,Xray廠電車手說,「大家的成績都很接近,決賽會很好看」。而在設定方面,JJ考慮利用下一輪測試一些設定,更好地為決賽做準備,「我需要讓自己的前一分鐘更快一些」。

Securing pole position at his home track JJ Wang was very satisfied with his car, saying ’I found a small problem on my car this morning’. After fixing the problem, the LRP powered Xray T4 ‘became a lot better’. Talking about his performance this round, JJ felt he didn’t make any mistake but he thinks the track is still not fast enough. Looking forward to the finals this afternoon, the LA based driver said ’our results are very close so the finals will be very exciting’. In terms of setup, JJ will use Q4 to test some idea to get ready for the finals, ‘I need to be faster in the first minute’.

「我試了一些瘋狂的設定」,Nicholas Lee笑著說,「現在我的車足夠轉,但失去了抓地力」。已經鎖定預賽第二的Yokomo廠車手認為自己必須在下一輪找到讓車架更穩定的設定。

‘I tried some crazy settings’, Nicholas Lee smiled and said ‘now I have enough steering but I lost grip’. Already securing 2nd position on the grid the Yokomo driver feels he needs to find a setting to make the car more stable.

「我用了進入狀態比較慢的一套輪胎」,勞敏晧如此解釋自己這一輪的表現。沒有改變自己使用LRP動力的Xray T4的任何設定,全國青少年冠軍對下一輪依舊充滿信心,而且勢在必得,「RCI的賽道很小,所以預賽排位非常重要」。

‘I used the set of tires which I knew got quicker near the end of the run’, this was how Lao Min Hau explained his performance in Q3.  Not making any setup changes to his LRP powered T4, the Junior National Champion is still confident of his performance in the next round and thinks he must take 3rd on the grid as ‘RCI’s track is very narrow so the qualifying position is very important’.

在預賽排名上暫居勞敏晧身後的Awesomatix廠車手張方洲對自己的A800X並不太滿意,「後半段不夠抓」。前全國冠軍認為自己選擇使用的碳纖底盤讓車架在2、3分鐘後變得甩尾,不過基於昨天兩輪預賽的經驗,張方洲在今天調整了車尾的滾動中心讓車架能夠更好適應比賽中的性能變化。「我在比賽後半段還調整了自己的操控手法」,這是上海本地高手在本輪後半段重新找回圈速的訣竅。

Behind Lao Min Hao in the qualifying points, Awesomatix factory driver Rocket Zhang was not happy with his A800X saying ’the second half of the race I just don’t have enough grip’. The former National Champion believes the carbon chassis he used caused the car to become loose after 2 or 3 minutes but based on his experience from the previous 2 qualifiers Rocket changed the rear roll centre which helped the car adapt to the performance drop off during the run. ‘I also have to change my driving style in the second half’, which is how the Shanghai re found his pace at the end of the run.

Serpent廠車手Felix Law在第三輪預賽前對車架做了不少改動,「我更換了前傳動軸,調整了RRS來讓車尾更穩定」。這些改變讓他的Serpent 4X能夠更好地適應他使用的原型測試車殼。對於第四輪也是最後一輪決賽,美籍華裔高手說,」我還需要讓車尾更加穩定」。

Serpent team driver Felix Law made a setting change before Q3 saying, ’I changed the front drive shafts, and also adjusted the RRS to make the rear more stable’. The changes made his Serpent 4X better adapted to the prototype JConcepts body shell he is using and for Q4, the Chinese American said ‘I need to make the rear even more stable’.

在Sunpadow Stock組別中,Destiny車手駱永晟成功完成反轉,拿下第三輪預賽,也將競爭激烈的Stock組別TQ歸屬懸念保留到最後一輪。Xray車手盧俊樵落後駱永晟0.58秒衝線,身後是Yokomo車手陸怡衡。在Serpent Formula組別中,Teamsaxo車手錢敏穩定完賽,再拿一輪TQ,Xray車手Ben Lai在最後一圈絕殺RCI V2場主Rick Wang,獲得第二。

In the Sunpadow Stock class Destiny driver AI Luo managed to take Q3 to bring the battle for TQ to the last qualifier. Xray driver John Lu was 0.58 seconds behind AI at the finish line, with Yokomo driver Heng in 3rd. In the Serpent Formula class Team Saxo driver Jimmy Qian finished the race with consistency, to take another TQ while Xray driver Ben Lai overtook Rick Wang on the last lap to take second place.

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July 23, 2017

車架聚焦 – Felix Law

車架 – Serpent 4X
馬達 – ORCA M1 4.5T
電調 – Arrowmax Prototype
電池 – Arrowmax 6000mAh
輪胎(公發)– Sweep Racing
遙控器/舵機 – Sanwa/Serpent Prototype
車殼 – Mon-tech IS200

說明 – 剛剛勝出TimeZone大賽的Serpent廠車手Felix Law使用他在美國時的設定下地,目前為止他只更換了更硬的滾動彈簧來適應從瀝青場到地毯場的變化。車架上配備的OP件包括尚未正式上市的垂直式二樓板和線性懸掛連接片,前擺臂也是新的加硬型號。其餘配件均為原廠標配。電子設備方面,他使用了尚在測試階段的Arrowmax電子調速器與Serpent舵機。

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July 22, 2017

梅開二度,JJ Wang擴大領先優勢

Xray廠電車手JJ Wang在RCI V2再下一城,勝出由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽上海站第二輪預賽,鞏固了自己的領先優勢。本輪發揮極為穩定的美籍華裔王牌受限於場地抓地力的下降,未能突破自己在第一輪做出的成績,而Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee再度獲得第二,並將自己與JJ的差距縮短到1.9秒。Xray小將勞敏晧與Awesomatix廠車手張方洲同樣保持了與第一輪預賽一致的排名,前全國冠軍以0.2秒之差又一次落後於CETC「明日之星」。Yokomo車手王海峰則找回了一些節奏,拿下第五名,其後是美國Reedy Race公開組冠軍Julian Wong。JJ的機械師、Xray車手Hara Tune獲得本輪第七,三位Xray小車手Mihnea Lupu、戴舒俠與Nicolas Koh分列第八至第十位。

Xray Factory driver JJ Wang continued to stamp his authority on the event as he took another round of qualifying in the modified class at the 3rd round of the 2017 CETC presented by Infinity at RCI V2 in Shanghai. A very consistent round for the Chinese American driver this run however was slower than Q1 due to the mostly unexpected drop in traction. Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee once again had to settle for second place, however the gap to Wang in 1st this time was down to just 1.9 seconds as the Singaporean continued to improve. Xray youngster Lao Ming Hao and Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang maintained their position from the opening round with the former National Champion just 0.2 seconds behind the CETC Rd1 Rising Star winner in 3rd. For this round Yokomo driver Motor King managed to regain some of his lost practice pace to take 5th place ahead of 2016 Reedy Race Open Modified class Champion Julian Wong. JJ’s mechanic, Xray driver Hara Tune ended the round 7th, with another 3 Xray drivers completing the Top 10, with Canadian driver Mihnea Lupu, Jerry Dai and Nicholas Koh respectively.

在Serpent Formula組的第二輪預賽中,RCI V2車場經理張維康力壓自己的老闆Rick Wang,拿下頭位,兩輪預賽過後暫居積分榜第一。在Sunpadow Stock組別中,Xray車手盧俊樵的地位依然無可撼動。Destiny車手駱永晟落後1.4秒,再獲第二;Nicholas Koh本輪排名上升一位,拿下第三。另一位Destiny車手,來自日本的Masaki Kiyoi以0.3秒的微弱優勢力壓第一輪比賽的第三名、Yokomo車手陸怡衡。

In the Serpent Formula class, the second qualifying round was taken by RCI V2 track manager Bobby Zhang, just in front of his boss Rick Wang, and is now sitting 1st in the standings after 2 rounds. In the Sunpadow Stock class John Lu continued to head the class by taking Q2 with Destiny driver AI Luo 1.4 seconds behind in 2nd. Nicholas Koh would improve his position and end 3rd for this round with another Destiny driver Masaki Kiyoi in 4th just 0.3 seconds ahead of Yokomo driver Hang, who was 3rd in the opening qualifier.

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