June 4, 2017

全速衝線,Matsukura奪得CETC第二站TQ

由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽第一賽季第二站在廈門ARC國際賽車場繼續進行。前世界冠軍Naoto Matsukura在第二輪預賽的最後一圈選擇不剎車全速衝線,為自己爭取到了0.033秒的微弱優勢,極為驚險地拿下了Infinity Modified組的TQ。在Matsukura興奮地揮拳慶祝時,Nicholas Lee則不得不有些遺憾地接受了預賽第二的排名。在這位Yokomo車手之後,首輪預賽意外失誤翻車的Infinity車手Akio Sobue依靠安全穩定的發揮拿下第三,落後新加坡人0.55秒衝線。首輪排名第三的Dominic Quek在第二輪預賽中完全沒有狀態,但依舊憑借第一輪的積分保住了預賽第四的排位。Xray小將勞敏晧、兩位Awesomatix車手張方洲和Michael Lo分獲第五至第七名,其後是Xray廠電車手JJ Wang和Xpress車手陳秋文。香港車手Bun是最後一位殺進A組的選手,而全國冠軍黃揆笙則非常遺憾得錯失A組。

On the final lap of the final round of qualifying, former World Champion Naoto Matsukura chose not to brake for the corner at the timing loop and in doing so managed to take the round by 0.033 seconds and with it take the overall TQ in the Infinity Modified class. This move meant Nicholas Lee had to accept 2nd spot on the grid. Behind the Yokomo driver, Infinity star Akio Sobue bounced back from a bad first round to claim 3rd place for the round only 0.55 behind the Singaporean. Third place in the first round Dominic Quek was off form in the 2nd round but due to his result from the first round will start in fourth place in the finals. Xray driver Lao Min Hao and Awesomatix drivers Rocket Zhang and Michael Lo complete the top 7 with Factory Xray driver JJ Wang, Xpress driver Chan Chau Man and Hong Kong driver Bun finishing off the A-main grid.

「車子很好跑,賽道也變乾了」,Infinity車手認為第二輪預賽的客觀條件對他非常有利,而談到最後一圈的衝線,他說,「我知道自己與Nicholas非常接近」,所以他選擇放手一搏。談到即將來到的決賽,日本高手希望可以充分利用桿位的優勢,同時他也會換上更硬的差速器來應對已經變乾且相對更抓的賽道。

‘The car was great and the track is drying up’, Infinity driver Matsukura believes the 2nd round conditions played into his favour. Asked regarding the last lap dash to the line he said ‘I knew I was really close to Nicholas’ and chose to gamble. Regarding the upcoming finals the Japanese ace hopes he can take full advantage of his pole position with the track drying up plans to change to a harder diff.

Nicholas Lee對自己的車架表示滿意。「車子不錯」,Yokomo車手的圈速沒有任何劣勢,只是在最後一圈輸給了Matsukura的非常規戰術。而面對決賽,這位勝出了去年三圈大獎賽的新加坡一哥不打算改變任何設定。

Very happy with his BD8, Nicholas Lee said ‘the car was really nice’, the Yokomo driver pleased with his pace and feels he only lost out on the TQ to Matsukura due to his unorthodox tactics at the finish line. For the triple mains, the winner of the Sunpadow Guankou GP held here last November, is not going to change any settings on his car.

「我有五六次小失誤」,Akio Sobue對自己在最後一輪預賽的表現並不完全滿意。但Infinity王牌也談到了場地的因素,「有些地方已經乾了,但也有些小地方還是濕的」。談到決賽,CETC第一站的冠軍不準備調整任何設定,只表示會全力以赴。

‘I had five or six little mistakes’, Akio Sobue not very happy with his performance in the final qualifier. Regarding the track conditions, the Infinity driver said ‘some part of the track is already dry but there are still wet patches’ and so for the final the current series points leader is not going to change anything on his car and instead focus on his driving.

「車子突然很不好開」,沒有調整任何設定的新加坡小將對自己Xray T4 2017的表現感到困擾。但所幸第一輪的好成績讓他保住了不錯的預賽排位。對於決賽,Dominic說,「我準備將電調設定改回去」。顯然已經變乾的場地需要更加強勁的動力表現。在Sunpadow Stock組別中,香港車手Yan Chueng憑借第二輪的優異發揮奪得TQ;Stick King也再度奪得Serpent Formula組的桿位。

‘The car was suddenly really hard to drive’, without changing anything on his car Quek was puzzled by the poor performance of his Xray T4 2017. However the good result from the opening qualifier still means he will start 4th on the grid. For his finals Dominic said ‘I will revert to my previous ESC setting’, the drying track requiring more power. In the Sunpadow Stock class Yan Chueng dominated the 2nd round resulting in him taking the top starting position for the finals. For the Serpent Formula class Stick King once again took the TQ spot.

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June 4, 2017

CETC第二站首轮预赛,Nicholas Lee旗开得胜

由Infinity冠名的CETC聯賽第一賽季第二站終於在今天上午拉開了序幕。Yokomo廠車手Nicholas Lee在蒙蒙細雨中依靠更好的操控獲得勝利。在預賽倒數第二組中開始降下的小雨讓本就濕滑的場地變得更具挑戰性,Infinity廠車手Naoto Matsukura在比賽中一度處於領先,但稍多一些的小失誤讓他最終屈居本輪第二。新加坡小將Dominic Quek從其餘車手中脫穎而出,獲得第三;其後是來自廣州的Xray小車手勞敏晧。兩位香港車手Michael Lo和陳秋文分列本輪第五與第六,Awesomatix廠車手張方洲落後秋文0.2秒,排名本輪第七。

Round 2 of the CETC presented by Infinity finally got underway this morning under slightly damp but drying conditions, after day 1 was rained off. Nicholas Lee took the top spot in Q1 under light rain which had started to fall again in the 2nd last heat making the already tricky conditions even more difficult. Infinity factory driver Naoto Matsukura who initially lead the heat made too many little errors which saw him drop down to 2nd place, while Dominic Quek from Singapore was the best of the rest taking 3rd place. Fourth place went to another Xray driver Lao Min Hao from Guangzhou, followed by Michael Lo and Chan Chau Man both from Hong Kong. Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang saw himself a further 0.2 seconds behind and ranked 7th for this round.

「場地太滑了」,暫居Arrowmax華人電房Modified組別積分榜首位的Nicholas Lee如是說。「我們這一組的雨比上一組更大」,Yokomo車手認為最後一組的比賽條件頗為不利,「我只能想盡辦法不要犯錯」。在設定方面,新加坡高手在賽前換上了更軟的差速,而針對下一輪預賽,他不準備做任何設定調整。

Current leader in the Arrowmax Chinese ranking, Nicholas Lee simply said ‘It was very slippery’. ‘The rain was heavier compared to the group before’, the Yokomo driver continued, believing the conditions for the last group were not that good. He continued ‘All I can do is try to not make any mistake’. Regarding setup, the Singaporean used a softer diff and for the next round of qualifying doesn’t plan to make any changes.

「超級不抓」,上一站的Infinity Modified組亞軍同樣對場地條件感到困擾,不過「車子還是很好開的,我做出了最快單圈」。一度領跑這一輪比賽的前世界冠軍決定在下一輪使用更軟的差速,力爭TQ。

‘Maximum no traction’ said Matsukura, the runner up from the previous round in Guangzhou was another driver struggling with the difficult track conditions, but ‘the car was still really good and I got the fastest lap for the round’. Having led the heat briefly the former World Champion will change to a softer diff for the next round and go all out for the TQ honours, the reduced schedule meaning only 1 round from the 2 will count towards the driver’s final starting position.

首次參加CETC的新加坡Xray小將Dominic Quek非常謙虛地說:「運氣!」他認為從某種程度上來講,「小雨讓我獲得了更好的成績」。雖然幾乎沒有在濕地作戰的經驗,但比賽結果顯然還不錯,「我的設定和前天練習時完全一樣,不過我減少了電調的Punch」。

Making his welcome debut at the CETC, Xray driver Dominic Quek from Singapore humbly said his good result was down to ‘luck’. He believes the ‘rain allowed me to have a better result’ and despite not having any experience racing on a damp track the result shows otherwise. ‘My setting was exactly the same as we used in the practice the day before and I only lowered the punch setting on my ESC’

作為上一站的「明日之星」,勞敏晧對首輪位居第四感到滿意。在倒數第二組參加預賽的他利用了當時更好的場地條件做出了好成績。雖然沒有在賽前調整車架設定,但這位廣州Xray小將換上了更細的馬達轉子,同時加大了LRP電調的拖剎。對於下一輪,他不準備做任何設定改變,只是爭取跑得更好。在Sunpadow Stock組別中,Rex Chan獲得首輪預賽的第一名,其後是Keith Chui和Jacky Lau。在Serpent Formula組別中,Stick King一掃控制練習時的頹勢,勝出首輪預賽,為自己輓回了一點面子。

Winner of the Protoform/Sunpadow Rising Star award at the season opener, Lao Min Hao was happy with his 4th position in the opening round of qualifying. Running in the 2nd last group he made the most of the slightly better track conditions and although he didn’t have a special setup for the damp conditions, the Guangzhou Xray driver changed to a slightly smaller rotor in his motor and applied more drag brake to his LRP ESC. In the Sunpadow Stock class, Rex Chan topped the first round followed closely by Keith Chui and Jacky Lau, while in the Serpent Formula class Stick King reversed his poor form in controlled practice, saving some face by taking the first round.

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June 3, 2017

降雨迫使CETC第二站首日比赛取消

持续的降雨迫使CETC赛会决定取消首日的所有比赛。明天的天气预报显示天气可能会转好,因此赛会预期将比赛程缩短为一天,在上午举行一轮控制练习和两轮预赛,按照二取一的方式确定预赛排名;决赛则依旧会进行三轮。

Due to the constant rain all day today, the organisers of the CETC presented by Infinity have been forced to cancel day 1 of the 2nd round of the Championship in Xiamen. Forced to move all the action to Sunday, the new schedule will comprise of 1 controlled practice, 2 qualifying rounds (best single qualifier) and, if the weather permits, 3 finals for everyone.


June 3, 2017

車架聚焦 – Akio Sobue

車架 – Infinity IF14
馬達 – LRP
電調 – LRP
電池 – LRP
輪胎(公發)– Sweep Racing
遙控器/舵機 – Sanwa
車殼 – Protoform LTC-R

說明 – CETC首站冠軍Akio Sobue攜剛剛上市的Infinity IF14繼續徵戰聯賽第二站。其落地的初始設定與他在ETS馬德里站的設定相同,這也是他習慣的低抓場地基礎設定。整台車基本為IF14標配,只有馬達座為新款升級版本,Infinity廠車手介紹說這款新OP件即將於6月底上市。作為AXON的贊助車手,Akio還選用了AXON出品的避震器和軸承。

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June 3, 2017

車架聚焦 – 張方洲

车架 – Awesomatix A800X
马达 – Muchmore
电调 – Muchmore
电池 – Maxcellent
轮胎(公发)– Sweep Racing
遥控器/舵机 – Sanwa
车壳
– Protoform LTC-R

说明 – Awesomatix厂车手张方洲使用最新款的A800X车架出战厦门。这位CETC新人计划使用他在上海军体赛车场的常用设定下地。整台车架基本采用了俄罗斯品牌的原厂标配部件,比较特殊的是在车架中部装备了倾斜式支撑杆套件,将舵机座与二楼板相连;此外他还选装了“线性转向系统II代”套件以获得更快的转向反应;中加强筋为ST-165,重65克,帮助较轻的A800X达到规定重量;后上波箱为AM19-4,这款加宽的波箱有助于让车尾更转。

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June 3, 2017

車架聚焦 – JJ Wang

車架 – Xray T4 2017
馬達 – LRP
電調 – LRP
電池 – LRP
輪胎(公發)– Sweep Racing
遙控器/舵機KO Propo
車殼
– Protoform LTC-R

說明 – Xray廠電車手JJ Wang攜Xray T4’17首次出戰CETC。落地的初始設定是這位在上海長大的美籍華裔車手按照自己對中國場地的經驗而預設的,車架上裝備了ARS系統和PSS避震器。在昨天的練習中,JJ一直在嘗試改變Camber以獲得最佳的操控性。車架上的所有配件均為Xray原廠標配,大齒和馬達齒則選用了LEE SPEED出品的84P系列。

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