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’.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
‘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.
‘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’.
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 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’.
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.
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.
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.