The opening round of qualifying for the 3rd round of the CETC presented by Infinity in Shanghai, saw Xray driver JJ Wang continue his good form from practice to take the top spot in the Modified class. Yokomo driver Nicholas Lee finally found the pace he was lacking earlier in the day to take 2nd overall, while Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang lost out to young Xray driver Lao Ming Hao by 0.38 seconds and had to settle for 4th. Serpent team driver Felix Law improved on his practice performance by one spot, with Xray drivers Julian Wong and Mihnea Lupu completing the top 7. Second place after controlled practice Motor King was not able to carry over that speed to qualifying and ended up in 8th.
‘Its OK’ was JJ Wang’s reaction and although he got first the Xray driver was not satisfied with his own performance, saying ‘I made some minor mistakes’ having gone off line in one of the corners and getting dust on this tires which cost him some time meaning he was not able to get 27 laps by just 0.238 seconds. For the next round JJ’s mechanic Hara Tune thinks that with the car setup ok and with good consistency in 5 minutes there is no need to make any setup changes. In terms of tires the Xray driver plans to continue to use the same set of tires that he began using in CP2.
‘Much better than controlled practice’ said Nicholas Lee, the relieved Singaporean taking 2nd for the round continued ‘I still need more steering’. Prior to Q1 Lee rushed to change to a brand new carbon chassis which helped give the Yokomo driver the corner speed he needed. For Q2 apart from changing the setup to get more steering he said, ‘I need to check the chassis carefully’ as ‘the time I had to change the chassis was very tight’.
Describing his performance as ‘safe’, Junior National Champion Lao Ming Hao felt he could have gotten a better result had he not lost his rhythm having ‘given way to JJ’. For the next round the young Xray driver plans to put in another ‘safe run’ to secure his place in the A-main and if that works out will only then try a different setting in the remaining qualifiers.
‘Car was ok’, said Awesomatix team driver Rocket Zhang continuing, ‘after I gave way to Nicholas Lee I was stuck behind Motor King for a few laps’. Not planning to change either his setup or tires, Rocket feels his overall setting will need higher traction and so ‘maybe my performance will be better next round’.
‘The traction is getting lower’, Felix regretfully saying, ‘my happy hour is over’. For the next round the Serpent driver thinks he needs to find a more balanced setting but the prototype body he is using makes it more difficult to find a suitable setup. For Q2 Law also plans to change his Arrowmax ESC setting to adapt to the change in chassis setup.
Also feeling there is not enough traction American Xray driver Julian Wong thinks his problem is more a case of ‘bad driving’. Satisfied with the car’s performance he hopes he will have a better run next time. In the Sunpadow Stock class Xray driver John Lu successfully transferred his practice pace to the qualifiers taking the top spot in Q1 with Destiny driver AI Luo having to settle for 2nd place. While in the Serpent Formula class, Team Saxo driver Jimmy Qian took the win through good consistency while behind was Xray driver Bobby Zhang ended up 2nd.
The 3rd round of the first season of the CETC presented by Infinity got underway at RCI V2 in Shanghai today. After 2 rounds of controlled practice it was Xray factory driver JJ Wang, running at his home track, who topped both seeding rounds to come out on top in the Infinity Modified class with a best 3 consecutive laps of 34.196 seconds. Only 0.56 seconds behind was Yokomo driver Motor King who improved his result through a much better 2nd round, improving from 6th place after round 1, and just in front of Awesomatix driver, and new father, Rocket Zhang. Motor King’s team mate and current leader of the Arrowmax Chinese Modified standings Nicholas Lee will be seeded 4th, with Chinese Junior National Champion Lao Ming Hao taking 5th by overtaking Felix Law on the last lap of his run, the Serpent factory driver having to settle for 6th. Behind him was American Xray driver Julian Wong who was seeded 7th just ahead of young Shanghai based Malaysian Nicholas Koh.
Satisfied with the current set-up of his LRP powered Xray T4, JJ Wang did not adjust the car throughout the two rounds of practice having found a good setup in testing earlier in the week. Using new tires on both occasions the Xray driver’s plan for the first qualifier is to make ‘no mistake’ and in terms of setup it will remain the same.
Using normal length front suspension arms in the 2nd controlled practice, former National Champion Motor King improved his result dramatically with the car now having ‘much better steering’. For the first round of qualifying the Yokomo driver will again work on his setup to try and give the car ‘a more stable rear end’.
‘The rear end is quite loose’, said Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang, who was not fully satisfied with the setup on his A800X, feeling ‘its hard to get a better result because the chassis can’t handle a more aggressive style of driving’. In the 2nd round of CP the local racer changed the steering system from a dual barrel crank system to a slider system, after which Rocket felt the car had much faster steering response and this in turn helped him to improve his result. For the opening qualifier the former National Champion believes he now needs to focus on adapting his driving style to the new setting.
Yokomo team driver Nicholas Lee declared his round as ‘so so’, continuing by saying ‘I adjusted the car’s setup between both rounds of Controlled Practice’ but felt there was no ‘big difference’, the biggest problem of the chassis being there is ‘not enough steering’. Before the first qualifier the Singaporean ace plans to use Motor King’s setup to try and improve on his current position.
CETC Rd1 Rising Star Lao Ming Hao managed to grab 5th in the last 30 seconds of CP2, saying ’the two sets of controlled tires have a pretty big difference’ the young Xray driver explaining ‘the second set of controlled tire was getting faster and faster but the first set was better at the beginning of the run’. For qualifying the Junior National Champion plans to choose the tire he used in CP1 and keep the car’s setting unchanged.
In the Sunpadow stock class, local Shanghai Xray driver John Lu took both rounds of controlled practice to top seeding, John Lu’s mechanic being the winner of the first two rounds of the series, Ding Fangjie. Feeling his car is perfect his plan for qualifying is to ‘improve my driving’. Destiny driver AI Luo had the same fastest lap time as Lu, missing out on the top spot by 0.032 seconds, and he is followed by young Xray driver Nicholas Koh. In the Serpent Formula class, Team Saxo driver Jimmy Qian was in a class of his own while behind him was RCI V2 manager Bobby Zhang just ahead of RCI V2 track owner Rick Wang.