July 6, 2016

Ping, Law & Yeung take 2016 Chinese Offroad titles


Following the conclusion of the onroad section of the Chinese Nationals, the attention then moved to the action taking place on the offroad track at the ARC International Raceway in Xiamen. With the weather calling for extreme heat and humidity, unlike during the onroad action there was no rain allowing the race to be run without interruption. After 2 days of intense competition, we had 4 new National champions crowned.


The premier class in China, 1/8th Nitro buggy saw their biggest turn-out in the history of the National Championships. Kyosho driver and reigning Champion Wei Ping Hu from ShenZhen, despite losing out on the TQ to eventual Vice-Champion LeHua Lin from GuanZhou, would prove to be too strong once again, leading every lap but the first to retain his title as National Champion. Serpent driver Lin struggled in the race, the conditions looser than in qualifying and would take the runner up spot. The final podium place would go to youngster Johnathan Yeung from Hong Kong driving for Tekno.


In the 1/8th scale EP Buggy class, Wei Ping Hu would claim his second National title by taking victory in the opening two mains. The third final was won by Felix Law from Hong Kong, and while very close to Hu in the second A-main one of his tire came un-glued causing him to drop off meaning he was unable to push the title decider to the third main. Third place went to LeHua Lin. Leading both the second and third mains, mistakes would destroy any chance for him to finish higher up the order.


The 1/8th scale truggy was won by Carson Yeung from Hong Kong in dominant fashion. Topping all three qualifiers, he would go on to win the 45 minute final and capture his first-ever National title. Battling hard early on with Yeung and eventually finishing in second place was Yang Chen Li who represented Shanghai at this race. Third place would go to Yang Shen from SunYang.


In the 1/10th scale EP buggy class there was no official separation between 2wd and 4WD so all drivers chose to use a 4WD platform for this race. Taking TQ with a comfortable margin, part time Florida resident Felix Law would go on to retain his title in this class. Taking the first two mains without dramas, Felix sealed his supremacy early on. The battle of 2nd and 3rd place were fierce and eventually Stick King from Hong Kong would take second place behind his team mate. Carson Yeung would round out the podium in third place.

Full coverage of this event (in Chinese) along with image gallery can be found on Red RC China.


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