October 11, 2017

Arrowmax Asia Race Cup China Rd2 – Report

Round 2 of the Arrowmax Asia Race Cup Chine returned to the AMA Indoor Arena in GuanZhou. The 13.5T Stock Touring class draw a record entry for this round and current point leader, Ali Lee was keen to wrap up his ticket to the grand final in Japan. With plenty of newcomers for this round, Boon Yang from Singapore prove to be a serious threat. With Boon taking a surprise victory for the first round of qualifying, Ali was under extreme pressure and a mechanical problem would force him out of contention for the second round of qualifying while being in the lead. Elsewhere Boon would suffer a serious hit from others which dropped him right back. In the decisive round, Boon again had no luck with the backmarkers and would only score a 3rd place finish, while Ali would take the round and effectively locked the TQ position with a 1st and 2nd place finish.

The final was no less then dramatic, the first final had a very smooth start and Boon was right behind Ali from the get-go, but with the clock ticking down, Boon was looking for his chance to overtake, and a backmarker once again came into play. While letting the lead car past, the door would be shut abruptly in front of Boon causing his car to flip and dropping him right back to 5th. Ali would then cruise to a comfortable finish with Boon eventually fighting back for a 2nd place finish. It was even tougher for the youngster from Singapore in the second leg, getting rear-ended right at the start, Boon dropped out of contention, while Ali smooth-sailed to the overall victory early. With Ali sitting out the third leg, Boon would finally have a clean run, taking the final A-main. Behind the two, Chen Rui Yong would claim a 3rd place finish, separated by only one point from You Lao Ye.

The Modified Touring class this time belonged to the youngsters as Mao Hao Ran took the opening two qualifiers to secure the TQ position. Ma Chun Zhi and Chen Bo Long, all under 16 drivers, would line up in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Ran then went on and took a comfortable win in the opening A-main, with Zhi leading and winning the second final with an even bigger margin, meaning it became a winner takes it all situation in A3 with Zhi finally prevailing in the third leg and securing his first race win in the Modified class. With a 3rd place finish in the first round and a 2nd place finish at round 2, Ran now leads the points standings in the Modified class. Huang Yong Xiang would obtain the final podium spot at round 2.

In the 21.5T Formula class it was again a fight between Bin and Liu Jia Rong. With Liu taking the TQ last month, it was Bin’s turn at round 2. The two would go on to fight in all three finals and with Bin taking the first and third leg he would claim the overall victory as Liu will had to settle for 2nd place this time round. Fu Zhi Feng rounded out the podium in 3rd.

Source: Arrowmax [arrowmax-rc.com]


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