March 31, 2019

Akio Sobue snatches Rd8 TQ in final qualifier

Akio Sobue is top qualifier for the final round of the 2018/19 OneTen series presented by Infinity at PYC in Hong Kong, the Japanese Infinity driver gambling big earlier in the day only for it to pay off in the last two heats. The only other person that could go for the pole position, Marc Rheinard could only take 2nd for the round, 9 tenths back, and will start right behind Sobue in this afternoon’s single 8-minute A-main. Jin Sawada makes it an all Infinity IF14 top 3, with Serpent driver Naoki Akiyama having a much better Sunday and he will start from 4th on the grid, just ahead of top Hong Kong driver Kenrick Fong. Speaking to Akio following the race he said ‘big gamble’ referring to his saving tires in this morning’s first two rounds of qualifying. Using his tires from Q3 in Q4 he said the car was really good on used tires, while according to those that ran new tires in the final round, they were difficult to drive at the start with little feeling. For the final, like all the other front runners, he will run his remaining set of new tires.

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