September 25, 2017

Akio Sobue takes CETC title with A2 win

During the past 6 months, visiting 4 of the best racing tracks within China, the CETC presented by Infinity has crowned its first Champion with Akio Sobue taking the title at Twin RC Speedway in Hong Kong. In the second round of finals the Infinity factory driver recovered from being passed early in the race by Yokomo factory driver Nicholas Lee to take the title with one round of finals to spare. Using old tires Naoto Matsukura did not pose a threat to Sobue, and only 1.3 seconds ahead of Awesomatix driver Rocket Zhang would finish in 2nd place. Leading the race for the first 3 minutes until a coming together with Sobue, Nicholas Lee would end up on his roof after the Japanese driver made a pass on him. Returning to the track the Singaporean ace could only come back to 4th place, 0.38 seconds behind Rocket Zhang. The two Serpent factory drivers Stick King and Felix Law ended the race in 5th and 6th, with Fai Ho just behind in 7th.

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June 5, 2017

Matsukura leads Infinity 1-2 at CETC in Xiamen

After a busy race day at the 2nd round of the CETC presented by Infinity, which due to rain saw the event shortened from a 2 day event to a single day event, the race was eventually able to come to a successful conclusion. Once again the Infinity duo proved to be a formidable team, successfully taking 1st and 2nd positions in the Infinity Modified class. With places switched between the team mates from the opening round at AMA, Akio Sobue was able to secure the runner up spot thanks to winning the final A-main. Points leader in the Arrowmax Chinese Modified ranking, Nicholas Lee could only take 2nd in the last final, giving him the final step of the podium. Fellow country man Dominic Quek would end the race in fourth place in front of Xray team mate JJ Wang who took fifth.

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June 4, 2017

Naoto Matsukura is Top Qualifier for CETC Rd2

On the final lap of the final round of qualifying, former World Champion Naoto Matsukura chose not to brake for the corner at the timing loop and in doing so managed to take the round by 0.033 seconds and with it take the overall TQ in the Infinity Modified class. This move meant Nicholas Lee had to accept 2nd spot on the grid. Behind the Yokomo driver, Infinity star Akio Sobue bounced back from a bad first round to claim 3rd place for the round only 0.55 behind the Singaporean. Third place in the first round Dominic Quek was off form in the 2nd round but due to his result from the first round will start in fourth place in the finals. Xray driver Lao Min Hao and Awesomatix drivers Rocket Zhang and Michael Lo complete the top 7 with Factory Xray driver JJ Wang, Xpress driver Chan Chau Man and Hong Kong driver Bun finishing off the A-main grid.

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March 27, 2017

Infinity 1-2 at CETC opening race

After two very busy days of racing, the opening round of the CETC presented by Infinity has come to an end. The Infinity team of Sobue and Matsukura has achieved the best possible result against some very tough competition taking a 1-2 in the modified class. Having sewn up the race win early, Sobue decided to stand and watch A3 from the drivers stand and cheer on his team mate and good friend Matsukura and the former World Champion didn’t disappoint with a blistering run to record the only 28 lap run of the entire event to finish up the event in Guangzhou in the best possible way. Serpent factory driver Viktor Wilck also had a great run in A3 taking 2nd place again and securing himself the final spot on the podium. Having almost collided earlier in the race, while running 2nd and 3rd, Yokomo team mates Naoki Akiyama and Nicolas Lee eventually touched just as the race passed halfway, the accident giving Wilck the chance to get by and dropping the Yokomo drivers to 3rd and 4th which meant Yokomo would miss out on the podium.

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March 26, 2017

Akio Sobue becomes first ever CETC Top Qualifier

The fourth and final round of qualifying saw Akio Sobue successfully take the first CETC overall TQ honour in the Infinity Modified class, the Worlds Finalist quickly setting off from the grid and never looking back. Right behind him Naoki Akiyama crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds later to take 2nd place for the round and secure 2nd overall on the grid. Newly signed Sunpadow driver Naoto Matsukura showed good pace again with only one mistake, the Japanese driver took 3rd place this round and with 1 point less than Akiyama will start 3rd overall. ‘Using old tires’ Nicolas Lee wasn’t competitive and could only take 5th for the round and 4th overall while Viktor Wilck’s quest for the TQ was over after retiring following a traction roll and so he would claim 5th on the grid for the triple A-mains.

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March 25, 2017

Naoki Akiyama ends Day 1 of CETC with TQ run

The first day of the opening round of the CETC presented by Infinity has just come to an end with the conclusion of the 2nd round of qualifying and it was Yokomo driver Naoki Akiyama who successfully hit back by taking Q2 with ease, the top heat seeing a lot of mistakes. After the young Japanese driver it was Serpent ace Viktor Wilck who took 2nd place, both drivers benefiting from consistent driving. Missing out on 27 laps by 0.07 seconds Viktor was just behind Akiyama by little over a second. Sitting in the lead for the first minute Akio Sobue could not hold his Infinity car on the driving line and although he made two serious mistakes the Japanese driver could still come back from 7th place to finish 3rd. Thinking himself ‘lucky’ Japanese National Champion got 4th place for the round, humbly stating that many people made a mistake, while Infinity driver Naoto Matsukura and Xpress driver Hay Lai again completed the top 6. Sitting in 2nd place for the first minute and half, Xray driver Gary Huang retired after 2 mistakes.

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March 25, 2017

Akio Sobue takes Q1 at CETC

Infinity team driver Akio Sobue continued to stamp his authority on the opening round of the 2017 CETC presented by Infinity, taking Q1 with ease. With his heat underway this Worlds finalist showed really pace putting in a very consistent run to finish 5 seconds ahead of young Yokomo driver Naoki Akiyama, to back up his pace from controlled practice. Akiyama and team mate Nicholas Lee got 2nd and 3rd for the round respectively with the pair separated by 0.7 seconds, the top 3 drivers all getting 27 laps. Although close to the Yokomo pairing during the middle of the run, two late mistakes dropped Gary Huang back to finish 4th, just missing 27 laps by 3 seconds. Just like Huang, former WC Naoto Matsukura had a number of mistakes which saw him finish the run 2 seconds back on the Chinese National Champion. Behind Matsukura was top Hong Kong driver Hay Lai, driving the all new Xpress chassis, with Xray driver Lao Minhao in the 2nd group completing the top 6.

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March 25, 2017

Akio Sobue is top seed for CETC Rd1

The opening round of the new for 2017 CETC presented by Infinity officially kicked off today at the Amazing Indoor Arena in Guangzhou, and it is Infinity team driver Akio Sobie who has dominated proceedings in controlled practice to become the top seed for qualifying. The former National Champion is 0.066 faster than fellow Japanese driver Naoki Akiyama who has to settle for second. Xray driver Gary Huang who is running at his home track is running very well just 0.186 behind Akiyama, and behind the two time time Chinese National Champion it is Serpent ace Viktor Wilck and former World Champion Naoto Matsukura who take 4th and 5th respectively

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