Chassis – Tekno EB48.4 ESC/Motor – Tekin RX8 Gen III/ Motor – Tekin Redline Gen II 1900Kv Tyres – AKA Batteries – Protek Radio/Servos – Futaba 7PX / Futaba S9373 SV Body – Tekno Remarks – Wrapping up a convincing win in the EP class, Ryan’s only issue was the weight limit of the race which is different than with ROAR. Used to a limit of a 3200g back home, the S1GP required a minimum weight of 3600g, forcing the use of additional ballast. Ryan had been using the same set-up on his EB48.4 since qualify and the result shows a very consistent pace through out.
Chassis – Kyosho MP9 TKI4 Engine – OS Speed B2102 Tyres – AKA Fuel – Klotz Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12S / Sanwa BGS-XB Body – Kyosho TKI4 Light weight Remarks – Suffering a flame out in his semis due to running out of fuel, Sugiura will further fine tune his engine to get a better mileage. Very happy with how his Kyosho performs and still coming on top with the flame-out, the Japan Ace will use his EP final to test some minor changes, however he is convince that may not be necessary.
Chassis – Xray XB8 ’18 Engine – FX Engines Tyres – JConcepts Detox Fuel – Nitrolux Fuel 25% Radio/Servos – Sanwa M12S / MKS Body – Xray Lightweight Remarks – With the track now well and truly broken up, for the final Kaja will run a softer set-up on his car’s rear diff. Happy with his shock package, he is still considering his selection on his tire’s hardness. Very happy with his run time on the FX engines, to play safe for the finals he will consider having a shorter window and not pushing too much on the fuel mileage.
The final grid for the 1 hour SIGP Nitro A-main has been decided following both Semi Finals in Xiamen this afternoon. The first semi to get underway would see a fairly straight forward race for the top two on the grid, Takashiro Wataru and Chen Guanxian, the former taking the win by 5 seconds in what was the slower of the two semis meaning the Japanese Kyosho driver will line up 4th on the grid with Agama driver Chen on 5th. S-Workz boss Scotty Yang would be the biggest mover in the race, quickly moving up to 3rd, where he would stay to book his place in the main show with the final bump up spot from the first semi and 10th on the grid going to Zhan Wei.
In the second and quicker of the two semi finals, Yusuke Suguira was the clear winner, crossing the line almost 27 seconds clear of second placed Kaja Novotny and will start the main final in 2nd behind pole sitter and direct qualifier Ryan Lutz. Hong Kong Tekno driver Jonathan Yeung put in a steady final to claim 3rd and will take his place on the grid in 6th. The final guaranteed bump up was set to go to Jade Lim, but an official protest against him from the Korean team for cutting the track meant he had 10 seconds added to his time, and so while he still qualified due to his faster time it was Jeon Hanyoung from Korea that took 4th.
With Ryan Lutz wrapping up the TQ early after round 2 of qualifying it took Q3 to finalize the rest of the grid for tomorrow’s triple A-mains. Taking the round again, behind Lutz it was Kaja Novotny who took second for the round, the much improved Sunpadow backed Xray driver knocking 9 seconds off his time to end up 3rd overall, behind Yusukue Sugiura who will start the final in 2nd. Chen Guanxian will set off from the grid in 4th while Jonathan Yeung broke into the 9 laps when it mattered to move up to 5th, his 5th for the round combined with his 4th from round 1.
Confirming what everyone suspected following Rd1 of Practice, Ryan Lutz has taken the top qualifying spot in Nitro Buggy in Xiamen, China. Despite not improving on his Q1 time the Tekno driver continued to better his best lap time each round to end with a 33.542. Yusuke Sugiura would take the final round just ahead of Lutz but a number of mistakes meant he also didn’t improve his result. Wataru Takashiro ended in 3rd overall with his Q2 time, having a difficult time with traction rolling in the final round. The biggest improvement for the round came from both Kaja Novotny, who secured himself 4th overall, and Chen Guanxian who took 5th, both drivers have 12 plus second gain.
Ryan said that his car was now too soft or more the balance was not right following a rear anti-roll bar change that saw him go up in hardness making the difference between front and rear 5/10ths which maybe caused the issue. As the only direct qualifier into the 1 hour main final tomorrow he will have his own 10 minute practice in which he plans to try some things, suggesting he move the setup over from his EP buggy with the biggest difference between the two cars being the shock package.
Sugiura was on a very good pace in Q3, set to take a 5:12 which was within 2 seconds of Lutz’s Q1 time but made two mistakes on the last two laps when the announcer called the pace. With the surface quite abrasive, especially for the hour final, the Japanese Kyosho driver tried a harder compound, which while slower was more consistent so he will try a few more things to find pace, planning to use the semi final as testing for the main.
Taking 3rd on the spot and pole for the first of the semi finals Wataru Takashiro said ‘car was amazing but made a mistake with the tire’, the Kyosho driver trying a softer compound of Blockade on his MP9 for the cooler conditions. The result was too much grip which saw him struggle with traction rolling, so for tomorrow he will revert to X3 and work on some other small changes to the car.
Finding nearly 14 seconds in Q3, Xray driver Kaja Novotny has been tweaking his setup to gradually get more traction in the car, using his EP buggy to back-to-back test the changes. The run was clean, despite some traffic on the last lap, but without needing to be marshalled he managed a 9 lap run.
Another driver to find a big chunk of time, Taiwanese Agama driver Chen Guanxian put his improvement purely down to the traction and track conditions improving. Also having a clean run, the owner of James tires has not made any changes to his car all qualifying, just deciding to focus on his driving, and for the final may consider a harder compound of Revenge tire should he make the main final, positions 2-17 making the semi final, with the top 4 finishers from each, along with the next fastest driver, joining Lutz to battle it out for the championship.