This past weekend Round 4 of the Asian Onroad Championships were held at the PYC Raceway in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is well know for being a hot bed of onroad racing, and a great turnout joined for the AOC’s first visit to Hong Kong. The PYC Raceway is a beautiful facility tucked away between all the high rise buildings just outside of Hong Kong. The format for the weekend was controlled practice on Friday, qualifiers Saturday and Sunday morning, and triple finals for all mains on Sunday. Unfortunately on Friday, mother nature had plans to wash out the Friday practice day as racers encountered heavy rains throughout the day. This made organizers make some changes to the program on Saturday to give the racers some practice in the morning, and then go into the qualifiers. As they awoke on Sunday, racers were greeted with blue sky and sunshine to run the full program and crown the race champions.
Modified was the largest class of the weekend and it was 200MM World Champion Meen Vejrak who would take the TQ honors and take the overall win in Modified. Along with Meen, well know racer Charlee P made the trip over from Thailand, and he also ran very strong earning a 3rd place overall. Even though Meen took the overall win, it was not easy for sure. Local hot shoe Chau Man gave Meen a strong challenge over the course of the qualifiers and mains, and would end up 2nd overall to the cheers of the local crowd.
Super Stock 13.5 Boosted, which is extremely popular in Asia and the AOC, saw some great racing over the weekend. It was Michael Cheung who would take the TQ honors over the field, but had a bit of bad luck in the third final and would see his chance for the win elude him as some contact in the closing stages of the final would take his overall win away. It would be Salton Dong who, from the 3rd qualifying spot, would take the overall win. Michael would finish 2nd and Tse Kwok Cheong would round out the podium.
Stock GT is a brand new class in Hong Kong, and the AOC was the first big event to run the class. The event had only 7 entries in it, and qualifying was dominated by Kit Chau taking all 5 qualifiers to hold the TQ. In the first A final, Kit experience some sort of electronic problem which caused his car to be extremely slow and eventually causing him to retire from the race. This gave way to a fantastic battle between Billy Ho and Antonio Hung that went down to the end and it was Billy taking A1. In A2, Kit was able to get his problem figured out and it was business as usual for him as he took a convincing win in A2 and A3 wrapping up the win in Stock GT ahead of Billy Ho and Antonio Hung.
Front Wheel Drive has been around for a while, and is seeing a big resurgence in Asia and in Hong Kong. A familiar name in the racing world in Asia is Stick King, known for driving with a Stick Radio, he was the fastest in practice and was the man to beat in FWD. Not far behind him was another familiar name of Derek Hung from Team Powers. These two racers went back and forth throughout out qualifying each running up front, but it was Stick King who earned the TQ spot. In A1 it was a very close fight between King and Hung and in the end Stick King took a narrow win. In A2 It was Derek who had the better car as Stick King battled a huge understeer, and was not able to keep pace with Derek giving him the win. So it all came down to A3. A perfect start for Stick King would keep him infront of Derek, but some mid race troubles from traffic would tighten things up and allow Tam Chi Keung to catch the leaders making it a 3 way fight for the win. In the end it was Keung taking A3, and as the points sorted out the tie breaker went to Stick King giving him the overall win over Hung and Keung.
The last class of the weekend was Formula 1. This is normally a very popular class, but for this event did not have a big turnout. Nonetheless the racing between these guys was very good. In qualifying it was a good battle between Terry Wong and K Lee, but in the end it was Terry taking the pole position. What was looking to be a close set of finals turned out to be a dominating performance by Terry Wong as he took the first 2 finals without challenge. It was Mark Sham who found some speed and handling to battle with K Lee to take the 2nd spot. K Lee would end up with 3rd. Lo Sham would finish up 4th, and Japanese driver Kazuki Ban would round out the top 5.
After the event, organizer Scotty Ernst stated, “I want to thank everyone at PYC Raceway for their hospitality and kindness allowing us to bring the AOC to their wonderful facility. The track crew worked very hard after each rain storm to ensure we were able to get the racing complete and we all appreciated it. We have some wonderful sponsors that are a key part of the AOC and we want to thank them for their support. Our Primary Sponsors are SCORPION POWER SYSTEMS,TOP, LEESPEED DESIGN, YOKOMO, X RAY Our secondary sponsors are, ORCA, SERPENT, VIPER, GRAVITY RC, SAVOX, TEAM POWERS, 3 RACING, DUAL SKY, PRO SPEC, LIVERC.COM AND RC SCORING PRO. We thank all our sponsors for their support to make the AOC possible.”
Up next for the AOC will be the season ending Round 5 Finals at the World Famous Yatabe Arena. An amazing facility awaits AOC racers in Japan to bring season number 2 to a close. Last year saw enormous turnout for the finals, and this year organizers are expecting the same, including some of the best racers in the world to join as well. The AOC invites you to join them at Yatabe for the AOC finals November 20-23 2014, and see for yourself why many consider this one of the most amazing facilities anywhere in the world!