Shanghai Muchmore Touring Series Rd2 report

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The second round of the Shanghai Muchmore Touring Series was held at the Shanghai RCI V2 carpet track. Qualifying was split into 3 groups and 2 out of the 3 rounds counted towards final grid position. TQ was made by Heng from XRAY Nicholas Koh. The finals was set to be intense as the top 4 best qualifying time was less than 1 sec apart.

Finals started at 2:20pm after the usual group photo. Ambient temperature was high at nearly 30 deg. C and humidity was around 55%. Nicholas had serious problem with dirt sticking to his tires whereas Heng, Lu and Huahua seemed to have found a solution to it. As such, our car would become hard to drive after 3 minutes into the race and Nicholas would have to cope with it until the finish. We need to do some testing to find the solution to this problem.

Starting from grid position #2, Nicholas would have a good start for A1-Main and the top 2 cars would pull away from the field after 3 laps. TQ winner, Heng, won this race 1.039 sec ahead of Nicholas and Tommy Dai would come in 3rd 9.983 secs behind Heng.

However, Nicholas did not have a good start for A2-Main and let Lu slip past in Turn 2. Lu would stay in front of Nicholas for 6 laps before Nicholas found an opportunity to pass Lu. Unfortunately, Lu hit Nicholas back after the pass and both cars stalled, letting Tommy Dai pass. Both Lu and Nicholas would chase Dai for 11 laps before Dai makes a mistake and let the 2 drivers through. Lu would take second position 0.257 sec ahead of Nicholas, in 3rd. With Heng securing A1 after taking both wins in A1-Main and A2-Main, the 2 remaining podium spots were open between Nicholas, Lu, Tommy Dai, Jason Wang and Huahua.

In A3-Main, Nicholas had a better start but still lost his second position after a fantastic move by Lu in Turn 5. Nicholas had to challenge Lu for 4 laps before regaining his second position. Heng made a rare mistake in Lap 11 letting Nicholas pass. Heng attacked Nicholas for the remaining 15 laps but Nicholas made no mistake to take the win 0.452 secs ahead of Heng. Lu finished 3rd 2.644 secs behind Nicholas. With this fantastic drive in A3-Main, Nicholas takes 2nd overall and Lu takes 3rd.

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