The Just Hobby 1/10 Sedan nitro challenge in Singapore (Just Hobby Race Circuit) was held last Sunday. There were a total of 40 drivers including a 1/10 Truck Fun Race.
The morning began well with sunshine that dried the dew off the track. However, it threatened to rain with storm clouds overhead, but soon subsided. The track is smooth and fairly tight with several tricky corners and a high-speed chicane.
XRAY driver Brian Cheah (click to enlarge)
In a highly competitive field, Tom Goh with his OS powered Xray qualified 3rd on the grid with a very fast time.
5 Xrays made it to the top 10, including Sam Cheng and buggy driver Glenn Phuah who just managed to squeeze into position 10. Teamxray Singapore’s Jesse Wu turned up late for qualification and only had the opportunity to run 1 round of qualification. This proved deadly as an accident during his run left him with a broken exhaust and sitting out the A Main. Jesse however managed to clinch the B main champion.
XRAY driver Nus (click to enlarge)
The 45-minute A main Final began around 4pm and the spectators were all eager to watch the start. During the start Ben Seet, Nelson Lee and Tom Goh began gaining a slight advantage over the rest of the pack. Glenn got tied up by an accident during the start and was almost half a lap behind the pack. Both Tom and Nelson began experiencing technical problems and slowed down ever so slightly, this allowed Sam and Glenn to close up the gap. By the halfway mark, Ben had managed to pull away leaving a fight for 2nd place was between Sam and Glenn.
XRAY driver Jesse (click to enlarge)
It got exciting as pit crew worked hard to gain any little advantage from quick pit stops. Spectators were also getting excited as they watched this battle. A small mistake by Sam allowed Glenn to overtake into 2nd place, during the last call for fuel; Glenn lost a couple of seconds caused by a slight miscommunication between him and his mechanic. This proved to be a bad mistake as Sam gained in and managed to pull out of his pit stop before Glenn.
top 10 (click to enlarge)
At the end of the race day Xray occupied 2 of the 3 podium positions at this highly competitive event.
1. Ben Seet 2. Sam Cheng XRAY NT1
3. Glenn Phuah XRAY NT1