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Race Report by Samuel Tan
To commemorate the end of 2009 and all the great times we had, a “Happy Happy” Race was held at the Singapore RaceCraft Race Complex on November 28-29, 2009. This 2-day event had three qualifying rounds on Saturday, and one qualifying round and finals on Sunday. There were 40 eager racers registered for the event in several different classes: Open Modified 1/10 Touring Class (16 racers) of which 10 were running XRAY T2'008, 2’009 and of course, the T3. The remaining drivers were in the Stock 1/10 Touring Class, of which 7 were running XRAY cars.

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Qualifying
To make it a special race, the first three qualifiers were done at when traction was high and setups were different. The circuit was changed at 4:30PM (? hr before the start of the qualifying) from a high-speed to a technical track which featured hairpins and sweepers. Hence it was up to adaptability and the right setup was essential to getting a good lap time. At the end of qualifying in Open Modified Touring, there was one XRAY T2’008, two XRAY T2'009s and two T3s in the A Mains.

Traction was especially high that night due to the rain in the late afternoon and the high humidity. Setups changed tremendously; front downstops were changed from 5.8mm to 5.6mm, and 50mm ECS were used on the front for a narrower track-width. Lap times were great and TQ Samuel Tan had a 7sec lead over 2nd qualifier in the Open Modified Class.

The qualifying order was as follows:
1. Samuel Tan XRAY T3
2. James Tang
3. Khamil XRAY T3
4. Darryl Chen XRAY T2’009
5. Hasron XRAY T2’008
6. Rohazmi XRAY T2'009

7. Chee Lip Keong
8. Kevin Wong
9. Daniel Chee
10. Shawn Chow

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In the Stock Class, an XRAY T3 took the pole position, and an XRAY T2’009 took the 2nd qualifying position.

Finals
The finals were run immediately after lunch on Sunday, and with the blazing sun bearing down there was many drivers who were making adjustments to their car set-ups to cope with the changed traction conditions. XRAY Driver Samuel Tan changed his downstops back to 5.8mm on the front and changed shock oil to 700wt / 2-hole piston with 3mm rebound.

In the first run for the Open Modified Touring A Main, Local “Best Rookie” Samuel Tan pulled away from Chee Lip Keong by a lap difference, and Team XRAY driver Rohazmi finished in 3rd.

In the 2nd run, Samuel Tan defended his Pole Position from strong competitor James Tang and finished ahead by a 5sec lead. Team XRAY driver Rohazmi took 3rd and secured a podium finish.

In the final run of the A Main, Samuel pulled away from the start and maintained a lap lead to take the win in the run and also to take the overall title. James Tang and Rohazmi were able to keep their distance from the fierce battle by the middle runners, and finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

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Open Modified Touring A Main Results
1. Samuel Tan (TQ) XRAY T3

2. James Tang
3. Rohazmi XRAY T2'009
4. Darryl Chen XRAY T2'009

5. Chee Lip Keong
6. Hasron XRAY T2'008
7. How Jiang XRAY T2'009

8. Daniel Chee
9. Shawn Chow
10. Khamil XRAY T3

In Stock Touring, XRAY claimed both 1st and 3rd podium positions.
Khamil (XRAY T3) finished with 2nd, 2nd, 1st and Samuel Tan (XRAY T3) finished with 1st, 3rd, 3rd.


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The race finished off with a grand prize draw, with prizes ranging from a SANWA M11x, LRP SPX Stock Spec to HUDY Setup Systems! There were 40 prizes and everyone ended up bringing a prize home. A “Happy Happy” Race indeed!

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It was a great day of racing that was enjoyed by all drivers. The event was topped off with strong performances by Team XRAY, who claimed podium and TQ spots in both classes by XRAY T3 drivers.


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