The day got off to a gloomy start with rainfall and everyone’ spirits were hanging low. Thankfully, the rain ceased by late morning and the sun came out strong to dry up the track. Racing action begun at noon and drivers were eager to get going in the sixth round of the inaugural RaceWorks Elite Racing Series 2013.
Not surprising, Nicholas Lee of Team Tamiya SG set the pace in the first qualifying session with the fastest total time of 5:09.827 minutes, clocking 17 laps in that time. 0.113 seconds slower than him was PY Tang of Team Xray Singapore, with 17 laps in a total time of 5:09.940 minutes. Alvin Koh, current championship leader and team-mate to Nicholas, followed up in third and Marcus Choo of Team Yokomo was fourth.
Carrying the pace into the second qualifying session, Nicholas clocked 17 laps again but with an improved total time of 5:01.648 minutes. Alvin was second in this session, followed by PY then Marcus. Combining the results of both qualifying session, Nicholas was the top qualifier, then Alvin, PY and Marcus- in that order.
FINAL LEG 1
Starting on the grid according to qualifying positions, Nicholas shot off into the lead but faced a problem and even had his car going into reverse due to an electrical fault. That cost him the lead and also the race, only getting one officially timed lap. Allister Lim of Team HB/HPI Racing shot off into the vegetation off the track on the first lap, ending his race.
So, it was Alvin who went on to take the win for this race. Alan Leung of Team Yokomo, started in fifth but stayed clear of all the chaos to come in second. PY finished third, while his team-mate Wee EC’s car rolled to a stop.
FINAL LEG 2
Using the finishing order of the first final, Alvin capitalised well on his pole position and turned it into a win. PY came in second and Nicholas worked his way from eighth to third in that five minutes. Alan had to settle for fourth.
FINAL LEG 3
Applying the random reverse draw for the third final, the number ‘8’ was picked, hence the 8th place finisher from Leg 2 started in pole, followed by the 7th, 6th, 5th, 4th place finisher down to 1st, followed by the 9th and 10th place finishers. That means Allister started on pole. It was Nicholas who won this leg, with Alvin in second and Alan in third. Allister came in fifth.
FINAL LEG 4
Once again applying the random reverse draw for the last final, this time the number ‘7’ was picked, hence the 7th place finisher, which is EC, of the third leg gets the pole. He failed to keep his position in front and it was Nicholas who won this leg, followed by PY and Alan.
Combining the best three of four legs, it was Alvin who emerged overall winner for Round 6. Making it a 1-2 finish for Team Tamiya SG, Nicholas was second and PY completed the podium.
After this round, Alvin remains solidly at the top of the driver standings, with just one more round to go next month. If nothing goes wrong, the overall driver championship title should be Alvin’s to keep. PY is still lying in second, with Nelson in third.
Team Tamiya SG stands strong for the team championship.
The final round of the RaceWorks Elite Racing Series will be held on 1 September.
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