I made a decision last minute to join the Beijing Masters Touring Cup, a warm up race for the FEMCA ISTC touring car championships that was going to be held in late August. I just got back from the US and was still in Nitro mode but fellow Chinese Thunder Power driver Rocket wanted to go up to Beijing to race so I decided to follow along. It turned out to be a really fun race but one that I struggled in qualifying due to problems encountered. But at the end, I did ok considering this was a last minute race for me and my preparation was limited.
The race organizer Max Lim really did a great job trying to make something different, the entire race event had a film crew using cool video equipment and recording some footage that is normally not seen at rc races. TOPRC TV’s owner and producer GS also came to this race to do a feature of me, titled “The Traveling Racer”, so I had cameras in my face almost the entire time. The video production is shown on RCFANS, a local china website, I have the links below you can take a look at.
Anyway… here is my race report:
Qualifying was horrible for me, I had the pace but suffered car problems and my own driving mistakes. The track was actually changed a bit and it was more difficult than I thought. I only managed to qualify 6th into the A Main which was a bit disappointing but the reality was, getting into the A Main was a stretch given my qualifying. Anyhow, to make things short, I drove well enough in the finals to finish 2nd overall behind Hong Kong’s Faiho and ahead of fellow China HB/Thunder Power driver Rocket.
I would like to thank Max for his hospitality and it was great fun to travel (Alone) to Beijing with my fellow driver friends. Also, special thank you to GS for doing the video on me, it was cool!
Here are some links to videos of the race and qualifying, also TopRC coverage of my journey to Beijing (lol).