By Mike Garrison
Race Report from the AOC:
AOC 2018 Korea: Triple A-Main Winners
Formula 1 Presented by Yokomo
Jan Ratheisky was a dominating force this weekend in the Formula 1 class and was the man to beat. His dominance continued in the mains achieving clean starts in the first 2 mains allowing him to capture the over all win and sit out the A3 main. The remaining two spots on the podium were up for grabs as the rest of the field battled in the last main. Byung hwan Park got a perfect start in the A3 main and wouldn’t look back for the rest of the race. Running a mistake free run earned him the A3 win and the 3nd spot on the podium. Byoung Wook Park would round out the rest of the podium earning a third overall.
- Jan Ratheisky
- Byung hwan Kim
- Byoung Wook Park
Front Wheel Drive Presented by Sweep
The popular Front Wheel Drive cars were up next and Ji Hoon Kim was sitting on the pole hoping it would be an advantage for the mains. Clean racing was the name of the game in this class and if you achieved that, you would climb quickly in the rankings. Dongwan Jo proved exactly this. Coming from the ninth qualifying position, he would strike first and take the A1 win. In the A2 main, Yun Tak Kim would be the man to beat taking advantage of his third qualifying position and staying with the front-runners. Getting through traffic was key and doing this earned him the A2 win. The A3 would once again belong to Dongwan Jo once again coming from all the way back in the 9th qual position. Showing his determination, he methodically worked his way up the field to the front to take the win. An amazing performance considering Front Wheel Drive lap times were pretty even throughout the field. Ji Hoon Kim would take the over all second and Kazushige Kato would round out the top three.
- Dongwan Jo
- Ji Hoon Kim
- Kazushige Kato
Stock Touring 21.5 Presented by Infinity
The biggest class of the weekend was definitely the toughest to be successful in. With a field full of talented drivers, it would take patience and determination to make it to the top. To have a chance at the podium, you would have to put in a fast 18-lap run and with a little bit of luck with traffic, you would have a good shot at a win. Seung Jong Lee and Si Ho Moon were the two drivers emerging as the ones to beat. With both capable of taking the overall win, Lee used his TQ spot to his full advantage and it would pay off in the A1 main earning him the win. Moon had something to say about that in the A2 main. With some unfortunate racing incidents in the first main knocking him back to a 4th place finish, his mission was clear and stayed in the front to pull off an 18-lap, 5:04.493 run and the win. In the A3, Moon would best his run by a full second with Lee 1-second behind him for the last few laps and Moon would take the over all win. Lee would have to settle for a second over all with I K Lim finishing in the overall third position.
- Shi Ho Moon
- Seung Jong Lee
- I K Lim
Super Stock 13.5 Presented by XRAY
The Super Stock 13.5 class this year was one of the fastest AOC Korea has seen. Jan Ratheisky managed to achieve a TQ position, but with such a fast field behind him, he wasn’t guaranteed a win. Dongwan Jo was going to make sure of this and in the A1 main, he and Ratheisky would work their way through the field as they battled. At the final tone, Ratheisky would score the first win with Jo a mere 3-seconds behind to take second. In the A2 main, Ratheisky would now have Dung Uk Jang, along with Jo in his rear view mirror to challenge for the top spot. The three were light a freight train on a 20-lap pace. As the back markers gave way to the lead pack, Ratheisky held on to take the A2 win and the over all win. Ratheisky would sit the A3 main out as the rest of the field battled for the remaining podium spots. Jang and Jo put on a show for the spectators in the A3 main as they would stay within a couple of car lengths of each other for the entire race. Both would set the standard on good sportsmanship and clean racing for the remainder of the race with Jang taking the A3 win by less than a second over Jo to earn him the over all second spot. Dongwan Jo would take the over all third.
- Jan Ratheisky
- Dung Uk Jang
- Dongwan Jo
Modified Presented by Scorpion Power
In the Modified class, Akio Sobue sat on the TQ spot in hopes of winning the over all title two years in the a row. Sobue had a 1st and 3rd under his belt with recently crowned World Champion and second qualifier Alexander Hagberg having a 2nd and a 1st. With the rest of the front-runners scoring high on their finishes, the over all win was really up for grabs. As everyone stopped what they were doing to come watch the A3 Modified main, at the tone Sobue would catch a break as Hagberg and local racer, E.C Kim would tangle early in the race allowing Sobue to build his lead. The two would tangle again with Kim coming out on top of that incident and he would set his sites on Sobue. Running some of the fastest laps of the race, Kim closed the gap with less than a straightaway lead and working it to only car lengths with a handful of laps to go. With one corner to go, the two would tangle and it would be a drag race to the finish line. At the line, Sobue would hold on, as Kim would get his car airborne off the curbing and crashing it into the retaining fence. Sobue repeat and take the over all win. Hagberg would take the over all second with Kim finishing in the overall third spot.
- Akio Sobue
- Alexander Hagberg
- E.C Kim
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