Team Yokomo’s Naoto Matsukura has joined a very elite group of drivers after the 18-year-old secured his third consecutive 1:12 World Championship title in the Netherlands ahead of CRC’s Andy Moore, the result going to a tie break that was decided by Matsukura’s faster Leg 1 winning race time. Winning the third & final A-Main ahead of the defending champion, Ronald Volker completed the podium at the 16th running of the IFMAR event.
For the 15th year in a row, Hot Rod Hobbies in Saugus, CA played host to the Off Road Shootout. As has become the custom, racers were greeted with the desert heat and triple digit temperatures throughout the event. However, given the track layout, surface and competition it didn’t seem to damper the racing any. With entrants from across the Nation and World, many of the top 1:10 electric off-road racers challenged for the wins.
The 1:12 World Championships, which so far has been a rather dull affair, was given a much needed injection of excitement in the second A-Main after Andy Moore won the second A-Main ahead of CRC team-mate Marc Rheinard while Leg 1 winner Naoto Matsukura finished back in 7th. The result means that now all three drivers have a chance of being crowned the 16th World Champion of the 2WD pan car class.
There was no real surprise in the opening leg of the A-Main at the 1:12 World Championships as defending champion & Top Qualifier Naoto Matsukura dominated the race to take the win comfortably ahead of Andy Moore and Rick Hohwart despite the young Japanese star’s prototype Yokomo getting knocked around as he was lapping the mid pack three laps from the finish. Running wide at the first corner, an opportunity that the No.2 starting Associated of Ronald Volker failed to exploit, the 18-year quickly got into his rhythm to break clear of the pack. As if he needed it, that gap was further extended as the chasing pack tripped one another up on more than one occasion.
Atomik introduce the Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1/18 Scale Ford Fiesta RTR rally car. The fully licensed replica of Brian’s X-Games rally cross car comes with a 4WD drivetrain, 2-in-1 speed controller and 2.4GHz receiver combo, a V370 brushed motor and is “Powered By Venom” with an included 7.2V 1000mAh NiMH battery and charger. Also included are oil-filled shock absorbers, rally tyres, and 15 spoke rims.
Atomik introduce the 1/18th Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 4×4 Short Course Truck. The officially licensed Ford Raptor is decked out with the sponsor markings of ‘The General’s’ Lucas Oil Championship ride. This little beast comes fully ready-to-run and “Powered by Venom” with an included 7.2V 1000mAh NiMH battery and charger. The truck comes with a beefy V370 brushed motor and 2-in-1 waterproof receiver and electric speed control combo. The scale looks are only topped by its performance with full-time 4-wheel drive, scale short course racing wheels and tires and real oil filled shocks. The package is finished off with an innovative antenna-less 2.4GHz radio system for trouble free. Available soon is a full line of option parts to further enhance the look and performance of the truck.
The second round of the Greek national championship took place at the Arena Race Track. After the four qualification rounds three Shepherd drivers were placed into the A final and three into the B final. In the A final Sidiropoulos and Likaris took second and third place at the grid. After some thrilling 45 minutes the winner of the A final was Bill Likaris some three laps ahead of Sotiropoulos in second place with Christodoulou completing the podium in third place. The win brings Bill Likaris a good position for the 2012 Greek championship with Costas Sidiropoulos currently holding second place.
Team CRC driver Andy Moore set a new outright fastest run time in this morning’s final qualifier for the 1:12 World Championships in the Netherlands, the sixth round turning out to be the ‘rocket’ round. Knocking 2-seconds off the previous fastest time held by defending World Champion Naoto Matsukura, the former European Champion ran 39 laps in 8:06.635 to top Q6 by just 6/10th ahead of Ronald Volker as 5 drivers finally broke past 38 laps runs something only Matsukura had achieved yesterday to secure him honour of being Top Qualifier for a third consecutive Worlds.