At his home track, Multiple World Champion Masami Hirosaka is in TQ position after the first 3 rounds of qualfiying today at the Yatabe Arena. Masami was the only driver to get 20 laps and in his last run managed to improve his time by nearly 3 seconds to take the top spot even further out of reach of 2nd place Atsushi Hara who is less than a second off a 20 lap run. Naoto is in third and in a close battle with Adachi, the two seperated by less than 2 tenths of a second.
The non Japanese racers seem to be struggling somewhat, perhaps due to the non familiarity of running 4 cells in their cars or maybe its just they dont have the home track knowledge that the Japanese obviously have. The top non Japanese racer is Billy Easton who is in 10th position, Marc Rheinard is in 16th, Chris Grainger is in 21st position and current World champion Andy Moore all the way back in 31st. Qualifying continues tomorrow with the final 3 rounds.
Whilst the event doesnt officially start until Friday, as with all major events, practice goes on for days beforehand. Already clear at this years event is that it looks like a 2 horse race between RC titan Masami Hirosaka and pretender to his throne Atsushi Hara (what is up with his hair?). The event takes place at a narrowed Yatabe Arena which happens to be Masami’s home track, or as someone on RC Tech mention ‘his home’, so he should be pretty difficult to beat. Also at the event are World Champion Andy Moore and 2004 World champ Marc Rheinard amongst other top names.
We will inform you of the results as we get them but until then you can look at the event images here and a video of Hara in action here.
Ok this isn’t so much a racing story or a report but more of a “who the hell thought it would be a good idea to race on pink carpet” type of story. The picture is from the first round of the Northern France Mini-Z cup that was held in Bethune, were there seems to be a surplus of pink carpet. Pretty wicked track though, in scale terms it must be like the old Nurbergring when you look at the amount of corners.
On the weekend of the 4th of November, the 5th annual Karl Mackie memorial Race Against Cancer took place in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. An event that was started as a tribute to Karl Mackie, who had died of cancer, by his son Tim and 5 other friends has grown from those initial 6 racers to over 100 racers 5 years later. The Stock Touring event was won by Rick Endler and the 19T by Louis Vanderwell but the result doesn’t matter but the coming together to support a good cause that is important here and the event was kindly helped by generous sponsors, even the track location was donated for the day.
DeGroot’s, a local greenhouse/nursery, cleared out one of their greenhouse facilities to provide a venue to set up the temporary ozite track. Classes run at the event included, TC stock, TC 19T, 1/12 scale, Open Micro on-road, and Open Micro offroad, and 4-cell oval. The oval class is a tribute to Tim’s father Karl, as he and Tim ued to race oval together.
Read the full report and view the many event pictures here.
Protoform have released the revised version of their Mazda Speed 6 190mm, one of their most successful bodies ever. The new version apparently features ‘better handling balance, increased traction and added driver-feel comfort’, all brought about through subtle changes in the bodies lines plus…
The new body features 2 lower trim lines: one for the slightly taller BRCA rules. All specifications are within the “Global Body Spec” requirements (including those specs of ROAR, EFRA, FEMCA, FAMAR and IFMAR) The add-on wing has clearly marked “slats” that when cut out will increase the wing efficiency. As usual it comes with wing hardware, window masks, decal sheet and protective film.
This weekend sees the running of the 2006 Japanese EP Nationals for Expert class. The event is being held at the world famous Yatabe Arena indoor circuit and should play host to some titanic battles over the weekend. The level of racing in Japan is insanely good, combine that with a number of international racers as well as a large number of local manufacturers fighting for top honours and we should have a good event. Red RC ‘hope’ to bring you daily coverage but i can only rely on what information is being posted online so it may be sketchy at best.
Last weekend at Messina in Italy the Il Memorial â€œA. Schepisâ€ event was held. This fun race involved 1/10th scale 200mm, Rally Game, 1/8th off road on tarmac circuit and of course 1/8th scale circuit. In the 1/8th scale circuit class top international racer Marco Vanni was there and took the win in what turned out to be an easy event for him, outclassing the field to eventually finish 7 laps ahead of Stefanizzi Davide who finished in second.
You can read the full report (Italian), final results from all classes as well as look at the gallery event here.
A while back we brought you shots of the new RDX electric touring car prototype from Dutch manufacturer Corally. The car did very well at the Team Orion Speed Weekend and finished first and second at the recent Team Orion Cup in France (see pic above). Well it seems that the new car doesn’t like being called plain old prototype so it looked into the dictionary for a while and named itself……the RDXÎ¦. About as universally difficult to say as when Prince called himself symbol, the new Î¦ is actually pronounced ‘Phi’, so really rolls of the tongue then. The official slant on the name is “RDX-PHI :: THE INFINITE #1”, whether it keeps this name when it hits production we dont know but one thing is sure that whatever its going to be called its going to be pretty hard to beat never mind pronounce.