April 8, 2012

Kota & Matsukura take FEMCA EP Offroad titles

Today was finals day at the Yatabe Arena in Japan for the FEMCA Championships to decide the 2wd and 4wd electric buggy champion. With bump ups being used the final starting order was to be decided and it was Naoto Matsukura who couldn’t participate in qualifying due to school commitments, that was on the move. He would bump his way up from last in each class to take his starting spot on the grid for both A-mains in 7th and 8th for 4wd and 2wd respectively. In 2wd pole man and Kyosho driver Akimoto Kota would take the win from Yokomo driver Kikuchi Kai in 2nd, with Naoto taking 3rd. Akimoto would repeat the win in the 2nd leg to warp up the title with Kai once again taking 2nd and Meen Vejrak finishing 3rd. The last leg would decide the final podium positions and it was Naoto who would come through to take the victory to claim the runner up spot bumping Kai to 3rd despite being even on points.

In 4wd leg 1 Naoto came through from 7th on the grid to take the win by 4 seconds ahead of Yokomo team mate Meen Vejrak with Siguira Yusuke finishing in 3rd. Naoto would win again in leg 2 by 3 seconds to sew up the overall title, with Yusuke in 2nd and Akimoto Kota taking 3rd spot. The final leg would be taken by Meen Vejrak and this would secure him the runner spot with Yusuke taking 2nd to give the Kyosho driver the 3rd overall. Maezumi Satoshi took 3rd for the leg for Tamiya.

2wd Overall results
1. Kota Akimoto – Kyosho
2. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo
3. Kai Kikuchi – Yokomo
4. Keisuke Enomoto – Yokomo
5. Satoshi Maezumi – Tamiya
6. Meen Vejrak – Yokomo
7. Tatsuya Sanpei – Kyosho
8. Shinya Kimura – Yokomo
9. Kono Takayuki – Tamiya
10.Kenji Tsuruta – Durango

4wd Overall results
1. Naoto Matsukura – Yokomo
2. Meen Vejrak – Yokomo
3. Yusuke Sugiura – Kyosho
4. Satoshi Maezumi – Tamiya
5. Kota Akimoto – Kyosho
6. Kenji Tsuruta – Durango
7. Kai Kikuchi – Yokomo
8. Jyuriy Kajiwara – Kyosho
9. Kono Takayuki – Tamiya
10.Ryuya Kato – Tamiya

Thanks to Masami Hirosaka for the update.


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