Naoto Matsukura is the new Electric Touring Car World Champion. Just days after relinquishing the 1:12 World title he held for six years, the Japanese driver becomes the sixth winner of the sport’s biggest accolade achieving something that eluded his mentor & RC legend Masami Hirosaka. The 8th running of the championships, four drivers went into the third A-Main at the Kissimmee track in contention for the title. Despite an intense challenge from pre-event favourite Ronald Volker, Matsukura took the A3 win and with it his fourth IFMAR World title. Finishing the leg third behind the Yokomo team-mates, Xray’s A1 winner and star of the Florida event Bruno Coelho would finish second overall leaving a disappointed Volker to complete the podium.
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