The Sagamido Challenge was recently held at the SRT track in Aikou, Japan in the four nitro on-road classes of 1/8th Expert, 1/8th Sport, 1/10th GPT and 1/8th GT. A total of 55 drivers attended and in the 1/8th Expert category it was Worlds runner-up, Takahaki Shimo who set the TQ after the two rounds of 4 minute qualifying, followed by young and talented Shoki Takahata and Keisuke Fukuda in second and third respectively. Masao Tanaka would follow in fourth. The 20 minute A-main was sort of a sprint race with the top drivers pulling away swiftly while Masao Tanaka suffered a first corner crash, but he would recover soon, eventually passing Fukuda during the early stages of the race. Mid-race the traction conditions changed instantly with the previously low grip track changed to high grip as the dust got whipped away, causing a lot of trouble for many drivers. Traction rolling was soon a problem for most with Masao taking profit of the situation as he was able to grab the win one lap head of Takahaki Shimo.