1. Hayato Matsuzaki 11/5:06.146
2. Masami Hirosaka 11/5:07.201
3. Jared Tebo 11/5:09.179
4. Mike Truhe 11/5: 10.413
5. Ryan Maifield 11/5: 11.708
6. Ryan Cavalieri 11/5: 12.285
7. Paul Bradby 11/5: 15. 117
8. Travis Amezcua 11/5: 16.862
9. Mark Pavidis 11/5: 18.722
10. Lee Martin 11/5.25.471
You could feel the tension in the air before the start of the second leg. It was so silent around
the track that a few spectators were startled when the “Drivers 10 seconds before start”
announcement blared through the PA speakers. Matsuzaki once again got the holeshot and
immediately put some distance on the field.
Team Losi/Novak driver Mike Truhe took over
second followed by Ryan Cavalieri in third.
Matsuzaki didn’t make any mistakes this time
around, and his car looked graceful as it cleared
the obstacles with perfect timing and carved
sharp lines around the track.
Legendary racer Masami Hirosaka worked
his Reedy-powered B4 up into fourth place and
looked to advance even further, when he made
a bold pass through the triples and actually
leaped over Truhe’s and Cavalieri’s cars to take
second. Hirosaka did not conclude his dash for the front until he was side by side with the
leader on the straightaway. The end-of-race tone sounded as Hirosaka and Matsuzaki drag-raced to the finish line. An exciting comeback: Hirosaka’s car lost traction and went sideways
and forced him to let off the throttle to prevent looping out completely; Matsuzaki was back
in action with a first-place finish in the second leg.
Kyosho – kyosho.com
Mark Pavidis and several other Kyosho drivers
equipped their RB- 5 buggies with new
arms and driveshafts bring the car
up to the maximum
width, and a new
rear shock tower
and shorter shocks
optimize the suspension geometry. Mark’s car
is also equipped with a new heat-sink motor
plate and Inferno hard steering turnbuckles.
It all came down to the final leg with Ryan
Maifield, Hayato Matsuzaki, Masami Hirosaka
and Jared Tebo all within striking distance to
win the championship. Matsuzaki had a simple
strategy going into the third leg: get out in front
and stay there. And that’s exactly what he did,
except Maifield gave him a run for the money in
the first 5 laps. A bobble going though the triple
jumps put Maifield out of the race with a broken
car. Tebo took over the second position, while
Truhe and Cavalieri sorted out who’d take third.
Matsuzaki ran a perfect race and crossed the line a full 2 seconds in front of Tebo to take
the win and the overall title, putting another notch in the B4’s IFMAR championship belt and
scoring another Worlds win for a Hot Bodies team driver.
1. Hayato Matsuzaki 11/5:05.603
2. Jared Tebo 11/5:07.635
3. Mike Truhe 11/5:07.718
4. Ryan Cavalieri 11/5: 12.433
5. Mark Pavidis 11/5: 17.860
6. Paul Bradby 11/5: 18.841
7. Lee Martin 11/5: 19.616
8. Masami Hirosaka 11/521.421
9. Travis Amezcua 11/5.28.082
10. Ryan Maifield 5/2: 30.676
The Kyosho drivers experimented with a new
Laser ZX5 prototype during the 4WD competitions. The car features a new chassis with a
saddle-pack battery configuration and mid-motor placement. It also features new C-hubs
The weather during the 4WD competitions was in complete contrast to the 2WD condi-
tions: mostly sunny and warm, and the track remained fairly consistent. Jared Tebo’s
freshly minted Associated B44 was the car to beat.
He TQ’d the first two rounds, which gave him the
prime spot on the grid during the A finals, but he
went on to TQ the last two rounds for good meas-
ure. Masami Hirosaka TQ’d round 3, but after the
and steering knuckles, and the shocks are
mounted further inside on the suspension
arms in a custom mounting hole. It also features a new body that looks much more narrow than the stock ZX5 body. There’s no
word on whether Kyosho will offer a conversion kit or an entirely new chassis.
Hosing down your car was the
fastest way to get the mud off.
These resourceful racers used
a power washer.
Academy – modelrectifier.com
Several Academy drivers competed at the
Worlds in the 4WD class with their SB V2 Pro
chassis. A few were testing a new saddle-pack, mid-motor chassis conversion that
looked very promising. It features a carbon-fiber chassis and upper deck, an aluminum
motor mount and center diff mount and