qual points had been totaled, Ryan Maifield had a higher
overall score. Maifield started just behind Tebo during the
A finals, and Hirosaka had the third position.
4WD MOD A-FINALS: A-FINAL 1
Tebo stormed out in front with Maifield’s B44 in tow. Cavalieri
1. Jared Tebo 12/5:07618
got around Hirosaka on the second lap to claim third and com-
plete the B44 freight train. The top three drivers held their posi-
tions to the very end, but the running order from fourth place
down seemed to change from one lap to the next. As the final 30
seconds ticked away, Maifield started to reel in the leader, but he
didn’t put any unnecessary pressure on his teammate; instead, he
made his presence
known and held his
position, just in case
Tebo fumbled. Both
Tebo and Maifield
flipped their cars over
on the final lap, but the
bobbles didn’t change
the running order. Tebo
went on to cross the line
first to win the first leg.
2. Ryan Maifield 12/5:08.185
3. Ryan Cavalieri 12/5: 15.859
4. Atsushi Hara 12/5: 22.089
5. Masami Hirosaka 12/5: 22.494
6. Billy Easton 12/5: 77.791
7. Jorn Neumann 12/5: 24.513
8. Naoto Matsukura 12/5: 24.747
9. Rick Hohwart 11/5:00.727
10. Hayato Matsuzaki 11/5:01.717
With a win in his pocket, Jared Tebo needed a repeat performance
in the second leg to win the World Championship in a one-two
sweep. After a clean start, Tebo shot out in front with Maifield and
Hirosaka’s Yokomo close behind. Maifield challenged Tebo from the
beginning and tried to over-
take the leader while going
down the straightaway on the
first lap. Maifield’s attempt
was foiled after he rolled his
Team Novak’s Charlie Suangka was on
hand to help his team drivers and any
one else who raced with a Novak speed
control and brushless motor system.
Charlie started collecting Godzilla dolls,
and his collection grew bigger every day.
2WD WORLD CHAMP
Radio Control Car Action:
Congratulations! How does it feel to be
a World Champ?
Hayato Matsuzaki: Thank you. It feels
surreal—like I’m dreaming. I guess
the realization hasn’t set in yet.
RCCA: I can’t believe that you’re only
17 years old; you just might be one
of the youngest World Champs ever.
How long have you been racing?
HM: I began racing RC cars when I
was 6, so I guess I’ve been racing
for 11 years.
RCCA: You’ve proved that you’re a dialed off-road racer; do you
compete in any other racing classes?
HM: Yes, I race 4WD touring cars, both electric and nitro.
RCCA: Which do you prefer; off-road or on-road?
HM: Off-road definitely, and I prefer 2WD over 4WD.
RCCA: How old were you when you first became sponsored?
HM: I think I was around 14 when I received my first sponsorship
from a tire manufacturer. It was after I won the Stock National
RCCA: Are you fully sponsored now?
HM: Yes, I have chassis, radio and motor sponsors. They are HPI
Racing & Hot Bodies, KO Propo and Checkpoint motors.
RCCA: Are you into any other hobbies or sports?
HM: I enjoy video games, and I also like to play tennis.
RCCA: Are you a full-time student as well?
HM: Yes, I’m in my second year of high school.
RCCA: Have you won any other championships before this one?
HM: I won the Worlds Warm-Up earlier this year and the Stock
National Junior Championships.
RCCA: Did you feel that you had a good chance of winning a
World Championship when you entered this event?
HM: To be honest, no. I didn’t think I was fast enough to win
against Cavalieri and Tebo. I’ve raced against them before in the
U.S. at the Cactus Classic; they are very fast.
RCCA: At which point during the competition did you realize that
you could win?
HM: I became more confident during practice, but I really felt I
could win after the second round of qualifying.
RCCA: What was it like competing on a muddy track? Do you have
prior experience driving in these conditions?
HM: Not a lot, but I have driven in wet conditions before. It rained
last year at the Nationals at this very location, and I competed at
an on-road race where it rained as well.
RCCA: Now for the big
question: do you think you
can win the 4WD World
HM: Yes, I think I can, and
I’m going to try my best to
RCCA: Thanks for your time,
Hayato, and good luck in 4WD!
Team Hot Bodies driver Travis
Amezcua finished 10th overall in 2WD.
His lovely new bride, Christina, joined
him on his Japan adventure.