The last race in Aliso Viejo WORDS & PHOTOS JOEL NAVARRO
Date August 25-26, 2007
Location Tamiya North America, Aliso Viejo, CA
Classes On-road: GT1, GT2, F103GT, Mini & Tamtech Gear (exhibition),
Off-road: Tamtech Gear (exhibition)
Qualifying 4 rounds, IFMAR style
Mains Triple A-mains
Sponsors Tamiya, Radio Control Car Action, Novak, Orion
The 2007 TCS champions from left to right:
Juan Aveytia (GT1), Tony Fiorella (GT2) and
Deven White (Mini). Next stop Japan!
Traditionally, for the past 13 years, racers who participate in the Tamiya Championship Series (TCS)
throughout the U.S. and Canada flock to Tamiya’s North America facility in Aliso Viejo, CA, to battle it out
for a chance to be crowned North American Champion and win a trip to Japan to compete against the
international champions at the Tamiya Worlds. Tamiya has moved, so this was the last race ever to be
held at this first-class track and facility. The past championships have been exciting with lots of close
racing, and this year’s event was no exception. The racers competed nose to tail in GT1, GT2 and Mini,
which were the three championship titles up for grabs, and the racing in the F103GT exhibition class was
heads-up, too. That’s not all: Tamiya’s Tamtech exhibitions in on-road and off-road also included some fun
and exciting racing, and the cars in the concourse event were as elegant and realistic as ever.
Top Qualifier: Juan Aveytia
Winner: Juan Aveytia
Anyone who has raced at the Tamiya North
American finals in the last five years knows of
Juan Aveytia’s bad luck during Mains. Whether
it was a bad start, or he was taken out during
the race, Aveytia has seen it all. This year, it
was Aveytia’s win for the taking. Early in qualifying, Aveytia set a TQ pace that no other
racer could match. His luck continued with
good starts in the A1 and A2 Mains. Aveytia
checked out and easily won the Mains to
secure the championship and his ticket to
Japan! Aveytia elected to sit out the A3 Main
to let the rest of the field fight for a podium
finish. In the end, Patrick See took the second
spot, and Marc Mendoza settled for third.
Congrats to Juan Aveytia for at last being able
to live the dream.
Top qualifier: Tony Fiorella
Winner: Tony Fiorella
Spec motors and batteries are handed out to
drivers in this class, which makes it very difficult to win. Tony Fiorella was the man to
beat as he threw down a blistering-fast
19/5:04 run that was untouchable in the rest
of qualifying. Following Juan Aveytia’s lead,
Fiorella got super-clean starts and remained
unchallenged. He took the wins in the A1 and
Deven White went old-school with a traditional
Mini Cooper body. Other than the upgraded TRF
shocks and steering knuckles, this M03 FWD
mini is stock. For electronics, Deven used a
Novak GTX ESC, an Airtronics M11 transmitter
and a KO Propo PDS2413 servo.
Tony Fiorella’s GT2 car of choice was the
Tamiya TA05R topped with a Nissan 350Z body.
It’s decked out with an optional aluminum bulkhead and motor protector, and for electronics he
chose a Novak GTX speed control, Airtronics
M11 transmitter and Airtronics 94357 servo.
You don’t need the latest chassis to get to the
GT1 winners’ circle, as Juan Aveytia proved.
His 415MS sedan is topped with an Acura
NSX body. For electronics, he chose a KO
Propo VFS1 speed control, an Airtronics M8
transmitter and a Futaba S9550 servo.