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Old 08-18-2013, 05:19 AM   #106
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To be fair it has been 13 odd years, it doesnt surprise me left, time for a change.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:14 AM   #107
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Cut one mid level driver? I'd cut all of them! From a consumer standpoint, no one knows who these mid level drivers are (save locally). There is zero international or even country benefit from having these guys that Hara wouldn't be able to do in one swoop.

The weird thing is, why would HPI let him out of his contract? That makes zero sense (for us outside looking in). Of course, he can choose to "suck" for the remaining contract years, but that would probably hurt him more. So this makes me think he made an HR mistake... Maybe he got caught sleeping with the boss' daughter? . Using the expense account on some trophy girls? Of course, this is said jokingly. But i wouldn't be surprised if such was the case.
Or maybe HB violated the contract language on their end? Who knows if the contract had stipulations about how many classes Hara wanted to run and HB haven't been able to get the cars out fast enough or cancelled platforms altogether. I doubt they like their star driver using other companies cars even if it isn't a direct competitor at a class level. Or maybe boh parties had different ideas about what certain contract language required and neither was willing to budge? It will be interesting to see where he goes. Personally, I'd like to see him go to a relative unknown and turn them into champions. More interesting than going to a front runner like Xray.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:13 AM   #108
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Team Associated still gets my votes. The only thing they dont make is Nitro TC and 1/8 onroad. He can drive another company's car till AE decides to make them again. I personaly would love to see what he could do with a TC6.1 and the 12r5.1. He already uses Reedy motors and in off road has driven the B4 platform with great results.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:16 AM   #109
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He might end up going back to Yokomo...
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:19 PM   #110
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Think of it realistically

why would he quit a team AND take his mechanic with him?

He most likely wants to make his own car and be his own boss, ala JQ
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:30 PM   #111
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Think of it realistically

why would he quit a team AND take his mechanic with him?

He most likely wants to make his own car and be his own boss, ala JQ
Why would JQ, who designed the car himself and seems to have done a pretty good job of it, pay a fortune to someone else to do it for him?

Edit: Reread your post and I think I misunderstood. I assume you were comparing him to JQ, not suggesting he go to JQ?
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #112
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Who in the hell JQ(Josh Cyrul)
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #113
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this picture explains everything
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Who in the hell JQ(Josh Cyrul)
Joseph Quagrain (sp?), owner, designer, driver of "The Car".
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:40 PM   #115
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the verstandigeand best choice is to go to Yokomo
have been the best car at the moment
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:25 PM   #116
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this picture explains everything
Haven't seen Masami in years but that looks like him on the right. If so, I'd say Yokomo. Seriously though, who is the guy on the left?
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Haven't seen Masami in years but that looks like him on the right. If so, I'd say Yokomo. Seriously though, who is the guy on the left?
seriously..thats Kanai on the left..kyosho offroad nitro legend.
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Why would JQ, who designed the car himself and seems to have done a pretty good job of it, pay a fortune to someone else to do it for him?

Edit: Reread your post and I think I misunderstood. I assume you were comparing him to JQ, not suggesting he go to JQ?

yeah you very much misread my post haha

Hara will follow in the footsteps of JQ, leave sponsors, create his own car etc not join JQ haha
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:27 PM   #119
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I hope he ends up with Serpent. If you think about it it makes sence for both sides. They have top cars on all classes but they lack IMO, a top current driver on all classes as well. They are developing the offroad side very fast and need fast offroad drivers to win with their cars, plus their onroad cars are all already very good but they lack a top driver. I think its a win-win. Plus the IC 1/8th on road Worlds are this year and Serpent have an all new car, plus the race is in Japan.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:33 PM   #120
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plus their onroad cars are all already very good but they lack a top driver.
I don't know, Mazzeo just beat a damn strong field to win the TC Euros.
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