Jaykay, those body-off pictures will probably be on SGrid Online (www.sgrid.com)
, and in RC Car Magazine. I need to get back to the USA, so I can get back to work on all this - am now in Singapore at the airport, on my way home. My goal is to provide a "what happened" report on SGrid Online, and prepare a full race report for RC Car, complete with lots of high-res photos.
As to Chris' car, there were two problems. The first, was losing the antenna tube, which caused glitching. The second is that as the race neared the end, the back end of Chris' car got more and more "loose". The officials up in the timing tower were all talking about it after the race. If you want more or less a "lap by lap" description of the Final, it's posted on SGrid Online. You can also download the race results, with lap times, if you want to compare things.
As to Keisuke, he started the race from dead last, after being involved in an incident when Josh spun out, Peter hit Josh, and Keisuke had noplace to go but into the crashed cars, with all three cars then rolling down the track (see photos on SGrid Online). Keisuke was the last car at that point. As the race went on, he took his time working his way up to the front, and then seemed content to simply follow close to Chris once he caught up. At the 45-minute mark, he was maybe ten feet behind, and allowed Peter and then Shimo to go by him. He had his "game plan" and stuck with it. Keisuke didn't really put the pressure on until the race was nearing the end, by which time Chris' car was extremely loose. The radio problems didn't help any, but that wasn't the only thing going on. Once again, had it been a 30-minute race, or a 45-minute race, the racers would have done things accordingly. However, it was a 60-minute race, and Keisuke was up front when the checkered flag was waving.