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Old 02-08-2008, 07:28 PM   #1
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Check here for race updates and photos from the grand opening race taking place this weekend at the newly-renovated Yatabe Arena in Japan.








Multiple World Champions, Masami Hirosaka & Ryan Cavalieri


Tire master Masami


Ryan working on his T4


Ryan's father and pit man, Louis Cavalieri


Ryan Cavalieri's Associated T4


Masami's Associated B4

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Old 02-08-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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looks an awesome venue Robert, I'd love to go race there some day
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It looks GREAT, a shame about Ryan and Jared not making it though. I wish we had a facility like that here in the us (hint hint). I hope our stuff went over well.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:53 PM   #4
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THANKS ROBERT! I HAD FUTOSHI LOOKING FOR UPDATES IN NIHONGO AND HE COULDN'T FIND ANYTHING! PLEASE DO MORE PICS AND WHATNOT AS YOU CAN.. WHAT'S UP WITH TRUCK? TELL ALL THE LOCALS I SAID HELLO!
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AndyMoore - Yes, it's too bad Maifield and Tebo couldn't make it. It would've been awesome to see them battle it out. Don't worry though, Masami and crew are representing the bodies and wheels.

Derek - I'll let the Kyosho/Orion guys know you're watching back in the US.
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Day 1 - 2WD & Truck group photo


World Champs Masami, Hayato, and Ryan judging the Concours event


Ryan Cavalieri on his way to TQing the Mod Truck class


Ryan Cavalieri signing autographs on his signature motor


14yr-old 4WD Japanese National Champ Naoto Matsukura leading Ryan Cavalieri at the start of the 2WD World's (invitational) class


Ryan Cavalieri on his way to winning his heat in the 1st round of the 2WD World's class


Team Yokomo's Ken Tsuruta wheelie-ing his Associated B4


Ryan being interviewed after his 2WD win in round 1.


Current 2WD World Champ Hayato Matsuzaki's B4


Team Yokomo young ace Shinya Kimura(right in yellow jacket) and 2WD World Champ Hayato Matsuzaki battling it out in round 1 of the 2WD World's class.

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Hayato being interviewed after his 2WD win in round 1.


Manufacturers supporting this event


Current 4WD Japanese National Champ Naoto Matsukura


Former 2WD Japanese National Champ Shinya Kimura of Team Yokomo


Satoshi Maezumi of Team Tamiya piloting his X-6


Team Kyosho's Tetsuya Sampei


Manufacturer booths






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Touring Car World's finalist Daisuke Yoshioka of HPI


Kiyo Suzuki of Team Tamiya


Young Tamiya phenom Masatsugu Ido


Off-road veteran Tetsuya Sampei of Team Kyosho


Satoshi Maezumi of Team Tamiya


2WD IFMAR World Champ Hayato Matsuzaki of Team HPI/Hot Bodies


Masami Hirosaka's Associated B4 sporting the new JConcepts shell


Ryan Cavalieri's Associated B4


Team Yokomo pits

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'Rian Cavalieli' leading the World's(invitational) class after 2 rounds.

2 more rounds of 2WD today, and 4 rounds of 4WD on Sunday.
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Wow, that event looks AMAZING! Great coverage with pics and commentary, makes me want to go to Japan. Youre right, we're definately well represented, nearly every car has a JConcepts body on it, haha.
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All of you are welcome to race here any time. (No, she doesn't work at the hobby shop.)
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Yatabe is such a cool facility! Great pictures! Is there results being posted anywhere for this race?
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Ryan leads with a perfect score so far. One more 2WD round to go.

He also just won the first Mod Truck A-final.
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Here is a better shot of the results so far.

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thanks for the great pics

what's with team tamiya and the x-6?
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