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Old 11-10-2004, 02:15 PM
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Has anybody thought Karn left becuase Tamiya made him drive the Evil 4 at the worlds insetad of the 415. Good on him I think, shows he has balls and now gets to drive a even faster car.

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Originally posted by Coxy
Has anybody thought Karn left becuase Tamiya made him drive the Evil 4 at the worlds insetad of the 415. Good on him I think, shows he has balls and now gets to drive a even faster car.

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I do not think Tamiya would make that decision for him except Surikarn himelf, why would Tamiya want a 1 year old model to win the world champ instead of its latest model....? Also, it is all fair ground out there...and Tamiya does not know Marc will be that much dominated on the field with the 415MS.......untill after all the qualifies are done.

But overall, I still don't know why Tamiya drivers are running 2 different platforms, the 415 and Evo 4............But that happened to the most recent Nitro World, Kyosho is sending the V1RRR and FW-05R for their team drivers to choose from.....a lot of FW driver ended up faster lap time with the new V1RRR and ended up switching to the faster platform on the final.....but again, it is the driver decision on nitro world, (most drivers drive faster with the V1RRR)........not sure about the Surkarn case.
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Originally posted by Coxy
Has anybody thought Karn left becuase Tamiya made him drive the Evil 4 at the worlds insetad of the 415. Good on him I think, shows he has balls and now gets to drive a even faster car.

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I don't think so.
I think ,He choose the car that he want to drive at the world and that car was EVO4.
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I was at the Worlds this year and after talking to a few people I understand that r/c companies mainly pay their drivers their expenses for participating to an event, for example spare parts and equipment. If they are lucky the sponsored drivers also have their hotels and travelling expenses paid for them.

Only drivers that are also employees of a company have an actually sallary, or get paid for their achievements. I could get more specific but I think I should not, because I might create misunderstandings...

There might be some exceptions, but I doubt it.

For someone like Surikarn to change teams I think it is a matter of chances to win. And I am sure that if Surikarn was using a TRF 415 MS he would have better chances. Don't get me wrong, both TAMIYA cars are great, it is just for that particular event the TRF 415 was a better car.
For some reason Surikarn could not change to that car. I was sitting right next to him and still I don't know the reason he could not race with a TRF 415. But I can tell you he was not happy.

I think that the factor that attracted Surikarn to HPI, was the team work they have. They seemed to be so well organized. I mean they had 3 cars in the final with drivers from 3 different continents, HARA for U.S., DAISUKE from JAPAN, MOORE from U.K.
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As I mentioned above he did not look very happy driving the EVO4 and not being able to change to the TRF 415
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Originally posted by John Doucakis
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As I mentioned above he did not look very happy driving the EVO4 and not being able to change to the TRF 415
IF THAT IS THE CASE..........my "TEAM ORDER" theory does stand in major RC racing............and I hope that is NOT the case.
Having their defending champion to use the NOT as fast car and let their other young bright ta;ented driver to use the faster car and hope he can win...................

If that is the case (again), no wonder he is going to HPI.......Politics sucks.

P.S. but look at the bright side, he was not happy probably due to bad luck and the EVO4 does not performs to his standard on that race....just like everyone of us on every sunday.
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But IMO
Use 2 car platforms in the competition is good and only tamiya can do that cause they have 2 platforms of high-end r/c car(belt and shaft).
Because, if belt drive is not perform good, they still have shaft drive as another chance to win the race but this race this belt drive perform better than shaft drive.

In the big race all driver have the difference set up on a practice day to find the best set up for the car and in this race most of tamiya driver use 415. so they might have the better chance to find the better setup for 415.
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If I were Tamya I wouldn't let Surikarn change in the middle of a race. That would make the EVO4 look bad. That negative move could cost them big time sales.
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HPI had more cars in the "A" main than any other manufacturer at the worlds. 3 to be exact.
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Originally posted by elisegt
Surikarn + Hara = deadly combo. HPI is really gearing up to conquer the racing world. Congrats Karn.
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Just to set the record straight as an insider into what went on, the switch had nothing to do with money. Those who know Surikarn know he does not need money as he is very well off through his family.

I will not say anymore as I am not here to gossip, just here to read it.
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Again, from very creditable sources...the TRF team had 1-2 people doing testing at the track before the worlds. The lead tester said the Evo 4 was the way to go, that's why Surikarn ran that. Marc was privy to the same information but decided to go with the 415. You have to also remember that the Evo is an in house design, while the 415 was designed in conjunction with Tech Racing. Surikarn had input to the design changes when they went from the 3 to the 4.
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I heard from a very reliable source that Surikarn wanted to be in closer proximity to Thad Garner's tool that inspired the

"WoooooOOOOOP WOOOOOooooo" phenomenon that is now sweeping the globe.

Where better to be than on the ground floor of a sound effect revolution?
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