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Old 09-18-2002, 04:24 AM   #121
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Yeah Masami's name is on there, hmm, weird. I didnt know he even raced 200mm nitro touring sedans. Hmmm, lucky for everyone else cause Masami could dominate. Yokomo isnt totally out of luck cause Chris Tossolini is a good driver.
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i think the race was invite and then they opened up the registration towards the race - don't quote me on that though.


As far as masami dominating...err...uhh...dunno about that - this is gas running for a long time requiring more than just 5 or 10 minutes of focus. If Barry Baker doesn't dominate masami sure as heck wouldn't.

Does anyone know if Bertin is disqualified from the competition completely for using that turbo plug or did they just throw out his second run? Not sure how you're at the "world" championionships and "forget" you've got a turbo plug in your backup engine but he seems to be the best hope for kyosho so I hope he's not gone.
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Old 09-18-2002, 07:35 AM   #123
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You dont think the skill could translate over to gas? Would you mind explaining that logic? Masami seems to be able to dominate everything else, why not 200mm nitro touring sedans? Anyways, sorry man, no need to be condescending though; it was just a thought. Masami is a great driver though no doubt. Anyways sounds like the Australian driver Simon, uhh, forgot his last name, was driving a V1rr and not a Serpent. Read it on the IFMAR worlds site.

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Old 09-18-2002, 07:48 AM   #124
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hey sorry man if I sounded condescending. A lot times I come across like that - just my poor communication skills

I think at this level in gas it's more about preparation and knowledge of how to run a gas main than outright lap times.

Masami is awesome - no question about it. But maybe I'm wrong but wasn't Baker the only one "dominating" at the Electric worlds in South Africa? He choked in the last main or would have walked away with it buy a landslide. IMO he's the hottest driver in the world right know. Now if even he can't podium at the ROAR nats that should tell you gas is a whole different animal.

He might TQ, and associated might put another 5 cars in the main again - the NTC3 is an awesome qualifying car. But the difference from electric to gas comes when that race stretches out to a long, long, main.

Again you have to overlook my forwardness sometimes - don't mean anything by it.
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Old 09-18-2002, 07:52 AM   #125
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Well Masami placed 5th over all in S. Africa in 1/0th I think and dominated the 1/12th, easily winning. I see what you mean about the difference between gas and electric though. It makes total sense after you explained it.
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Old 09-18-2002, 07:59 AM   #126
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hey I'm not the authority by any means. lol. These are just my opinions formed from my massive experience in the sport (NOT)! I'm sure some believe the top electric racers are the best in the world and could easily dominate gas - I know a lot of dudes at my track do. I think they're mistaken , though races like this years worlds will help shake out what's what

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Will Atsushi Hara be driving a new HPI shaft driven Nitro at the worlds ?
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Old 09-18-2002, 08:25 AM   #128
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I missed the humor in the last post. Was that a dig on HPI?
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Old 09-18-2002, 08:37 AM   #129
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World events are invite only. But what happens is that you have to pay to all your expenses to race at them or if you are lucky, your sponsors help out. So a lot of drivers end up not showing because of cost or conflicts with the date.

When drivers can not show IFMAR opens up those positions to the hosting block to fill, In this case ROAR.
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Will Atsushi Hara be driving a new HPI shaft driven Nitro at the worlds ?
Don't laugh, Kenji Osaka managed to finish 3rd at the Japanese Nationals running the MSX-3 - a car considered entry level. Any great driver can make anything look good
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The worlds is not an invite only race you have to qualify to attend for the US racers you had to go to the Nationals last year in Houston and finish in the top 40 to qualify and the same goes for people from other countries but I am not sure what event they use as a qualifier after a certain date the worlds can be opened up to local races to fill extra spots if needed. I sat through 7days of nothing but rain and standing in two inches of water last year at the Nationals in Houston to qualify for the race and ended up not being able to go at the last minute which really sucks but that is the way it goes sometimes

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thanks for the info jack. So what's the qualifier for the 1/8 worlds next year at this same track? Do you have to race in Florida this winter or can a regional get you in?
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hey, NovaRossi,

why did Kenji Osaka do that? Just for fun?
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If I am correct the 1/8 nationals this year in Florida will be the US quallfier
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Jack is correct! The 'Open Nationals' this December in Miami at Homestead Motor Speedway will be the only qualifier for the '03 Worlds to be held in the US next year. If I am not mistaken, any unfilled positions from other voting blocs will be given back to ROAR and then ROAR will decide who can register.
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