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TQ Aigon disqualified at the Worlds!

Top qualifier, French Ho Bao driver Yannick Aigoin, was disqualified at the conclusion of the 1/2 Final that he won on his way to the final. The unfortunate timing of the disqualification means he cannot participate in the final. He was disqualified for an illegal fuel tank that held more than the 125cc of fuel as mandated by IFMAR rules. His disqualification from the final eliminated the only Ho Bao car to make the final, leaving Crono, Kyosho and Mugen cars to fill the field. Fortunately, all wasn’t lost from primary sponsor Ho Bao, as the 11th qualifier who moved into the final as a result of Aigon’s DQ is Robert Battle, another HoBao driver.

The controversial local favorite and track owner, Mikael Pålsson failed to make the final, finishing 6th in his 1/2 final just 15 seconds back of the lead in a tight battle to make the bump to the big show.

Photos and information courtesy of frck.org, the official webisite of the 2004 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship.

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Surikarn and Cavalieri Win Reedy Race!

Tamiya factory pilot Surikarn Chaidajsuriya put the smack down on the Invitational class at the Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions this weekend, with pro drivers Greg Hodapp (XRAY) and Atshushi Hara (HPI) in tow. In the Open class, Team Losi’s Ryan Cavalieri took a break from off-road just long enough to smoke the field with his Trinity D6-powered Team Losi Triple-XS, beating fellow Losi driver Mike Truhe and Associated’s Brad Thielke. In 19-Turn class action, Charlie Suangka won with his Novak-powered Tamiya TRF 415. All the 19-Turn drivers ran Reedy Spec 19 motors.

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Reedy Race winner Surikarn Chaidajsuriya (center), second place finisher Greg Hodapp (left) and third place driver Atsushi Hara (right) pose with their hardware.

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Open Class champ Ryan Cavalieri (center), second place finisher Mike Truhe (left), and third-place driver Brad Thielke (right).

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First-place guy Charlie Suagnka (Novak shirt) and second-place EJ Evans are the bread in this Miss Becky sandwich. Charlie Albrecht (right) finished third.

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Surikarn and Cavalieri Win Reedy Race!

Tamiya factory pilot Surikarn Chaidajsuriya put the smack down on the Invitational class at the Reedy Touring Car Race of Champions this weekend, with pro drivers Greg Hodapp (XRAY) and Atshushi Hara (HPI) in tow. In the Open class, Team Losi’s Ryan Cavalieri took a break from off-road just long enough to smoke the field with his Trinity D6-powered Team Losi Triple-XS, beating fellow Losi driver Mike Truhe and Associated’s Brad Thielke. In 19-Turn class action, Charlie Suangka won with his Novak-powered Tamiya TRF 415. All the 19-Turn drivers ran Reedy Spec 19 motors.

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Reedy Race winner Surikarn Chaidajsuriya (center), second place finisher Greg Hodapp (left) and third place driver Atsushi Hara (right) pose with their hardware.

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Open Class champ Ryan Cavalieri (center), second place finisher Mike Truhe (left), and third-place driver Brad Thielke (right).

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First-place guy Charlie Suagnka (Novak shirt) and second-place EJ Evans are the bread in this Miss Becky sandwich. Charlie Albrecht (right) finished third.

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Associated belt car revealed!

Senior West Coast Editor is in Vegas covering the International Indoor Champs, where he snapped this shot of Associated’s belt car prototype. Will it be the TC5? Click Here for discussion and a close-up.

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Josh Cyrul Wins the U.S. Indoor Champs

Josh Cyrul was on a roll in Cleveland over the Thanksgiving holiday at the U.S. Indoor Champs. Cyrul won the highly anticipated Mod Sedan class for Team XRAY after getting around TQ and Team Losi driver Paul Lemieux at the start of the race. Cyrul never looked back although he was pursued by the eager Losi driver to the very end. Josh’s winning streak continued during the 1/12 Mod class and easily won the race even though several other drivers – including TQ Mike Blackstock – were in the hunt.

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Josh Cyrul Wins the U.S. Indoor Champs

Josh Cyrul was on a roll in Cleveland over the Thanksgiving holiday at the U.S. Indoor Champs. Cyrul won the highly anticipated Mod Sedan class for Team XRAY after getting around TQ and Team Losi driver Paul Lemieux at the start of the race. Cyrul never looked back although he was pursued by the eager Losi driver to the very end. Josh’s winning streak continued during the 1/12 Mod class and easily won the race even though several other drivers – including TQ Mike Blackstock – were in the hunt.

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XRAY, Custom Works Win Big at Snowbirds

Ralph Burch delivered Team XRAY their first pro-class win in the U.S. by taking the Touring Pro Mod class at the Snowbird Nationals, and left-turn legend Frank Polimeda wheeled a prototype Custom Works car to take the Factory Mod win on the oval. These were just two of the 14 classes at the ‘Bird, which combines on-road and oval events in one non-stop week of practice, qualifying, and racing; for a complete list of classes and winners, click here. And stay tuned for Kenny’s wrap-up of the day-by-day action!

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Vray, Mugen, RB Concepts win the Worlds!

Frechman Guillaume Vray, driving an RB-powered Mugen MBX-5 Prospec has won the IFMAR World Championship! Details are few right now, but this victory breaks the longest winning stretch in the history of IFMAR competition by Kyosho of six straight wins. Mugen now claims its second victory in 1/8 off-road Worlds competition. American drivers Jeremy Kortz, Mark Pavidis and Chad Bradley finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Kortz finished on the same lap as the winner and second place finisher, but was in danger of going a lap down according to the time sheet. Pavidis finished two laps down but never crossed the stripe to complete what would have been his 103rd lap. Bradley and the next three drivers are all shown as completing 102 laps.

Congratulations to Guillaume Vray, Mugen Seiki, RB Concept, Futaba and Pro-Line for a hard-fought victory in the 2004 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship.

Photos and information courtesy of frck.org, the official webisite of the 2004 IFMAR 1/8 Off-Road World Championship.

Other American drivers finished in the following positions:

• 14. Ryan Cavalieri
• 17. Jason Ashton
• 18. Jared Tebo
• 23. Kris Moore
• 26. Taylor James
• 32. Travis Amezcua
• 33. Greg Degani
• 42. Justin Wheeler
• 43. Bob Tillman
• 47. Joshua Wheeler
• 48. Adam Drake
• 50. Michael Sharwin
• 53. Paul Coleman
• 56. Richard Saxton
• 59. Bill Hagen
• 64. Marty Korn
• 67. Jay Halsey
• 70. Dean Sexton
• 76. Eugene Hickerson
• 88. Greg Waller
• 90. Travis Scrambling
• 97. Nick Angelides
• 101. Lance Norick
• 108. Kevin Sharp
• 132. Jeff Keeton
• 148. Brian Skinner


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