Held on November 4-6, the JMRCA Championships is Japan’s equivalent to our ROAR Nationals, and let’s everyone know who’s on form in Japan. Interestingly, like the IFMAR Worlds last year, the electric off-road race was held on Astro-turf at World Famous Yatabe Arena with a competitive field of drivers. A big difference is that they only race 2WD and 4WD buggies, so no short-course, stadium truck, etc.- sorry guys. The weekend saw lots of action, but it was the Kyosho drivers who put on a dominating performance grabbing the majority of podium spots in both classes and leaving the Yokomo drivers to fill the rest.
In the 2WD Mod Buggy class, it was Kyosho’s Yusuke Sugiura who took the TQ driving his RB6.6 and went on to take the overall title by winning both A1 and A2. Kyosho’s Naoto Matsukura wound up in second overall, a great feet considering that he lined up sixth on the grid. Rounding out the podium, was legendary racer Atsushi Hara driving his Yokomo buggy and showing everyone that his skills are still a force to be reckoned with.
In the 4WD Mod Buggy class, Yokomo’s Kaito Kodera sat up front in TQ, but his performance was surpassed by Kyosho’s Naoto Matsukura, who drove his way to the wins in both A1 and A2 for the overall title. Kodera would settle for second on the podium with Kyosho’s Kohta Akimoto filling the last spot in third.