Atsushi Hara running the Kyosho TKI3 as a privateer rather showing up the TKI4s
Asia’s most prestigious sanctioned event is well underway in Johor Bahru, Malaysia with an entry capped event it is a Kyosho 1,2,3 that tops the standings after three of seven rounds of qualifying, with Japanese driver Wataru Takashiro showing the fastest outright pace but crashing, Dani Choi just missing out on Q3 by three hundredths of a second from Hara – showing that part of the world that he’s still got the skills despite a field that is missing some of the top names, in particular Team Associated’s Kyle McBride as well as fellow Aussie talents Zac Ryan, Craig Laughton, Aaron Stringer to name a few.
Feedback from drivers hasn’t been glowing with general critique of the track; not the most fun layout, jumps breaking up, narrow lanes multi surface including carpet and v.slippery bricks which some have likened to ice skating, whilst Wataru from Japan, the home of drifting is the most at home on the bricks driving full punch. Huge amounts of the tracktime on offer with 7 rounds of quali in total as well as practice yesterday and finals to come.
It looked a little Jared Tebo might have to wait a little longer for Neo title #6, having been denied the last two years by the likes of Tessmann and most prominently Ryan Cavalieri in a fierce final last year – starting out in qualifying a little off the top 3 pace over the 5 mins as Cavalieri dominated, taking TQs in 4 of 5 rounds, however the thin line of balance of power is a continually shifting beast to master over the course of the difficult to master Neo – a 4 day Easter spectacular featuring 270 nitro racers and 60 E-Buggy drivers from all of 29 countries.
The semis were a split affair with the ‘A’ Semi offering a teaser of what was to come as Tebo unleased a pace outfront that only Cavalieri could hang with – David Ronnefalk was dominate in the other semi and things looked tasty – the artificial gap between Cav and Ronnefalk in the two seperate semis mere hundredths, Cav would line up P2, Ronnefalk P3…