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Atsushi Hara drives the HPI Pro 4 to its first U.S. Nationals win!

Tue, 20th July 2004

Aiming to take home another win with the HPI Pro 4, Atsushi Hara dominated the proceedings at the 2004 ROAR Paved On-Road Championships. Arriving as an “army of one” and pitted against the huge factory teams of his competitors, Atsushi dominated the controlled practice before qualifying, setting the tone for what was to be a great weekend for himself and HPI Racing! Atsushi set the Top Qualifying time in all five qualifying rounds, beating out local favourites and past World Champions in the process. During the triple A main finals, Atsushi won the first two races easily, letting him sit out for the third race to watch the battle for second place from the spectator stands
Congratulations on another US National Championship, Atsushi! Held during the same weekend as the Touring Car National championships, the 1/12 scale class at the ROAR On-Road Paved Nationals proved that 1/12th is making a big comeback in the United States. Atsushi was able to qualify third in a hotly contested class that included former and current National Champions such as Josh Cyrul and Mike Blackstock. Slight handling problems in qualifying prevented Atsushi from qualifying higher Atsushi proved that it’s possible to win from anywhere as he took the first win in the triple A main final format. Second-place wins in the remaining finals solidified another overall win and his second ROAR National Championship Title of the weekend!


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