Hara and the R40 successfully defend their US National Championship!

Mon, 6th September 2004

Once again, Atsushi Hara takes the win at the 2004 ROAR Fuel Sedan On-Road Nationals! With other former World Champions and top-level American racers on the track, it was up to Hara and his HPI R40 to defend their 2003 National Champion title, and they did just that! After qualifying in 3rd position, the one-hour A Final started with Josh Cyrul in the lead, Barry Baker in second and Hara in third position. Immaculate driving by Hara and superb pitwork by HPI R&D Test Driver Thad Garner (pit stops in less than 4 seconds!!) helped Hara pick up positions as drivers succumbed to the pressure of Hara’s driving. For 40 minutes Hara traded positions with past World Champ Mike Swauger, until Mike fell out close to the end with a bad receiver pack. Hara then had a half lap advantage over Mike Blackstock and took another ROAR National title! Atsushi Hara used the latest HPI lightweight option parts on his R40, including the new 0.8M two-speed, lightweight shafts and more. See your local model shop to order these parts!
Hara in the pits Hara’s new paint scheme With pitman Thad Garner and engine tuner Maxy from Maxy’s Fuel
Download Atsushi's winning setup sheet!

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