Updated English Version from Tamiya :
The Tamiya Asia Cup is an annual competition to determine the best R/C drivers in Asia, who will then take part in the Tamiya World Championships in Japan. 2007 was the 10th year that this event has been held, and a strong field of 88 drivers from Hong Kong, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and host country Taiwan came to participate. This year’s venue was Beitou Sports Center, located in the northern part of Taipei, and the race circuit took up practically the entire 2nd floor of the facility. The drivers dueled with each other over the course of three days, with Practice Session on September 14th, Qualifying on September 15th, and the Final on September 16th.
19 drivers entered the Buggy Class, which featured the exciting DF-03 chassis off-road buggies. This year’s circuit layout featured undulating track surfaces and a 1 meter tall jump ramp. Hong-Hau Poon from Hong Kong displayed consistent driving and took top honors in this class.
23 drivers entered the Stock Class, which featured Tamiya’s popular and user-friendly TT-01 chassis. There were plenty of skilled drivers in the field and the race was filled with see-saw battles for first place, but in the end Byung-Hwan Kim from South Korea emerged victorious.
This year’s Tamiya World Championships sees the revival of the popular M-Chassis Class, so of course we are gathering championship drivers from around the world, including Asia. 24 drivers entered the M-Chassis Class at the Asia Cup, and veteran driver Chak-Ming Wu from Hong Kong took the top podium.
Finally, there were 22 entries in the high-performance 4WD GT Class, which uses the TA05 chassis. This class featured some adrenaline-pumping racing action, and Visarut Musor from Thailand pulled off a dramatic come-from-behind victory.
There were also driving performances and exhibitions to excite the crowds that came to watch the race as well. Some drivers showed off their aerial prowess with big air jump displays, and each country also sent out a driver with a Tamiya drift-spec machine for an awesome drifting exhibition. The event was also covered by local newspapers and television reporters, and made headlines on both local network and cable news programs.
The winners of each of the classes will be coming to Shizuoka in November for the Tamiya World Championship, so you can see for yourself the driving skills of these Asian Champions!