Atsushi Hara wins A1 the hard way

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With the final results decided via two 30 min A Finals, some would have predicted an Atsushi Hara masterclass – we did get it, but not a tone-to-tone victory, Hara got away cleanly but crashed on the opening lap on the back straight relegating him to 12th – he would fight his way through the pack but get bogged down as Zac Ryan emerged as an early leader with Witsarut and then Charlee P challenging. Zac would go on to finish 2nd, despite two flame outs whilst refuelling – his pitmen having to resort to a bottle on pit #3 in an effort to avoid a dead engine.

Charlee P was the surprise package having started 9th after being relegated early in the superpole event, he raced Zac Ryan for long periods and pulled off one of the most stunning aerial moves in RC Racing we’ve ever seen, stay tuned for the video… It’ll impress! Disaster for Wataru Takashiro having TQ’d his chances faded after a poor start, despite looking quick he would retire with 7mins left, a sad end to the punched driver’s Championship challenge

All to play for amongst the top guns but Hara looks favourite for A2.

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Hara storms to pole at ASIA Contest

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Two time ASIA Contest Champion Atsushi Hara pulled it out of the bag in the superpole event (used to determine the final grid) – Time and time again we’ve seen Hara unleash another gear when it comes to finals day, he looked racy in the semis, crushing his semi, Witsarut R. winning the other in a slower time. Aussie Zac Ryan had a scare as a loose clutch nut stopped him from even starting his main, transferring to the main final via the LCQ along with Manabu Takashiro. However the main story so far was Hara’s 36sec laptime -

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Video: Scotty interviews Greg Degani

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Video: Scotty interviews Atsushi Hara

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Video: Scotty interviews Team Kuwait

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Boy Witsarut wins Thai vs. Foreign race at ASIA Contest

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After having TQ snatched away from him in the dying moments of qualifying on Saturday, Boy Witsarut showed everyone that he is a definite ASIA Contest title challenger by promptly going out and winning the special Thai vs. Foreigner race event held after quali. The race started out with Wataru on pole followed by Witsarut and Hara, the front trio battling until Hara fell back at which point Witsarut & Wataru were swapping positions every couple of laps, having a great battle out front. Hara would climb back to third after a disappointing start but further problems relegated him from the fight, Zac Ryan had a shot at 2nd place but couldn’t quite do enough to get past Wataru on the closing lap, Boy Witsarut taking a win by a comfortable margin after an exciting start.

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Video: Scotty interviews Ben Panic

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Video: Scotty interviews Zac Ryan

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Bittydesign’s style & brand reboot

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In the midst of our ASIA Contest event coverage, one of the most immediately obvious features was the ‘new look’ logo and styling from event creators Bittydesign – a fresh new looking logo complimenting the ambiance and vibe of the event not to mention underlining Bittydesign’s credentials as one of the leaders in design and brand in the RC market.

We spoke with Bittydesign frontman Davide Rabitti about the rebrand, Davide explaining that it was time for a ‘freshen up’ and a ‘big change’. With the 10-year anniversary coming next year, it was time to improve the image for a cleaner, simpler and stronger brand identity – Davide & his brother Stefano not content with the old style, not truly representing the brand ethos anymore.

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The rebrand includes new distinctive logo as well as new ‘Bd’ icon – the new look a departure from the previous graffiti / grunge style and represents a new ‘higher level’, Davide going on to say, “the past is over, the rebrand is a new era – Bittydesign 2.0 – innovation will come through a full rebranding, the name is the same for the World’s #1 Italian RC body manufacturer but it is like a new company.”

Along with the rebrand is a brand new website on it’s way, Bittydesign have released a landing page which will countdown till their shiny new site goes live – its set to be a ground-up professional design with interactive features for customers and partners alike. Expect bodies galore, sweet design flowing through the brand new responsive website & more.

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After 9 years the Bittydesign rebrand comes at the perfect time, the company with a worldwide reputation for high quality products – here’s hoping ‘Bittydesign 2.0’ brings even more innovation & style in the future.

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Video: A Lap with Atsushi Hara

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