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Masami Hirosaka Profile 広坂正美

Masami Hirosaka (広坂正美, Hirosaka Masami?, born June 8, 1966, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese radio controlled car driver who is considered to be the world’s most successful of all with a record fourteen IFMAR World Championships in 1/12th scale electric, 1/10th scale Pan, 1/10th scale 2WD off road and 1/10th scale 4WD, all electric. He is considered to be one of the highest paid drivers in RC racing and is also the oldest RC Pro driver that competes at the highest level.

Early years
Masami was first brought into RC car racing at a young age by his father Masaaki, who was a Yokomo employee. He has been an active participant in radio-controlled racing since the age of seven, and is one of the most popular draws at major R/C racing events; Hirosaka’s peers have nicknamed him “Master Masami”.

Present day
Hirosaka currently races for Yokomo and Associated Electrics where he helps develop and design new cars and tests the resulting prototypes. Of all his IFMAR championship wins, only his first title was not won driving cars of neither manufacturer as he was driving a Schumacher CAT XL.

In a 1998 interview with Germany’s KEIL DTM magazine, Hirosaka listed his other hobbies as computers and theater. His father who is now semi-retired, runs an RC car preparation service whilst doing contract work for Kyosho. In a 1999 interview with RCCA, he said that he has appeared several times on Japanese TV, and in a cartoon. He also says that he has several non-RC sponsors, such as Pioneer.

Along with his 14 IFMAR World titles, Masami numerous Japan National titles, and Reedy Race wins all over the world.

Throughout his career, Masami has always raced in the green over white with pink flames (similar style to those found typically in hot rods), but since the 1990s, the pink colour has become less dominant part of the colour as he added the orange and red to form part of his current colour scheme.

World titles

IFMAR World Championship 1:12 Electric Track Modified
1988 in Holland
1996 in Ontario, California
2000 in Tsukuba City, Japan
2002 in Krugersdorp, South Africa
2004 in Kissimmee Florida, U.S.

IFMAR World Championship 1:10 Electric Off Road 2WD
1989 in St Ives, Australia
1991 in Detroit, U.S.
1999 in Rauma, Finland

IFMAR World Championship 1:10 Electric Off Road 4WD
1987 in Romsey, England
1989 in St Ives, Australia
1993 in Basildon, England
1997 in Pomona, U.S.

IFMAR World Championship 1:10 Electric Track PRO 10
1994 in Sonneberg, Germany
2000 in Tsukuba City, Japan

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