Masami Hirosaka (広坂正美 Hirosaka Masami?, born February 26, 1970, Kyoto, Japan) is a Japanese radio controlled car (RC) driver who is considered to be the world's most successful with a record fourteen IFMAR World Championships in 1/12 scale electric, 1/10 scale Pan, 1/10 scale 2WD off road and 1/10 scale 4WD, all electric. He was considered to be one of the highest paid drivers in RC racing, until he retired from the activity. His last IFMAR race was the 2008 world championship in Thailand. His retirement ceremony was on May 3, 2009.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Later activities
- 3 World titles
- 4 National titles
- 4.1 All Japan National Championship 1:12 Electric Track
- 4.2 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Off-Road 4WD
- 4.3 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Off-Road 2WD
- 4.4 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Track
- 4.5 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Sport
- 4.6 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Expert
- 4.7 All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Super Expert
- 5 External links
- 6 References
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 RC racing events; Hirosaka's peers have nicknamed him "Master Masami".
In 1987, during a world championship round for the 4WD off-road at Romsey, England, Hirosaka arrived as a privateer with a Schumacher CAT. He had shown promise during practice and was brought into attention by Phil Booth, Schumacher's works driver and was provided a longer wheelbase version version called the CAT XL. Despite being near-stock, Hirosaka managed to win the title.
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 won driving cars from neither of these manufacturers. 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.
IFMAR World Championship 1:12 Electric Track Modified
- 1988 in the Netherlands
- 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
IFMAR World Championship 1:10 Electric Off Road 4WD
IFMAR World Championship 1:10 Electric Track PRO 10
All Japan National Championship 1:12 Electric Track
- 1986 in Komazawa Olympic Park
- 1987 in Kawasaki Racecourse
- 1990 in Yokota Hobby
- 1992 in Yokota Hobby
- 2004 in Hakusan Arena
- 2005 in Hakusan Arena
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Off-Road 4WD
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Off-Road 2WD
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Track
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Sport
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Expert
All Japan National Championship 1:10 Electric Touring Super Expert
- 2008 in Yatabe Arena
- informed from Masami Hirosaka himself, updated at July 24, 2011