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VIDEO: 7 1/2 Laps with Dai Yoshihara (MPTCC Race @ WSIR)

MotoIQ Staff Report

Ride with Dai Yoshihara in the Team MotoIQ Dog II during round 4 of Redline's MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Challenge at Willow Springs.  The Dog II is a modified Nissan B14 Sentra powered by a SR20VE engine. Dai’s rear suspension was starting to fail during the previous day's race where he came in second place, but with no spare rear dampers, the team instructed him to try his best.

Dai managed to put the ailing car on the pole Sunday but the car's handling had deteriorated to the diabolical point with Dai reporting via radio the car to be almost undriveable with unstable oversteer slowing the car by 4 seconds a lap over the previous day's lap times. 

The ill handling Dog II was no match for the Acura Integra of Edik Stepanyan, which shared the front row.  Edik drove away for an easy win as Dai, the master of oversteer almost lost the car in turn 8 on the second lap with a spin in turn 9 seconds later.

Dai cautiously drove the car whose handling continued to deteriorate in a battle with the RSX of Richie Ho, eventually passing him finishing in a commanding second place even though he was considering retiring due to the trickiness of driving the car and not wanting to damage it.  We are glad since Dai maintained a commanding points lead of the series which he will need since schedule conflicts with Formula D will keep him out of the next 3 events.

The Dog II will return for the series finale with new suspension supplied by KW Motorsports!



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bigdave
bigdavelink
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 8:04 PM
Yes, in car footage of the spin!
8695Beaters
8695Beaterslink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:42 AM
Wow very nicely done Dai! There is an art to crashing...and I think drifters know it best haha.
Rockwood
Rockwoodlink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 5:55 AM
Yikes Dai! Didn't know you turned in a little early in turn 9, then lifted after apex. Wild ride there, good thing it didn't end worse!

BTW, if you put your bumper even with the other driver, you have a right to be there, and they have to give you room. You were smoking Richard going into/coming out of a lot of corners. Stick it to him! :)
Richie168
Richie168link
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 8:10 AM
Had a great time on track with all drivers that weekend....and it was a great race with Dai.....did all I could.....lost powersteering for the race......it was a tough race.....
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 1:03 PM
Rockwood, I don't think you need to tell Dai how to drive!
Wes Dumalski
Wes Dumalskilink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:53 PM
Awesome racing! Dog II with new suspension will be interesting to say the least!
Rockwood
Rockwoodlink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:45 PM
@ mike: Shoot. Dai smoked my lap time, but his words to me after the race were "I don't know how to pass." Just pointing out what I saw, if anything I said was incorrect, then I'll heed your advice. :)

BTW, get ready to eat my dust at CA Speedway! :)
Blackwtr32
Blackwtr32link
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:51 PM
I want in car footage of the g20. Pleassee
Mike Kojima
Mike Kojimalink
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 7:06 PM
We won't be there FD season finals. :(
Rockwood
Rockwoodlink
Friday, July 29, 2011 6:04 AM
@ Blackwtr32: Hopefully, we'll get some in-car at the next event.

@ Mike: Sissies! :)
Ztaal3
Ztaal3link
Friday, July 29, 2011 4:56 PM
+1 for more stuff about the g20 ;-)
Ztaal3
Ztaal3link
Friday, July 29, 2011 5:14 PM
Also Dai you are one brave dude, must be crazy pushing a car that hard with messed up suspension! Good luck to you and the dog car I and II...
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