“The 2011 International Indoor Championships was once again held at the Riviera Hotel and Casino on the world-famous Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. A near record 400 entries competed in a variety of TC and pan car classes on the small but challenging circuit set up in the hotel’s main ballroom. With over 60 entries, one of the largest classes at this year’s event was the Super Stock TC class. Utilizing 17.5 motors and boosted ESCs, the class featured some of the world’s top drivers turning laps nearly as fast as those in the Modified TC class.
Reedy factory driver Atsushi Hara was clearly the man to beat. The defending champion was extremely fast in practice and continued to show no mercy in the qualifying heats. After four rounds of qualifying, Hara’s fastest time was nearly 4 seconds faster than the next best driver which meant he would start the A Main from the coveted pole position. At the sound of the start tone, Hara shot into the lead thanks to the power of a Reedy Sonic 17.5 motor and 5000mAh LiPo battery. An early challenge from Reedy teammate Keven Hébert was the only threat to his dominance. But eventually Hara managed to build a comfortable gap to the chasers and cruise to victory.”