1/8 Nitro Track
We’d like to thank Lamberto for taking the time to respond to Bruce’s opinion piece we ran yesterday concerning his withdrawal from the upcoming 1:8th Worlds in Japan.
For clarity here are both the English and Italian version of the statement we have received:
I don’t think it’s actually useful to reply to Bruce’s accusations. I was aware that my statement could have been misinterpreted and could have generated heavy criticism, no other statement could ever add or change anything in the meaning of the words I have already spoken. It might be that many of you are thinking that I could have just remained silent and withdrawn from the race, but this kind of behaviour wouldn’t suit my personality I’ve always faced difficulties and I’ve always spoken clearly about them. I hope myself to have taken the wrong decision based on false motivations, but that is my choice and I won’t take any step back about it. I didn’t ask anyone to agree with me but just to try to be in my shoes for a while, trying to understand what brings me to this decision. It’s on you now, I’ve already done what I felt I had to. By the way, thanks for the kindness.“
Lamberto’s words in Italian:
Sinceramente non credo sia utile replicare alle accuse di Bruce… Ero consapevole che il mio comunicato avrebbe potuto essere interpretato e sottoposto a feroci critiche; nessuna ulteriore precisazione potrebbe aggiungere, o togliere, qualcosa al senso delle parole che ho già espresso. Probabilmente molti staranno pensando che avrei semplicemente potuto tacere e disertare la gara, ma questo comportamento non fa parte della mia persona: sono da sempre stato abituato a fronteggiare le difficoltà ed ad indicarle col loro nome. Sono il primo a sperare di avere preso la decisione sbagliata in base a delle motivazioni sbagliate; ma è la mia scelta su cui non tornerò indietro. Non ho chiesto a nessuno di giustificare le mie parole ma solo di provare a vestire i miei panni, per un attimo, e cercare di capire le mie ragioni. Dipende da voi… Io quello che mi sentivo in dovere di fare l’ho già fatto.
In ogni caso vi ringrazio della cortesia usatami.”
You may have seen the news that 9 times World Champion Lamberto Collari has decided not to participate in the 1/8th world championships in Japan – Out freinds at Hobbymedia have a unique perspective on this, given that it is an Italian language site and based in Japan – so I’ll let them do the talking!
“We have just received the news that, because of the radiation Fukushima the nine-times world champion Lamberto Collari will not participate in the world Championship 1/8 which will be held in Japan in October. The event is organized at the mini circuit Kei Tune Racing Speedway in Chiba prefecture. Despite being an area slightly closer to Fukushima than Tokyo the level of radiation is still the norm.
At this moment I’m in Tokyo, and I can’t believe the news coming from Italy, to make so drastic a choice. I hope that Lamberto reconsiders because the situation in Chiba is clearly different from what he may have been told.
There are so many credible, independent sources that confirm this. For example, safecast.org that e-mail real-time data collected from hundreds of monitoring stations. Or you may contact my friend Marco Casolino an expert in the field who live here in Tokyo, and it has already been expressed several times on Fukushima disaster. In short: Lamberto think again, the world can not do without a legend like you!!”