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Dad and 14-year-old son dreaming of becoming the world champions together

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Dad and 14-year-old son dreaming of becoming the world champions together
  • Sebastien Chaffardon
    Sebastien Chaffardon
    fraA good dad who loves his son and radio control cars.
    A good dad who loves his son Mathieu and radio control cars. He is a 4-time France champion and a designer of radio control parts, and supports his son at the race.
  • Mathieux Chaffardon
    Mathieux Chaffardon
    fraThe son, reigning France champion.
    14-year-old radio control car France champion. Despite his amazing driving skill he can be short-tempered and hard on his dad.

Dad and 14-year-old son dreaming of becoming the world champions together

  • Dad & son YOU crazy for radio control cars!

    Dad & son YOU crazy for radio control cars!

    IFMAR Electric Off Road Racing World Championship is held once every two years and this year 2015 it is held in Japan for the first time in 8 years. About 150 people from 27 countries participate and this dad and son are visiting Japan from France.


    France champion winning first place against adults at a championship.

    France champion winning first place against adults at a championship.

    The son Mathieu is the France champion winning first place against both adults and kids at a championship. The dad Sebastian is a designer of radio control parts and has traveled with his son as an engineer this time.


    They see each other only at practice and races…

    They see each other only at practice and races…

    Mathieu has lived with his mother ever since his parents got divorced. Now he can only see his dad Sebastian when he practices the car control and participates in races. Sebastian got too into controlling cars that became the main reason of the divorce, he is happy when he can work on cars with his son.


  • Champions from all over the world gathered in Japan.

    Champions from all over the world gathered in Japan.

    They arrive at the venue, Yatabe arena (Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture). About 150 best controllers from 27 countries! Because it is a world championship there are YOU everywhere. Even professional racers with sponsorship deals are here. Everyone is busy maintaining the cars for the race.


    Thanking dad for his advice.

    Thanking dad for his advice.

    They sat down and talked through the problems, Mathieu's mind is all refreshed and he is ready for the qualifying. He takes Sebastian's advice well and finishes in first place! The result turns out good, 49th out of 142. Mathieu thanks his dad for his advice.


    Frustration boiling over!

    Frustration boiling over!

    Well, it was too early to celebrate. At the second qualifying, also with the mistake the race staff made, Mathieu's place goes down from 49th to 63rd. He can't control as he wishes and his frustration boils over! Sebastian points out that the reason of all the mistakes are because of Mathieu's anger. Mathieu doesn't do well during the rest of the qualifying and finishes in 64th without making it to the finals.


    Frustration boiling over!

    Frustration boiling over!

    Well, it was too early to celebrate. At the second qualifying, also with the mistake the race staff made, Mathieu's place goes down from 49th to 63rd. He can't control as he wishes and his frustration boils over! Sebastian points out that the reason of all the mistakes are because of Mathieu's anger. Mathieu doesn't do well during the rest of the qualifying and finishes in 64th without making it to the finals.


    What are their dreams?

    What are their dreams?

    At the final race among 61st and 70th his final place is 63rd out of 142. "It wasn't too bad, I'm happy and proud of Mathieu.", Sebastian looks back the race. Their dream is to become the world champions together. We could see the new start in their smiles.


    Yatabe Arena
    Tsukuba city, Ibaraki prefecture