In an interesting move, a seemingly official update from IFMAR concerning the ‘fuel situation’ for Messina 2014 has been leaked online causing a stir in higher racing circles.
In summary, IFMAR’s President Dallas Mathiesen attempts to clarify what will happen in Messina, in a month’s time at the Worlds:
“IFMAR’s current 2014 rules for off-road do not have *Controlled Fuel.* In the case of the event this year, the Race Organizer needs to respect a number of laws and rules regarding more than 200 liters of fuel being stored in a location. This is the reason why the organizer of the IFMAR event in Sicily decided to contact a number of fuel manufacturers and asked them if they were interested in sponsoring the event in order to get *some* fuel into the venue for traveling racers.”
The sponsors’ fuels will then be sold at “normal shop price”, “as a service to participants”, billed to ease racers’ burdens that might travel with fuel. Limited quantities will be handed out to drivers deciding to use ‘sponsor fuel’, however those using their own must abide and respect the following:
- A limited quantity (1 – 1,5 liter?) per driver will be allowed to be brought in each day.
- There will only be one “fuel gate” with a checklist to control this, only the driver (pit pass with photo) is allowed to bring in his/her fuel.
- It’s not allowed for a team to share a can (3 liter), only one bottle per driver is allowed.
- During final days it will be allowed to bring a larger amount of fuel, the exact quantity will be announced at the team manager meeting.
It’s not allowed for anyone else to sell or supply fuel inside or nearby the venue.
It is the full responsibility of each driver to ensure that their “non sponsored fuel” fulfill all EU regulations and has legally been brought in to Italy. Neither The Organiser, AMSCI, EFRA or IFMAR will be accountable for this.
Both IFMAR and EFRA are aware that this will have consequences for the future of international IC events and we will have to investigate these new laws and regulations. Other blocs are also requested to check their laws and to see what has changed.
“ the Race Organizer needs to respect a number of laws and rules regarding more than 200 liters of fuel being stored in a location” -
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