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The 2014 FEMCA Asian Offroad Championships are currently going on at 3 Stone Parkway, and we give you sweet video from Tath Siribodhi!

FEMCA 2014 is being hosted by the new 3Stonepark facility in Kuala Lumpur, a move from the old RCC facility, which held many great memories for the drivers.  The new track is much larger, not super technical however it’s fast and the surface is heavily rutted so it presented challenging conditions for drivers as they practiced over the past few days.

The event officially kicked off with two ten-minute controlled practice sessions.  From these sessions a drivers best 3 consecutive laps would determine their heat seeding.  Topping the time sheets in both sessions was young Japanese ace Wataru Takashiro and his Kyosho buggy.  Wataru was a huge five seconds ahead of second placed Hara in CP1 and managed to better his time in CP2 to still be over a second ahead of the Sworkz driver.  Rounding out the top three was Zac Ryan, the JConcepts driver less than two seconds behind Hara.

With the one hundred drivers seeded they move in to day two with two ten-minute qualifiers followed by the opening ceremony.  Thursday and Friday will be qualifying days followed by sub finals on Saturday and the semis and mains on Sunday.  With weather sure to play a part at some time it will be interesting to see how many qualifier’s are actually run.

Eight are planned however when it rains drivers will lose some of those rounds.  The track crew did a great job yesterday for controlled practice, drivers were greeted by rain in the morning but the sun broke through at about 11am and by 1pm controlled practice was underway.

The weather for Wednesday looks perfect, no rain overnight so the track should be in decent condition for the first round of qualifying.  Tire choice will be critical, the surface changes dramatically when its drying as any overnight moisture is drawn up by the sun it will make tire selection a challenge.

In the pits the most interesting developments are in the Sworkz area with Hara running many prototype parts on his buggy as they develop and refine the design and build towards the worlds.  Like Associated, Sworkz have decided to run Kyosho shocks on their buggy.  They have also made new shock towers to match the shock geometry of the Kyosho buggy.  On the rear of the car they are running mugen arms in their search for speed and the best design to move forward with. Will the Sworkz buggy have the speed to match it with the Kyosho of Wataru? With day one about to kick off time will tell