eur_3897Clear skies finally appeared on the last day of the 2014 Worlds – revealing the mighty Mount Etna Volcano

The next IFMAR World Championships may be upon us, but in this feature we take a look back at some of the pivotal and memorable moments from the most recent Worlds; in September of 2014 in Messina on the island of Sicily.

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The 2014 Worlds was dominated by what felt like endless days of free practice.

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Also dominating the agenda was ‘Fuelgate‘ – an attempt by the organisers to ensure drivers purchased fuel onsite which ended with several drivers paying a fee to use their own fuel…

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It was a hot, humid and mosquito-filled first couple of days at the Worlds…

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Ali from Kuwait is all smiles as he cleans his pride and joy during practice.

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Rain midway through qualifying threw a spanner in the works for some drivers whilst others capitalised – here Carson Wernimont makes a late call on tyre choice.

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South Africa’s Glenn Raath doin’ his thang 😉

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Eagle-eyed Paparazzi… Was that the start of ‘French Tension’ ?!

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Gord Tessmann watches on as Ty dominates the opening rounds of qualifying

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In his last major race for Kyosho David Ronnefalk sets the pace early on before struggling in quali, here he is flying across the last jump section on track.

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The blue tabletop corner, concrete digging out

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Team Great Britain enjoy some ice cream

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The Tessmann family delighted with Ty’s qualifying performance

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Drama in the finals as a marshall stumbles on the straight and a car hits him

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A relieved Atsushi Hara bumps up from his final, it proved short-lived as Hara had a Worlds to forget.

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Elation – Alex Zanchettin, the only Italian to make the final.

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Despair – Lee Martin’s mechanic Jon Dell carries Lee’s stricken car back to the pits – opportunity missed after challenging Tessmann in the semis.

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Disbelief – with only a couple of minutes left, Ronnefalk’s car lands badly and stops the flywheel, Adrien Bertin at full sprint to get him back out.

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Anguish – The realities of missing out on the final by mere moments begins to sick in to Ronnefalk’s pitman Adrien Bertin.

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12 Drivers contest the Main Final – 8 North Americans.

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The surprise package of the Worlds: Carson Wernimont finishing 3rd.

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Star of the show

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The newly crowned World Champion stands with Mount Etna behind.