The FEMCA championship held at the 2018 Worlds facility in Perth started today with the first round of qualifying run in the afternoon after re-seeding was completed. The best three laps were used over a ten minute run to determine the re-seed which saw Kyle Mcbirde slot into the pole position closely followed by Aaron Stringer. The facility has undergone extensive renovation leading up to the next worlds including a large concrete wash bay and compressor station, extensive concrete pit area, permanent official timing office and canteen upgrades. The focus though on the track with additional clay brought in to add to the three dimensional layout required for an interesting off-road layout, the club is certainly gearing up for an exciting worlds.

Onto Q1 and Aaron Stringer in his OS powered Mugen set the scene from the first lap leading an extremely consistent run to show he’s here for business taking the win three seconds up the road from second. Mcbride falling back after an early mistake managed to knuckle down to claw his way back to second followed by Shin Adachi in third. Shin opting to not stop for fuel made a few mistakes but still looked comfortable on the increasing grip levels.

Ebuggy was up next and it was a battle between Josh Pain’s Sworkz and the AE of McBride. Trading fastest laps throughout the ten minute qualifier Pain would take the TQ with an impressive looking car. A controlled drive, he applied the pressure to McBride and came out on top.

One part of mention is the Perth clay, the extent of grip available is impressive with most drivers already opting for the Medium longwears/ X2 compounds to control the increasing grip levels. Water is required every 3-4 runs though which will be an interesting part of contention leading in the Worlds, the precedent has been set at the Vegas worlds and it certainly will help provide a more grooved surface for the final.

The first round of qualifying has produced some exciting close racing, the track is holding together well and with another five runs to be completed before the top qualifier can be determined, the pressure will be on the top drivers to perform. The Australian team is out in force with eight out of the top ten, a disappointing turn out of internationals considering the location being the next Worlds facility, even Hara opting not to run. Time will tell as we progress closer to a Worlds Warm up and international drivers realise they need to get some knowledge on the conditions. For now keep watching this space for the latest news and updates on the 2017 FEMCA race.