A Main Hobbies released a teaser video showing The Dirt’s Joey Christensen getting started with the track design for Silver Dollar RC Raceway – host venue of this year’s 2013 IFMAR 1/10 Offroad Worlds as well as ROAR Nats and Worlds warm up earlier in the year. Have a watch below.
IFMAR Worlds News
Not quite a secret but today the N.American governing body ‘ROAR’ announced that the 1/10 Offroad Nationals would be held at Silver Dollar RC Raceway in Chico, Ca on August 8-11th – the same venue which will host the 1/10 Offroad World Championships in 2WD & 4WD just over 6 weeks later.
The news comes at a time of rumoured friction between the owners/organisers (online retail giant A Main Hobbies) and the worldwide governing body IFMAR as the two parties attempt to steer the event towards different goals.
Regardless of outcome, the nationals announcement is sure to stir up a spectrum of reactions as ROAR racers qualified for the Worlds will be delighted with an extra chance to get some practice in on the same surface whilst non-ROAR racers travelling across the World for the Championships in September are sure to be disappointed that even before the event starts theres a bit of funny business floating around…
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Newly crowned World Champion tyre manufacturers ProCircuit got in touch and as a little celebration have pieced together the full story behind their Worlds win with Robert Batlle and 6th place finish with Yannick Aigoin.
Sometimes dreams do come true! Saturday a week ago was one of those days and we would like to thank and share this wonderful moment with all people that have believed in us since the start. As you all know the Modelix Racing team started manufacturing accessories under the Ultimate Racing brand back in 1999 to cover driver’s needs. After 10 years of success with Ultimate accessories and Ultimate Fuel, later renamed Nitrolux fuel, we decided to start a new tyre project and ProCircuit was born in late 2009. After 3 years we are proud to have achieved the highest achievement and we just can say thank you to all Modelix staff, friends, team drivers and of course customers.
Thanks to all of you and of course to Robert Batlle and his father Carles we can say that PROCIRCUIT and ULTIMATE RACING are WOLRD CHAMPIONS!!!
After a long week of racing and travelling we are back home and we’d like to share our experiences with the ProCircuit tires at the 2012 Worlds in Argentina.
During the free practice rounds, as usual, we started with Sweet Shot in green (soft), one of our most versatile tires which adapts to almost all kind of tracks. With a track freshly rebuilt, flat and very dusty, we got the good feelings to star working on the setup of the car.
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Apologies for the slight delay for various reasons including postal services, flights across the Atlantic and a few headaches… its finally online!
Fastest man of free practice and 12th place finisher Ryan Lutz reports on his 2012 IFMAR Worlds finals day.
Wow, what a long week of racing and traveling! I am finally back in the comforts of home and so glad for that. My week at the Worlds was a bit of a roller coaster. Started out in practice with some good promise with me putting down some fast lap times including the fastest laptime in the final open practice run. Come qualifying though I couldn’t get my consistency quite together and made a couple of errors in each and every round. My qual-points were very consistent though with each round being between 18th and 25th for the round. This was disappointing to me but it was what it was and it put me into the 1/4 finals. So there was work to be done to get into the A.
Throughout the qualifiers I struggled a bit with set-up. The track was blowing out but you still needed to carry a ton of speed. This is generally the type of track where I really struggle. I’m pretty good on smooth and extremely rough pick your lines type of tracks. But this track you needed to set-up to blast over all the bumps and keep the speed going. It took all the way until the 1/4 finals for me to get a grasp on the set-up. Once I did though the laptimes were there once again and I felt confident going into the mains.
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500+ photos from the last day at the Worlds
Robert Batlle is World Champion!
Robert Batlle drove a fantastic race as he dominated the hour long race, once Robert got past poleman Ty Tessmann 10 mins in he soon began to open up a lead which Ty was unable to ever close down, 2008 World Champ Atsushi Hara completed the podium now having won his first Worlds, 2nd in his second Worlds and now 3rd at his third Worlds. Warm up TQ David Ronnefalk passed Maifield late on to take 4th, Maifield finished 5th, Yannick 6th and former World Champion Cody King would end up 7th. Fuel strategy played it’s part in Hara’s 3rd place finish as Lutz hit issues early on along with Lee Martin with fuel clunk issues, Taylor Petersen retired with 5 mins to go and Dakotah Phend would finish 9th behind Josh Wheeler in 8th.
The semis were filled with major incidents, the demise of many a potential winner including top qualifier Elliott Boots, Jared Tebo not to mention Ryan Cavalieri, Jerome Aigoin, Reno Savoya all hit with problems. In the end Robert Batlle proved untouchable in he final, Tessmann tried in earnest to close a gap that Robert managed with expert experience, he gives Spain their first World title in 1/8 Buggy, Europe their first since 2004 and Mugen their 3rd title.