The 2015 IFMAR 1/10 Offroad World Championships are fast approaching. The event will be held at the world renowned Yatabe Arena in Japan. As with any World Championship event, it wouldn’t be a World Championship without a little controversy. This year’s controversy falls on the surface of the track. The Yatabe Arena track will be entirely artificial turf (no dirt). While the surface has been declared fully legal by IFMAR, it still ruffles the feathers of some racers (primarily Americans who are accustom to dirt) planning to attend.
Aside from the ‘controversial’ track, Yatabe is truly a masterpiece facility. The Yatabe crew gives a preview tour of this fine facility in the video above.
2012 witnessed the Speed Paradise track in Buenos Aires, Argentina host the IFMAR Worlds, whilst the event itself had it’s fair share of controversy in terms of scale and magnitude, it will be remembered for launching Elliott Boots onto the world stage having swept to TQ, only to suffer heartbreak in the semis and the fairy tale almost pre-ordained victory from Robert Batlle – it was meant to be.
Fast forwad a couple of years and we stumbled across this fresh track pics of the Speed Paradise track which will be hosting the SudAmericanos – S.America’s equivalent to a Euros/ROAR Nats/Femcas, just not quite as big yet, however the track has seen some dramatic changes! One of the less popular features was the metal bridge before the straight at the Worlds, Speed Paradise have now gone one, two – three times better with a full on suspension bridge in the track!!! Pretty gnarly construction there, looks like someone’s been playing bridge building on the iPhone a bit too much!
The 2015 IFMAR 1/10 Offroad World Championships are fast approaching, and teams are preparing worldwide. At this time no official announcement has been made regarding the spec tires chosen for the event, however, sources say the official spec tires have in fact been chosen. Sources tell us the official spec tires for the event are as follows:
2wd Front Tire: OPEN
4wd Front Tire: Schumacher Wide Stagger Rib – Yellow (U6810)
2wd/4wd Rear Tire: Schumacher Mini Spike 2 – Yellow (U6558)
New track, event, and entry details have been released today regarding the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 Worlds Warm-Up / JMRCA Nationals event. The track that will be used for the 2015 IFMAR Electric Off Road World Championship will be a temporary track (artificial turf surface) located where the carpet surface on-road track currently exists.
The Warm-up Race will be held as part of the JMRCA National Championship in June, using the temporary track. The temporary track will be limited-availability track set up only during the Warm-up Race (June 5 – 7), the days after the warm-up (June 8 – 14) and during the actual World Championship (October 3 – 10).
Limiting the track availability will remove the advantage toward local drivers, which will lead to fair and equal conditions; a benefit to drivers from all around the world. Online sign-up for non-JMRCA overseas members are now open HERE.
Changes have been announced regarding the upcoming IFMAR World Championship Warm-Up race at Yatabe Arena in Japan. The Warm-Up event will be held as part of the JMRCA 1/10 EP National Championship. At the request of the JMRCA, Yatabe Arena has cancelled the originally scheduled practice days prior to the event, and moved practice to AFTER the event. The following updated schedule has been released:
June 1 (Mon) ~ June 4 (Thu) : Temporary Track set-up (in the Center Building)
June 5 (Fri) : 2WD Qualifying
June 6 (Sat) : 2WD Qualifying
June 7 (Sun): 2WD & 4WD Finals
June 8 (Mon) ~ June 14 (Sun) : Practice days on Temporary Track
June 15 (Mon) : Removal of Temporary Track
Note: In order to practice on the Temporary Off-road Track on days other than the 3 days of the JMRCA Nationals & Warm-up Race, one must pay the regular track usage fees to Yatabe Arena.
The organisers behind the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 EL Offroad Worlds in Japan have launched the official event website, there isn’t a whole lot on there apart from a rather useful stage 1 report, complete with info, timetable and lots of details for the event in October.
The website also has limited information about the JMRC warm up event 5-7 June
The ‘Astrogate’ story continues today as an official announcement from IFMAR has been made regarding the surface rules for the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 World Championships at Yatabe Arena. The controversy as to whether or not the event can be held on an all astro covered track has been decided by majority vote.
The existing IFMAR rule states:
“5.1 SURFACE Pack able rock free dirt – preferably sifted top soil/clay compound with minimum amounts of sand. Surface should be able to be easily broken and repaired to ensure a consistent and wide racing line. Such conditions have shown to yield excellent racing due to width and consistency of the racing line. Additionally qualifying is fairer as the ability to maintain a consistent surface gives all competitors an equal track that can be enjoyed by those in heats before as well as after his own.”
(Photo by Fuminori Saito)
IFMAR then issued a ‘revised’ ruling for the surface of the track which states:
“5.1 SURFACE The track surface can be dirt, or else partially or entirely covered with artificial turf. (Commonly referred to as Astro turf) Other materials can be used in sections of the track such as table tops and jumps to assure the durability of those sections for the entire event. Such other materials must be limited to less than 20% of the total track length. Dirt sections should be of screened top soil / clay free from rocks and debris with only a minimum amount of sand and hard packed to provide a durable consistent racing surface for the duration of the event.”
(Photo by Masami Hirosaka)
The revised ruling was sent to the various sanctioning blocs to be voted on whether or not it should replace the existing surface rule. No surprise (as there are very few astro tracks in North America) ROAR voted against the rule change, however, EFRA, FAMAR, and FEMCA all voted ‘YES’ to changing the rules. IFMAR decided by majority vote that the rule will in fact be changed, and allows for what could become the first all astro offroad Worlds in 2015 at Yatabe Arena.
Former 1/8 Buggy World Champion Cody King attended last weekend’s grand opening of the new ‘RC Tracks of Las Vegas’ facility which has been selected to host the 2016 IFMAR Worlds – Cody published a sweet lil’ report on his site:
The much anticipated new Las Vegas off-road facility had its grand opening last week, and what a grand opening it was! You could really feel the excitement at the new facility. There was a ribbon cutting, awards for the workers who have been at it day and night to get ready, and of course, racing!
Chris Tocco and his partner David Tally have built an amazing facility, and invigorated not only the Vegas RC community, but all the folks at the Sports Center of Las Vegas. They are already talking about upgrades to the other parts of the facility. There is no lack of things to do around the track, with a go-cart track, batting cages, and a food vendor inside the main building.
This weekend there was a gun show at the facility and many racers walked through and even bought things. The track lighting is fantastic with great visibility provided by several large lighting fixtures on very tall poles. Other features include Direct TV on 4 large flat screens in the pits, first class pit spaces on new tables, a great sound system, one of the best hot pit lanes you can imagine with big screen race data…. all things have been considered in the brilliant plan to bring this facility to life.
The World Famous indoor Yatabe Arena in Tsukuba, Japan will be hosting the 2015 IFMAR 1/10 World Championships, the event looks set to be a trendsetter not only the first ‘indoor’ Worlds in 1/10th but also with the current layout and track made up of astroturf. Somewhat of a topic for discussion between the various world blocs (EFRA, ROAR, FAMAR, FEMCA) within IFMAR, which will likely be voting on whether to allow the Yatabe track to be 100% astro or otherwise.
Our sources tell us the host bloc have proposed to go with astro/carpet, however we already hear that some manufacturers are already working on cars ‘specifically’ for that eventuality – designed and developed only for that surface… The current IFMAR rule is clear & pretty strict; only natural dirt, free of rocks etc.
The proposal included limiting track time to avoid any local favoritism, turning the indoor onroad track at Yatabe into the Worlds-only offroad track however with certain nationalities much more experienced than others on astro/carpet type surfaces it conjures up questions not dissimilar to those faced last year when high-bite sugared tracks seemed to favour other driver nationalities and cars!
Las Vegas, Nevada has been chosen as the host for the 2016 IFMAR Worlds, the 2nd time the bi-annual event has been hosted there (previously back in 2000 at the Silverton Casino parking lot where Yuichi Kanai took a memorable victory, the event organised by Richard Saxton and race run by the BRCA). N.American bloc ROAR last hosted the 1/8 Offroad Worlds back in 2008 in Charlotte N.Carolina however the bright lights of Las Vegas are likely to prove a popular international selection given the amount of choice available in accommodation, food not to mention entertainment and nightlife.
Originally it looked as if both Silver Dollar RC Raceway in Chico, CA (host of the 2013 IFMAR 1/10 EL Offroad Worlds) and Thornhill RC Raceway in Hutto, Tx (host of the 2014 ROAR Offroad Nats) had strong cases – Silver Dollar with IFMAR experience and Thornhill having just put on a professional event with future ambitions, however it was a 3rd bid under the radar from former professional Motocross rider Chris Tocco (veteran MX track builder as well) that would go onto win the bid and granted the chance to host the 16th 1/8 Offroad IFMAR World Championships.