IFMAR News

Perth, Australia chosen to host 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Worlds

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According to our unofficial sources, the IFMAR officials have selected the MORBC (Model Offroad buggy club of Western Australia) as the host for the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 Offroad World Championships – located in Western Australia’s capital city, Perth.

IFMAR officials held their AGM at Yatabe Arena during the 1/10 offroad Worlds and unofficial sources say that the club who staged the FEMCA (Far East) Championships in June this year are expected to host the event again in 2017 in preparation to host the IFMAR Worlds a year later, we also hear a possible October date is on the cards. Watch this space.

Yatabe IFMAR Worlds Facility Tour

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.

IFMAR 1/10 Worlds Spec Tires

Spec Tires

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)

1/10 Worlds Warm-Up details & entry

Warm Up Race

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.

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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.

For more details visit http://2015worlds.yatabearena.com/warm-up-race/.

Worlds Warm-Up Practice changes

Warm Up Changes

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.

CLICK HERE for more Warm-Up Race details.

2015 IFMAR Yatabe Worlds: Astrogate

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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!

 

Messina Worlds: Track update

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With 7 weeks until the 2014 IFMAR Worlds kicks off in Messina on the Italian island of Sicily we’ve seen some very positive signs of progress via their handy Facebook page; lots of building work underway including a big pitting setup, cleaning stations, spectator stand and more we expect, looking great so far chaps!

From the photo above the track looks in pretty decent shape as well, perhaps in need of a bit of a lawnmower but other than that great to see that a dedicated team is hard at work to make Messina a worthy Worlds host! Thumbs up! Great to see Verry himself testing out the washing station!

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Messina Worlds: A few details

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The organisers behind September’s 15th IFMAR 1/8 Buggy World Championships have triumphantly been in contact sending the ‘official brochure’ for the event, suggesting that Catania on Sicily is the most convenient airport to fly to, address of the track, a reminder that they staged an onroad Worlds here some 9 years ago on the Messina beachfront.

Last but not least suggestions of various attractions and cultural excursions which will no doubt be of zero interest to the majority of professional racers that descend on the island just across from the mainland.What is interesting is the new information that the organisers have posted a photoshopped version of the Naxos worlds track which might suggest an all organic dirt track surface (there is no comment on this officially).

“The new track will be 350m long, about 45 sec per lap”

Towards the end of July the area will be closed for works in preparation for the main event in late September, and encouragingly,

“when the works will be finished no driver will be allowed to practice/race till the official start of the Worlds”

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