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Video: JConcepts, Customs & more Catch up

We caught up with Jason Ruona, one of the few factory bosses attending the Worlds warm up to discuss the event, his drivers and some of the challenges faced in order to attend the warm up event.

IFMAR revise Worlds rules

IFMAR, the worldwide governing body have updated their rulebook for the 1/8 Offroad Worlds, ahead of the 2012 World Championships which will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December. We take a look at some of the changes…

Fuel: Rules now in line with EFRA’s maximum allowed nitro percentage.
2.7.a “Fuel may contain a maximum of 25% of Nitro methane. The specific gravity of the fuel may not be higher a 0.91 grams/cc at 20 degrees Celsius. Measurement will be done with a nitromax 25% in the pit lane and/or anywhere inside the venue. Any fuel detected heavier than 0.91 will means that the driver will have the result deleted from the heat or final where the fuel was found too heavy.

Timetable: Now an 8 day event with a round of practice on the first Saturday.
Saturday: Registration and Admission Inspection from 9:00 in the morning and 1 round of free practice from 14:00 organized in groups.
Sunday: Final Registration and Admission Inspection. 2 rounds of free practice, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, if track standard laptime is over 50 seconds and facilities allow it, free practice groups can be up to 15 cars and consequently 3 rounds to be held. Team Managers’ Meeting

Track: Track closed 90 days before Worlds, 60% of layout/surface must be new/changed after the warm up.
The track lay-out for the IFMAR World Championship event must be new or renewed in more than a 60 % of its lay-out and/or surface. If a pre-event race is held the lay-out and/or surface must be at least 60 % different to the one to be used at the IFMAR World Championship event.

No practice must be allowed for any IFMAR World Championship participant over the definitive new or renewed lay-out and/or surface and track must be closed during 90 days before the event, exceptions like club or private races to be authorized by relevant IFMAR Section Chairman.

The discussion of ‘should there be a warm up’ is one of many favourite topics of debate at recent races, the general consensus amongst pros, industry insiders and rule makers is to avoid a repeat of the 2010 Worlds build up. Manufacturers instigated an arms race as factory drivers traveled across the globe a month before the Championships in order to get as much ‘Worlds layout’ track time as they could. The buildup overshadowed the spirit of the bi-annual event in 2010, hence the opposition to staging a warm up only months before the main event in 2012. Some may argue that a warm up is an unnecessary expense and not inline with the current economic climate, having spoken with several manufacturer representatives, they are hesitant in seeing the ‘return’ on the cash spent to attend a warm up in Argentina.

From an organisers’ perspective, they need the warm up in order to solve any problems or issues that may arise in order to get things right and run a smooth main event. IFMAR’s wording puts it in black and white, the track will change in someway after the warm up – how? We don’t know just yet… The track builders amongst our readers will know changing a track layout is easier than changing the entire track surface… If 60% or more of the layout were to be altered and the surface remains the same than the warm up may well prove to be of interest to the tyre manufacturers.

The second paragraph’s wording, “No practice must be allowed for any IFMAR World Championship participant over the definitive new or renewed lay-out and/or surface and track must be closed during 90 days before the event…” is quite interesting, the warm up (26-30 September) falls within the 90-day window, actually 62 days before the main event, the 90-day cutoff comes into effect 2nd September 2012. Some may read the rule above as ‘track closed 90 days before the event’, however rules are always up for interpretation. Many established manufacturers have employees that actively race themselves or used to, connected to their product development side. There are a few very skilled former/active drivers out there who may not be qualified who could benefit their employer/team… If anyone not racing the Worlds were to go and practice and give feedback than that may well be inside the rules, against the spirit perhaps, but its how you interpret the wording.

Lastly a note on section 2.4, Tyres – there is no mention of tyre additive or anything alluding to that so assume they are legal at this point..

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ROAR announce 2013 1/10th Worlds hosts

ROAR (the N.American governing body) report that they have chosen Silver Dollar Raceway (operated by A-Main Hobbies) in Chico, California as hosts of the 2013 IFMAR 1:10 Electric Off-Road Worlds!, below the official statement…
By unanimous vote of the ROAR Executive Committee, the proposal selected for the 2013 IFMAR Electric Off-Road Worlds is from Silver Dollar Raceway in Chico, California, operated by A-Main Hobbies. In recognition of the time and effort that goes into preparing a proposal for such an event, ROAR would like to thank the other facilities that submitted proposals. The other facilities that were under consideration are top notch racing venues and the decision as to which to choose was difficult. The Silver Dollar Raceway will be a first class facility that will provide great competition and a high level of visibility trackside for local spectators and worldwide from broadcast media. ROAR looks forward with great anticipation of this landmark event, and congratulates Silver Dollar Raceway as the host of the event.
Source: ROAR

Worlds Warm up afterall?

In Carlos Gomez’s (European 1/8 Buggy Section Chairman for EFRA) letter published today he mentions the possibility of a ‘Worlds warm up’ event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since the original news of Argentina hosting broke late last summer, it was understood that IFMAR (the global governing body) was pushing for there to be no warm up – i.e. no or as little opportunity to test and practice on the layout prior to the actual World Championships. Leading up to the last Worlds in Thailand, several larger teams sent drivers a month early to test and practice as much as they could – in the end this controversy somewhat overshadowed the main event – something IFMAR are keen to avoid next time round.

Thus the news of a potential warm up comes as a surprise, “meanwhile, during the European summer, is expected to be a Warm-up race for the Buenos Aires IFMAR World Championships dates are not closed yet, I will inform you of those, but up to know nothing is firm.” – Carlos Gomez. Will there be a warm up ? Will the teams send the troops south to Buenos Aires despite the short notice ?

2013 Euros – Reims

More breaking news from the EFRA AGM in Brussels, we understand the 2013 A euros will be held in the Champagne city of Reims in France, former host of the Euros back in 2005. A host for the ‘B’ is yet to be decied.

The Reims track at this year’s French Nationals
Image: Automodelisme.com

Ted Longshaw: A video tribute

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Ted Longshaw (1926-2011)

Sad news reached us this morning that Ted Longshaw passed away two nights ago, one if not the original spark behind what organised RC Racing is today. Ted laid the foundations for the future as one of the founders of the BRCA along with EFRA a few years later and finally IFMAR in 1979, he served as President for both EFRA & IFMAR until stepping down from the day to day running in 1995 and appointed Honourary Life President. He will be remembered by many for his dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to RC racing. On a personal note I first met Ted in December 2006 when he came to see and support us at the first Neo race at Harper Adams, always smiling he will be missed. NeoBuggy would like to pass on our condolences to Ted’s family & friends. Head over to The SGrid to read about the history of IFMAR written by Ted himself.

Image: John Cary

Dutch sweep Large scale Euros

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