Tomorrow morning marks the start of the 2017 Kart World FEMCA 1/8 I.C. Off Road Buggy Championships here in Perth! As Model Off Road Buggy Club (MORBC) in Whiteman Park, Western Australia plays host to the event for the second time in the last two year…all in the buildup to hosting the 2018 IFMAR 1/8 I.C. Off Road World Championships next year!
The club have been tirelessly working over recent weeks and months despite the very wet winter that Perth has experienced. Last week the track build was completed by the master himself; Craig Laughton. Ropes have been laid and the track painted…were getting ready to hit the track Wednesday morning!
We have some big international names in attendance this year, with 2000 IFMAR World Champion Yuichi Kanai joining the entry list alongside fellow Japanese aces Shin Adachi and Wataru Takashiro, plus Indonesian 1/8 Buggy star Jason Nugroho and Joao Figueiredo from Portugal; just to name a few! They will line up alongside Australias best including 2015 FEMCA champion and 7-time Australian National Champion Kyle McBride and his fellow Queenslander Aaron Stringer fighting hard to keep the FEMCA title in Australia. We’re even graced with the presence of some Kiwi’s! Shane ‘Mad Maori’ Mangu and Shane ‘Taxman’ O’Connor will be ones to watch as they’re no strangers to racing with the best in Australia and abroad on the international scene. Flying the flag for the local West Aussies will be Josh Pain, Aaron Dexter and Kyle Francis who have all been prepping and getting ready for the last few weeks, ready to show off their skills on home turf.
This week we won’t only be burning Nitro however, as a Demonstration class of EP8 Buggy will take to the track also. Ones to watch battle on track will be Josh Pain (2015 FEMCA EP8 Champion), Kyle McBride, Shin Adachi, Shane O’Connor, Ben Panic, Zac Ryan and Aaron Stringer.
AsiaRC will be here following the event with regular updates, along with yours truly attempting to update as much as I can right here on Aussie RC News. But the best news of all, Front Row Screens will be covering the event from Thursday onwards with a complete live streaming package; moving cameras, vision switching, timing overlays and interviews to boot! (I will post the links each day so you can all find them easily)
Here is a rough breakdown of the event format coming this week
Wednesday: 4 rounds of Practice
Thursday: 2 rounds of Practice + Qualifying 1
Friday: Qualifying 2-4
Saturday: Qualifying 5 & 6 + Lower finals, EP8 leg 1 finals, Junior final
Sunday: all remaining finals, A final due to start 2.30pm.
My picks? McBride will be hard to beat, although if anyone can beat him it would be a tough decision between Joao Figueiredo, Aaron Stringer, Wataru Takashiro or Josh Pain. Adachi, Dexter, Nugroho, Francis, O’Connor, Ryan, Kanai, Panic, Mangu and Ricca are my picks for the A final, but don’t hold me to anything! We will find out come Sunday afternoon!