March 29, 2024

IFMAR announce 1:8 Offroad Worlds return to Redovan

IFMAR has made the somewhat surprise decision that 2022 World Championship hosts Redovan in Spain will again host the 1:8 Offroad World Championship in 2024.  With it a week since it was announced that originally selected hosts Brazil would be unable to run the event for the FAMAR Bloc, alternative host countries quickly surfaced keeping hopes alive of the Championships remaining in South America.  Bolivia was quickest off the mark followed by Mexico and then former hosts Argentina.  However on discussing the situation the IFMAR Board of Directors have made the somewhat controversial decision to revert to the previous host bloc EFRA, with the well known Baldo brother’s family owned track given the task of once again hosting the sport’s biggest race.  Executing an excellent World Championship in 2022, where Davide Ongaro defended his title win from four years earlier in Australia, last year the track also hosted the European Championships for a second time.  IFMAR’s own rules stipulate that a new acceptable host must be received from the Bloc within one month of notice of the originally selected venue no longer being in a position to host the race which was the case.  With this in mind IFMAR’s decision is one that is sure to divide opinions and alienate the RC community in South America but it also raises questions about the process for selecting World Championship hosts going forward.  In our opinion while the ultimate goal of any World Championship is to crown the best driver in the World it should also be an opportunity to showcase RC Racing in its best light to new audiences, something we believe is often missed or over looked.

‘ Changing a race venue is always a difficult task.

The country that loses the event is not happy and the new organizer may be happy but needs to do a lot of work in a very short time. Due to the cancellation of the event in Brazil the IFMAR board of directors (BOD) have discussed the possibilities.  Famar has submitted a few replacement venues but the “BOD” has made the decision that the event will return to the EFRA bloc, like the rules indicate.  After-all this class is the biggest one within IFMAR together with electric off-road, so it deserves a good and experienced organizer, especially if there is only about 5 months to go.

After speaking to EFRA, they decided to appoint REDOVAN, the organizer of the last WC event in 2022 to organize the 2024 IFMAR 1/8th Off-Road World championship.  There is hardly 5 months to go but we think Redovan will do an excellent job, like they did in 2022.
Thanks to all those clubs that have send in proposals either thru FAMAR or social media.
Dates will remain the same
They can supply fuel with 25%, like they did in 2022.
They will design and build a completely new track design for September.
See you ALL in Spain in September
Source: IFMAR [Facebook]


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