We are officially only a few months away from the 2014 IFMAR 1/8 Offroad World Championship. The event is set to be held at the Naxos World track in Sicily, Italy this coming September. With only a short time to prepare, one might expect the track and facility to be undergoing a significant makeover by this time, however, thanks to a few “spy shots” sent to us by a loyal RCNews viewer Sal Imperiale (native to Island Raceway and Hobby in New York), it would appear the track is further from the World Championship race conditions than you might expect. The main focus being the actual racing surface itself.
As you can see the track area is slightly overgrown with weeds and grass, however that is an easy fix. As you will also notice the racing surface itself has little to no vegetation growing on it because it is currently concrete. The venue is rumored to have dirt and a more traditional offroad surface in time for the upcoming IFMAR World Championship, however, at this very moment it does not appear that any work towards changing any of the concrete track surface to dirt has begun.
Manufacturer’s and drivers from around the globe have expressed confusion and worry regarding the event already in the form of its extended schedule, lodging, etc. While we are NOT saying the host facility can’t be ready in time, we ARE saying that with only three months until racers hit the track for the first laps of IFMAR Worlds practice and qualifying, the Naxos World track crew definitely have their work cut out for them if they plan to change the concrete track into dirt.
Could this be the first concrete IFMAR Worlds event 1/8 scale offroad buggys have ever seen?