August 18, 2014
Below is info we have received from IFMAR President Dallas Mathiesen about the upcoming worlds in Italy
IFMAR clarification about the fuel in Sicily for the 2014
IFMAR 1/8th Off-Road World Championship
Due to the confusion following the recent EFRA statement published in the media, and comments following the
announcement and in social media, we would like to make the following clarification:
IFMAR’s current 2014 rules for off-road do not have “Controlled Fuel.” In the case of the event this year, the
Race Organizer needs to respect a number of laws and rules regarding more than 200 liters of fuel being stored
in a location. This is the reason why the organizer of the IFMAR event in Sicily decided to contact a number of
fuel manufacturers and asked them if they were interested in sponsoring the event in order to get “some” fuel
into the venue for traveling racers.
As a service to participants, the organizer will sell fuel at the track site for the normal shop price. This will allow
the race organizer to provide a service to the racers so they don’t have to transport fuel, and also partially cover
expenses for the safety requirements and rent storage rooms.
In order to make this new situation workable and as smooth as possible, we need to make some modification to
the normal procedure
Drivers using the sponsored fuel will get a bottle with the desired fuel when entering the pit lane or when
you want to start you engine at one of the motor start locations.
The brands of the sponsored fuels will be published shortly.
Drivers NOT using one of the sponsored fuel has to respect the following:
- A limited quantity (1 - 1½ liter?) per driver will be allowed to be brought in each day.
- There will only be one "fuel gate" with a checklist to control this, only the driver (pit pass with photo) is
allowed to bring in his/her fuel.
- It's not allowed for a team to share a can (3 liter), only one bottle per driver is allowed.
- During final days it will be allowed to bring a larger amount of fuel, the exact quantity will be announced
at the team manager meeting.
It's not allowed for anyone else to sell or supply fuel inside or nearby the venue.
It is the full responsibility of each driver to ensure that their "non sponsored fuel" fulfill all EU
regulations and has legally been brought in to Italy. Neither The Organiser, AMSCI, EFRA or IFMAR will
be accountable for this.
For safety reasons is it only allowed to smoke at special designated areas
Both IFMAR and EFRA are aware that this will have consequences for the future of international IC events and
we will have to investigate these new laws and regulations. Other blocs are also requested to check their laws
and to see what has changed.
On behalf of IFMAR and EFRA
St. Louis, MO