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ROAR 2012 Electric Off-Road “Supernationals”

ROAR 2012 Electric Off-Road “Supernationals”

ROAR announced this week that they will be combining this year’s 1/10 and 1/8 Electric Off-Road Nationals into one event called the “Supernationals”.  This event will run for 9 days at West Coast RC Raceway in La Mirada, CA August 11-19.  This will truely be a unique event with classes ranging from Stock 2WD buggy, to Modified 4WD SC, to 1/8 Electric Truggy. 

So what’s your take on this?  Is this the right move by ROAR, or should the 1/10 and 1/8 Electric Off-Road Nationals stay as seperate events?  Should short course trucks have their own seperate Nationals?  Please read ROAR’s official press release on this event below, and then let’s hear your feedback.

Official Press Release:

The choices of how to accommodate all the classes that have emerged in recent years as lipo batteries and brushless motors have increased the popularity of electric racing, are limited and challenging. The Short Course categories added more entries to the already-popular Electric Off-Road Nationals, and the EP 1/8 buggies and trucks were either on their own, or adding too many entries to a sold out Fuel Off-Road Nationals. Having run the EP 1/8 Nationals for three years on its own, it’s clear that adequate attendance was difficult. The other two obvious choices to combine with 1/8 EP were already popular enough to sell out without the pressure of additional entries.

Through consultation with a number of drivers from all levels that are likely to attend, the ROAR Executive Committee establishes this year as the first of what is hopefully many to come – the “2012 Electric Off-Road Supernationals” as the best solution to accommodate all the classes in a manner that allows full participation in all classes, and gives the drivers enough time to participate in as few or as many classes as they desire. Below are the details of ROAR’s first Electric “Supernationals.” As you can see, the traditional classes of 2WD Buggy, 4WD Buggy, and 2WD Racing Truck, are run in the first half of the event with one day of practice, two days of qualifying, and the mains on the last day. Then, after a break to change and groom the track, practice will resume on Thursday, with two more days of qualifying and the mains on Sunday for the remaining classes.

This new format puts all the electric classes together in one event. This is a worlds qualifying year, so the drivers who place highest at this year’s nationals in 2WD and 4WD mod will earn invitations to the 2013 IFMAR World Championship, which will also be held in the USA. At the culmination of this event, there will be a break on Wednesday, and the second half of event will resume on Thursday and finish on Sunday.

Drivers who only want to compete in one half of the event won’t have more expenses than usual, but drivers that wish to participate in the entire event will spend far less than attending two separate events. ROAR hopes that, even though the event format will be new for everyone, that the long time and consideration taken to ensure that it’s done with the driver’s best interests in mind, will be the spirit in which it’s received.

Track:

West Coast RC Raceway
15905 Canary Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90638
714.739.4298
danny@wcrcr.com
www.westcoastrcraceway.com

Schedule: August 11 – 19

Classes:

2WD buggy stock
2WD Buggy Modified
4WD Buggy Modified
2WD Truck Stock
2WD Truck Modified

1st half Schedule

Saturday 8/11/12 – practice
Sunday, 8 /12/12 – day one, qualifying
Monday, 8/13/12 – day two, qualifying
Tuesday, 8/14/12 – Mains

Wednesday 8/15/12 – Day Off

Classes:

SC Buggy Pro Spec – Provisional, only stock drivers, no sponsored drivers
2WD SC Truck Stock
2WD SC Truck Modified
4WD SC Truck Modified
1/8 EP Buggy
1/8 EP Truck

2nd half Schedule:

Thursday, 8/16/12 – Practice
Friday, 8/17/12 – Qualifying
Saturday, 8/18/12 – Qualifying
Sunday, 8/19/12 – Mains

Updated: December 18, 2011 — 12:35 AM

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  1. I think it’s funny that in the new Short Course Magazine (the one with the Losi 5ive-t on the cover) you have several pro drivers talking about making national championships with fewer classes to run. And then ROAR announces a “Supernationals” where a ton of classes are run. Are they not listening to the racers?

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