2012 IFMAR 1/8-Scale Off Road World Championships are almost here!

The top five finishers from the 2010 IFMAR Worlds in Thailand.

We’re just days away from the official start of the IFMAR World Championships for 1/8-scale nitro off-road buggy, which has grown to be one of the most competitive classes on an international scale. Every two years, the fastest nitro off-road buggy racers in the world convene in a different continent to compete for the most coveted championship in radio control, and though the hosting facility may change each time the race is run, the battle for the title is always exciting. For example, here are the last couple of laps from the 2010 Worlds:

After swapping the lead dozens of times throughout the 60-minute final for the 2010 Worlds, held in Thailand, Team Kyosho’s Cody King bested the defending champion Atsushi Hara by less than two seconds to capture his first-ever World Championship. King’s breakthrough win was just the third for an American driver (following Greg Degani’s 2002 win in Uruguay and Mark Pavidis’ 2006 triumph in Indonesia), but it perpetuated yet another staggering statistic: Maurizio Monesi’s 1994 win in Kirschshlag, Austria, marked the only time that a driver earned a second title in this class. Here’s a list of the prior winners:

Year Driver Country Chassis Host
1986 Frederic Veysseyre France Yankee France
1988 Maurizio Monesi Italy Garbo Italy
1990 Koji Sanada Japan Mugen Thailand
1992 Kokushi Toge Japan Kyosho Germany
1994 Maurizio Monesi Italy Kyosho Austria
1996 Alex Laffranchi Italy Kyosho UK
1998 Daniel Reckward Germany Kyosho Portugal
2000 Yuichi Kanai Japan Kyosho USA
2002 Greg Degani USA Kyosho Uruguay
2004 Guillaume Vray France Mugen Sweden
2006 Mark Pavidis USA Kyosho Indonesia
2008 Atsushi Hara Japan Hot Bodies USA
2010 Cody King USA Kyosho Thailand
2012 ??????????? ??????? ?????????? Argentina

Stay tuned to RCCarAction.com all week long for coverage, and don’t miss LiveRC’s live broadcast of the race.

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Updated: July 20, 2015 — 4:23 PM
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