Today should have been the day on which the 15th 2WD Electric Buggy World Champion was crowned but heavy rain last night just as the fourth round of qualifying finished up has left the Silver Dollar R/C Raceway unraceable this morning. Officially racing has been cancelled until 13:00 local time with IFMAR Electric Chairman Frank Mostrey confirming that the 5th round of qualifying has been cancelled and that the priority is to give the A-Main Hobbies track team what ever time is required to prepare the track so they can run the Mains even if that means running under floodlights later tonight. An update on the situation is due at 12:30 local time.
Normally the IFMAR rules state that the track must be changed between the 2WD and 4WD, as they are classified as separate events, but we are glad to hear from Mostrey that due to the extreme circumstances, the heavy ran unusual for Chico at this time of the year, they may not insist on this ruling giving priority instead to ensuring that drivers are presented with a well prepared track to race on. The Belgian said IFMAR will go on the advice of the track team, who so far have done a superb job in preparing and maintaining the track, but added early reports are they will need at least 5 to 6 hours to get the track right from its current condition. The concern is that should they rush the preparation of the track for the 2WD finals this may result in excess damage to the surface which will not be able to be rectified in time for the 4WD World Championships.