2015 IFMAR EP Off Road Worlds: Nobody Likes 4WD, We Still Talk About It

As day two of 4WD at Yatabe Arena beckons, the rapid development war that we saw at the beginning of the week seems to have tapered off. 4WD appears largely stagnant on the surface.

There really isn’t much to report, other than a few minor changes to the track layout and some general manufacturer notes - it’s all a bit dull. But nevertheless, we shall forge on, and hope things liven up as Qualifying and the Finals take place.

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The Serango lives - The Durango that’s clearly not a Durango because it has a Serpent sticker on the side has made another appearance, but this time with some front driveshafts installed. There is continued speculation as to why this is happening, but the initial shock seems to have gone. The Serango is here to stay, by the look of things.

Goodbye 5 Spice - Or, sort of. Whilst the 5 consecutive strips have been removed from the short straight near the end of the track, they’ve just been moved around the corner, so now drivers have to negotiate a corner whilst being violently kicked around in the air. Fun times. Say hello to the Corner Spice!

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Tom Cockerill’s YZ-4 livery is nice - I like the splattery thing. More liveries should have a splattery thing.

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Cars are running with far too much power - As the track is so fast, and the top of the timesheets are so tight, several drivers are dropping as low as a 4.5T motor to get a slight edge. To put that into context, that’s the maximum motor wind a World Championship winning Touring Car runs.

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The Legend of the ‘Ring returns - Bruno Coelho, the driving style of whom divided opinion at the Nuerburgring to say the least, is back up at the sharp end. This alone should make the action a little bit more interesting.

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The Top Seed came out of nowhere - Having made no noticeable appearance in 2WD, Yusuke Sugiura then pulled blistering pace out the bag on the first day of 4WD, ensuring he gets the best start possible for Qualifying. His Kyosho also sports some rather fetching orange wheels, too.

That’s all that can really be said for the first day of 4WD. Everything seems very calm, despite the times being so close. Let’s see how Friday pans out.

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Photo credit to www.redrc.net.

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