ISRA World Championship 2012 - Malmö Sweden
October 6-13 2012, the International Scale Racing Association "World Championship" races were run in Malmö, which is located in southernmost Sweden.
The ISRA Worlds races were run on the beautiful and challenging Malmö Slotracing Club flat track nicknamed "The Roller Coaster" as shown below:
ISRA's crown jewel and premiere racing class, "Eurosport /24", which is the international slot racing equivalent of the Can-Am, was run last as the climax of a hard fought week of racing. The ES /24 technical regulations encourage chassis design creativity and motors are for all intents and purposes, unlimited.
87 drivers representing most of Europe, Asia and the Americas contested the ES /24 races at the 2012 "Worlds". The ES /24 event was held over a two day period with tech inspection, qualifying and quarter final races being held on Friday the 12th.
In qualifying, 6th world ranked Ravis Jansons of Latvia was the ES /24 TQ with a scorching time of 3.980 seconds upsetting 1st ranked Vladimir Horky of the Czech Republic who qualified second with a 3.999. Jansons and Horky were the only qualifiers in the 3's.
When the Saturday final event was run and all of the laps were counted, 11th ranked Matti Fyhr of Finland was the winner, Second was 9th ranked Paul Garwronski of the USA, third was 260th ranked Jaroslav Recek of the Czech Republic. Top seeded Jansons suffered motor problems very early in the final and was never able to recover, finishing 8th (over 300 laps down from the winner).
Full ES /24 competitor rankings and statistics can be viewed at: isra2012.com/es24slut.html.
More information about ISRA and the 2013 World Championships which will be held in Kiev, Ukraine can be found at www.isra-slot.com.
Thank you to Harri Kangasmaki of Team Finland for the use of the photos in this report.