I spent quite a lot of time manually converting the race files to XML. The file format didn’t lend itself well to automatic conversion, nor was much of it an easy search-and-replace setup. Some of the values were strings of flags, some integers, some full sentences, without much consistency.
It wasn’t fast and it wasn’t easy, but the race files are now loading in the new Basternae.
Converting area files should be a lot easier since they have a more consistent format, but we have a lot to convert before we get to that point — class files, for instance, which will be very similar to race files.