Axialfest 2018 Rock Racing And Altra Ultra 5K Results

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The Rock Racing event at Axialfest is a fast paced and challenging race open to anyone who attends Axialfest. Many prep their rigs specifically for the event and others just arrive for fun. Racers stage in each class for qualifying to narrow the fields. Qualifying however involves strategy as there are no marshals to assist you in roll overs on the course for most of the racing. You flip, you’re done unless you can wiggle your wheels and rip the throttle to right yourself. After qualifying, the field is narrowed up and the mains are run to determine the top three finishers. Here, drivers tend to toss strategy and go for the win. Sometimes this new style of driving works and other times it does not as this year we saw some favorites on their roof early on. Drivers take on the rock, sand, wood. jump and even pinecone littered course for three laps in the  main and the following drivers made it to the top to claim their positions at one of the toughest Rock Racing events; Axialfest!

Rocking Racing
Axialfest 2018 Racing 6
Factory Bomber
1. Chris Jones
2. Cary Reese
3. Asher Sibole

Axialfest 2018 Racing 7
Yeti
1. Spencer Bell
2. Zach Whitrock
3. Chris Duran

Axialfest 2018 Racing 8
Unlimited Tuber
1. Griffin Dean
2. Michael Pham
3. Gene Boyd

Axialfest 2018 Racing 9
11-15
1. Ethan Bell
2. Claton Pleming
3. Donnie Barron

Axialfest 2018 Racing 10
Brushed 1.9
1. Ken Mejica
2. Adam Nudelman
3. Sebastian Velencia

Axialfest 2018 Racing 11
1.9 Brushless
1. Forest Ward
2. Gabe Fleming
3. Tommy Thompson

Axialfest 2018 Racing 12
2.2 Mod
1. Michael Pham
2. Seth Reese
3. Angelo Lanford

10 and Under Kids
1. Sierra Reese
2. Jason Hernandez
3. Jaxson Hall

Yeti Jr
1. Mike Thompson

2018 Altra Running Ultra 5k Enduro
This year’s Ultra 5K was exciting from the start as 62 entrants lined up to compete in the challenge that tests the runners endurance, their rigs durability and ability to navigate the course. Brad Perry put a lot of work into laying out a challenging course and that it was. Runners took off two at a time on their own clock to conquer the trails that lined Cisco Grove. The path had technical challenges that went up hill, through loose dirt, through rocky terrain, past fallen logs and over lots of rough natural terrain. There were a number of dropouts in the race, mainly due to mechanical failure, but most runners kept their hearts in it to say they finished an Axialfest Ultra 5K. In the end, there were some familiar faces on top. Jake Wright took home the win ahead of Mike Thompson who just grabbed the second place podium spot thirty seconds in front of third place Chris Jones. The top three all sported Altra Running gear to help them to their victory.
Axialfest 2018 Racing 5
1- Jake Wright (BFGoodrich Tires)
2- Mike Thompson (Method Race Wheels)
3- Chris Cru Jones (Magnaflow Exhaust)

Think you can take on the racing events at Axialfest? Start prepparing now and we’ll see you at Axialfest 2019!

AXIALFEST2018 – Rock Racing Rules

AXIALFEST2018 - Rock Racing Rules

ROCK RACING RULES • AXIALFEST2018

As traditional R/C offroad race tracks have become super-groomed sugar-coated brown tarmac, Axial is once again putting the rough, the rocks and real dirt back into off-road racing!

At AXIALFEST, there’s no need for a driver’s stand! You are your own “helicopter-spotter” and “chase-truck” as you are physically moving around a designated course while driving your rock racer!

Rock Racing is fast and ferocious, and it tests the limits of the machine as well as the driver manning the machine! No computer timing systems; just line ‘em up and let ’em rip!
2-Lap qualifiers. Next group on deck! 5-Lap mains!

CLASS OVERVIEW:

RR1: Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

RR2: Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

RR3: Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class

RR4: Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class

RR5: Rock Race Factory Bomber Class

RR6: Rock Race EXO/Wraith/Bomber-OPEN Class

RR7: Rock Race YETI Class

RR8: Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class


RULES BY CLASS:

RR1: Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR2: Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
Both of the above classes – follow these rules:
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: AX10, SCX10, Yeti, Wraith, Bomber. Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. (SCX10’s with aftermarket frame rails can compete in the RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class. See RR4 Class notes below).
Rule #3: Open motor choice.
Rule #4: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #5: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Tires & Wheels
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR3: Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: SCX10 with no chassis modifications allowed.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. (SCX10’s with aftermarket frame rails can compete in the RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class. See RR4 Class notes below).
Rule #3: Must be solid axle front and rear.
Rule #4: Motor limited to rushed 20T / NO Brushless systems.
Rule #5: 1.9” wheels only.
Rule #6: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #7: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring and pinion sized gearing.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR4: Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: SCX10 with factory frame rails or AXIALFEST APPROVED aftermarket frame rails. Please review the approved List: http://wordpress.axialracing.com/approved-aftermarket-frame-rails-for-axialfest-2017
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #5: 1.9” wheels only
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR5: Rock Race FACTORY STOCK Bomber Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: AX90048 RR10 Bomber RTR or AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. You are allowed to upgrade the AX90048 RTR by adding any of the parts that come with the AX90053 Kit. This would include aluminum links, aluminum shocks, machined gears, sway bars, universal axles, etc. Note exceptions in the rules below which allow additional parts not found on the AX90053 Kit version.
Rule #3: Must retain factory solid axles.
Rule #4: Must retain factory Axial BFGoodrich KR2 2.2 tires.
Rule #5: MUST USE 35T brushed motor – factory AX31312 35T OR AX31329
Rule #6: 3S Battery Limit.
Rule #7: Factory pinion and spur gear – 12T/64T.
Rule #8: Factory ring and pinion 38/13 – AX30392 or AX30395.
Rule #9: Can upgrade your RTR to AX90053 FACTORY Kit version aluminum shocks.
Rule #10: Can upgrade to aluminum steering link (AX31428).
Rule #11: Can upgrade to Axial AX30762 C-Hubs.
Rule #12: Can upgrade to Axial AX31434 Knuckles.
Rule #13: Body Panels can be modified graphically, but must retain factory shapes, and intact on vehicle. No running tube chassis naked.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Suspension links
• Driveshafts

RR6: Rock Race EXO / Wraith / Bomber Open Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: EXO, Wraith or Bomber RR10 only. Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #5: 2.2 wheels only. EXO’s can run stock wheels.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR7: Rock Race Yeti Class

Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: 1/10th scale Yeti. Must retain factory chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Must retain IFS front / Solid axle rear chassis format.
Rule #5: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #6: 2.2 wheels and tires only.
Rule #7: 3S battery limit
Rule #8: Must run polycarbonate body or body panels with frame structure.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR8: Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: Must be 1/10th based; handmade tube chassis, custom frame rails, or Axial chassis.
Rule #3: Chassis must use a combination of Axial based independent suspension and/or axles.
(Independent Front Suspension / Fully Independent Suspension / Solid Front and Rear axles).
Rule #4: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #5: NO center differential transmissions
Rule #6: NO 1/8th big-bore shocks
Rule #7: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring and pinion sized gearing.
Rule #8: 2.2 wheels only.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Battery
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

Desert Turtle Racing KOH 2018 Race Recap

Desert Turtle Racing KOH 2018 Race Recap

KOH 2018 Race Week:
First and foremost, we were stoked to be setting up our pits in the Lasernut Laser Town hanger. We arrived at Laser Town and got the Turtle set up in the hanger and set up all our camp stuff. We did a little last minute shock tuning on the Rock Krawler shocks to get them dialed in for race day, then headed over to get registered for the race. Monday was our qualifying day and in practice we discovered that the motor was running not so peppy. We learned that we had to shift to 4-Lo just to get up the hill climb and then shift back into 4-Hi to finish the lap. It hurt our qualifying times a bit but we were still able to get an 11th in class start for Thursday’s race. We also discovered that we had a melted coil pack and spark plug that were causing the engine to run poorly. We were able to get in a run around Lap 1 of the KOH course and mark down some trouble spots on GPS as well as set up our lines to get through the new “Notches” area that Ultra4 added to the course this year. We were feeling pretty good about the course of Lap 1 and the car was running well. We headed out for a pre-run of Lap 2 and got through a couple trails but unfortunately cracked the oil pan on a couple big hits and that caused us to call the pre-running extremely short. A big part of our pit support this year was provided by Dust Junkies Racing and they just so happened to be near where we broke down and gave us a helping hand to get back to Laser Town. We spent the rest of our pre-running time hunting down an oil pan and making repairs to the rig and studying the course map.

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KOH 2018 EMC Race Day:
Let’s just start with, the green flag dropped and we were off and running! Darin was behind the wheel and ready to attack the desert lap. The first few miles had us on edge, knowing that race nerves can cause you to overdrive the rig and/or potentially suffer flats. As we clicked off the early miles we passed many rigs that had suffered exactly that, and a couple others with some quick driving decisions. We were able to maintain a good pace and cruise through unscathed. As we passed by RM12 we felt the rig was doing well. We radioed to Dust Junkies at Remote Pit 1 that we didn’t need a tire change and opted pass through without a stop. They responded with “Well done. We’ll catch you on the flip side at RM48”. We waved on the way by the pits and were feeling great about the rig. We kept clicking off the miles, passing other racers along the way. As we arrived at “The Notches” a little ways past RM24 we followed a couple other rigs into the banner area. Again, we passed a few others that were floundering in the rocks not knowing where to go. We stuck to our pre-planned route and managed to maneuver around a couple more. As we exited, we were on the tail of a 4800 rig and we decided to go for the pass in a whooped-out section to the drivers left. We made the pass, but we also went for a good ride when the front end got bucked pretty high, and we were reminded that we needed to tone it back.

 

We got back on our pace as we rounded the half-way point at RM32, and we continued carrying a good pace, picking our way through the tight desert section before reaching RM47, where we again needed to radio to the Dust Junkies at Remote Pit 1 what our plans were. We chatted for a bit about how the rig was doing, we were not hearing any strange sounds, and we again didn’t need to stop for a tire change. We hit the pit zone and again gave the big thumbs up as we passed by. Heading out crossing the base line we knew the speeds were going to pick up as we rounded the big bend at RM52. Around RM54 we had a close encounter with a bird — this bird was about 20 feet off the deck and clocking us for speed about 50 feet off the front passenger corner of the rig. At least it seemed that close. So we mashed the gas to pick up the pace and see what they would do. We gave them the applause and enjoyed the camera man hanging off the side of the helicopter. Let’s hope it makes the cut into some footage somewhere.

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We reached the intersection at the baseline exit and headed out across the dry, dusty Melville lakebed. At times we couldn’t see much more than a few feet in front of us. Picking our way up into the top of Resolution, preparing for our drop down it and Backdoor, we knew we had just a couple more miles before we were back to Main. We had a bit of a close call at Backdoor — we got in a little bit of a hurry to prevent another rig from passing us and did a great nose pose with the rear tires straight up in the air. We hit the gas to prevent the roll-over and hit the rear bumper hard on the rock wall behind us… BUT we were down and all four wheels and the rig was still moving. We called in to pits that we were down but took a hard hit and would need to look the rig over really well. We made the last of the little climbs before hitting the short course and the Main Pits. At this point we were pretty stoked Darin just had a VERY clean run on Lap 1 and suffered ZERO flats with our Falken tires. We had a feeling that we were sitting in a pretty good position and it was time to change drivers.

And so the race continues… Lap 2 — Randall is now in the driver’s seat and ready to take on the rock sections. Before we got there, we had to run through the first 8 miles of the Lap 1 again, and then around the desert for another 9 miles before reaching Remote Pit 2A. Again, we kept a descent pace intent on not overdriving the rig. As we reached Remote Pit 2A the rig was feeling pretty good and we called in to let them know that we would just be passing by. We headed into the first rock trail, Boulder Dash, and made pretty quick work of it. We headed down Upper Big Johnson and continued across the valley and around to the bottom of Wrecking Ball. While we were in Wrecking Ball we had a few difficulties leading up to the waterfall but cruised right up the bypass line and continued on. At RM85 we headed over to Fissure Mountain to run across the top of the range and down to Sledgehammer. Another new thing for the Ultra4 race this year was the addition of two trails at RM90, Idle Issues and Her Problem, two trails that I did not get to pre-run nor even see. As we approached the trail we saw the trail markers but the terrain looked untraveled and there were no obvious lines. There was no stopping us on this trail we picked it apart, as if we were cutting a new trail. We had a little trouble getting through Chocolate Thunder but were able to keep our cool and get back on track.

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Once we got over into Jack North we felt something strange in the steering and decided we should stop and take a look. What we discovered was the mount on the axle for the Hydro Assist Ram has been torn off and the Ram was just hanging there cycling left and right. We also discovered that all of the drive flange bolts on the rear axle (BOTH SIDES!) had backed out and we were leaking a ton of gear oil. We tightened up the flange bolts, removed the hydro-ram and capped the hydro lines so we could continue the race. We wheeled up to the crux of Jack North and, like a replay of last year, Darin got out and spotted the rigs through and then got us through and we headed for Jack Hammer. The problem with not having Hydro Assist is that every rock the tires come in contact with will jolt the tires one way or another and that makes it very difficult to steer and stay on the line that you need to get over the rocks. Coming down Jack Hammer we made sure to plan way ahead and keep the car on the right line. Heading up the sand hills at RM93 was pretty fun with the new motor screaming as we made our way. We got around to Hells Gate and continued to struggle with the ability to steer and stay on the right line. Thankfully we had a new ZEON 10 winch from Warn on the rig to get us quickly un-stuck when necessary.

We cruised down Devils Slide and headed over into Sunbonnet Pass. We came upon a few other rigs in the trail and made passes when we could but also got stuck a few times, and again had to use the winch to get unstuck. Somewhere in Sunbonnet we got lodged between two big rocks and had to use our jack to get out, which cost us a significant amount of time. At that point we also discovered that we had cracked the oil pan again and it is was dripping. We took some time to look at the leak and see if we could spot the crack. We debated continuing the race with the leak but the concern was, if we cracked the oil pan even worse, we could damage the motor and possibly be stuck in a trail until the race is over. We agreed that we would make our way out of Sunbonnet and then reassess the condition of the rig. It’s always a hard decision to make but we had to make it. We decided to make our way to the stock bypass split at RM100 and call the race. We didn’t want to risk severe damage to the motor and didn’t want a late-night team recovery after the race. We got in touch with our pit crew at Remote Pit 2B and had them relay to Race Ops that we were out of the race at RM100.

Conclusion:
We finished our race as the 1st place DNF, putting us officially in 4th place by progression. Yes, you read that right — There were only three 4500 class rigs that finished the race, and only another nine rigs in the 4800 class. This race was a difficult one — Not because of the number of rock trails or a difficult desert lap, but because Mother Nature has not rained on the Hammer trails in some time, and that caused the dirt to be very dusty and the rocks to be covered in dust, and some holes to be extra deep.

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We would like to give a special thanks to several sponsors – To Off Road Development for providing the shop space for us to get ready for KOH. To Sucuri Security for stepping on board to support the team this year. To Warn for going above and beyond standard customer service to solve our winching issues. To Dust Junkies Racing for providing pit space and pit support at the race. To Lasernut for providing us space in the Laser Town Hanger at KOH. To Rock Krawler for their continued support in our race program. To Falken for providing ZERO flats this year on the Wildpeak M/T tires. And to our DTR team… Without them we would not be able to do what we do. We are a team that is more like a family and we are all in it together. Even though we did not finish, we did not lose. We come away smarter and stronger. We are still a young team and we continue to learn at every race.

Thanks to all of our sponsors for your continued support: Rock Krawler Suspension | Falken Tire | Sucuri Security | Axial Racing | Poison Spyder Customs | Raceline Wheels | DJ Safety | Fuel Safe | Rugged Radios | J. E. Reel | Rugged Routes | Lasernut | Currie Enterprises | Magnaflow | CTM Racing | sPOD | Artec Industries | PRP Seats | Luxwurx | Warn | Sharq Skinz | DGP Motion Media | Factor55 | 212 Performance Gloves | Off Road Development | Pacific Advisors | SoCal Services | Beachview Insurance | Villa Landscape Products | SoCal Land Maintenance | EctoVentures

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Are You Ready To Rule RC Rock Racing – Axialfest 2017

Rock Racing - Axialfest 2017

There is something going on every single day at Axialfest and whatever it is, it’s going to be something exciting! One of those must attend events is the Rock Racing event. Rock Racing is certainly not new like the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, but it is still an event that many spend lots of time prepping for… or not. Like many driving opportunities during this week of off-road excitement, Axial has designed Rock Racing to be attended by anyone. So yes, you’ll see the experienced driver who probably spent the last few months hunkered down in his basement building a machine that could take on the terrain of a nuclear warzone or go head to head with a vehicle from a Mad Max movie and you’ll also find the driver that just showed up after removing a vehicle from a Ready to Run box. So is Axialfest Rock Racing really for you? We’re going to run you through the scene and expect to see you next year.

Axialfest 2017 Rock Racing

THE CLASSES
Although it’s safe to say, the first rule to an Axialfest Rock Race is to simply have fun, there are additional rules to help insure that rule number one happens. To do that, your rig gets a quick inspection and placed into a specific class to complete with similarly equipped vehicles. Kids classes are an option too and no, they do not go by mental age. By separating the various styles of rigs into specific classes, it levels the playing field a bit and now just build and driving skill is used to determine who will finish on the podeum. We’ve listed the nine classes available here and for a full break-down of the rules for each class can be found HERE.

Rock Race Classes
10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
1.9 Frame Rail Class
Factory Bomber Class
Wraith – OPEN Class
2.2 Tube Chassis Class
EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class
2.2 Tube Chassis Class

THE COURSE
Smack dab in the middle of Cisco Grove Campground is a field like area with an abandoned tennis court surrounded by some rough terrain that most people pass through heading back and forth from the trails to vendor row and the pavilion where registration, concourse and the awards ceremony take place. To some, this midway, is just more terrain of a campground, but to the trained eye of trail building master John Schultz and some eager volunteer crew members, this terrain will be staked out and turned into a rock infested, jump littered, obstacle ridden, chassis scraping moguls; you get the idea a wild rock racing course. The zone for the driver to trek over isn’t exactly a park path either so be prepared with proper attire and watch where you step.

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DRIVING AND STRATEGY
Many participants are excited and some amped up on energy drinks for the three lap sprint around the course. Qualifying takes place first and is pretty intense. Drivers are separated into heat races and trucks are lined up on the grid. When the start is called, it’s full throttle for all on the tennis court surface and a hoard of wheel spinning rigs head for the first obstacle which typically resulted in a pile of intertwined machines with wildly spinning wheels. This is where the strategy starts. Do you pull the trigger with the rest of the pack at the starting tone, or do you wait and snake through the clumps of chaos. Or do you go for it and hope you make it through the first obstacle unscathed? Things to think about, but it doesn’t end there. There is a lot of work ahead of you. Running as fast as you can, yet pacing yourself as not to tire out or overdrive your rig or even stumble on your footing. This Rock Racing isn’t like many locations in the country that have conventional RC tracks with driver’s stands. Here you are on the ground running and attacking a much larger course. There are no marshals to flip your truck over on the course either. If you’re rig goes belly-up, there it lies unless you can right it over with some wicked throttle and steering work. How does the staff keep track of who is placed where? The seasoned pros that make up rock racing crew keep a careful eye on who placed where and track finishes in a notebook; simple but effective for this ultimately fun event. When each of the heat rounds finishes, drivers are placed into mains depending on their finishes and that is when strategy tends to go out the window and drivers go all out in their drive to take home a trophy.

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners

THE REWARD
At Axialfest 2017, the event had a “Prospector” theme and that carried over to the rock racing event as gold panning pans with decals inlaid in the center indicating the event and finish were given out to the top three finishers in each class. Each year, the theme changes and so does the awards to keep excitement levels high. Who finished where? Check out the top three finishers in each class along with their awards HERE

ARE YOU IN?
Rock Racing at Axialfest means dedication before and during the event if you want to roll home with the hardware. But if you’re in it for the pure fun of close competition and testing the limits of your rig, then once again this is the scene to be involved in at Axialfest. Congratulations to all of those who participated at this years event, the racing was intense for the spectators to watch as well. If you weren’t there this year, start your preparations for 2018 now!

 

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Results

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners

If you didn’t get a chance to attend AXIALFEST2017, you certainly missed out on a fantastic event! Along with all the other amazing activities, the Rock Racing portion of the show was by far one of the most popular!

The Rock Racers were sorted into 8 different classes, allowing drivers of different ages and vehicle types to compete against each other. The classes were:

RR1] Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR2] Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR3] Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class
RR5] Rock Race Factory Bomber Class
RR6] Rock Race Wraith – OPEN Class
RR7] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class
RR8] Rock Race EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class
RR9] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

For a detailed description of all the classes, see our post here ROCK RACING RULES – AXIALFEST 2017.

After the dust had settled, 9 winners had been crowned champions of the AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing, well, race!

Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Simon Kirsch
2nd Place – Joe Zuniga
3rd Place – Andrew Pena


Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Kason Ernest
2nd Place – Hunt Parr
3rd Place – Ethan Mulhollen


Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Paul Russell
3rd Place – Bryan Kautz


Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Angelo Lanford
3rd Place – Brian Richards


Rock Race Factory Bomber Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Dominique Judkins
2nd Place – Harley Judkins
3rd Place – Saphira Judkins


Rock Race Wraith – OPEN Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Spencer Bell
2nd Place – Mason Dunievitz
3rd Place – Michael Pham


Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Rich Bolts
3rd Place – Danny Ensor


Rock Race EXO/Bomber – OPEN Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Jake Wright
2nd Place – Mike Thompson
3rd Place – Chris Duran


Rock Race YETI Class

AXIALFEST2017 Rock Racing Winners
1st Place – Michael Pham
2nd Place – Devlin Shipley
3rd Place – Ben Thomas


Here are some other links to posts regarding AXIALFEST2017.

Thank You – AXIALFEST2017
This page has downloadable group photos as well as a list of every name that pre-registered for the event!

Off-Road Dave’s First Time Account of AXIALFEST 2017
A detailed look of David “Off-Road Dave” Miller’s first adventure to AXIALFEST2017.

Athletic RC Adventure Mashup – Inside the Axialfest Altra Ultra 5K Enduro
An inside look at the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro written by RC Driver’s Greg Vogel.

ROCK RACING RULES - AXIALFEST 2017

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ROCK RACING RULES • AXIALFEST 2017

As traditional R/C offroad race tracks have become super-groomed sugar-coated brown tarmac, Axial is once again putting the rough, the rocks and real dirt back into off-road racing!

At AXIALFEST, there’s no need for a driver’s stand! You are your own “helicopter-spotter” and “chase-truck” as you are physically moving around a designated course while driving your rock racer!

Rock Racing is fast and ferocious, and it tests the limits of the machine as well as the driver manning the machine! No computer timing systems; just line ‘em up and let ’em rip!
2-Lap qualifiers. Next group on deck! 5-Lap mains!

CLASS OVERVIEW:

RR1] Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

RR2] Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined

RR3] Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class

RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class

RR5] Rock Race Factory Bomber Class

RR6] Rock Race EXO/Wraith/Bomber-OPEN Class

RR7] Rock Race YETI Class

RR8] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

RULES BY CLASS:

RR1] Rock Race 10-Under Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
RR2] Rock Race 11-15 Kids Class – 1.9 & 2.2 Combined
Both of the above classes – follow these rules:
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: AX10, SCX10, Yeti, Wraith, Bomber. Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. (SCX10’s with aftermarket frame rails can compete in the RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class. See RR4 Class notes below).
Rule #3: Open motor choice.
Rule #4: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #5: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Tires & Wheels
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR3] Rock Race 1.9 Factory SCX10 Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: SCX10 with no chassis modifications allowed.
No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. (SCX10’s with aftermarket frame rails can compete in the RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class. See RR4 Class notes below).
Rule #3: Must be solid axle front and rear.
Rule #4: Motor limited to rushed 20T / NO Brushless systems.
Rule #5: 1.9” wheels only.
Rule #6: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #7: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring and pinion sized gearing.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR4] Rock Race 1.9 Frame Rail Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: SCX10 with factory frame rails or AXIALFEST APPROVED aftermarket frame rails. Please review the approved List: http://wordpress.axialracing.com/approved-aftermarket-frame-rails-for-axialfest-2017
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #5: 1.9” wheels only
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR5] Rock Race FACTORY STOCK Bomber Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: AX90048 RR10 Bomber RTR or AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails. You are allowed to upgrade the AX90048 RTR by adding any of the parts that come with the AX90053 Kit. This would include aluminum links, aluminum shocks, machined gears, sway bars, universal axles, etc. Note exceptions in the rules below which allow additional parts not found on the AX90053 Kit version.
Rule #3: Must retain factory solid axles.
Rule #4: Must retain factory Axial BFGoodrich KR2 2.2 tires.
Rule #5: MUST USE 35T brushed motor – factory AX31312 35T OR AX31329
Rule #6: 3S Battery Limit.
Rule #7: Factory pinion and spur gear – 12T/64T.
Rule #8: Factory ring and pinion 38/13 – AX30392 or AX30395.
Rule #9: Can upgrade your RTR to AX90053 FACTORY Kit version aluminum shocks.
Rule #10: Can upgrade to aluminum steering link (AX31428).
Rule #11: Can upgrade to Axial AX30762 C-Hubs.
Rule #12: Can upgrade to Axial AX31434 Knuckles.
Rule #13: Body Panels can be modified graphically, but must retain factory shapes, and intact on vehicle. No running tube chassis naked.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Suspension links
• Driveshafts

RR6] Rock Race EXO / Wraith / Bomber Open Class
Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: EXO, Wraith or Bomber RR10 only. Chassis can be modified, but must retain a portion of the original chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #5: 2.2 wheels only. EXO’s can run stock wheels.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR7] Rock Race Yeti Class

Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible chassis: 1/10th scale Yeti. Must retain factory chassis. No aftermarket tube chassis or aftermarket frame rails.
Rule #3: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #4: Must retain IFS front / Solid axle rear chassis format.
Rule #5: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring & pinion sized gearing.
Rule #6: 2.2 wheels and tires only.
Rule #7: 3S battery limit
Rule #8: Must run polycarbonate body or body panels with frame structure.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

RR8] Rock Race 2.2 Tube Chassis Class

Rule #1: Must display the mandatory Tech Sticker & wristband at start line.
Rule #2: Eligible Chassis: Must be 1/10th based; handmade tube chassis, custom frame rails, or Axial chassis.
Rule #3: Chassis must use a combination of Axial based independent suspension and/or axles.
(Independent Front Suspension / Fully Independent Suspension / Solid Front and Rear axles).
Rule #4: Axial transmission or an aftermarket transmission housing using Axial gear format.
Rule #5: NO center differential transmissions
Rule #6: NO 1/8th big-bore shocks
Rule #7: Axial axles or any aftermarket axle using Axial ring and pinion sized gearing.
Rule #8: 2.2 wheels only.
No restrictions for the following items:
• Motor
• Battery
• Tires
• Suspension links
• C-hubs
• Steering knuckles
• Driveshafts

 

2016 SoCal U4RC Winter Series Final Report

Words: Gerald Tobin-U4RC
Photos: James Goad, https://www.flickr.com/people/astronut101/

The entire Winter Series was a back and forth battle in every U4RC class; but the SoCal U4RC Winter Series Finals proved to be the ultimate test of both the racers fortitude and their rigs alike. There was an initial short rain delay first thing in the morning then the racers dealt with blustery winds and mid 30’s temperatures all day long. With that being said, there was still impressive attendance and lap times at the Finals. U4 racers are definitely a hardy bunch. Several “series podium spots” were undecided going into the final event, which surely encouraged racers to attend despite the inclement weather.

The Axial Racing crew was out in force at the U4 Finals, with John Schultz racing for the day, as well as Rodney Wills and John Cary handling the media duties. Thanks to Axial, U4RC was able to hand out tons of Axial Racing swag and 3 sweet Yeti Jr’s to our racers at the end of the event! Needless to say the racers were ecstatic over the prizes offered from Axial.

1.9 Trail: The 1.9 Trail class top spot was “dead even” going into the finals between drivers’ Josh Hanson and Gene Boyd. Josh was eventually able to edge out Gene for top honors in the class for the series. The racing between these two was intense all day, and all series long as well. Both Josh and Gene race with highly modified SCX-10 based rigs. Third place in the series went to Jeremy Dee running a tamer version of the same SCX-10 platform, proving that consistency without extensive modifications can also prevail in U4RC racing. This series also saw its first SCX-II competing successfully in U4RC with a podium finish on its first outing. Josh Hanson, the winner for the day in 1.9 Trail, went home with a cool Yeti Jr, courtesy of Axial.

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1.9 Comp: This class is for “IFS” rigs clad with 1.9” tires. Troy Spindler took top honors for the series with a slew of TQ’s, followed up very closely by Austin Daynes in 2nd place. Third place for this class was split between racers John Askar and Shawn Fant who swapped finishing positions the entire series! Next series should be an awesome show between the two of them.

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1.9 Trophy: This is the smaller version of the 2.2 Trophy class. Mike Duncan dominated the series in 1.9 Trophy leading to a number one spot for the class, with his custom IFS rig. Veteran U4 racer, Bob Edwards went home with 2nd place for the series racing on a “consistency” platform. Finishing in 3rd place for 1.9 Trophy was Justin “J-Bod” Bodewitz. Both Bob and Justin both were competing with Axial based platforms on their 1.9 Trophy rigs.

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2.2 Comp: 2.2 Comp class has historically been a hard fought class, mainly due to the wide availability of rigs like the Wraith, and Bomber from Axial. This series the Champion for the class Austin Daynes, was running a modified Axial Wraith. Austin eclipsed the competition by grabbing TQ’s at every event in the series in this class. Jeff Garcia took home 2nd place honors with his beautifully painted Axial Wraith. Third spot on the podium for the series went to SoCal’s Brett Carson racing with an Axial Bomber. You would be amazed at the all-out performance these competitors are getting from their rock racers. Troy Spindler was lucky enough to take home a Yeti TT Jr, courtesy of Axial, for his top finishing spot on the day.

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2.2 Indy: Austin Daynes proved that he also had what it takes to come out on top of the 2.2 Indy class. 2.2 Indy is a class which is packed full of Axial Yeti’s from mild to wild. It is no surprise that Austin grabbed the “fastest lap time” for the day. Even better is that he was rewarded with an Axial Yeti TT Jr for that hot lap. Chris Pickering wrapped up a 2nd place spot for his efforts during the series. The “Ironman” Gene Boyd, took home the 3rd podium spot with his meticulously prepped Yeti. This class has, without question, has been completely dominated by the Axial Yeti since its inception. The Yeti seems to be the rig in Axials line up that has most opened up the “rock racing world” to the masses. Yeti’s flat out handle rock racing great and are available in either an RTR or a Kit platform.

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2.2 Trophy: If any class in U4RC would be considered the “big boy” class, this would be it! Metal chassis’ and high levels of realism are par for the course in Trophy. First place for the series was awarded to Mike Duncan and his radical FIS race rig. Chris Pickering, Cherry Valley track operator, managed to wrestle a 2nd place finish in the series running an “oldie but goody” first generation U4 chassis. With his 3rd place finish, the “Ironman” Gene Boyd once again captured a podium spot for all his dedication to racing and rig prep. The majority of rigs being run in 2.2 Trophy classes all over are Axial based, from on one or another of their platforms.

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With Axial Racing as title sponsor of the 2017 Axial Racing/U4RC Winter Nationals, this year is destine to be the biggest year of growth so far, for U4RC. The Winter Nationals this year will be held February 24-25, 2017 in conjunction with the 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge at Fear Farm RC Raceway in Phoenix, AZ. There are already drivers registered to attend from all across the USA. The event is open to all racers regardless of running and placing in a local U4RC series.

Rock Racing Info:   www.U4RC.com , www.RCCrawler.com

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U4RC: Rocks, ruts, jumps, sand, hills, silt, realism and adrenaline!

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U4RC: Rocks, ruts, jumps, sand, hills, silt, realism and adrenaline!
words: Gerald Tobin
photos: Rodney Wills

Rocks, ruts, jumps, sand, hills, silt, realism and adrenaline! U4RC is moving headlong into another year, with national and international events set on calendars throughout 2017. And we are very proud that Axial Racing is set to be title sponsor of the 2017 U4RC Winter Nationals, being held late February in conjunction with the 2017 Dirt Nitro Challenge located at Fear Farm Raceway, Arizona. A must attend event that will include the best r/c rock racers from all over the U.S. battling it out for one of (6) National Titles up for grabs.

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Although you may find obstacles similar to traditional r/c off-road racing. U4RC has many obstacles unique to r/c rock racing such as rock gardens, sand/silt beds, ruts, dust and other extreme conditions. Those extreme conditions put race rigs to the ultimate test constantly. With their awesome record of durability, and the scale realism Axial rigs have, it makes them the perfect match for U4RC rock racing. And with the constant release of new rock racer platform rigs Axial is sure to stay on top of the podiums at U4RC events.

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In Southern California, SoCalU4RC operates the local U4 series. Being located in the heart of much of the r/c industry, it is not uncommon to have a visit from r/c insiders. That exact thing recently happened when none other than Rodney Wills (Axial Global Marketing Director) stopped by the most recent U4RC race at the Cherry Valley, CA Raceway and shot awesome photos, as always. He also delivered great news and promise of another year of great releases from Axial. One of which already landed with the announcement of the Yeti Jr and Yeti Jr Trophy Trucks 1/18th scale rigs.

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1.9 Trail class has always been, and continues to be dominated by Axial SCX-10 and SCX-II based rigs. Every single 1.9 Trail Champion to date was running an Axial SCX based rig. Because if the unique aspects encountered on a U4RC race course, it is not unheard of for a “stock” rig with the right tuning and a patient forefinger to see a podium finish.

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2.2″ solid axle Axial rigs are the staple of U4RC racing. The Wraith and Spawn are great platforms for rock racers and have been proven solid and used for rock racing since day one. They are both also a great basis for custom builds and such. For awesome out of the box performance from a solid/solid configuration the Bomber is hands down the best handling rig on the market and now taking U4 podiums everywhere.

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For all out performance, nothing beats the Yeti! With its IFS/Solid rear configuration the Yeti is to date the fastest overall rig racing across the U4RC world. They are easy to drive right out of the box. Chris Pickering, Cherry Valley track operator holds fastest lap record with what is essentially an RTR Yeti. There are other brands with this configuration racing in U4 but none of them have experienced success like the Yeti.

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Whether you consider yourself a scale crawler, a comp crawler, a racer or a just-for-fun crawler, U4RC has something to fill your personal “r/c itch”. Put together a local scene, find a local track to sponsor a U4 course, or just race on natural temporary tracks with your local club. Most important is to get out there and enjoy this great hobby we are all so passionate about. See you on the ROCKS!!

The following photos are from the December 3rd, 2016 SoCalU4RC race
at the Cherry Valley, CA Raceway.

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ULTRA4 Racing tackles the FALLON 250

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ULTRA4 @ VORRA Fallon 250

Words and photos: Michael Plunkett
August 29 – 30th, 2015
Fallon, Nevada

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When it comes to ULTRA4 racing, anyone that has been around rock racing understands how versatile these machines are. They are designed to reach up to 130mph across the desert, yet capable of crawling rock sections the size of school buses. In order to be able to withstand the punishment in the rocks and cross the desert at speeds of over 100mph, they must be engineered and designed with the toughest components on the market. ULTRA4 Racing got its start in 2008 at an event that is now known worldwide as King of the Hammers, or KOH for short. They since have started a west and east coast series of races and have ventured internationally to the likes of France, Italy, the UK, and even Portugal. In order to keep up with this rapidly growing sport of rock racing, ULTRA4 is constantly looking for fan friendly venues.
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They have rapidly caught the eye of the desert racers by entering races such as Best in the Deserts Series – Vegas to Reno race, The Parker 425, and The Bluewater Challenge. On the other side of the desert racing spectrum, Currie Enterprises’ Casey Currie managed to take his rock racing ULTRA4 4400 buggy down to the BAJA 500 and finished that brutal race within the Trophy Truck class this year!

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So when it came to choosing another course to round out the western series this year, choosing to venture together with the VORRA Series at the Fallon 250 seemed to be a legitimate match for Dave Cole’s ULTRA4 Series. Teams were excited with the thought of a desert race for the simple reason of getting more of an opportunity to stretch their legs a little and see if they can manage to conquer a desert style race course.

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Teams started arriving Thursday afternoon in order to get out to see and pre-run the course. Some chose to show up Friday and venture out in the early afternoon and into the night to get used to running in the dark. To best fit the two series together, JT Taylor and VORRA president, Wes Harbor, went right to work sorting the classes and when each class would start.
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During the drivers meeting Friday evening, the drivers from each series would get the chance to meet each other as well as see the order of which they were to start. It was also stated in the drivers meeting that this would be their largest race to date! Wes explained the various different rules of conduct to the ULTRA4 drivers so there would be no confusion on race day. As it was to turn out our lower classes sort of speak from the ULTRA4 4500, 4600, 4700, 4800 and UTV’s would run during the day starting at 6am with the variety of classes from the VORRA series varying from UTV to class 1 with a cutoff time of 1:30pm. That reserved the night racing to the ULTRA4 4400 class only!

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It was a beautiful Friday night in the desert with very little breeze whatsoever which only meant one thing for the drivers that had to leave the line early the next day…DUST was going to be miserable!! True to that thought as the early classes left the line and off into the desert, I was already struggling to get clear photos even at the lineup. Without a ride to get around in, I was fortunate when I ran into Phil Kaos, another desert race photographer, and he offered to let me ride with him. We finish up at the start line and quickly headed out to check point one to see what we could find. Never having shot or seen this course before I was now at the mercy of Phil. He got us to pit one and we ventured off trying to see through all the dust, let alone get a picture of anything…Yes, it was dusty!! We stayed there to see the leaders come back through on the second lap and cover the racers we needed, then loaded up to head to Pit 2. Immediately after getting on our way, Phil’s truck started missing and running really rough…fortunately Phil being handy as he is, went right to work figuring out how to get us moving again.

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After a short while on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere we were on the move again.

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We arrived at Pit 2 not really knowing their lap times well enough to figure out what lap everyone was on by now? So we hung out quite a while there until we were satisfied with what we got for pictures and figured we better get moving back to the finish line. We arrived early enough to venture out into the wash to get some shots of the racers going out for which appeared to be their last laps. Getting myself out in there to get some photos meant I would end up missing some of the faster teams crossing the finish line on the final lap. I chose to get more shots out in the wash and gather up results later, which the top three in their classes went like this…4500 Class winner was 4531 Shawn Rants, 2nd Place went to 4596 Jason Wilkins, and 3rd Place 4540 Michael Bedwell. In the 4600 Class 1st Place went to 4608 Matthew Peterson, 2nd Place 4696 Sean McNamara, and 3rd place with only completing 5 out of the 6 laps went to Ben Varozza. In the 4700 Class 1st Place went to 4714 Luke Johnson, followed by his father for 2nd Place 4748 Ricky Johnson, and rounding off the podium for 3rd Place was 4702 Larry Nickell. In the 4800 Class 1st Place went to 4861 Anthony Arreola, 2nd Place went to 444 Rick Waterbury, and 3rd Place 4824 Sean Leonardini. In the Pro UTV Class 1st Place went to the father son driver – co-driver combo of 83 Raul and Darian Gomez. 2nd Place finishing only 5 laps was 1920 John Duckworth, and 3rd Place finishing 4 of the 6 laps was 1958 Andrew Goman. The UTV Sportsman Class’ 1st Place went to 125 Phil Blurton, 2nd Place 1927 Ben Wilson, and 3rd Place 18 1961 Bill Hermant. As I was hiking back up to the start line to see the stragglers come in and and get ready to see the Big Boys in the 4400 Class get lined up, I got to witness one of the interesting things from my weekend! I was looking at the Falken race driver Bailey Cole coming across the desert hooked up behind the UTV of Goodall Racing pushing him the last 10 miles through the desert to the finish! Very cool to watch to say the least…great job everyone! Now for the Main event…
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Thank goodness the wind had started to pick up for the main even, maybe the dust wasn’t going to be too bad!

After getting a shot of the lineup and making my rounds wishing everyone good luck, Phil and I chose to shoot the start from in the wash and then cover this race in the same manner as we just did the first race. We shot the wash until everyone was off the line and quickly loaded up and headed to Pit 1. As we arrived at Pit 1, I was able to jump out and catch the rear end of Loren Healy going by on his 2nd lap!…We just made it in time! We shot that area for what we could tell was a whole other lap and a half before we decided to head out for Pit 2.

We made it to Pit 2 without any issues this time, but now it was time to figure out where the leaders were and what lap they were on? After a full cycle of vehicles went by we figured we must have missed Loren go by before we arrived and now Wayland had come by again with still no sign of Loren? We could make out that it was Wayland out front with Paul Horschel following close behind. It wasn’t long before we saw Loren come by like a man-on-a-mission, but with all the drivers starting every 30 seconds off the line, we could make out a few possible drivers on the move! We could tell Tom Wayes who started 22nd off the line had moved up closer to the front runners as well as Brian Capprara and Randy Slawson were charging hard as well! But since it is a timed race we couldn’t be sure exactly where everyone stood in the ranks. We decided to go ahead and wait for Brian Capprara to come back through before we left for the finish line. In doing so we noticed Wayland had not come through as normal when all the sudden Loren was coming by just as the sun was setting. We hadn’t seen Tom Wayes come through for quite some time before we got word that he had hit a large rock and and went end over end to finish his day short. We also had noticed Levi Shirley hadn’t come by for a long time and wasn’t sure what had happened to him, until we later found out at the finish line that he had mechanical issues and was still out there working on it. He was finally able to get going again and get in a couple more laps before the cutoff time to better himself in the points standing. What seemed to be about 5 minutes had passed since Loren went by, we saw Paul Horschel come through with still no sight of Wayland. We finally did see Wayland come through several minutes behind Paul and now were waiting on Brian to come through before we headed out for the finish. When we saw Brian come through a few minutes later and as we were loading up, we saw Randy Slawson come through. Now we were off to the finish line to see how things were going to pan out!

After getting to the finish line we had the results that Loren Healy had taken the win with 30 some odd seconds over Paul Horschel and Wayland Campbell had rounded off the podium coming in several minutes behind Paul. With this win for Loren it secured him the West Coast Championship for the second year in a row. Congrats to Loren and his team on another incredible year! On a interesting side note, Randy Slawson with his ULTRA4 rock racing Bomber Fab chassis set the fastest time of any of the straight axles rigs.

We were also getting word that Wayland’s dad, Shannon Campbell, was down in the desert with drivetrain issues and was calling on his daughter Bailey Campbell, which was racing steady all day to help him get to the finish. Bailey reached her father and was able to pull Shannon the last 20 miles through the desert to both finish the race and better themselves in the point standings. All in all it was one heck of a race that went well into the night with a cutoff time of 12:00am. Every bit of that time was used for some teams as 33 of the 49 starters in the 4400 class finished! After going around talking to a lot of the teams that night and in the morning after the race, everyone that had raced said they really enjoyed it and some even claimed it to be the most fun they’ve had in a race before! So what seemed to be a race that no one was quite sure of how it was going to go, it sounds like we found another venue for years to come, or we can only hope anyways. ULTRA4 Racing has one more race back east in Hot Springs, Arkansas for the east coast finals. Then, The National Championship will be held in my hometown of Reno, NV in October! Enjoy some of the photos from the event and I hope to see everyone again at the Nationals!

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Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck – NorCal Rock Racing – 2014 Finale

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Axial Driver Jake Hallenbeck – NorCal Rock Racing – 2014 Finale

Words & photos: Michael Plunkett

With this being Nor Cal Rock Racing’s Championship race, we all knew that Jake being the defending 2013 Champion, might as well have a bull’s-eye on his back! Every team had one thing in mind, “beating Jake Hallenbeck!” As things were getting started and heat races were being randomly drawn, Jake found out he had been drawn to start in the back of the pack. Starting in the back forces Jake to work his way through slower traffic, which sometimes is a challenge in itself on a course like this.

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With the two other power house teams of concern drawing the same heat race, this would give us an idea of how the rest of the day was going to go. Jake found himself being held up by certain drivers, slowing him down considerably. By the end of the race, Jake had worked his way up to finish 2nd behind his closest competitor in the points standings. This was going to be a showdown!

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As the team was going over the car in the pits, Jake found out that they had a transmission cooler failure. Without a spare cooler, they decided to bypass the trans-cooler altogether and hope for the best.

Starting in the back of heat race 2 once again meant that Jake would have to rely on his skills to get him out in front to secure a better starting position for the main event. As the race started and Jake charged through the pack, he suffered a broken axle in the first rock pile. He maintained his pace the best he could to finish that heat in what appeared to be 4th place. Jake and his team quickly went to work pulling the axle, and in the meantime damaged the inner seal.

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Fortunately, with Trail Gear’s large fill cap on their axles, they were able to get a pry bar in there so they could get the axle changed without having to pull the entire axle apart to put the seal housing back in. As it was, they finished with minutes to spare for the start of the main event!

When the teams lined up for the main event, I could see Jon Cagliero starting in the front row. Jon was only two points behind Jake in the points race. Jake was forced to start mid-pack and have to work his way through traffic once again! With the lineup in place and the sun in their eyes, the race for the Championship was about to begin!

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From what I could see, Jake got a great hole shot and by the first and second rock pile he found himself in 3rd place. He drove the wheels off his bomber buggy and began to reel in the leaders…until his engine’s heating issue began to come back and haunt him. He was forced to pace himself for the longer main event so he could be in the hunt at the finish. He maintained his 3rd place position throughout the race until he got over taken by a car during a yellow flag.

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Out of his control at that point, Jake knew he needed to gain that position back and get closer to the front for a chance to keep his lead in the points standings. With one lap to go, Jake overtook that 3rd position again but was running out of time to catch the leaders. When the race came to an end, Gary Ferravanti Sr. crossed the line first, followed by Jon Cagliero, and Jake finishing in 3rd and collecting another podium finish!

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With the results of the race in place, it was time to figure out the point standings and who would be the 2014 Season Champion! With Jon Cagliero finishing the race in 2nd and Jake finishing in 3rd, it meant that they were tied in points for the 2014 season. With nothing in the rule book stating what to do in the case of a tie, John Goodby of Nor Cal Rock Racing decided to go with a motocross rule that states whoever crossed the finish line first between the two points leaders would be the new Champion.

Like the true Sportsman and Champion that Jake Hallenbeck is, he looked at Goodby and stated, “As long as you will assure me that this will be in the rule books in the future, I am good with that.” In the same breath, Jake asked John if he could deliver the Championship trophy to Jon Cagliero himself. Goodby agreed as long as he could be present. They together they delivered the trophy to Jon Cagliero and named him the 2014 Nor Cal Rock Racing Champion! It’s never easy in racing to except a 2nd place finish, but Jake did it with grace and style.

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As the season concludes, I look forward to seeing if Jake can pick up new sponsors in the off season so he too can upgrade his rig to what most of the powerhouse rigs are running. Jake proves to me that you can stay on the podium with driving skills alone, but to be able to win races consistently you have to equal the playing field and run Independent Front Suspension with big horsepower!

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All in all, in two years of racing the Ultra4 class, Jake has achieved a Nor Cal Championship, a tie for another Nor Cal Championship, The Ultra4 Racing series Rookie of the Year Award, and is still in contention in the 2014 Ultra4 Racing Series on driving ability alone. If given the Independent Front Suspension and the horsepower other teams are running, in my opinion, Jake Hallenbeck would be a force to be reckoned with!