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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U4RC 2013-2014 Winter Series Wrap-Up

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Words: Jerry Tobin-U4RC
Photos: James C. Goad

Now that the dust has settled on the 2013-2014 U4RC Winter Series, it’s time for a final report. U4RC’s partnership with Axial Racing has again proven to be “the perfect fit”. U4RC racing is a blend of r/c rock crawler, short course style rock racing, with a twist of scale realism. Axial based rigs continued to be the dominating force in every U4RC series nationwide. This series again saw racers compete with everything from “out-of-the box” Axial RTR rigs to fully custom, purpose built, Axial based racing rigs. R/C rock racing is proving to be “the next big thing” throughout the r/c community.

The exciting r/c action was non-stop from the Season Opener in October, all the way to the Finals March 22nd 2014. The series championship battle in every U4RC class was highly contested from the sound of the buzzer in the first heat of the series, until the closing moments of the last Main at the Finals. This U4RC series again saw appearances from several high profile drivers and figures from all over the r/c industry and fullsize 1:1 racing. The list included current and past R/C Rock Crawling Champions, r/c pro-off road drivers, 1/5th scale pros, r/c world record holders and a handful of industry insiders, all getting in on the buzz, early. U4RC Racing has a class that will match and be fun for and every level of driving skill and experience that exists out there, from “newbies” through to “seasoned pros”.

1.9 Trail Class Series Champion Shad Patton took the series win with his lightly modified SCX10 Dingo. Trail class is another entry level class for 1.9 tire clad scale rigs. This class’s series championship went right down to the wire. Owners of Casey Currie J/K’s, G6 Jeep’s, Honcho’s, and all other SCX10’s typically run in this class. Axial Racing participated with some great driver giveaways of complete rigs for the 1.9 Trail class.

1.9 Trophy/Comp Class has seen a surge in Axial SCX10 based rigs during the last series. These rigs are fully custom, highly realistic and usually mimic full size 1:1 race rigs. Full metal chassis’, custom interiors, and stricter scale requirements are the backbone of the Trophy classes.

Axial Racing Team driver Jake Wright put together a flawless series to take home the Championship in 2.2 Competitor with his modified Axial Wraith. Jake also laid down the fastest lap time of any class for the entire series! 2.2 Comp class is filled with the absolutley fastest rigs on the rocks.

The closest points race out of all the classes was in 2.2 Trophy, where Chris Pickering faught his way to the class championship in his Axial based custom race car. Up until one race before the Finals there were 4-5 drivers that had a possible shot at the championship. All series long the starting bell meant total excitement instantly. Many of the rigs in this class run complete Wraith drivelines bolted directly into metal upper chassis’. The realism doesn’t get any better than in this class, with the sound of the 8+ pound rigs banging against the rocks and each other.

U4RC will be rolling out additional classes starting the next series. We have created a “2.2 Competitor Limited” class. This class came about to offer entry level 2.2 drivers a place to start in U4RC racing and race against similar, “stock” or “lightly” modified rigs, without the pressures of racing against the pros with highly modified vehicles. Axial Wraith and Dead Bolt owners will feel right at home in this class.

U4RC would like to thank all of the sponsors and partners that helped make the Winter Series such a great success. We couldn’t have done it without them. Check out each of these sponsors great products and services!….

Axial Racing, PitBull Tires, Mattzilla R/C Works, Holmes Hobbies, Mad Dog R/C, Mad Skinz R/C, Kling-on R/C, Jevne Racing, Cow R/C, Undertaker Custom Paint, RCP Crawlers…..

U4RC Rock Racing – Glen Helen Series Finale

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Race Report: U4RC Staff
Photos: James C. Goad

It’s a wrap for the inaugural U4RC short course rock racing series! And “wow” what a series it was, with tons of never seen before extreme r/c action. U4RC has combined the world of r/c rock crawling and r/c off road racing with a “scale” twist. This exciting new genre of “scale” racing is exploding across the United States, with series either running or slated to start in the near future in several states. And U4RC is very proud to be partnered up with Axial Racing for 2014.

Previous to the start of the last event, the guys at U4RC were hard at work making some changes to the course

Axial Racing’s partnership with U4RC is a perfect match. Especially since one or more Axial Racing rigs are legal in all four U4RC classes. Not to mention they are the overall dominating manufacture at U4RC events. We have had several drivers show up with “box stock” Axial rigs. One of which was a Poison Spyder Customs Wraith that took home a 4th place finish right out of the box!

On to the Finals racing info! With a total of over 50 individual rigs registered to race throughout the 4 classes. This was the largest U4RC event to date.

Heat racing started with the 1.9 Trail class, which is an excellent entry/beginner level class into U4RC racing. The action started immediately at the start /finish line, with driver’s battling for the” hole shot” into turn #1. Most rigs in the 1.9T class are your typical “scale” rigs. Of which consist of 95% Axial rigs, namely; Rubicon’s, Honcho’s, Dingo’s, and SCX10’s, both stock and highly modified. There was tons of action throughout the day in 1.9T, although these rigs are slightly slower than their 2.2 counterparts they are definitely not short of excitement. The 1.9T classes top finishers for the day were James Williams #95 with 1st place, Jerry Ellifritz #88 with 2nd place, both Axial Rubicons and Steve Richardson #90 taking the 3rd spot, with an Axial SCX10.

The 1.9 Competitor class was not short of excitement either. Jason Fletcher’s SCX10 based FB rig had a great showing. And word from Axial Racing Team driver Jake Wright is of a soon to be completed, SCX10 based U4 rig that is guaranteed to take the 1.9C class by storm!

2.2 Competitor class is the most popular class right now at U4RC races. And it’s no doubt why with several Axial rigs (Wraith, EXO, RidgeCrest, 2.2” clad SCX10’s) that are legal in the class. The high flying action started with Heat #1 and didn’t subside till the podium was settled in the Main. The rigs in this class provide a lot of “aired out eye candy” for the spectators and drivers alike. This class was also dominated by Axial rigs, with Rich Boltz #4 taking the top spot with his AR60 rear axled EXO buggy, Derek Gan #711 took 2nd place with his Wraith, and Reed Claxton #4415 grabbed 3rd place with his Poison Spyder Wraith. The rock sections were tough and these drivers and their rigs conquered them without issues.

Last, but far from least is the 2.2 Trophy class. This is what we consider our “U4RC grass roots class”. 2.2T is a builder’s class, with some of the absolute most realistic rigs in any form of r/c racing to date. With a minimum weight and stricter “scale” requirements, it makes for true to life racing action! Several of the custom builds run Axial drivetrain alongside of Wraiths that have been tweaked to meet class weight specs. Don’t be fooled though, these drivers flog their rigs just as hard as the lighter classes. Top honors in 2.2T were handed out to Chris Pickering #01 1st place, Justin Bodewitz #13 in 2nd and Shawn Jones took home a 3rd place finish. All three top rigs were Axial based, with Justin’s rig being a Wraith.

U4RC is excited and looking forward to our winter series, which starts November 23rd at Glen Helen R/C Raceway, with a full race schedule every month going into 2014.

Special thanks to all the competitors and volunteers that help to make this exciting form of racing what it is, we appreciate your support!

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