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 Factory Bomber
1. Chris Jones
2. Cary Reese
3. Asher Sibole
1. Spencer Bell
2. Zach Whitrock
3. Chris Duran
1. Griffin Dean
2. Michael Pham
3. Gene Boyd
1. Ethan Bell
2. Claton Pleming
3. Donnie Barron
1. Ken Mejica
2. Adam Nudelman
3. Sebastian Velencia
1. Forest Ward
2. Gabe Fleming
3. Tommy Thompson
1. Michael Pham
2. Seth Reese
3. Angelo Lanford
10 and Under Kids
1. Sierra Reese
2. Jason Hernandez
3. Jaxson Hall
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.
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!
Photos by: Chris Jones, Rodney Wills, Anthony Rivas and Justin Lunceford
After a successful Altra Ultra 5k Enduro at the 2016 Axialfest, the Scale Ultra Race Series was born and took the budding new race format on the road. The two founding partners were back with Altra Footwear as the title sponsor of the series and Axial as the presenting series sponsor. Camelbak Hydration and SOR Racing also joined the sponsor list providing awesome podium and raffle prizes to make the series that much sweeter.
The following is the 2017 Mid-Season recap:
Stop #1 Altra 5k Enduro at the King of the Hammers, Johnson Valley
With Axial as the host and the famous Johnson Valley as the landscape, event #1 headed to SoCal to share the course and the weekend with the race that inspired the creation of the Ultra 5k, King of the Hammers! Axial goes all out the week of KOH and after days of watching full and scale sized rock racing, the Scale Ultra drivers took to the scene to race the historic course.
The KOH course was a perfect blend of speed and tech with wide open straights (on the same berms that the full size racers had ripped just hours before), sandy sections and a techy rock section that required constant attention. In true KOH style, the different sections stood alone and you could go as fast as your legs and your lungs could handle in the open sections with the rocky section slowing the flow and creating some exciting passes and tense “rubbing” and “racing”. Runners/Drivers came from all over California, Nevada and Utah to compete in stop #1 of the new ScaleUltra series and the action did not disappoint.
Some familiar faces were in attendance with Axialfest Altra Hot Lap winner Jake Wright putting in some fast laps right from the start and was in the podium mix until a last lap mechanical stopped his efforts. An impressive showing, especially with the then unknown broken collarbone and shoulder injury he suffered after cartwheeling as co-driver in the full size race the day before. Axialfest 3rd place finisher, Casey Currie, came out to scope the scene but after an exhausting week of racing both UTV and Unlimited class, he opted to cheer on the action vs grabbing a remote. Altra Running’s Chris Jones was in attendance as well and set a blistering first lap time taking the Altra Hot Lap and the overall win.
Chris Jones – Bomber
Ricky Morales – Bomber
Matt Wolfe – SCX10
The Axial Bomber was the rig of choice again this stop taking the majority of the fastest lap times but some built SCX10II rigs stole a spot on the podium and were in the mix throughout the event. Axial has been a major sponsor of the King of the Hammers over the years and we foresee the Ultra 5k continuing to be a part of Axial’s KOH efforts into the future.
Stop #2 Altra Red Rock Ultra – St. George Ut
Sand Hollow State Park just outside of St. George Utah is one of the better rock crawling locations you may have never heard of. On any given weekend you may see a trail run lead by the Dixie 4X4 crew or even stumble upon a full on W.E. Rock comp taking advantage of the famous Utah red slick rock.
This backdrop was the site for round 2 of the Scale Ultra series and ran on the edge of the Lake Powell-esque reservoir. A perfect blend of all out speed fire roads, technical slick rock sections and power sapping red sand tried drivers fitness and ability as they maneuvered around this high speed course for multiple laps.
Race Host and Scale Ultra Series founder Chris Jones, left the course wide for “personal interpretation” with multiple riders opting for the less safe but much more thrilling “just send it” line options. This resulted in several rigs spending almost as much time in the air as on the ground.
The field of talent for the Red Rock 5k was 2nd only to the Altra Ultra Enduro at AXIALFEST2016 with several of the normal characters making the trip out. The 801RC boys in the Salt Lake area do these longer Ultra style events quite often and quickly showed they came to play putting two on the podium and filling the top 10. The 2nd place finisher from AXIALFEST2016, Mike Thompson, debuted his new Altra-Spec Bomber, just finished up hours before race start. He had a strong finish in the top 10, further proving the difficulty of both the course and the speed of the competitors.
The Axial Bomber showed once again it was made for this style of racing taking the entire podium and the majority of the top 10 spots. The creativity and different builds were fun to see as these pure race machines ripped around the slick rock paradise.
When the dust settled and heart rates hit their max it was Jake Wright who ended the day with the win. After a string of mechanical’s kept him off the podium in events past, Jake could not be stopped on this day with the Altra Running / ScaleUltra.com Offroad Team driver finishing with the fastest lap and the overall victory.
Jake Wright – Bomber
Cole Hokanson – Bomber
Thomas “Chewy” Blackburn – Bomber
On to AXIALFEST2017! With the Scale Ultra Series event 1 and 2 now complete, we head to the most prestigious stop on the series, AXIALFEST! Since the debut of last year there are more questions than answers about who will contend for the title and the un-official World Championship of Scale Ultra 5k. With more drivers entering, (rumors from the Axial camp say 140+), special “Altra-Spec” builds popping up everywhere and more and more scale drivers increasing their exercise routines to prep, its going to be an exciting race to see! Will the rock racers reign supreme? Will fitness beat out pure clean driving? Add in the fact that Casey Currie has been physically training as he is returning to compete in the Ultra 5K Enduro to better his podium finish from last year! He said it best, “this is as close as it gets to the physical demands of full size motorsports!” What secrets does Cisco Grove hold this year? Only time will tell…
While the R/C might be scale, the physical is full size!
Axialfest 2016 marked the debut of the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro race. This new race combined the traditional closed course racing with the athleticism of a traditional cross country run. Here is a little background on how the whole thing started: http://www.axialracing.com/blog_posts/1073920724. After watching the participants running five kilometers piloting and chasing their vehicles, I knew I wanted to add this to my to-do list at Axialfest 2017. If you haven’t seen the Axialfest 2016 coverage of the Altra 5K Enduro you can check it out here: Skeeno’s Axialfest 2016 Report Part 2First up was deciding a rig to pilot. This was fairly simple as the Axial RR10 Bomber is the rig of choice for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. While the RTR version is more than capable, I decided I wanted to build my own, so I ordered up the kit version. The kit version is awesome because it comes with a ton of hop ups already in the kit such as aluminum links, CVD axles, and heavy duty differential gears. I didn’t stop at just the kit hop-ups, I kicked it up a few notches with a full compliment of genuine Axial green tags. First up, I got those heavy duty bevel gears assembled. Maybe not glamorous, but definitely durable. Next step was to throw those differentials into the axles. See those Beef Tubes? This is only non-Axial modification I did to my build. I also added some extra bling with these aluminum diff covers (AX30829) While these add some extra strength to the axles, the real reason I did this was to lower the center of gravity a little (BT004B). You can check out Beef Tubes at www.beeftubes.com The Beef Tubes just slid right into the plastic housing. All the necessary holes have already been milled and threaded for you. A slight modification had to be done to the drive shafts to get them to slide though the Beef Tubes. You can see the shaft on the left has been milled down a tiny bit, approximately 1mm. It’s easily accomplished with a drill and a file. Spin it for a bit and check to see if a will slide through the Beef Tube. Yup, that’s what I was looking for. You need to do this on both sides. My next hop up was adding aluminium knuckles, hubs, and rear lockouts (AX30760, AX30762, AX3078). Don’t forget to add the bearings when installing the rear lockouts. While I was at it, I added aluminum link mounts (AX30830). Looking pretty good so far. Next step was to build the aluminum steering and suspension links. These are standard kit parts. Right in the middle of my build, I discovered a few new bits updated for the RR10, new diff covers, steering knuckles, and link mounts (AX31429, AX31434, AX31433). The new link mounts add the mounting location for the rear sway bar. Dang, those new diff covers are beautiful. Started to look blingy, just like I like it. A little more bling added with the links installed. Time to get the transmission built. I added the aluminum motor mount for added cooling, well really it was for the bling. You might have also spotted my decision to add the 2-Speed transmission components. Just what the doctor ordered for high speed running and low speed crawling the Altra Ultra 5K calls for.(AX31156, AX31181) No wimpy plastic in this transmission, heavy duty steel only. Here’s that 2-speed going together. Don’t forget to order an extra servo for shifting. Boom, heavy duty power blaster! These shocks are shiny! All mounted up and ready for the cage to go on. Oh, do you see the custom wraps back there? If you’ve read my other blogs, you know I love the P40 Warhawk, so I contacted Jay Kendall over at SOR Racing to hook me up with some customized wraps. He added the Altra logo and my name to the wraps. He also customized my colors to match my wheels. He can customize yours for you as well. Check his work out at www.sorgraphics.com A couple more goodies showed up during my build. First up was the aluminum shock spring retainers. These look great and match the blue anodized caps on the shocks (AX31431). The other bit was the new aluminum servo mounts and servo horns (AX31432, AX30836). You can also see I used Tactic TSX55 servos. They are a slight upgrade over the servos that come on the RTR version of the RR10. The AE-3 ESC and Vanguard motor mounted up nicely and should be plenty powerful enough (AX24260, AX24010). I also got the cage built up and my SOR wrap applied. Here’s the reason for the orange wrap. I wanted to use the orange Method Beadlock wheels (AX31364). I think it’s going to be the best looking at Axialfest 2017. Will there be a Concourse class for the RR10 Bombers? Skeeno Jr. was feeling a little left out until she found the green tape in the garage. Inside was a custom wrapped RTR version of the RR10 Bomber courtesy of SOR Graphics. Now, I have a training partner to get my cardio ready for running 3.10686 miles.
One last Pro Tip to end this blog, the new Hawtness is to color match your shoes to your rig. Since this build is for the Altra Ultra 5K Enduro, I guess I’ll need to be picking myself up a pair of these Altra Lone Peak 3.0 trail running shoes in their waterproof NeoShell. With all the precipitation the Sierras got this winter, we’re bound to see water at Axialfest 2017. You can check out all the awesome Altra products at https://www.altrarunning.com/
So there they are, the Team Skeeno Axial RR10 Bombers ready for the Axialfest 2017 Altra Ultra 5K Enduro. You better get building, so you are ready to compete at the World’s Largest RC Celebration.
Parts List for Skeeno’s Altra Ultra 5K RR10 Bomber Build
AX90053 RR10 Bomber Kit
AX30829 AR60 Low Profile Differential Covers
AX30760 XR10 Aluminum Steering Knuckles
AX30762 XR10 Aluminum C-Hub Carrier
AX30789 AR60 OCP Straight Axle Hub Carrier
AX30830 AR60 OCP Machined Link Mount
AX31429 Machined High Clearance Differential Cover