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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