Gigglepin 4×4 King of Britain Race Recap

October 18th2016
 By Thom Kingston on 2016-10-18T08:00:17-06:00 | King of Britain |

Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0

Jim Marsden of Gigglepin 4×4 was the man to beat at this year’s 2016 King of Britain. He just dropped a race report on us, and we wanted to share it with you here. It’s one thing to recap a race from outside a vehicle, it’s an entirely different thing to recap from within.

Enter Jim

King of Britain, WOW! I would never have believed that you could have a desert race in the UK, but this race changed that. With nearly 40 cars from 12 different nations racing over 200 miles it was always going to be epic. We only had two short weeks to prepare the racer after only recently returning from Portugal. But we have a great crew and they love high pressure situations. Grab 5 minutes and dive into our report from King of Britain the final round of the European Ultra 4  season. Click here for the full race report.

2016 Maxxis Tyres King of Britain Photo Gallery

October 17th2016
 By Thom Kingston on 2016-10-17T08:00:09-06:00 | King of Britain |


King of Britain was a blast! If you missed it, we posted up a race recap last week courtesy of Robb Pritchard. The final Ultra4 Europe race didn’t disappoint, with Jim Marsden taking the event win by mere seconds (over the course of 200+ miles and two days)! The 2016 Series Championship went to Emanual Costa, who took three 1st and one 2nd podium spot for the season. The races keep getting better, and the drivers keep getting faster; Ultra4 Europe is the real deal, and we can’t wait for next year. Read more…

2016 Maxxis Tyres King of Britain Race Recap

October 13th2016
 By Robb Pritchard on 2016-10-13T07:57:07-06:00 | King of Britain |


The Maxxis King of Britain, the final round of the 2016 Ultra4 Europe championship, took place on a little island off the coast of France and was the last slim chance Nicolas Montador had of beating this year’s stand out talent Emanual Costa to the title. Slim because after France, Italy and Portugal it was 3:0 to the Portuguese driver, but the Frenchman wasn’t going to go down without a fight.

A full field of 39 crews pitched up in a soggy field and the first to make a story was Axel Burmann but, as is quite often the case, for the wrong reasons. Doing better than the third corner of the qualifying lap, as happened in Portugal, wasn’t too much to hope for here but a year of rotten luck ended in the King Shocks test zone when his engine died. Read more…

Your “Unofficial” 2016 Ultra4 Series Champions

September 20th2016
 By Thom Kingston on 2016-09-20T11:00:44-06:00 | Ultra4 |

2016 West Coast Champ Erik Miller (Left) -- 2016 East Coast Champ Jason Shipman (Right)

2016 West Coast Champ Erik Miller (Left) — 2016 East Coast Champ Jason Shipman (Right)

Granted, this is highly unofficial as final results are not confirmed until after the Nationals race in October. With that out-of-the-way, congrats to Erik Miller for taking the 2016 West Coast Series (Spider 9 Solid Axle) and Jason Shipman for taking the 2016 East Coast Series (Spider 9 IFS). The National Series title is still too close to call, so we’ll have to wait till October 22nd on that one. Points Standings courtesy of

2016 Maxxis Tyres King of Portugal Race Recap

September 19th2016
 By Robb Pritchard on 2016-09-19T08:42:07-06:00 | King of Portugal |


Off Road The Planet | Robb Pritchard | © 2016 All Rights Reserved

For its fourth year the King of Portugal, the jewel in the crown of the ULTRA4 Europe calendar, attracted a massive entry of nearly 40 cars, by far the largest ever gathering of the most extreme off-road race cars on this fair continent.

The short but varied prologue threw up its customary spectacle and drama. Belgium’s Axel Burmann continued his incredible run of bad luck grinding to a halt with transmission failure an oil pressure issue while at the opposite end of the spectrum was Emanual Costa, who played to the crowd by getting some motocross style air on the jumps. It was an incredible performance and one that everyone expected to be repeated out on the first 18km lap through the gorgeous countryside around Vimioso… Read more…