Staging.

September 27th2012
 By Thom Kingston on 2012-09-27T15:55:01-06:00 | American Rocksports Challenge, Ultra4 |

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We’re nearing the end of our American Rocksports coverage, and after coming across this photo of Jason Scherer we just realized we haven’t discussed the way this race was formatted. There were 35 Ultra4 racers in all, and the race kicked off with the drivers randomly divided in half. Each of the two groups would race in a preliminary qualifier, with the top half of each racing making it to the finals. After these two preliminary qualifiers, those that didn’t make it to the finals had one more chance to prove themselves in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where the top four drivers from this race would go to the finals. All races where 10 laps each, so with LCQ some drivers raced nearly 30 laps over the weekend. Pretty insane considering how demanding both the short and rock courses were.