Loren Healy wins in Hot Springs; solid axles are cool again.
Spidertrax | Thom Kingston | CC BY 3.0
Ultra4s wrapped up the 4WD Hardware Eastern Regional Series this weekend with the Ultra4s at Superlift competition. Set in the backwoods of Hot Springs, AK, the near 24 mile 4 lap course proved once again east coast terrain can be as challenging as any. Rocks, boulders, and trees provided a tight landscape for Ultra4 drivers, with rock speed and endurance playing the vital role for victory. In the end, it was Loren Healy who took top honors with an over 4 minute lead. Most exciting about this win was Loren’s vehicle choice. Rather than race his desert style IFS buggy, he opted to buy back his older solid axle Ultra4 Spider 9 powered machine. This proved pretty ingenious, as Loren’s guess about the solid axle advantage was right on. Congrats to Loren, glad to see he still knows how to drive solid axle and thanks for making solid axles cool again!
In typical fashion, we have a few photos to share from the race. They’ll include not only the main Ultra4 race, but the Ultra4 vs Rock Bouncer showdown the evening of. That in and of itself was worth the journey out, and for those that haven’t heard it was Shannon Campbell who took top honors that evening. It was a good time by all, and as it came down to the final rigs battling it out for the fastest time, it wasn’t about Ultra4 vs Rock Bouncer. Rather, all the crowd cared about was seeing if anyone could beat the fastest time. It was a great way to end the day, and we’re looking forward to next year’s race already.
With that said, we’ll get on posting some photos. Below are the final race times, courtesy of Ultra4Racing.com.
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