Emanuel Costa and Gerardo Sampaio are now leading the Ultra4 Europe Championship following a race in France. After many problems last year, a dramatic battle at King of France 2016 has finally happened.
Another great team we have to mention finished on 5th place. A shinning star in the sky of European 4×4 scene. Driving a Nissan Patrol, Emma Jones and Daniel Roderick hunted down and passed a big number of experienced teams. She’s the only female driver competing in Ultra4 Europe and a bright future awaits her.
Fine Autumn weather welcomed 29 cars to the first edition of King of France. Twenty cars in Ultra4 class, Five cars in Legend class, one car in stock class and three in Modified.
The opening day was planned for the prologue race to determine the starting order for the rest of King of France. Prologue session saw the experienced Axel Burmann rolling over the nose of his buggy just after a drop-off. Fortunately, no one was hurt.
This was already a sign of a dramatic race! Video: Axel Burmann roll over.
With the clouds getting darker on Saturday and spots of rain beginning to fall, the track conditions were not as favourable for some of the teams.
The ferociously competitive Ultra4 class saw some crazy and competitive stuff.
An excellent time set by Emma Jones and Daniel Roderick. The British team set a great time resulting in a great 9th place. Emmanuel Costa and Gerardo Sampaio set the best time of the day. The chasing pack was led by the WSR buggy – Nicolas Montador, followed by Rudy and Maurice Farrugia on 3rd place.
This amazing day was followed by a night stage a few hours later. A race for spectators to experience a powerful mix of breathtaking trails, obstacles and pleasure… Where all those who reach the finish line are – winners!
Results after the stage haven’t changed a lot. First place – Emmanuel Costa, second – Nicolas Montador. Team Farrugia lost their valuable third place which was taken by Dan Elias and Nick Bolt.
Portuguese team stayed at the top of the timing screens, but it won’t be easy for them or anyone else on the last day. The night before saw some heavy rain and the last day of racing was actually one huge mud pit. Have a look at some photos below. Croatia Trophy?
It was a productive race for Ultra4 Europe 2016. We won’t say this is the toughest race ever…it’s probably not! But we know it’s not often that you experience such diversity of the terrain, sharp and steep climbs and fast and technically demanding descents where only the bravest will let the brakes all the way.
The Ultra4 Europe 2015 resumes in less than a month with the new session beginning on 17th of June in Varano de Melegari (IT).
FINAL RESULTS – King of France 2016
- Emmanuel Costa – Gerardo Sampaio
- Nicolas Montador – Olivier Varet
- Jelle Janssens – Steffan Janssens
- Neville Ciantar – Malcolm Gauci
- Emma Jones – Daniel Roderick