“King of Italy 2015 Ultra4 Europe was one of those events that will stay in my memory forever. Blue skies, few clouds, green meadows and a roar of V8 engines destroying the peaceful silence of Monte Capuccio.” – Marco Cheo Magnanelli, one of the visitors described it perfectly. No one could do it better.
– Jeep Power Racing team having fun in Italy. This is the Janssen family. Father and son enjoying the weekend. We wrote an article about their car few months ago. Photo by Paolo Baraldi.
The Maxxis Tyres King of Italy in 2015 was officially opened on 19th of June. The morning was dedicated to the inscriptions and tech scrutineering.
Great video by Damiano D’Ambrosio – 4x4mafia
The real race started at 2.30 PM with the start of the prologue 6 km long. The route included a variety of obstacles. Same as on King of the Hammers, KOI organised the “power hour” where seven teams, as voted by the participants, were challenged to earn the top spot of the starting grid tomorrow.
– Flying Gigglepin racing team on the prologue. Unfortunately King Of Italy wasn’t so good for them. They had to give up on the last day after a mechanical problem in the gearbox. They are getting ready to win the Breslau rally. Photo by Paolo Baraldi.
The “Magnificent Seven” were Levi Shirley, Rob Butler, Jim Marsden, Axel Burmann, Nicolas Montador, Roberto Ciani and Silvayne Bessiere. Italian Roberto Ciani with a time of 9 minutes and 45 seconds was the fastest of all. Roberto has proved to be a top-class driver. Second place was won by Levi Shirley, Gigglepin racing team took the third place.
On the next day program of the race included two legs, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, 4 laps each for a total of 120 km. In addition to this, every crew had to go through Euro4x4parts canyon. As in Johnson Valley through the Back Door of the legendary KOH. The fastest crew in this canyon won the prize sponsored by Euro4x4Parts. It was a tough day of racing, after many problems, the last day awaits.
– This is where magic happened. Jim Marsden: “This was the scene of some superb hard work from three teams. Black Rigs was leading up and got badly hooked on the rocks. His Red winch failed so we ran out our winch to a tree ahead of him, we used a snatch block so we could pull him forward. While this was happening, Gerado Sampario who was co driving for the car behind us, jacked the axle up and over the rocks so we could pull Black Rigs clear. It was great.” Photo by Paolo Baraldi.
Results after the first day of racing
- Team O.R.A, UK
- Team Off Road Terror, Belgium
- Big Rock F-Racing, Portugal
Last day of competition was great, but some of the 9 remaining crews probably wouldn’t agree. Due to some gearbox failures, Gigglepin racing hasn’t finished the 120 km long course.
– Team OffRoad Terror from Belgium finished second yesterday but mechanical problems forced them to retire. Axel: “King of Italy is over, it was a great event and finally we have a car that performed . I thought my Goat wil be able to climb a rock twice the size… but the 8 year old rear axle just couldn’t do it.” Photo by Will Overton.
Part of the last day’s course was the “King zone”, sponsored by King Off road Shocks. For being the fastest, Levi Shirley won the 500 euro King Shocks prize.
The King of Italy was won by the O.R.A. team from the UK.
Their strong performance has allowed them to receive 1,500 euro prize, 1000 euro offered by King Offroad Racing Shocks, accessories from 4Technique, free entry for the Carta Rallye 2016 and purchase of 500 euro offered by Euro4x4parts for being the fastest in the Euro4x4parts Canyon.
Big Rock F-Racing was ranked second and won 1000 euro. Team Nusu OffRoad from Malta was third with a prize of 500 euro.
The Legends category was won by Leo Moretti from Morosanto team. He is 9th overall. He has received som accessories from 4Technique and free entry to Croatia Trophy 2016.
Maxxis Tyres King of Italy 2015 wrote an epic page in the book of international off-road. We have seen a race that’s getting really close to the style of the King of the Hammers. The course, designed by the excellent staff of Grip Motorsport, has offered a variety of obstacles: speed, demanding technical trails and rock crawling.
We must say, King of Italy lived up to its name. This race was a perfect start of the Ultra4 Europe 2015 season. See you in Wales on 6th of August and in Portugal on 9th of September.