Long live the King they said. The King of Ultra4 Europe has been crowned. King of Portugal was the last and much anticipated race of the 2015 Ultra4 Europe season. The Maxxis Tyres King of Portugal 2015 was held from September 9 to 12. More than 37 teams from around Europe came here to battle the ugliest terrain ever. Terrain almost identical to the famous King of the Hammers where it all started.
After the usual shock tuning on Wednesday, the race continued with a prologue on Thursday, it was already obvious this will be a tight race. Filipe Guimaraes, the future King didn’t even finish the prologue. Strange and unpredictable stuff happens in Ultra4. The fastest of this first phase of King of Portugal 2015 were: Emanuel Costa, Rob Butler and Frenchman Nicolas Montador with his WSR rear engine buggy.
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A large audience cheered for their favorite teams on Friday. It was a great day with two runs. Both speed and technique were equally important. Here is where the magic happened for Filipe Guimaraes. Friday was great for him, he finished third. After Rob Butler who finished second. Emanuel Costa kept surprising and again, he did the best job ever. Finished first.
Ah…. The famous “dinosaur eggs” on Saturday. Emanuel Costa was brilliant again. He dominated through the whole day. And won the first place, again. Obviously, he was crowned as King of Portugal 2015, it is a great success. The fight for other podium positions kept going as expected, the famous trio: Butler, Guimaraes and Montador WSR. Unfortunately, the WSR buggy had some problems so he was out of the race. Englishman Rob Butler finished second, the third place was taken by Filipe Guimaraes.
This classification leads to the following result in Ultra4 Europe 2015:
1) Filipe Guimaraes – Hugo Sampaio (PT)
2) Rob Butler – Paul Lundstrom (UK)
3) Nicolas Montador – Olivier Varete (FR).
Due to some bureaucratic problems, the King of France 2015 was canceled so we had only three races. But three races with completely different terrain. With three different winners. And we must say, the final outcome was uncertain to the very end of King of Portugal 2015. We will see about Ultra4 Europe 2016. Things can always be better, but I don’t see anything specific that has to be changed. It was a great Ultra4 Europe 2015 season!
TEXT: Paolo Baraldi and Emilio Mocibob
PHOTO: Paolo Baraldi – Full Photo Gallery