Hammertown is now gone, King of the Hammers 2016 has finished. Erik Miller won the main KOH race. We had a few drivers of our own. Rob Butler (runner up of the Ultra4 Europe 2015) finished 29th out of 110 cars. Italian ACE Racing (Pier Acerni and Will Overton) raced in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge. They took the 7th place of their class and finished 20th overall.
Johnson Valley in California hosted the 10th King of the Hammers. It is one of the most followed off races of our planet. King of the Hammers is also a part of a list of 10 toughest off road competitions ever. King of the Hammers 2016 was a very special edition – it marks the return of Dave Cole, after winning his battle against cancer. This edition was the 10th King of the Hammers. Only a decade has passed since the first edition of the race where no more than 13 crews competed against each other. The fame of KOH is something special and very rare!
King of the Motos started the action in Hammertown on Sunday, January 31st.
Extreme action continued on 1st of February with Vision X SRRS vs ULTRA East/West Shootout presented by Sway-A-Way sponsored by Raceline and Nitro Gear.
Tuesday and Wednesday marked the start of real King of the Hammers 2016. 4 Wheel parts Qualifying race on rocks and sand! An incredible number of 118 vehicles registered for the race. Italian ACE Racing team bought a KOH vehicle from Letzroll, a great car but Pier and Will had problems with steering. Pier confessed to us that has not had enough time to test the car before the race and the goal was to finish the EMC.
Rob Butler had problems with the gearbox on his Eurofighter and finished on 62nd position.
Returning to the qualifications, the fastest was Jason Scherer in 1:54.73, followed by Loren Healy in 1:59.49 and Derek West in 2:07.02. 110 teams have qualified for the KOH. Our darling Levi Shirley has scored a great time, 2:08.19, ranking ninth.
The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge took place on Thursday, the EMC 2016 hosted 103 crews. The route was somewhat shorter than the original King of the Hammers 2016 route due to limits on EMC racing vehicles.
Pier Acerni and Will Overton started the EMC on 16th position, by the end of the 2nd lap they were 3rd. Unfortunately, bad luck is always lurking and the Wrecking Ball broke the steering resulting in loss of valuable time. Finally, Pier and Will have ended the race with only front-wheel drive on a decent twentieth place overall and a major seventh in the Modified category. The Smittybilt Every Man Challenge was won by Brad Lovell.
A full report by Rob Butler and Paul Lundstrom coming soon! Check out some photos by Paolo Baraldi…