Round one of the Ultra 4 Europe Rampage series hit Devils Pit on the outskirts of Luton over the weekend of Mayday. With the King of France event looming the turnout was a little disappointing but the event was enjoyed by all those that turned out and it gave the drivers the opportunity to iron out some of those last minute bugs ahead of the King series.
The biggest disappointment was for Polish crew Wieslaw Wojcik and Raf Wyrzykowski whose Euro Fighter had a serious misfire and only managed one finish out of the four starts, a trip back to Portsmouth faced them on Saturday night with some work to do before the serious stuff begins on May 20th. Stuart Johnson and Andy Dighton also had their problems and finally managed a finish in the fourth and final race of the day.
There was no such issue for the French pairing of Nicolas Montador and Olivier Varet however as their sweet sounding WSR didn’t miss a beat all day long and they romped to four race victories to take the overall and Championship lead. It looked likely that the Gigglepin team of Jerry Hunt and James Trembath were destined for a second place podium finish but gremlins set in during race three seeing them stranded in the bottom of Devils Pit for the second half of the race resulting in a non-finish and zero points. Their Gigglepin Racing teammates Allen Sharp and Alex Wilson took full advantage to secure second place in the race and was just enough to pip Hunt and Trembath to second spot on the podium.
Work on the circuit was carried out overnight to reverse the course for ready for round two of the series, albeit with a slightly depleted field.
Noah Gibbard (Gigglepin 4) had a really good day, even recovering from a roll down a bank at the side of the course to collect a strong fourth place finish.
1, 34 Nicholas Montador & Olivier Varet, 10+10+10+10=40
2, 960 Allen Sharp & Alex Wilson, 5+5+7+5=22
3, 96 Jerry Hunt & James Trembath, 7+7+0+7=21
4, 97 Noah Gibbard, 4+0+5+4=13
5, 4860, Drew Wright, 3+4+0+0=7
6,55 Wieslaw Wojcik & Raf Wyrzykowski, 0+0+4+0=4
7, 888, Stuart Johnson & Andrew Dighton, 0+0+0+3=3
Image credits; Steve Matheson