Jason Kaminsky and Richard Jenkins with Four Corners 4×4 recently returned from their participation in the Smittybilt Every Man Challenge Ultra4 Stock Class endurance race held on February 6th. The event took place at the Johnson Valley OHV Area in California’s Mojave Desert. After a random draw started Kaminsky and Jenkins at the rear of the field in 22nd position, they maneuvered through the pack to finish 10th in an elapsed time of 8 hours 59 minutes. Due to the difficulty of the course, fewer than half of the racers completed the course in the allotted time limit of ten hours. Declared as the hardest one-day off road endurance race in the world, the course consisted of approximately 120 miles of high-speed desert segments across sand washes, washboard roads, dry lakebeds and 11 of the country’s most challenging rock crawling trails.
“While we were hopeful for a podium finish this year, I have to remind myself that just completing the course within the time limit is a huge accomplishment,” reflects Kaminsky. “We have a competitive, reliable vehicle, but the rear start and one fueling issue put us behind a lot of traffic on the difficult rock trails.” In addition to the obvious difficulty of the terrain, Ultra4 Racing follows a strict “no-chase” policy, meaning no outside assistance is allowed. Any service or repairs to the race car must be attended to on course or in the pits. Kaminsky’s support team manned four remote pit areas throughout the course, although stops were made at only two of these for routine fueling and vehicle checks. “Endurance racing is a team sport. We couldn’t have made it without all of our sponsors and the volunteer labor that went into the vehicle before and during the race event.”
The Four Corners 4×4 crew is looking forward to competing in select events throughout both the Ultra4 Racing and Dirt Riot Endurance Racing 2014 seasons.
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