Fresh off the back of Ultra4 Australia’s successful opening round of the 2021 season, the series heads back to Landcruiser Park in Queensland for round two, under the sanctioning of AASA.
The 20 entries that took to the All Metal Magic event back in May marked one of the highest car counts for the opening round of the season in the history Ultra4 Australia. The increase in competition this year has also been met with an influx of commercial interest with sponsor numbers doubling in 2021.
Director of the series, Ben English had only glowing remarks for how the series has grown.
“This year is one of the most successful first rounds we’ve had and leading into the second round it’s looking like it is only going be bigger and better,” English said.
“The series is going up a notch with every event now, I’ve had two more people come on board to help run the series and they’ve done a phenomenal job. They’ve really grabbed the bull by the horns and ran with it.”
Ultra4 Australia runs under the AASA sanctioning body and English credits the group for a lot of the success the series has seen.
“They listen to what we want and then work with us in order for us to achieve those goals. We’re not a normal off-road event in that we don’t have engine limits but even that was something AASA were happy to accommodate, and they’ve really let us grow.”
Aside from the on-track action, a lot of focus is also being channelled into the spectators and the experience they can have when heading to an Ultra4 Australia event.
“We’ve been working on greatly improving the spectator experience, a lot of the focus has been to be more interactive and get the spectators involved,” English said.
“One example would be the shootouts we are doing, where the spectators can see the whole track and not miss anything. We’re also running some night-time activities which is new and a really cool atmosphere.”
Round two of the Ultra4 Australia Series takes place from July 2-3 at Landcruiser Park in Queensland. The event, King of the Mountain, will feature a four-hour endurance race held over a 16 kilometre course. The weekend will also see the spectator-friendly shootout in the afternoon and the addition of a new rock section to challenge drivers. Pit crews will also be challenged on the Friday Night with a crew challenge set to take place.
Spectators can view the action for $35 a day per vehicle or camp overnight for $65 per vehicle.