Introducing the UTV Rally Raid Series

Each lap is timed individually and adjusted based on start time, in true Rally Raid fashion.

 

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Yeah, I’m that guy who is known as the “skeptic” in my group of friends. It’s either a good trait or a bad trait, depending on how you view the half empty glass. Either way, I always look for proof to claims such as “it’s the most fun you can have on four wheels” and “it’s the perfect course for a UTV race”.

Unfortunately, there’s no way to obtain proof of such claims other than participate for yourself, and after the April 16th race of the UTV Rally Raid series, all I can say is they were completely wrong in their claims. Well, maybe not completely wrong, but at least completely understated. I don’t blame you if you chose not to believe what you’re about to read. Heck, I wouldn’t even believe it if I were you. I have been racing on four wheels and two for almost 20 years and I can say without a doubt that the UTV Rally Raid series is the most fun I have ever had in the dirt. The only way you’ll truly know for yourself is to line up on the starting line for the next UTVRR race.

Regardless of your UTV, there’s a class for you.

Regardless of your UTV, there’s a class for you.

About 2.5 hours of daytime racing precedes the nighttime fun.

About 2.5 hours of daytime racing precedes the nighttime fun.

Never let your guard down. There’s surely someone close behind you.

Never let your guard down. There’s surely someone close behind you.

 

utv_rally_raid_511_12There are a few things that make this course and series great:
— Held at Durhamtown Plantation in Union Point, GA
— 15’ wide in most places
— Hard pack, flat dirt (tacky red clay)
— Clean course (no downed trees, rocks, or other hazards)
— Fast – very fast
— Four hours behind the wheel
— Night racing – bring plenty of lights
— Camaraderie – the UTV crowd is a great bunch of people. It reminds me very much of the quad racing scene.

 

High speed UTV racing at its best

High speed UTV racing at its best

 

90% of the course is hard packed red clay, but to keep it evened out, there is also a very shallow mud section (depending on rain) and even a shallow creek crossing

90% of the course is hard packed red clay, but to keep it evened out, there is also a very shallow mud section (depending on rain) and even a shallow creek crossing

Each lap is timed individually and adjusted based on start time, in true Rally Raid fashion.

Each lap is timed individually and adjusted based on start time, in true Rally Raid fashion.

The only drawback to the course is a little dust. The Georgia red clay dries out pretty quickly and makes a good smoke screen for the leaders.

The only drawback to the course is a little dust. The Georgia red clay dries out pretty quickly and makes a good smoke screen for the leaders.

Unfortunately, after lap seven, my new RZR-XP was out with three broken rear wheel studs, but not before setting the fastest lap time in the Ironman Unlimited class. I’ll be back for the next race and ready for a better showing. In the meantime, I’ll spend my time trying to explain to the doubters out there, just how much fun this series really is.
For more information on the UTV Rally Raid series, check out http://www.southeastsxs.com/cmps_index.php?pageid=Racing

Brit Mansell’s race sponsors:
Polaris
Wide Open Design
DragonFire Racing
Octane Media
Maxxis

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