January HulaCross Results - Congrats to Mike Ward!
Written by Administrator Friday, 21 January 2011 10:01
It was another fantastic day of racing at Kalaeloa Raceway Park with January's first HulaCross of 2011! The stage has been set for what is expected to be an exciting season of Hula-X action, with some serious potential for fun and excitement.
The day started off with two hours of practice consisting of open lapping where our line-up of drivers learned the extremely technical course. The front half of the course, consisting of the run down from the HulaCross jump and mudpit towards Bunker 3, is always different at each event. This event's course was slow and required serious concentration in order to maneuver through without getting stuck. It did provide for even more time in front of the main section of spectators, which was very pleasing as a result.
The action then kicked into high gear when our drivers went for the time attack in their chosen mounts. The timing system is proving to be a reliable workhorse when configured properly, and our driver's seemed happy with the very accurate systems. These times were then used to determine the initial heats for our foray into Hulagan Racing. Mike Ward, once again, proved that he's got the chops and the vehicle to get it done by taking the Fastest Lap of the day by an impressive three seconds! The battle for second and third was closely contested with Davin Kubo and Steve Oliberos separated by only a margin .83 seconds followed by newcomer Thomas Carter in his white Subaru Impreza.
There were lots of new faces at this event, and even some old hands like Graham Henderson who was a frequent Drift Session participant. Peter Crouch was a great example of someone doing very well against the heavy hitters with his Suzuki Samurai, knocking out a 1:15.9 for seventh place. We think he's great proof that it's all about the driver when it comes to events like this. Steven Chong led an impressive charge in his bright red Suzuki Amigo and determined the middle of the pack which ran all the way up into the 1:29 second range. This event just keeps getting better and better, and the participants are becoming faster and faster.
Special mention is Cliff Wicklund and his friend Cavan Medeiros with their awesome dune buggies. These guys were amazing to watch thanks to their quick spins around super-tight corners thanks to their turning brakes. We'd like to see more dune buggies attend the events...with enough, we'd like to open up their own buggy class, so if you've got a buggy, come join us!
Hulagan Racing is all about flag to flag, wheel 2 wheel action...and this is definetly the highlight of the event. We had two fast and furious heats of vehicles all pressing for the lead. Mike Ward was incredibly fast, claiming the lead immediately, and holding it against Steve Oliberos in a spectacular battle to the finish for the first heat. Graham did a great job holding his own in his first foray into the event. It's too bad he lives on the mainland, because we'd certainly like to see him again. The second heat was lead by Landon Paras in his dark green Saturn, beeping his horn constantly in either what was a sign of happiness or the fact his hands were all over the wheel! It was also great to see one of our HulaBeater Rentals make it into the final heat with Gilbert Valdez doing well in the Nissan Maxima he chose to run. These HulaBeaters are simply awesome in the fact that you can rent one, and then run it all day with little worry about fixing it later.
The final battle was an intense contest between the top three heavy hitters, David Rodgrigues, Mike Ward, and Steve Oliberos. From the beginning, David Rodrigues commanded a heavy lead over Mike Ward who started way back in the pack. Mike fought his way up, and thanks to a red flag, was able to close the gap and eventually pass David on the main straight leading up to the tabletop jump. For a moment, David's V8 Cherokee was able to contest the pass on the entrance to the following turn, but Mike's 4-cyl turbo Subaru had the better speed and power-to-weight ration, and rocketed away. It was a battle of atrrition for the remaining vehicles as one-by one they fell victim to the rapidly detoriating road surfaces. Poor Steve became embroiled in traffic jam and dropped back to fifth place. Landon Paris was fortunate to walk away with a very successful third place followed by Cy Thomas in fourth. All in all, it was a fantastic event that really showed off the crowd-pleasing excitement that HulaCross can generate.
In addition to the main events, we also had a short 5-lap RallyRig Battle! Two semi-rigs went toe-to-toe in the dirt and resulted in some spectacular crashing and bashing as well as some incredible 6-wheel drifts through the mud! It was a great end cap to the event!
We hope to see all of you at future HulaCross events...if you haven't been to one of our events, then you don't know what you're missing! Come on out and check us out! Click the link to view the results or follow the navigation by going to Motorsports - Hula-X - Results - 2011!
And don't forgt, you can check out all of the amazing photos at our official KRP Facebook page!