The second race of the Ultra4 Europe 2023 European Championship and the British Championship will take place from August 4th to 6th at the iconic Walters Arena in Wales.
The Walters Arena between the teams and fans of Ultra4 Europe represents the historic location where it all began, where the American dream of the King of the Hammers became a reality in Europe and where the hopes of the drivers to be able to participate in the legendary Californian race became possible.
Here, back in 2012, the first European race in pure Ultra4 style took place. Since that distant July, race after race and year after year, the Wlaters arena with its 1600 acres has been the backdrop for the most adrenaline-pumping actions of the Ultra4 Europe drivers with some famous appearances such as Shannon Campbell who in 2013, with Dave Cole as co -driver, drove Jim Marsden's car or like Levi Shirley and Bailey Cole who won here in 2014 and 2017 respectively.
King of Britain will be exciting for the drivers, the teams and also great venue for the spectators. Get ready for an unforgettable weekend in the iconic Walters Arena!
What to expect for King of Britain?
- King of Britain 2023
- King of Britain 2023 spectators info
- King of Britain 2023 race prizes and championships prizes
- Which vehicles can participate at King of Britain 2023
- Ultra4 Europe 2023 European and British Championship
King of Britain 2023, 4 - 6 August, Walters Arena - Wales
King of Britain, held at one of the most Ultra4 Europe iconic locations in Europe. The Walters Arena is known and feared for an arduous, punishing terrain, combined with often treacherous weather conditions.
The event is an endurance based format with all U4 classes racing at same time on a similar course. The main course will be for 4400/ Legend, Modified and Winch Rally Raid, a slightly modified and shorter course using by pass sections will be available for STOCK/ UTV. Winch Rally Raid vehicles will also be given a more technical route at certain parts of the main course. Cars will depart startline in pairs at 30 sec between pairs.
The main race event will be divided into 2 competitive sessions, 1 on the Saturday and 1 on the Sunday.
All Teams will take part in a 3 hour qualifying event as per the schedule, the result of which will give them a start position for Raceday 1. This qualifying event will allow teams to complete as many laps as they need to get their best time. More details of this qualifying event will be given in the Driver Briefing, as per the schedule.
All Teams will have a 5 hour window to achieve a set number of laps in that time – 4 laps – start order based on results from Qualifying. The aim is to get the fastest time to complete all 4 laps in the 5 hour race time wimdow.
SUPER SPRINT EVENT
All teams a chance to gain additional count with a short, technical lap with vehicles running in pairs off a common start line around a course of approx. 2 kms long. Results from the Super Sprint will not count towards the final results for King of Britain but will earn teams additional points towards the British and European Championships standings. There
All Teams will have 4 hours to complete 3 laps in that time. Start order will be based on finishing order of Main Race Day 1. The aim is to get the fastest time to complete all 3 laps in the 4 hour race time window.
Anyone with a RZR170 or RZR200 is welcome.
A junior race is being introduced at the King of Britain this year! “We are excited to organize a course so that young people can also come and be part of the iconic race!”
Saturday will be reserved for free practice sessions ready for the Sunday morning main event with all spectators and riders watching.
Event Timings :
Friday 4th August- Prologue / Qualifying – 17.00 - 19.00
Saturday 5th August - Race day 1 – 09.00 - 17.00
Sunday 6th August - Race day 2 – 09.00 - 15.00 followed by prize giving.
Event Location and full address:
Walters Arena, Maes y Gwyn Windfarm, Intervalley Road, Glynneath, SA10 9LR.
Which vehicles can participate? All Ultra4 Europe classes
The 4400 class is the original class that started the King of Hammers race. Year after year these rigs have evolved to become increasingly powerful and performing. For their important technological development, the 4400 are considered by many people as the “Formula 1” of 4x4.
That said, it is important to know that it is possible to participate in Ultra4 Europe competitions also with other types of vehicles.
These cars compete during the main King of The Hammers race on KOH Week. 4400 Drivers have to earn a spot to compete in King of The Hammers. These cars are not limited on tire size, engine or chassis design, other than to meet the safety requirements for the class. Unlimited cars must have a transfer case and be able to be driven in 4WD. These cars can be straight axle, or independent suspension (IFS - IRS). They are the ultimate and original design of the Ultra4 vehicle, capable of any terrain, any speed and no limits.
This class has been racing in Ultra4 since 2012. It is one of the 3 classes that races on KOH week during the 4WP Every Man Challenge. Currently, these cars do not have to qualify to race in the EMC race during KOH Week. At regional races, this class usually races with either the 4500 or 4800 cars.
The spirit of the stock vehicle is to allow OEM and aftermarket vendors the opportunity to showcase their products whilst providing a true driver's class experience that closely relates to street driven versions of the same vehicle. Fairly strick technical criteria makes sure that a Stock vehicle is competing in a level playing field of vehicles but still allows the driver to design his race car to the optimum for driving advantages whilst still being compliant within the rules.
. Stock OEM frame
. Factory engine
. Factory transmission
. 35” DOT approved tires
. Single 2.5 inch diameter shocks per corner
. Mechanical steering
This class has been racing in Ultra4 since 2012. It is one of the 3 classes that races on KOH week during the \Every Man Challenge. At regional races, this class, if large enough, races on their own or can be on the track with the 4600, 4700 or 4800 cars. As a vehicle, the class allows for significant modification of a standard vehicle and in some cases can be as capable as a 4400 vehicle in the suspension, engine and performance.
. Modified OEM chassis or OEM style chassis
. 2 -2.5 inch diameter shocks per corner
. Mechanical steering
. 37” DOT approved tires
This class has been racing in Ultra4 since 2014. It is one of the 3 classes that races on KOH week during the 4WP Every Man Challenge. These cars do not have to qualify to race in the EMC race during KOH Week. This class has been one of the fastest growing classes in Ultra4 as older Ultra4 cars can enter this class as long as they meet the requirements. The vehicles follow the tradition or original technical format for the Utra4 vehicles that were racing in the beginning!
. Front mounted engines only
. Vehicle must contain 2 seats side by side
. Single shock per corner
. Max 37” DOT non-sticky tires
. Only solid axles allowed (not IFS or TTB)
Utility Terrain Vehicles or UTV are by far the fastest growing class in Ultra4, light, fast, super nimble vehicles, this class has grown in popularity as the vehicles are easier to transport, own and maintain. Vehicle is defined as a standard production based "side by side" with powersports based belt driven drivetrain.
This class is growing as the variety of vehicle designs increases - it already has sub classes in Ultra4 which cater for the increase in engine sizes available, typically 800cc and 1000cc turbo and non turbo but with the newer 2000cc vehicles coming in, the sub classes will allow vehicles to compete at similar levels.
WINCH RALLY RAID - WRR
The newest and very much the European class within the Ultra4 Classes, this class is only now in its third year of running and still being evolved. It was originally introduced as a class to entice Teams to take part in Ultra4 events, had a winch challenge capable vehicle and wanted to come and play. Vehicles that enter in Winch Rally Raid class are very capable vehicles, in their own right, full challenge spec, not always the fastest of vehicles, often diesel powered but a competitive vehicle none the less. This class gives them a more level competitive playing field whilst still getting the full effect of Ultra4 events.
WRR courses include terrain that requires a different mindset to traverse and this adds to the overall flavour of Ultra4 racing. Typically, WRR would be more at home doing the Rally Breslau Extreme class but competing with Ultra4, gives a totally different view of the speed aspects of offroad unlimited racing. Teams have made the transition from WRR to 4400 or 4800 class, altering their vehicles to fit the technical requirement for these classes, proving the diverse nature of offroad competition vehicles.
Ultra4 Europe 2023 European and British Championship
This event will be Round 2 for both European and British Championship.
The European Championship is aimed not only at drivers who can go racing in different countries and take part in the whole season, but also at those who only wish to go and ride in part of the races. From North to South, from East to West, there is bound to be a race near you, take your seat in the 2023 Ultra4 Europe Championship.
Ultra4 Europe European Championship where 3 out of 4 European events from the season count towards the European Championship.
- Rallye Breslau (25-30 June)
- King of Britain (4-6 August)
- King of France (8-10 September)
- King of Portugal (4-7 October)