Rage At The River Concludes With Alumi Craft Racers On Top
December 27, 2016
The Southern Nevada Offroad Racing Enthusiasts’ (SNORE) Rage at the River race, (RATR) is the final offroad racing event of the season. For many, it’s a no holds barred, go for broke race after competing all season in other series. The two-day, heat race format amplifies the intensity. The track develops deep holes and square edged ruts with each lap. It becomes a frantic torture test where only the fittest survive. In such demanding conditions, it was no surprise that a pair of Alumi Craft class 10 cars took the top two spots on the podium. The field included many heavy hitters, multiple race winners and points champions but it was a young racer in his first event behind the wheel of his Alumi Craft car that came out on top; Brock Heger.
Heger came up through the Trophy Kart class in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and currently competes in the Pro Lite truck class, so he has tons of short course racing experience. He loves the dirt and the desert, but also races circle track cars on pavement. His win at RATR can’t be chalked up to beginner’s luck but it does show how easy it was for him to get in an Alumi Craft car and be comfortable enough to push it hard in demanding conditions.
“I drove the car a little bit, two days before the race, but we really went into this cold turkey style,” said Heger, “It felt really good during qualifying but the timing got screwed up so we don’t know how we did. They came up with a starting grid and we started second on day one. I raced my 1600 car earlier in the day so I already had some lines planned in my head. We got the hole shot and led until the finish. We built up a gap and then drove a conservative pace the rest of the race. We put some time on second place so we felt really good going into day two. The course was brutal; I’ve never raced on anything like it. On day two, guys were just going for it, we saw them broke down and crashed on the side of the road. There were square edged ruts everywhere; it got rougher every lap.” Heger has a busy schedule planned next season so he will take his Alumi Craft to the Best in the Desert Parker 425 in February and see where he ends up. If he does well, he will follow that series. Whatever he decides to do, he’s established himself as someone to contend with, despite his time behind the wheel of his Alumi Craft.
“We ended up on our lid and still finished second,” said Christian Fessler, “In the third to last corner on day two, I hit a big hole that threw the car sideways and we tipped over. The course workers got us back over quickly and we got across the line. The car was fine and if we had hit it a little faster we would have just soaked it up. Usually during a desert race you can get out and stretch your legs a little, then assess your race. At RATR, you don’t have time for that. Our Albins transmission was not set up for this; our gear ratio was not matched to the track conditions. We are going to pull it apart and do a full prep on the car. This whole year the car has been flawless. We have been progressing nicely with a third, then a second; now we need a win. We did really good for our first short course type race in the car. There was a lot of carnage out there; several crashes and cars broken. We love the high car counts in class 10 and all the tough competitors.”
Brock Heger and Christian Fessler had what it takes to come out on top in the incredibly tough conditions and hyper competitive arena at RATR. Heger is a short course racer who wanted to go desert racing. Fessler is a desert racer who wanted to try his hand at the short course style format at RATR. Alumi Craft racers come in all ages and from many different backgrounds. The one thing they share is the performance provided by their meticulously crafted cars, whenever and wherever they line up to race. Whether you are competing in the desert, prerunning or racing wheel to wheel on the track, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: http://alumicraft.info/ to find out more about our race products and services.