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The Xtreme Rock Racing Series (XRRA) round three, took place at the Ram Off-Road Park in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The terrain is filled with constant variations and racers reach speeds unmatched at only other rock race site.

Gap jumps are intense for racers at the RAM Off-Road Park course
Gap jumps are intense for racers at the RAM Off-Road Park course

Team Lovell crosses the finish line at XRRA Round 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Team Lovell crosses the finish line at XRRA Round 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Brad and Roger Lovell faced banked wall turns, massive climbs and jumps that were unforgiving. The twists of fate during the competition were almost as extensive as the difficult drops. Despite the hurdles, Team Lovell brought in respectable times during the first run.
Hill Climb in FABTECH Ranger causes trouble at XRRA Round 3 for Team Lovell
Hill Climb in FABTECH Ranger causes trouble at XRRA Round 3 for Team Lovell

Team Lovell reassembled the axle, put on a new tire and removed a damaged brake caliper in the pits
Team Lovell reassembled the axle, put on a new tire and removed a damaged brake caliper in the pits

On the second run, Team Lovell pushed their FABTECH Ranger with K&N Engineering air filters harder. They crashed off of the ledges too fast and brutalized their tires and wheels on huge boulders. “We had the fastest time of the day, but we had no time to check when a loud clunk in the rear end signified a broken gear set,” said Lovell. “On top of that I had my first flat tire after five years of competing.”

In the pits, Team Lovell furiously tore apart the rear axle and scrambled to find a spare tire. In less than thirty minutes, they had the axle reassembled, a new tire and a damaged brake caliper removed. “We never have to worry about our K&N air filters,” said Lovell. “There is a lot of silt and fine dust on these courses and K&N keeps the debris out of our engines and prevents our sensors from clogging up. There is also a slight taper to give us the clearance and flexibility we need on these difficult courses.”

Back on the track Roger and Brad Lovell faced the gap jump. “It was time to deal with our fear of the huge gaping ditches in the dirt,” said Roger Lovell. “After the green flag we eased down the drop and mashed the gas. We put it in third gear, kept it straight and held on. We sailed up, made it over the big ditch and had the smoothest landing imaginable.”

On the final run Brad Lovell had a 40 second cumulative lead. “I played it smart and safe,” he said. “We left the line and were consistent until we got to a dug out climb. I tried but could not get the truck to transition correctly because of the huge holes. I finally managed to spin to the top but ended up tangled in a banner. I lost time on a climb, and this is usually what I do best. It was a twist of fate that we sailed through the gap jump and lost precious time on the climb.”

Team Lovell ended up in third place. “We are proud as a team to have a podium finish,” he said. “The bottom line is that we race to test ourselves.”

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