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We-Rock Finals at Hannibal Rocks Off-Road Park Put Team Lovell in Second Place
Team Lovell faced mud and rain at the We-Rock Courses at the 2008 Finals
Tough course at Hannibal Rocks Off-Road Park in Hannibal, Missouri
Team Lovell concentrates on surviving the We-Rock Courses at the 2008 Finals
The Lovell Racing Team Finished Second in the 2008 We-Rock Finals
Rock crawlers Team Lovell navigate through one of the most treacherous courses at 2008 We-Rock Finals
Rock crawlers Team Lovell go end-over-end on day one of the We-Rock Finals
The Lovell Racing team faced the elements in Hannibal, Missouri at the 2008 WE-Rock Finals. Brad Lovell took on the rain, mud and rock of Hannibal Rocks Off-Road Park without the guidance of his brother and spotter Roger Lovell.
Longtime rock crawler Sean Lazzelle was Roger’s substitute for the event. “Our team is about family and Roger needed to be there for this,” said Brad Lovell. “We have always competed together, but Roger was unable to make it this time. I was confident in Sean's ability.”
That confidence was immediately put to the test. Sean had to guide the No. 232 Fabtech Ford Ranger with K&N Engineering filters over one of the most treacherous courses ever created. Lovell piloted his vehicle over a rock spine with a 12’ cliff on one side and a 30’ foot cliff on the other side. The spine was so narrow that the tires had to completely hang off either side.
Fortunately everything was navigated correctly and the pair traversed the dangerous spots flawlessly. “It was a stressful test and proof that I made the right choice for a replacement spotter,” said Lovell. “We were able to work well as a team on this course.”
The team continued on until course A2. The finish gates were in site, but the truck slid off a sizeable drop. The result was an end-over-end roll which left the Ranger turtle and unable to finish. At the end of day one Lovell Racing tied for 7th place.
On the second day, Lovell and Lazzelle concentrated on surviving the courses in the rain, mud and fog. The No. 232 roared back to life as Lovell became the first and only driver to complete course A1.
“I think most people out there would agree that we have the best climbing vehicle,” said Lovell. “The engineers at Febtech have built us the best suspension and we never have to worry about our K&N air filters. There is a lot of mud on these courses and K&N keeps the debris out of our engines and keeps our sensors from clogging up. There is also a slight taper to give us the clearance and flexibility we need on these difficult courses.”
Team Lovell was patient and stuck to their plan. Their performance was good enough to gain five places in three courses and put them in 2nd place with only the final round to go. Lovell and Lazzelle launched up the bonus climb and went through the remaining gates for a second place finish.
"Dereck West had an unreachable lead so we concentrated on fending off the lower guys," said Lovell. "We could have easliy dropped to 5th place if we rolled or broke. The finals are the time to attack the guy in front of you or use your lead to ensure you keep your current position."
Lovell Rock Racing will compete in its last 2008 event on September 20th as XRRA holds its US Finals in Jellico, Tennessee.
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