This Weekend the SCORE championship off road racing series held round three with the Rosarito Desert Challenge. The race took place in the beautiful coastal town of Rosarito Beach just a short trek south of San Diego in Baja California MX. The race is a multi-day heat format with various race groups competing in two heats, one on Friday and a repeat schedule on Saturday.
Tech and contingency was held right on the main street through town then looped down to the beach in front of the famous “Papas & Beer”. While not on the same grand scale as the Iconic Baja 500 and 1000 this race offered a very scenic low stress atmosphere for a race that promises to be a popular event in years to come.
The Jagged X crew arrived on Thursday morning and enjoyed the great weather while breezing through the tech line. After a nice early dinner the team wrapped up a couple last minute details and were feeling confident for the first day of racing. The UTV’s made up the second group of racers along with the class 7 race trucks. The trucks would start first but with a 5 minute gap between classes the dust was not too bad at the start. The Jagged boys pulled the short straw in the draw and were the last turbo class UTV to start. The tight twisting course would prove to be a challenge but all the while showcasing the capabilities of the Polaris RZR. Just a short 10 miles into the first lap Brandon and Co-driver Chad Hummer would have a slight disagreement in line choice for a particularly rough section. It would turn out that the choice was a bad one and the 2919 RZR would end up on its side in a deep rut off course. Chad was able to rock the car over far enough to allow the team to claw their way back onto the course with the help of their BFG KR 2 UTV tires and after looking the car over they were back in the hunt but had given up some valuable time. With each days race being barely over 60 miles the loss in time was insurmountable and they finished day one in 6th place.
The crew was able to take some time insuring that the race car was still at 100% and Brandon and chad were now ready to go for day 2.
For the second day of racing the field would be inverted and the larger class 7 trucks would start in the rear. This meant that the 2919 Jagged X car would be the very first off the line. This coupled with some very useful knowledge of the course from day 1 it would allow the team to jump out to an early lead. Brandon set a blistering pace and laid down a flawless second day, leading from flag to flag with nothing but dust in the rearview mirror. In the end, the first place day two coupled with the lost time from day one would leave Brandon Schueler just off the podium with a fourth place final spot.
Congratulations to the podium finishers who made the top four spots in the turbo class all POLARIS RZR. And Congratulations to Polaris teammate Marc Burnett who’s time put him in eighth place overall in the four wheeled classes.
Jagged X sends a huge thank you to Polaris RZR and to all our product sponsors who make our teams success possible. BFGoodrich Tires, Jackson Motorsports Group, Walker Evans Racing,Vision X Lighting, Varta Powersports batteries, OMF Performance, Factory UTV, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, CR Designs and Mountain States Contracting.
PRO UTV FI (Forced Induction, 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)
Anaheim, Calif. - September 22, 2016 - GBC Motorsports racers turned out in force at Round 9 of the WORCS Racing Series at Glen Helen Raceway. GBC sponsored athletes collectively earned 7 class wins and continued their march towards 2016 class championships.
Leading the way for GBC Motorsports in the ATV classes was Brian Sirevaag. After missing three rounds in the middle of the season, Sirevaag made his return to WORCS Racing with a victory in the Open A class. He sits in 2nd place in the standings, just 7 points behind the leader with one round remaining.
Jolene Crouse added a class win for GBC, taking the checkers in the Women B class. Crouse has kept it close in the points standings and is just 2 points behind the leader heading into the final race. Joseph Semas added a 3rd place podium finish in the Sport 15-29A class, while Hector Urias finished 7th in the 40+ class.
The Romo family was victorious again at Glen Helen WORCS, earning 3 wins and 3rd place finish.
The SXS races were competitive at Glen Helen, and once again the Romo Family of Randy, Sierra and Claudia Romo made a statement with 3 class wins between them. Randy topped both the SXS 1000 and SXS 1000 Stock classes, while Sierra earned her third straight victory in the SXS Womens class. Claudia Romo joined Sierra on the SXS Womens podium with a 3rd place finish.
Randy is in good position to take the SXS 1000 class championship and fellow GBC Motorsports driver Shelby Anderson has virtually clinched the SXS 1000 Stock championship despite finishing 12th at Glen Helen. Sierra holds a steady lead in the SXS Womens class with fellow GBC driver Danielle Weatherly close behind following a 2nd place performance in Round 9.
The Romo family relies on their GBC Dirt Commanders to negotiate the WORCS courses.
Ryan Holz led GBC racers in the SXS Pro class with a 3rd place podium spot and finished 4th in the SXS Pro Unlimited class as well. Mickey Thomas holds the SXS Pro class lead after finishing 7th at Glen Helen.
GBC Motorsports racers put in solid performances in the SXS Pro Stock class, with Blake Barnum finishing 4th, Sierra Romo rounding out the top 5, Nic Granlund in the 6th spot, and Tyson Leaver following in 8th. Jason Meckler added a podium with a 2nd place finish in the SXS 900 Prod class.
GBC was well represented in the Youth SXS races as well, as Linkon Leaverton won the SXS Youth 700 class and Casey Sims the SXS Youth 250 Prod class. Fellow GBC racer Jacob Peter joined Casey on the podium with a 2nd place finish.
Stadium Super Trucks Open UTV Shootout GBC Motorsports racer Mike Gardner made the most of the weekend, also participating in Robby Gordon’s Stadium Super Trucks new Open UTV Shootout. Held at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, CA, Gardner led all 20 laps of the race and took the win and the $5,000 purse in his Mongrel-equipped UTV.
Time to get funky! DragonFire is flashing back to the 1980s for the 2016 International Off-Road & UTV Expo. With the EnduroCross in town at the same time, dirt fanatics of all sorts will be converging on WestWorld of Scottsdale for the combination trade show, film festival and UTV Show N Shine September 23-25, 2016. In order to stand out from the crowd, DragonFire is showcasing several project cars, serving up some swag and delivering 2017 catalogs hot off the press to fans in the Valley of The Sun.
In addition to the psychedelic wrap on the YXZ1000R, DragonFire is taking the wraps off its 2017 product range and handing out new catalogs. We will also be serving up some swag, including our DragonFire sunglasses and tote bags. We would also like to encourage all attendees to enter for a chance to win 3" Pink harnesses to help with breast cancer awareness.
The hottest new accessories from DragonFire will also be on hand for a variety of UTVs this weekend. More info about the International Off-Road & UTV Expo can be found at http://internationaloffroadexpo.com
A RZR XP 1000 will represent off-road vehicles as the first, playable side-by-side in the racing video game, Forza Horizon 3. The XBOX ONE game will feature more than 350 vehicles, all customizable, to explore Australia. Forza Horizon 3 is being touted as the ultimate celebration of cars, music and freedom of the open road. The game releases Sept. 23 for players who bought the Ultimate Edition, and the full release is Sept. 27.
Microsoft will be giving away a RZR XP 1000 this Saturday as part of the pre-launch for the game, see more info here.
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