Tuesday, July 7, 2015

James Hill Battles Terracross 2015

Polaris RZR XP 1000
James wanted back into a racecar but he was not going to be happy just racing another Can-Am. In 2013 he did the Terracross series and really enjoyed it. Terracross uses spec Polaris RZR XP1000 units on a modified MX Style track but with a twist. These races are held in stadiums in front of large crowds. The tracks have over/under jumps, joker lines and massive tires and logs to navigate. Another unique thing about Terracross are the drivers. Its an invite only series and there are many top athletes from a ton of different action sports categories. Trophy Truck drivers, Snow Mobile racers, Pro2 and Pro4 drivers and professional radio hosts. This series is designed to put on a show for the crowd and CBS Sports. James will be in the #91 Polaris RZR for the 2015 season.

Round 1 & 2 would kick off just 50 miles south of James home town of Canyon Lake CA. Del Mar is home to the San Diego County Fair and one of the most sought after zip codes in the United States. From early June thru July 4th the fairgrounds are a destination for just over 60,000 visitors per day.

Terracross uses a Supercross style format. The Pro Mens class had 24 racers. They are broken up into 4 groups of 6 for the heat races. The top 3 from each heat advance and the rest race an LCQ where only the top 2 advance.

Day 1 Heat 3:

James did some testing early in the day and stoked on the track layout. He felt this tight technical track was designed for his driving style. In racing not everything happens the way you plan. In the first heat James got hung up twice behind people having issues. This forced James into the LCQ for day 1.
TerraCross- SD County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 1 Heat 3
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 44 Mickey Thomas Pro 6 06:12.4 10
2 13X Branden Sims Pro 6 06:13.8 9
3 211 Chris Burandt Pro 6 06:34.8 8
4 91 James Hill Pro 6 06:55.7 7
5 26 Ronnie Faisst Pro 6 07:06.6 6
6 52 Dana Creech Pro 5 07:02.6 5

Day 1 LCQ 2:

There is not a racer alive that wants to be part of the LCQ. Only top 2 advance. This is a 6 lap gang fight. At this point you have nothing to loose. Finish up front or go home. James fought his way into 2nd and advanced to the main for day 1.
TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 1 LCQ 2
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 67 Daryl Rath Pro 6 06:37.3 0
2 91 James Hill Pro 6 06:58.2 0
3 4 Andy Ives Pro 6 07:03.1 0
4 8 Mike Gardner Pro 5 06:42.7 0
5 52 Dana Creech Pro 4 04:43.6 0
6 26 Ronnie Faisst Pro 22.543 0

Day 1 Final.
For the final everyone would be in 2wd. Earlier in the day the racers exploded 7 front diffs. With some guys forced to run in 2wd because of damaged parts it was only fair to make everyone run in 2wd. James enjoys driving in 2wd, throwing the car into a corner had James all excited for the main. Some peoples 4wd still worked and some popped in/out of 4wd. This gave a few racers a huge advantage over the rest. James ended up in 6th place only completing 9 of the 12 lap final. Only 4 out of the 16 finished.
TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 1 Final
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 44 Mickey Thomas Pro 12 14:47.7 25
2 21 Cole Cottew Pro 12 14:52.0 22
3 1 Jason Luburgh Pro 12 14:59.3 20
4 31 Colten Moore Pro 12 15:07.2 18
5 16 Cody Rahders Pro 9 10:35.0 16
6 91 James Hill Pro 9 11:48.3 15
7 67 Daryl Rath Pro 9 11:50.2 14
8 42 Joe Sylvester Pro 6 08:05.6 13
9 881 Mike Johnsson Pro 4 05:38.5 12
10 31B BC Vaught Pro 3 04:34.5 11
11 108 Levi LaVallee Pro 3 04:37.0 10
12 211 Chris Burandt Pro 2 03:23.0 9
13 88 Jeremy Stenberg Pro 1 01:42.5 8
14 37 RJ Anderson Pro 22.358 7
15 13X Branden Sims Pro 6
16 33 Chad Ragland Pro 5

Day 2 Heat 1:
Much like on day 1 James battled broken cars littering the course. Again James was forced to race the LCQ to make the final.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 2 Heat 1
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 37 RJ Anderson Pro 6 10:51.1 10
2 31 Colten Moore Pro 6 10:54.5 9
3 31B BC Vaught Pro 6 10:55.6 8
4 52 Dana Creech Pro 6 11:00.9 7
5 91 James Hill Pro 6 11:02.5 6
6 23 Mitch Guthrie Jr Pro 5 09:59.3 5

Day 2 LCQ 1:
By Day 2 it seemed like James enjoyed the LCQ. Maybe its the "go big or go home" thing that James lives for. Again he advanced to the final.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 2 LCQ 1
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 16 Cody Rahders Pro 6 06:28.9 0
2 91 James Hill Pro 6 06:46.2 0
3 108 Levi LaVallee Pro 6 06:51.3 0
4 23 Mitch Guthrie Jr Pro 6 06:55.8 0
5 52 Dana Creech Pro 21.452 0
6 33 Chad Ragland Pro 0

Day 2 Final.
Unfortunately 4 laps in James broke an axle and could not continue.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR - Day 2 Final
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 37 RJ Anderson Pro 12 14:04.8 25
2 13X Branden Sims Pro 12 14:07.5 22
3 1 Jason Luburgh Pro 12 14:11.4 20
4 66 Darren Parsons Pro 12 14:16.7 18
5 67 Daryl Rath Pro 12 14:20.7 16
6 31 Colten Moore Pro 12 14:26.5 15
7 211 Chris Burandt Pro 9 11:17.5 14
8 88 Jeremy Stenberg Pro 7 08:58.6 13
9 881 Mike Johnsson Pro 5 06:22.5 12
10 44 Mickey Thomas Pro 5 06:24.4 11
11 21 Cole Cottew Pro 5 06:25.9 10
12 91 James Hill Pro 4 05:22.0 9
13 16 Cody Rahders Pro 3 03:54.4 8
14 31B BC Vaught Pro 1 01:25.5 7
15 4 Andy Ives Pro 22.695 6
16 8 Mike Gardner Pro 5

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