Round 6 of UTVRR’s Northern Series kicked off promptly at 7.00pm on Saturday July 6th, 2013. Unlike the previous round in Stony Lonesome AL, there were no issues with dust. Over the past 10 days, the South Eastern US has seen unprecedented rainfall. Windrock Park were no exception. Although the temperatures were almost perfect, the rain was relentless from start to finish. The park’s facility crews had done everything possible prior to race start to keep the track clear, even working during the race to clear a fallen tree that was partially blocking the course. That said, the conditions were challenging, the experience unique and the racing was close. With very little wind, no thunder or lighting in the immediate area, and on point event management the race started on time.
Quantum Racing, the sanctioning body behind UTVRR, took the decision to modify the traditional UTVRR gridding format. Due to the heavy weather and safety considerations, the racers started under a covered area in 30 second intervals, individually, not in pairs.
Typically, a UTVRR event starts with racers taking off in pairs. For increased safety and overall ease of event management in inclement conditions, the revised format worked perfectly with the fastest lap of the event being recorded on the very first lap!
The communications and partnership of Quantum Racing and Windrock Park shone through on a very wet race.
Due to the poor weather and holiday weekend, the event saw a slight decrease in overall attendance. Interestingly enough, Round 6 experienced the largest attendance increase for new first time UTVRR racers. This included UTVRR’s very first international team making the trip all the way from Canada to Tennessee.
Overall, six (6) new teams participated in Round 6 at Windrock Park. Another interesting fact is that Round 6 saw the fewest retirements (for any reason) than any other race in 2013. At the start of the race the track was in great shape with the work of the Windrock Park course management team fully appreciated by all!
Above: Team #70, Toyota of Kingsport, taking a conservative approach to the first few corners. This approach did not last long. Team #70 competes in class QR1.
First on the track, Team #70 Toyota of Kingsport, took a more cautious than usual approach to the opening section. That said, his very first lap was his fastest of the day with 14m 23.935 seconds.
As the rain continued, the track began to feel theeffects. Overall lap times dropped on average by approximately 90 seconds from the start to the end of the race.
Mavericks, RZRs and Arctic Cats challenged for the lead all day with the Top 3 positions changing almost every lap. Wet conditions and less traction made for very tight racing.
Above: Team #06, Kerry Jones Trucking, driving hard right out of the gate in his very first UTVRR event. Even though Team #06 was new to the track he still lapped in the 17m 30’s, which is very respectable in these conditions. Team #06 competes in class QR1
Challenging for the lead in QR1 throughout the race was Team #70 ( Toyota Of Kingsport) in his Polaris RZR XP 900, Team #517 (LCB ) in his Polaris RZR XP 900 and Team #07 (Can‐Am JB Racing ) in his Can‐Am Maverick. Any mistake or mechanical failure from any of these teams would hand a position to their competition.
A New UTVRR Series Sponsor is XY POWERESPORTS. Team #559, ToBeFast.com, a collaboration team with XY POWERSPORTS and Team McCoy MotorSports. 2013 is a R&D year for this team and we expect big things in 2014.
Above: Team #13, SH Racing, negotiating the first few turns. This was Team #13’s very first UTVRR event. Their lap times were in the low 17’s. Team #13 competes in class QR2.
Above: Team #118, AC Racing, cutting the apex perfectly in his Can‐Am Maverick. Smooth driving saw AC Racing post very consistent lap times in the low 16’s all race long. Team #118’s fastest lap of the day was 16m 7s on his 3rd lap. AC Racing started the race in 7th position and managed to climb the leader board all afternoon.
As the race progressed, the Maverick platform began to shine in the slippery conditions with three (3) Can‐Am Mavericks finishing in the Top 5 spots.
Above: Team #442, Team Canada, in their first UTVRR event. Great work guys.
Above: Team #33, Maverick Racing, pushing hard. Concentration had to be 100% today!
Above: Team #07, Can‐Am JB Racing, giving no respect to the bad weather. Team #07 does well in the UTVRR series, but today was Chaney’s day. The fastest lap of the day was 13m 59.995s set by Team #07 on his very first lap.
He went to set 11 more laps at an unmatched pace in the 15’s and low 16’s.
Team Can‐Am JB Racing led from the first lap to the last lap and managed to create an insurmountable lead of 11m 42s. He totaled 14 laps, one more than any other racer on the day.
2HR SPORTSMAN CLASS
Round 6 of UTVRR’s Northern Series hosted the very first race of the 2HR SPORTSMAN class. This class is designed for racers that would prefer to not race a full 4HRs or for new racers that would like the opportunity to experience UTVRR at a reduced cost. Quantum Racing will continue to present the test phase of this new and exciting series at Round 6 of Stony Lonesome on July 20th as well as the subsequent Round 7 dates for both the Northern and Southern Series locations in September.
The overall race format will be consistent to the 4HR Endurance series, with the duration limited to 7 laps (typically completed in 2HRs). The Sportsman class racers will take the same grid format but will start the race after classes QR1, QR2 and QR3. The timing system and overall points format will not change. Any points awarded to racers in the Sportsman class series will not be combined with points in the 4HR Endurance QR1, QR2 or QR3 series.
Above: Team #615, JC MotorSports taking the 1st place award in the new Sportsman Class series. Team #615 completed his 7 laps in 2h 14m 17s.
Above: Team #421, Spyder MotorSports taking the 2nd place award in the new Sportsman Class series. Team #421 completed his 7 laps in 2h 14m 27s.
Above: Team #57, Team BS, on his 3rd lap approaching “The Rock”. This was Team #57’s first UTVRR event. Team BS competes in class QR2 in Polaris RZR S. Team #57 would go on to take 1st place in QR2, 6th overall with 11 laps in 3h 52m 05s
Above: Team #129, VB Racing in their very first UTVRR event. Unfortunately, Team #129 had a mechanical failure early on in the race and had to retire. Team #129 competes in class QR1 in a modified Polaris RZR XP 900
Above: Team #84, Guffey Racing accelerating through section 2 in their very first UTVRR event.
Team #84 is one of two disabled teams that compete in UTVRR. Kohl suffered an injury earlier in his racing career that has affected his mobility, however, as a true racer it has not affected his ability to race and be competitive in his class. The UTV platform affords a racing a opportunity for anyone with the desire to race.
Team #84 competes in class QR2 in a Polaris RZRs
Guffey Racing would take 3rd in QR2, 10th overall with 10 laps in 3h 51m 17s. Great work Kohl and team!
Above: Team #131, Tennessee, staring to wind his way into the forest section. Tennessee’s Wildcat always performs well with very few mechanical issues (1 retirement in 2013) and a savvy driver behind the wheel.
Team #131 finished 6th in his class, 7th overall with 11 laps in 3h 58m 29s. Tennessee competes in class QR1
The Arctic Cat platform continues to impress the entire UTVRR paddock. Round 6 saw four (4) Wildcats participate in the race with no mechanical failures.
Above: Team #442, Team Canada. Team #442 drove 14 hours and South of their border to race UTVRR at Windrock Park. This was Team #442’s very first UTVRR event. Team Canada represented well and put in some solid lap times.
Team #442, competes in a 2013 Arctic Cat Wildcat in class QR1
They finished 10th in their class, 14th overall with 8 laps in 3h 46m 34s.
Thank You Team Canada for racing UTVRR. Congratulations on being the first International team in our series.
Hope to see you again soon!
Above: Team #70, Toyota of Kingsport, passing Team #812, a second Toyota of Kingsport team.
Nice work by Team #812 to move over when they heard the horn of Team #70.
Team #70 competes in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 900
Team #812 competes in class QR2 in a Polaris RZRs
Right: Team #828, Toyota of Kingsport, pushing hard to keep up with the Top 3. Team #828 is a two vehicle teamed entry and are required to change vehicles at some point during the race. Team #828 started off in 6th place and managed to climb the table all afternoon.
Even with a driver and vehicle change Team #828 managed to finish 4th in class QR1, 4th overall with 13 laps in 3h 51m 03s. They missed 3rd place by a narrow 3 minutes. They compete in modified Polaris RZR XP 900 4 seaters.
Above: Team #33, Maverick Racing, hard on the gas as they charge into section 3. This was Team # 33’s third UTVRR event, attending last weekend Southern Series race too.
Maverick Racing has the youngest driver in the series at just 16yrs old. Fewer years experience is clearly not an issue for Team #33 as they finished 4th in their class and 5th overall with 12 laps in 3h 47m 43s.
Team #33 competes in class QR1 in a Can‐Am Maverick
Above: Team #517, LCB working hard to cut the apex and avoid the deep water.
LCB started the day in 2nd place and fought all race long with AC Racing to keep it. A delay to repair a drive belt on the last lap kept LCB from joining Team #07 on 14 laps
Team #517 competes in QR1 with a Polaris RZR XP 900.
He finished 2nd in class and 2nd overall with 13 laps in 3h 38m 17s
Above: Team #559, Tobefast.com, in their XY1100R turning in a solid performance.
A small electrical problem hindered the XY1100R from the start of the race, but after a necessary pit stop the team had it figured out and sent the driver back into the race.
Team #559 started the race in 6th place and even with a 30 minute pit stop managed to finish 5th in their class, 15th overall with 8 laps in 3h 57m 10s.
Team #559 competes in class QR2. XY POWERSPORTS and Team McCoy Motorsports continue to improve.
Above: Team #940, Bellevue Racing not slowing down for a second.
There were several water obstacles the drivers had to negotiate in round 6, but none deeper than this small lake in section 3.
Several spectators gathered around this area as a picture favorite.
Team #940 finished the day 7th in their class, 9th overall with 10 laps in 3h 46m 17s.
Above: Team #940, earlier in the race.
Bellevue Racing compete in class QR1 in a Polaris RZR XP 900.
This husband and wife team work very well throughout the event, with the navigator making sure the GoPro is clean and the visors and goggles are in good shape.
Above: Team #131, showing us that Cats may indeed like water!
Great lighting is essential to compete in UTVRR. VISION X has Industry leading lighting equipment to give every driver the edge in the darkness!
Above: Team #07, Can‐Am JB Racing on his way to victory as he slides into the start of section 3.
Above: Team #517, LCB
Above: Team #07, Can‐Am JB Racing
Above: Team #33, Maverick Racing
Above: Team #442, Team Canada
The Round 6 Race Results for each class are as follows:
Overall Winner of Round 6:
#07 Can‐Am JB Racing ‐ Can‐Am Maverick ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 44m 15s
1st ‐ #07 Can‐Am JB Racing ‐ Can‐Am Maverick ‐ 14 Laps ‐ 3h 44m 15s (above right)
2nd ‐ #517 LCB ‐ Polaris RZR XP 900 ‐ 13 Laps ‐ 3h 38m 17s (above center)
3rd ‐ #118 AC Racing ‐ Can‐Am Maverick ‐ 13 Laps ‐ 3h 48m 30s (above left)
1st ‐ #57 Team BS ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 11 Laps ‐ 3h 52m 05s (First UTVRR event) (above right)
2nd ‐ #13 SH Racing ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 10 Laps ‐ 3h 15m 53s (First UTVRR event) (above center)
3rd ‐ #84 Guffey Racing ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 10 Laps ‐ 3h 51m 17s (First UTVRR event) (above left)
1st ‐ #615 JC Motorsports ‐ Arctic Cat Wild Cat ‐ 7 Laps ‐ 2h 14m 18s
2nd ‐ #421 Spyder Motorsports ‐ Polaris RZR S ‐ 7 Laps ‐ 2h 14m 27s
Overall Fastest Lap of Round 6:
#07 Can‐Am JB Racing ‐ Can‐Am Maverick ‐ 13m 59.995 seconds