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California City, CA – Ave/Baja Promotions took the first step (some may call it a bold one, while others may say foolish) in announcing that the entire 2016 PURE UTV OFF-ROAD DESERT SERIES will be a totally GPS-based series, meaning that all courses will be marked by GPS only, with little or no actual visual course markings on the course. This is something that race promoter, Lou Peralta has been touting for years, trying to encourage the “big boys” to do likewise, but to no avail, until 2016, that is.

Peralta was contacted to explain further; “I believe that time has come for every promoter to start thinking that way, and certainly for us. Last year we were saddled with what I would call (to be gentile about it), “stinkers” who seemed to come out Friday nights and disturb our courses. These creeps could be anyone, but we have our own suspicions of locals who may drink a bit too much and then try to create mayhem. Environmental Zealots, I call them. We can’t go on and continue to put on great and safe events without trying to mitigate the situation.” Peralta concluded.

To be entirely correct, Peralta has been using GPS and giving the courses to the racers for years. AVE/Baja Promotions has reported that perhaps as many as 95% of the racers in the series already use the GPS file that AVE/Baja Promotions provides. Those who fit into AVE/Baja Promotions’ classes of “Bone Stock 1000” and “Bone Stock 900” – both Sportsman classes with mostly entry level racers, will have to learn to use GPS quickly.

According to Race Director, Alan Bell, “We will lay out the course weeks in advance and make sure to go through it several times, and then release the actual race course to those who have signed up, at least one weekend before the event. Thusly, we are prepared to give racers more than just a day to pre-run, which, in the past has been restricted to only on the Friday before the race. To be sure we have to improve our GPS plotting to make sure everyone can read the course. Moreover, we now know that the second most important person in the team will be the “Navigator” because it will be up to the “Navigator” to help the racers stay on course.”

Peralta also added, “I believe now that the task of the “Navigator” is as important as that of the “Driver” in the team, both Racers and Navigators will earn points towards class and overall points championships.”

Racers will now have a whole week to pre-run but only if they are signed up for the event. We’ve also learned that AVE/BP Racing will, nonetheless, have some course marking along the way to reassure racers that they are on the course. What type of markers, has not yet been announced, but according to Peralta, “They will be unmistakable and easy to find and unique to us.”

A new era, at least for AVE/Baja Promotions, begins in 2016, on how their courses will be laid out. Peralta was asked what effect he thinks this new move will have on his entries? He stated, “I will have either stepped on my ‘Johnson’ big-time or might have made the right decision, at least for our races here. I believe it will help tremendously our series because it will avoid the shenanigans we have been encountering here in the past six to eight months. We have to do something. I’ve also been suggesting this to other promoters to do likewise because I can see where they could solve a lot of their problems, especially when dealing with heavy spectator traffic. I know BITD and SNORE and MORE and others have one set of problems while SCORE has others. This GPS racing, I think will help.”

The 2016 AVE/Baja Promotions Series begins January 23, with the running of the PURE #1 – “150” in Cal City. Other dates are March 19, April 23, July 16 (a night race), September 10 and the PURE #6 “200” – October 22, all in California City, at the AVE Ranch, 138th & Proctor.

The best five (5) out of the six finishes will be computed for year-end championships in the Overall points and by Class p[oints championships. One requirement; a racer must compete in at least three (3) events to qualify for championship titles.

Two other UTV races are also on AVE/BP schedule but do not count for the Series points. Instead, they count for the ENSENADA CUP. These two events will run in Punta Banda, Baja California, Mexico, inside Ejido Coronel Esteban Cantu. The dates are; May 28 and October 1. Course marking and GPS will be used for that event, which runs in combination with the Motorcycle and ATV Gran Prix events also on the same date, but at different times

For more details please visit www.averacing.com or contact info@averacing.com -