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2013 CODE Viejas Casino Jacume GP

For some the CODE Jacume GP is high competition, for others, the Jacume GP is like coming home.

It’s been 13 yrs since the first CODE GP that was co-promoted with the late Otis “FUD” Fudpucker and it’s always been the same atmosphere at the GP. Groups of friends and families going the day before, staking out a spot, camping, barbequing, a few adult beverages and then up early the next morning watch some of the best racing you can find in Baja.

An overview of the Jacume race course
An overview of the Jacume race course

Set just across the border is 22 miles of whooped out, silted, mountainous, hill climbing, boulders, rocks, steep descents, technical, high-speed roads and jumps affectionately known as the Jacume GP. This event has been a favorite for both Mexican and American racers. “We come because it’s always a good time!” Said Steven Eugenio who was there for the 7th year straight. “It’s always a good time no matter how your day goes here. The terrain is a little bit of everything Baja has, a very challenging course and some great competition. I’ve had more bad luck racing here than good. I always seem to have mechanical trouble at this race, but then again I got my first O/A here too. In the end, it’s always fun!”

Spectators are treated with great viewing of the action
Spectators are treated with great viewing of the action

To change things up a bit CODE ran the track in the reverse direction from previous year along with some new sections thrown in. Long time CODE racer Vic Bruckmann showed up the morning of the race and ran to an impressive 2nd O/A in his Class 12 without even prerunning. “Racing here, it’s like family; I’ve been racing with CODE since 97 and they always put on a hell of an event.” Said Bruckmann when asked why he races with CODE. “There’s no shortage of competition either, when I left my house I told the wife I’d be happy to get top three. I couldn’t be happier to take the win because these are some really fast guys! My first lap was basically a prerun but I was able to pass a few guys. I got hung up for five minutes when I tried to pass a sportsman buggy. The second heat I was able to get by those class 10 cars and stretch it out a bit. I just missed the overall by the few minutes I lost hung up on that other car. Either way I’m very happy to come out on top.”

Vic Bruckmann
Vic Bruckmann
Vic Bruckmann on his way to 1st in 2 and 2nd overall
Vic Bruckmann on his way to 1st in class 12 and 2nd overall

 

Juan Carlos Lopez was having an epic run until a mechanical problem took him out of the race.
Juan Carlos Lopez was having an epic run until a mechanical problem took him out of the race.

Home town favorite Juan Carlos Lopez of Tecate was once again making it look too easy, in heat one he destroyed the competition but a broken front end in heat two would end any hopes of a repeat win. “He is our pride, the best we have.” Said one fan. “We’re on his team! He wins the races and we drink the beer!” It’s should be noted that JCL’s fans are die hard on that respect.

JCL fans toast to their favorite racer.
JCL fans toast to their favorite racer.

 

It’s the grassroots style and feel at CODE is what makes it most appealing. What seems to be absent is there’s no bickering or protests after the race, no hard feelings, and no bullshit. The reality is just good times with friends, familia; whether they are blood related or just have a gasoline in their veins like the rest of us.

Brandon - made the crossing to take 3rd pace in
Brandon Walsh made the crossing to take 5th pace in class 7

Next up for CODE is the Mexicana Logistics 300 on September 27th-29th, which will be a point-to-point race this year starting in Ensenada and finishing in Mexicali. It will also be running together with the inaugural NORRA Mexican 500. It will definitely be an event to attend.

Words and photos by Art Eugenio.

2013 CODE Viejas Casino Jacume GP results:

GRUPO 1
CLASE 10 
1003LUIS SALGADO/JOEL SERNA
1001GERARDO IRIBE
CLASE 12 
1202VIC BRUCKMANN
1207ALBERTO MEDINA
1209OTONIEL HUERTA
1203TAVO PIÑUELAS JR/GUSTAVO PIÑUELAS SR
1205DAVID GARCIA/LUIS BARRAGAN/LUIS BARRAGAN JR/EDGAR YEPIS
1201MIKE AGUILAR
1208OSCAR ARAMBULA/TITO ARAMBULA
1211JESUS DE LA TORRE/JAIME MORENO/ESTEBAN AGUIRRE
1204LUIS BARRAGAN/DAVID GARCIA/LUIS BARRAGAN JR HECTOR BARRAGAN
1249JORGE RUVALCABA
CLASE 1/2-1600
1600ROBERTO ROMO/JUAN MAYORAL
1614RODRIGO ELORDOUY
1612FRANCISCO ESCAREÑO/LUIVAN VOELKER
1608RUBEN SAÑUDO/BRANDON SAÑUDO/RUBEN SAÑUDO JR
1610IVAN PACHECO/ALEX NAVARRETE
1602JAIME HUERTA
1611CESAR FISCAL
1609JOSE CARLOS MARTINEZ/ROBERTO ROMO
1648ELISEO GARCIA
1649ROBERTO RABAGO
1615IVAN MEJORADO
1604LUIS ALONSO SAENZ CHACON/JESUS ROSALES JR.
1606JOSE FLORES/SAMUEL GARCIA
CLASE 14 
1444TITO MARTINEZ
1403CELIO PEREZ MARTINEZ/ANDREA PEREZ MARTINE
1405ALFREDO LUGO
1447MIGUEL CORTEZ
1445ARTURO/EDUARDO/LUIS CERVANTES
1406FRANCISCO J AVALOS MARCO AGUILERA
1404PETE MORQUECHO
1430IVAN LOPEZ/0RLANDO LOPEZ
1448FRANCISCO GONZALEZ/EDUARDO GONZALEZ
GRUPO 2
CLASE 1 
43JAVIER ROBLES
88ARMANDO/ALLEN BRAVO
77BENY CANELA
11GREG PERYMAN
104ALEX GOZALEZ/DAVID JAMESON
48MANUEL ROBLES
28MANUEL ROBLES
75MARK ANDERSON
10JAN INGRAM
18JUAN CARLOS LOPEZ/CARLOS APDALY LOPEZ
7STEVEN EUGENIO/FIDEL GALINDO
100GERARDO IRIBE
74RYAN RODENBERGER
20JOSE ACUÑA
112OSCAR RODRIGUEZ
CLASE 8 
837JOSE LEON
800IVAN RIVERA/DARIO IVERA
838BRANDON HOLLANDER
CLASE 7 
700ALBERTO GONZALEZ/GOVA RACING
718LEONEL LIMON
717EFREN CARRASCO
719KELLY McNEIL
704BRANDON WALSH
706MARK McNEIL/PERRY McNEIL
703JAVIER MANZO/ISMAEL GAXIOLA
716CESAR GUTIERREZ
701AARON CELICEO
715BRADLEY LOVNEY
CLASE 18 
1820TED BRADY
1849TRAVIS DAVISON/SCOTT SLOCUM
1801STEVE TERRILL/PAT BARBEE/MANUEL OSUNA/TODD GASKIN
1848JULIO CESAR ABRIL
CLASE 1850
1899VICTOR M. HERRERA
1897BILL KELLISON
1852ARTURO MONTAÑO/CARLOS PERFECTO/RAUL SUAREZ/RAFAEL RAMIREZ
1851LUIS LEON/ALEX ORONA
1853MJ KENNEDY/KEVIN SHIELDS
1854ENRIQUE RAMOS/SALVADOR SOTO/LEO LEAL/FERNANDO CAMPOS/CASEY PARKER
CLASE 7S 
747RICARDO PERUSINA
725RODOLFO ROMO/RODRIGO DIAZ
726LARRY CONNOR
728ISMAEL REYES JR/KARIM REYES/AR
730SERGIO DURON/LUIS CASTAÑEDA
722ABELARDO GRIJALVA
744ALDO E. ROMO
723RICARDO VINDIOLA
745LEO DELGADILLO
746ALAN CARRILLO
724OMAR RUCOBO/RAFA SOSA
748MIGUEL RAMOS/GABRIEL RAMOS/BOBBY RUIZ
GRUPO 3
CLASE 5 
503MANUEL MERCADO
502GUILLERMO ESCALANTE/LUIVAN VOELKER
500JOSE LUIS LOPEZ/EDUARDO LAGUNA
517JORGE MARTINEZ/MARCOS MARTINEZ
CLASE 5/1600
599MIKE AGUILAR/MEMO MALPICA
551SERGIO MORENO
552PATRICK LAM JR/PATRICK LAM
554OMAR CHAVEZ
516MIGUEL ORTIZ
CLASE 15
1502RAUL MARQUEZ
1549FELIX GONZALEZ
1504GENARO MUÑOZ/MANUEL/EDGAR GTEZ/RAFAEL GTEZ/JOSE COLLINS
1503OSCAR LEDEZMA JR/JASON LEDEZMA/CHRISTIAN LEDEZMA/ALEX BERMUDEZ
1501MARIO GASTELUM
CLASE 9 
903JORGE LUIS GUEVARA
916LUIS CARAPIA
949JOSE A GONZALEZ/JOSE ANGEL GLEZ JR/JORGE SAENZ
900ERIC MULLER JR/JUAN MAYORAL/MARIO ALCALA/ERIC MULLER
902JOSE CARLOS AGUIRRE
904ROBERTO RUIZ/EDGAR RODRIGUEZ
CLASE 11 
1106CISCO BIO
1102ALEX RIVAS
1148MEMO VALLE/ROXANA VASQUEZ/FERNANDA VARGAS
1149WALTER CASAREZ/VANESSA HERNANDEZ
1117JORGE MARTINEZ/REY MARENTES
1147GILBERTO ARREOLA
1103ROBERTO ROBLES

 

 

 

1 Comment

  1. A well-deserved Congratulations to Beny Canela and Art Peterson for their Podium Finish in Class 1 / TT in a class 8 truck that burned to the ground 22 months ago at the SCORE Race of Champions at San Felipe.
    Great job for the first time out since the BBQ

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