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