By Nick Almada
Glen Helen, the usual location for Moto races in SoCal, but not this weekend. Desert cars arriving by the dozens ready to take on one of the more unique races in off-road racing, the GG Lighting Freedom Cup! It was a fun two hot days full of muddy short course racing and a couple late night EMPI Triple Crown races.
Saturday morning came and with it, came the heat. Each group had one sight lap and one Qualifying lap to set start positions and to grow familiarity on this unique 4 mile course consisting of Moto style rhythm sections, narrow canyon sections, and the traditional short course track all blended together.
After going out and setting down some of the fastest laps in Class 9 it was Brandon Heald in car 911 that took the win in class overall on the weekend setting a time of 0:49:18. Followed closely by 982 Wesley Welch and 999 Brandon Meehan rounding out the top 3.
In the 5/1600 class it was the 570 car of Ruben Garcia Jr. that came away with the overall weekend win with a time of 0:50:51 beating out Raul Solano in car 554 and Ken Flipping in car 555. Valuable points in the EMPI Triple Crown series going into round 3 later this year.
With no surprise the biggest class in terms of car count was the Class 11s with 16 entries. And at the top we find the usual suspects. Blake Wilkey in car 1157 continuing his dominant run in the class took the overall win with a time of 0:44:11 just edging out Cisco Bio in car 1118 by a mere 34 seconds with a time of 0:44:45!
In the 2900 class it was Douglas Allan in UTV 700 that came away with the win with a time of 1:37:54 just beating out Tom Coons in car 955 with a time of 1:42:10.
The fastest car all weekend was none other than Braydon Baker in UTV 77 putting down fastest lap times and was 1st overall not just in class, but on the whole field all weekend with a time of 1:32:53. Seemingly Untouchable.
Joser Herrera in truck 1449 won the 1400 class with a time of 1:38:26 just beating out Noah Quantrell in truck 1432 with a time of 1:44:29 and Mark Rotarius in truck 1477 taking home 3rd with a time of 1:41:44.
In class 1600 it was the 1622 of Tim Craig that took the weekend win with a time of 1:38:01. Tyler Petersen in car 1624 took 2nd with a time of 1:43:01 and rounding out the top 3 was Cole Hardin in car 1679 with a time of 1:45:39.
After Battling back from a flat tire on Sunday, Tom Coons came back with the class 10 win with a time of 1:38:30 with Hector Garcia in car 1006 taking 2nd with a time of 1:41:06.
For Class 5 it was the 5004 of Cade Garcia taking the win with a time of 1:37:11 with Colin Cline taking 2nd place with a time of 1:44:12.
In 6100 it was The 6142 of Brandon Arthur putting his Short course experience to use winning with a time of 1:42:15.
In the Unlimited class it was the 47 of Darren Parsons putting down a time of 1:45:16 taking the weekend win!
MORE Racing will return September 25th in Lucerne Valley for the PCI Race Radios 300.