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2021 MORE GG Lighting Freedom Cup Recap

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.

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OK I need to preface this post by saying we had a complete blast out at GH last weekend. We had several entries in the desert style race and one entry for the run what you brung race on Friday night. Unfortunately Friday night was a complete and utter cluster f. No one new what was going on the drivers meeting, tech, the start of the race was all a disaster. No idea why they waited until almost 9 at night to start this thing. We almost pulled out of the competition because of safety and equipment concerns.

The lighting was a joke the track was dark in 20% of the track and for some reason $$$ they opted to put 0 water down on the track... ZERO. Fortunately for the majority of the competition the wind was blowing south east and kept a lot of the dust away from the stands. The dust on the track was at times a complete brown out and if your rival got a jump on you at the start it was over, hard to race safely and competively with a blindfold of dust on a short course. It was more of a drag race off the line. About 3/4s of the way through the wind changed and the stands became a dust cloud.

Most of the spectators could not take it any longer and left. A little pre prep a couple more lights, earlier start time a schedule of the event and for god sakes you watered the holly hell out of the desert track you watered the Saturday night stadium race its not rocket surgery guys...WATER MEANS NO DUST !!!. Hopefully next year someone over there will figure it out. I do appreciate the efforts put into this weekend and thank you for a great time.
 
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OK I need to preface this post by saying we had a complete blast out at GH last weekend. We had several entries in the desert style race and one entry for the run what you brung race on Friday night. Unfortunately Friday night was a complete and utter cluster f. No one new what was going on the drivers meeting, tech, the start of the race was all a disaster. No idea why they waited until almost 9 at night to start this thing. We almost pulled out of the competition because of safety and equipment concerns.

The lighting was a joke the track was dark in 20% of the track and for some reason $$$ they opted to put 0 water down on the track... ZERO. Fortunately for the majority of the competition the wind was blowing south east and kept a lot of the dust away from the stands. The dust on the track was at times a complete brown out and if your rival got a jump on you at the start it was over, hard to race safely and competively with a blindfold of dust on a short course. It was more of a drag race off the line. About 3/4s of the way through the wind changed and the stands became a dust cloud.

Most of the spectators could not take it any longer and left. A little pre prep a couple more lights, earlier start time a schedule of the event and for god sakes you watered the holly hell out of the desert track you watered the Saturday night stadium race its not rocket surgery guys...WATER MEANS NO DUST !!!. Hopefully next year someone over there will figure it out. I do appreciate the efforts put into this weekend and thank you for a great time.
I look forward to racing in your series next year. What’s your race schedule look like so I can get time off?