There’s a reason why this race is known as “The Summer’s Classic”, the weather is almost too good, the track is one of the best out there and the competition is fierce. This year the entries passed the number 300. Above 300 entry numbers are are more usual for the big events like the Baja 1000, 500 or Mint 400. 235 miles long was the track for this years edition of the Ensenada-San Felipe 250 and also new for this event is no restart in San Matias. The track used most of the traditional sections used a few weeks ago by the Baja 500 which means the track was very demanding with a couple of bottlenecks and broken racecars all over the track. But hey, if we would like it easy we would be racing on pavement, right?
This is the second of four races plus a non-competitive event of the 2016 RECORD championship, as a highlight RECORD invited Robert Acer as the guest of honor who threw the green flag to the race field. A ceremonial start in Ensenada main street lead all racers together as a group escorted by the local police all the way to race mile 15 in Piedras Gordas to start the timed section.
Around RM45 we caught popular off-road racer Eli Yee with a broken axle of his brand new Jimco Class 10, “We, better enjoy the race while I wait for my team to tow me out” – Eli told us with a smile on his face while we watched the Class 7sx going thru. Speaking of the 7sx class, along with the entire event it was complete dedicated to “El Profe” Durazo, who passed away in an accident at the same race a year ago, hashtags like #VaPorTiProfe or #EsaNooo were printed in the liveries of most of the racecars showing respect and tribute to a fallen racer.
Mint 400 CEO Matt Martelli with help of Justin Park and his #747 Bilstein team race in the very-competitive 7sx Class: “I’ve raced this race in Class 11 and had a blast! Ramón Castro and the RECORD crew do a great job! It is important to me that we as Americans show respect to Baja and the Mexican people who allow us to use their beautiful country. We want to continue to race here and invite all the Mexican racers to come race The Mint 400,” stated Mint 400 CEO, Matt Martelli. “There is no place like Baja! We want to keep it clean and sustainable for generations to come!” You can read the whole press release here.
#757 Rodrigo Martinez Zapíen, #720 Oscar Solaiza and #753 Rodrigo Martinez Liera took the 1-2-3 places in the 7sx Class, Matt Martelli and Justin Park got a respetable 6th place but it was #274 Elias Hanna and his Trophy-Truck Spec who took the Overall win with a time of 04:09:52, #116 Armando Bravo and #104 Rob Archibald completed the 1-2-3 podium in the Open Class. #1603 Faisal Diaz, #1644 Viry Felix and #1649 Arturo Arámbula made the 1-2-3 in Class 16 which had the biggest amount of entries just passed by the 7sx Class.
This race marks the half way point of the 2016 RECORD Championship. Next race will be the Alamo 200 in October but the action never stops in Baja, The next race in the area is another favorite, CODE Kendall Motrix “La Hechicera” 22-24 of July, see you there!
Official results HERE