SCORE Announces Ruling In Vildosola Against Baldwin Protest –

SCORE Announces Ruling In Vildosola Against Baldwin Protest

SCORE has accepted a protest from #21 Gustavo Vildosola, Jr. against #97 BJ Baldwin for failure to stop at Checkpoint 7.

A video does in fact indicate that #97 failed to stop at the checkpoint. This video also indicates that #21 failed to stop at the checkpoint. A different video taken at the checkpoint indicates that a Motorcycle and a third Trophy Truck also failed to stop, and four other Trophy Trucks made hard sliding sudden stops. The first twelve motorcycles and the first two Trophy Trucks came through the checkpoint in darkness between the hours of 12:00AM and 6:00AM.

All of the eight 2012 SCORE Baja 1000 Stop Checkpoints were instructed to place the following large rectangular signage on the race course: CHECKPOINT 1/4 MILE – CHECKPOINT 200 YARDS – CHECKPOINT STOP.

If the checkpoint crews did not have all of the required signage prior to their departure for the race, SCORE would make arrangements to provide the signs. To supplement this signage, the checkpoints were also instructed to hold a long or short reach stop sign and wave flags, preferably on opposite sides of the designated stopping point.

SCORE has determined that due to a serious miscommunication between SCORE and the checkpoint captain, the checkpoint did not have any of the large rectangular signs or a handheld stop sign. The checkpoint captain believed that the signs would be delivered to the checkpoint location, while SCORE was under the impression that the checkpoint captain was in possession of the signs and would have his crew transport them to the checkpoint location. The checkpoint captain was traveling to Baja Sur via commercial airline and was therefore not in a position to transport the signs himself.

The checkpoint crew did have two smaller square stop signs, yellow flags and flashlight wands. The flashlight wands were used during darkness and the yellow flags were used after sunrise. The small stop signs were placed on light stands at the designated stopping point. All of the checkpoint workers and their vehicles were located on the driver’s left side near one of the light stands. The other light stand was placed across the course approximately 30 feet away from the checkpoint workers and surrounded by a group of spectators.

The #97 and #21 were the only Trophy Trucks to come through the checkpoint during darkness, and as mentioned above, both of these vehicles failed to stop at the checkpoint.

Even in daylight, the third Trophy Truck which failed to stop seemed to be under the impression that the checkpoint workers were pit flaggers waving him into his pit, so he failed to stop at the checkpoint, but immediately and smoothly turned left into his pit and stopped.

This situation was further complicated by the fact that the designated stopping location of the checkpoint was approximately 700 feet before the location indicated on the course gps file.

It is also important to note that the checkpoint captain did not file a protest against any of the race vehicles that failed to stop, and did not mention the checkpoint stopping situation to SCORE officials even though he had the opportunity to do so at race headquarters in La Paz.

SCORE concludes that the checkpoint was not properly identified or made visible enough for #97 to be held accountable in darkness to the checkpoint stop rule, so the protest is hereby denied and dismissed.

SCORE further deems that the time to file a competitor against competitor protest for issues arising from the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 has expired, so no further protests will be accepted, reviewed or acknowledged.



  2. This is a tough race and, rules are rules, glad to see all is settled
    and good year too all till the next one. SPIRITED COMPETITION IS THE NATURE
    of these great races.

  3. An this is supposed to be a world class event?
    For shit’s sake! I don’t know what’s worse:
    SCORE not having control of a checkpoint?
    SCORE having to explain every detail of its own epic fail with these rulings.

  4. Don’t understand why in the hell you would protest against BJ when you didn’t even stop yourself??
    Congrats BJ…way to ironmann the entire 1121 miles, you deserve it!

  5. Looks to me with his piss poor explanation of the light bar video and now a protest where he didn’t bother to stop either Tavo has turned out to be the whiny little biotch I hope red bull and bfg are paying attention.

    1. Mt, that is exactly the reason why you protest a chicken poop protest because if you are going to apply rules it should be even so everyone who did not stop gets penalized and that would be the fair thing to do given every one else but a few did stop, if i we’re the red bull team I would fight for that, fair play even if they take away a well deserved win

  6. Alfredo, I didn’t reread the decision again, but I think there was also some kind of time frame expiration with regard to the ruling. Roberts Rule of order, doesn’t apply here, but in the rulings a time frame is almost always applied in any fair ruling. THE MARKINGS WERE NOT CLEAR AS I UNDERSTAND, making your logic Mute. (and especially in night, dusk and dawn passings).

    Heck I’ve seen lots of fist fights over things, that involve MACHO MENS EGOS especially in competitive sports, and this is another one. Let um duke it out next year on the race course.

    1. i see your point larry, and I saw this logic coming, but the primery reasoning for taking such can of worms on by the promoter, was the relentless squeeky wheel that brought it to them, if that determination was applied to preruuning and truck development the results would be differnt no dooubt, but as far as your point, as i say the rules were the big issue, as painful and controvercial as it tuned out to be the, the only fair ruling would have been to panalise all parties breaking a rule, even if it was partially the promoters fault

  7. In my perspective, both team should be penalized for what they did. (BJ’s & Vildosola) but one thing thing that no one will ever take from this race is how Vildosola’s team was able to catch up with the all the vehicles in front of them and pass BJ half way through the race. Next year will be a good one for everyone since competition and technology is not limited to just a few but to pretty much anyone with deep pockects. It is a shame at this rate to witness this type of sportmanship among racers. I will always remember the 45th Baja 1000 as one that Vildosola team won but because of a stupid choice (that did’nt really gave 3 21 an advantage) ended in 8th place. BJ should be penalized too. Apparently SCORE rules doesnt apply equaly for all the competitors. It’s a shame.

  8. December 4, 2012

    23961 Craftsman Rd. #A
    Calabasas, CA 91302
    Phone: 818-225-8402

    Sal Fish
    President & CEO

    RE: 2012 Baja 1000 Trophy Trucks Results

    Dear Sal Fish and Score International Personnel:
    This letter is related to the responses you provided to two Complaints or Protests you received from Trucks #97 and #21 competitors.

    What a lack of seriousness and Poor Professionalism from all SCORE personnel stating that due to a serious miscommunication between SCORE and the checkpoint captain, the checkpoint did not have any of the Equipment to perform such activity or duty, as well as lack of training and judgment of the checkpoint crew by not taking a decision and reporting the breaking of a important rule.

    YOU, SCORE ASSOCIATION, Admitted and Accepted that both Trucks didn’t stop as well as many others. It is your responsibility as an organizer and authority to penalize all competitors according to your rule book.
    As mentioned above, you Admitted and Accepted that several competitors failed to stop but you don’t want to do anything about it while having the evidence and the reason why is because YOU !, SCORE ASSOCIATION failed to provide the right equipment to the Checkpoints.
    It is your responsibility to coordinately set up this event for the safety of the spectators and the competitors, this is a decision made and taken under Mediocrity and the missing of knowledge and professionalism, by doing this, you are loosing credibility and seriousness between the rest of competitors, authorities and spectators.

    A suggestion for all you SCORE Personnel can be to withdrawn the results and that there is no winner for the trophy truck class for this year, do you believe this is a bizarre decision? Well, this decision can’t be so bizarre compared with the one you just did.

    This letter is not behind any Team because I don’t belong to any of the competitors crew mentioned above or any one that paid their inscription to race.
    I am just an big spectator, off-road races runs through my veins.


    Sincerely and Respectfully
    Rafael Gonzalez A.
    Computer Engineer

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