RJ WINS PRO SXS, RONNIE STEPS IN AND SCORES 2ND IN PRODUCTION 1000!
Lynden, Washington (January 20, 2014) – The 2014 WORCS season started this past weekend in Taft, CA. Big car counts made for an action packed day of racing and the early sunset had all the cars on course at the same time — making racing action tighter and tougher.
In Pro SXS, RJ Anderson’s’ #37 Holz/Walker Evans/Polaris® RZR® XP 1000 was back and ready for action. Debuted at the last race of the 2013 season, few drivers have as much XP 1000 experience as Ander¬son, and he put it to use all day long. Joining RJ, was 2013 Champ Beau Baron in his new Holz/Maxxis/Polaris® RZR® XP 1000.
Starting from the second row, RJ and teammate Beau Baron knew they were in for a battle. With 31 cars entered in Pro SXS (along with the other classes on course at the same time) working through traffic was the order of the day in the later laps. To make matters more difficult, at the end of lap two, RJ lost powersteering and gritted his way through to the end. RJ and Beau had a battle going all race long til Beau suffered a transmission related failure on the last lap. RJ walked away with the win with an elapsed time of 41:01.016 and also the fastest lap of the day posting a 10:09.846.
“Beau (Baron) and I were going at it, we’re teammates but it didn’t feel like it today. There was some swapping of places and plastic back there.” said RJ Anderson.
In SXS Production 1000, it was time for the “other” Anderson to do work. Ronnie, RJ’s younger brother, raced his 570 in WORCS last year, but was a new face to the line in the 1000 class. The familiar green/ white/black Walker Evans/Holz/Polaris® RZR® XP 900 came away with a solid second place finish in his first outing, finishing the four lap race in 43:53.592, with a best lap of 10:59.372.
The Holz Racing Products would also like to congratulate the Polaris/ XtremePlus team. After two weeks, thirteen stages and 9,000km, Willy Alcaraz and the XtremePlus Team pulled out the 3-peat win at the 2014 Dakar. These guys put HRP parts through the most grueling off-road race on the planet and have won for three consecutive years. We couldn’t be more proud.
*Photo credit to Rusty Baptist and Harlen Foley // UTVUnderground.com
The 2014 season is starting to ramp up. Next up, RJ Anderson and teammate Beau Baron will head to Primm, NV for Round #2 of the WORCS Series with their HRP/Polaris® RZR® XP 1000s. The Holz/ Coastal RZR® XP will head back for some testing & development and be ready for the Best in the Desert Mint 400 on March 14-16th in Las Vegas, NV. And the Coastal GNCC team will spend the next few months developing new Polaris® RZR®s for the season opener at The General in Washington, GA on March 15th.