The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) was down in Baja for the first time this past weekend. Off-road racing fans who usually only get to see long distance racing were able to get their first taste of short-course as LOORRS invaded Estero Beach Resort, Baja Mexico for rounds 11 and 12.
Packed stands with plenty of excitement saw plenty of action this weekend which was highlighted by a couple of extreme wrecks. Pro 2 started the weekend off and did not disappoint the enthusiastic crowd in the stand. Pro 2 were the first trucks to break in the all new purpose built track.
Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren, usual names for the fans of Baja, started on the first line and stayed their for the rest of the race. The course got more torn up as the race went on making for exhilarating passes that kept the fans on the edge of their seat the whole race.
Pro 4 finished off round 11 and day one of the weekend in Baja. Fans came out to see if Kyle LeDuc could continue his winning streak. The LeDuc name is well known down in Baja with Kyle’s dad, Curt LeDuc, racing in Baja for many years.
The drivers in the Pro 4 class where hoping that the new track, little prep time would be on their side as they tried to slow down Kyle LeDuc and break his winning streak. Apparently it does not matter where the race is, what the conditions of the track are, or at this point anything, to stop Kyle LeDuc from being at the top of the podium.
He gave fans exactly what they were wanting to see, a good clean race with him out front. LeDuc extended his winning streak and held off Bryce Menzies, who finished second, and Rob MacCachren, who finished third.
Day two brought some of the most exciting and intense battles in the Pro 2 race. The race started off with a 6-truck inversion which placed the fast qualifiers, Bryce Menzies and Brian Deegan, on the third row. Getting the benefit of the inversion were Rob MacCachren and RJ Anderson, which both knew that it would take plenty of work to stay ahead of the pack.
Both drivers where able to avoid the chaos during the race, and RJ Anderson was able to bring in his first Pro 2 win home, with Rob MacCachren right behind him and Robby Woods finishing in third place.
With the weekend trip to Baja almost over the fans where cheering and on their feet the moment the Pro 4 trucks hit the track for the last race of the day. Just like Pro 2, Pro 4 had a 6-truck inversion which placed the top qualifier, points leader, and winning streak, Kyle LeDuc, was placed on the third row.
There was so much battling going on that by the second lap there had to be a full course caution to pick up metal debris that littered the course. Kyle LeDuc had made his way up to third at this point and made a pass on Brian Deegan and Carl Renezeder, to take the lead as well as the win. LeDuc finished with his 10th straight win of the year, showing that it does not matter what happens, he is out to win.
MacCachren and Menzies had to go back to the States knowing they have plenty of work to do as someone tries to dethrone the points champion. MacCachren finished in second and Menzies in third.
The off-road fans of Baja got exactly what they were looking for with the LOORRS series. They got to see the excitement that they have been seeing and hearing from the series in the United States.
It will be a great addition to the LOORRS series if they continue to have a weekend in Baja, for racers and fans alike. The LOORRS will be heading up to Reno, Nevada for the Optima Batteries Silver State Showdown Presented by LoanMart, August 22nd-23rd at Wild West Motorsports Park.