|TireBlocks Racer Ryan Piplic in his new RZR XP 1000|
Tacoma Washington – WORCS Racing kicked off the 2014 season in Taft California this past weekend and Tireblocks racers were in full force in virtually every class throughout the weekend. After earning multiple championships in 2013, more racers than ever have put their trust in Tireblocks as they tackle some of the toughest terrain in the western United States.
In the Pro ATV class defending champion Beau Baron picked up right where he left off taking the first win of the season although this time he had to fight for it, unlike many races last year where the Tireblocks/H&M Motorsports racer would simply check out and lead from start to finish. Baron wound up trailing Josh row until the final two laps of the race when he made the pass and took over the lead.
Tireblocks/Can-Am/JRi Shocks racer Dillon Zimmerman who struggled with mechanical issues for much of the year last year managed to put together a near flawless performance, riding consistently to a 3rd place finish. Zimmerman only made the podium twice in 2013 but made his presence known at this first round and has shown he is a force to be reckoned with.
In the Pro-Am class, Tireblocks racers made a clean sweep of the podium with David Flores taking the overall followed by Matt Hancock and Pro-Am rookie Alex Ortiz. Flores also won the Production A race on Saturday and looks to repeat his championship in that class in 2014 as well.
In the UTV class, Factory Polaris RZR XP 1000 racer Ryan Piplic was the sole Tireblocks racer to make the podium as lapped traffic and mechanical issues plagued much of the field. Rather than earn gate choices based off last years points, racers drew numbers and Piplic would start on the 2nd row along side Polaris teammates R.J. Anderson and Beau Baron. Starting from the second row meant lapped traffic would be an issue and indeed it was. Piplic and Baron would arrive at the first corner in unison with Baron edging him out with the inside line.
Piplic would trade positions several times throughout the course of the race with eventual winner R.J. Anderson as the two would dodge and weave their way through some of the slower drivers ahead. Piplic opted to play it safe in hopes of avoiding a round one mishap like last year and drove smooth and steady, earning himself a podium position in the first race of the year.
“My goal is to be on the podium at every race,” said an elated Piplic. “Consistency pays off in this type of racing so if I can stay consistent I think I’ve got a good shot at a championship.”
Racers head to Buffalo Bills Resort in Primm Nevada on February 7-9 for round 2 of the World Off-Road Championship series.
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