GBC Motorsports West Coast Race Report: WORCS Havasu & Mint 400

The racing season is heating up out in the Southwestern United States as GBC Motorsports racers took to the legendary Mint 400 and the third round of WORCS Racing at Lake Havasu.

A lot of UTVs lined up with Mongrels at the Mint 400.

A lot of UTVs lined up with Mongrels at the Mint 400.

Best in the Desert Mint 400

“The Great American Off-Road Race” returned in 2008 after a 20-year hiatus, and became a part of the Best in the Desert series in 2012. UTVs have grown in popularity in the desert racing world in recent years, and this year more than 50 of them would line up to start the Mint. Making only two laps on the 100-mile course, the UTVs took off early Saturday morning and returned more than four hours later.

Usnick Racing finished 2nd in the UTV Sportsman class.

Usnick Racing finished 2nd in the UTV Sportsman class.

On a course that completely ravaged the field of racers many GBC drivers put their Mongrels to the ultimate test, navigating everything from whoops and washes to huge rocks. Rob and Kyle Usnick put together a very impressive race, finishing 2nd in the UTV Sportsman class.

Holz Racing finished in 14th place in the UTV Pro class.

Holz Racing finished in 14th place in the UTV Pro class.

In the UTV Pro class Holz Racing led the way for GBC in their Mongrel-equipped Polaris RZR. Some mechanical difficulties slowed them down, however, and they ended up with a 14th place class finish. Mike Lansky finished 16th, Jeff Scolman finished 18th, and the Gilkison boys finished 19th in their Brightside Racing RZR.

Brightside Racing made use of their Mongrels.

Brightside Racing made use of their Mongrels.

WORCS Racing Round 2 – Lake Havasu

Lake Havasu is a special place for a lot of WORCS participants. Resembling a golf course more than a race course in some places, the waterfront racing is unique in a series that is mostly comprised of dusty desert terrain. Last year at Havasu RJ Anderson wowed the crowd by jumping the lagoon, a feat which many more drivers attempted this year.

Nolan Remlinger finished 9th in the SXS Pro class.

Nolan Remlinger finished 9th in the SXS Pro class.

More than 30 Side-X-Sides lined up for the Pro class this round, but it was Nolan Remlinger leading the way for GBC racers with a 9th place finish. Bryan Carr, Mike Lewis and Dan Worley were also propelled by Mongrel tires, finishing 11th, 14th and 16th respectively.

RJ Anderson

RJ Anderson

RJ Anderson came into this round with the points lead, and kept that momentum going in the early part of the race. Unfortunately, after leading for a stretch a crash pushed him back to a 20th place finish.

Ronnie Anderson finished 8th in the SXS 1000 class.

Ronnie Anderson finished 8th in the SXS 1000 class.

Ronnie Anderson ran in the front of the SXS 1000 class before overheating. After a pit stop and some quick work on the radiator Anderson got back on the course and finished 8th.

On the ATV side of things, Trent Kendall put together a pair of solid races, finishing 2nd in the +30A class and 4th in the Open A class. GBC newcomer Lindsay Middlebrooks finished 3rd in the Womens B class. Jose Mendoza finished 6th in the Pro-Am class and 5th in Prod A, while Miguel Mendoza finished 3rd in the Sport 15-29 A class and 11th in Open A.

WORCS Racing next heads to Sand Hollow in Utah while the Best in the Desert racers will prep for the Silverstate 300 in early May. Check out GBC’s full lineup of ATV and SXS tires by visiting www.GBCMotorsports.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.

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