By Jennifer Loucks
Double points. This is the race that strikes fear in the leaders, and gives the others hope. It’s a chance to make up for past mistakes, or to stretch your lead even further. The third race in the Kamloops off road racing series did just that at the KORRBC track at Whispering Pines on August 26, 2012.
The Limited Lites put on a spectacular show, with Jim Jensen desperately fending off Rob Bouchard, Ryan Munden and Lucas Hagen. They pushed their trucks hard; in some cases too hard. Munden’s rear axle broke under the pressure, leaving him and his pit crew changing it out between the second heat and the main event. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be, and it fell out half way through the race. Meanwhile, Jensen and Bouchard had 2 of the closest finishes ever seen in KORRBC racing. They came around the final corner, nose to nose, and crossed the finish line a hair apart from each other. In the end, Jensen managed to hold on to his lead, and took the checkered flag and 79 points. Bouchard and Hagen tied for second place, taking 65 points apiece.
The UTV’s went to play in the mud and the dirt, following the limited lites. Once again, they delivered a spectacular performance, with hard, fast racing, killer air, and utter devastation for one racer. At the start of the day, Al McBeth was leading the pack, in points and speed. Some mechanical issues put him out of the race, and he finished the day in last place, dropping from 1st to 4th for the year. Tyler Backus and Cecil Sinow battled hard through the day, bumping and jostling each other around the track. They seemed to be competing not only for first, but who could get the most air! Sinow won the air challenge, going so high and far he almost endo’d his machine. When the dust settled, Backus and Sinow tied for first place, with Garth Neibrandt taking 3rd.
The last group up for the day was the Outlaws. The outlaw class is always entertaining, with its motley crew of racers rocking around the track. August 26th saw pro trucks, including a 900-horse monster, the bouncing rock crawlers, and the mini truck owned by Troy Armstrong, all tearing it up together. There was a fierce battle for first between newcomers Craig Byers, in his championship winning pro truck, and Shaums March, in the 900 HP monster he calls a truck. Byers blocked March throughout the heats, fighting hard to maintain his lead, but in the main event March snuck past and took the checkered flag. It was a personal victory for March, completing a race day for the first time since he started attending KORRBC races. Byers proved why he’s a past champion and placed 1st. Matt Neiman took 3rd, maintaining his position in the overall points race and still in line to take the “King of the Outlaws” title.
The KORRBC season finishes Sunday, September 30th, with the September Scramble. Come and witness the battles for points champion, as we see racers push their machines harder and faster throughout the day. Stay and watch the ‘Brawl for it All’, open to every racer who is still running, in every class, battling for a cash prize. Check out www.korrbc.ca for more details. KORRBC – not your average Sunday drive!