2014 SCORE San Felipe 250 UTV Results 0
UTV’s still appear to be a one of the few thriving classes in the SCORE Desert Series. This past weekend, San Felipe, Mexico played host to SCORE’s opening round. Slated to be a very different 278 miles of race course, 14 UTV’s from 4 different manufacturers were entered into Class 19 for the 2014 San Felipe 250.
Reigning champion Matt Parks of Jagged X entered a brand new XP1000, as did Marc Behnke, and Jamie Kirkpatrick. Marc Burnett and Cory Sappington would be racing Can-Am Mavericks, and Derek Murray brought out a new Maverick Max based racer. All 14 teams prepared for a 280 mile race that was cut drastically shorter just a few hours before the green flag would wave. While the shortened race course was quite a bit easier than the expected course, the new challenge laid in making last minute logistical changes to accommodate the course changes.
Matt Parks and the Jagged X machine had the lead at the 40 mile mark, with Glazzkraft’s Alonso Lopez right on his tail. Derek Murray had the new Max in third, followed by UTV racing Virgin Jaime Kirkpatrick in fourth.
A few miles out of pit 1, the Murray Bros. Maverick Max was sidelined with a broken injector wire. Never giving up, Derek was able to diagnose and fix the issue quickly, staying within contention of the podium positions. At race mile 80 Jagged still led, followed by the GlazzKraft car and Jaime Kirkpatrick in the TireBlocks RZR had found his way into the third position. Marc Behnke was fourth and the rest of the pack was dropping a little behind.
Mile 120, coming out of a very muddy Mikes Sky Ranch loop to hit the pavement, found the front of the UTV class in this same order. Only now they were even closer together. After a long, boring pavement section the top three cars were all within a minute when they dropped back into the freshly marked course. The next pit was El Chinero where the new course addition tied into original marked course. The top three were still in the same order but the big surprise was Marc Burnett who surfaced from the back of the pack, and was now running in a very close fourth position.
Driving like it was all on the line, Marc looked like he was in a class of his own. His Can-Am was working flawlessly and he was hammer-down. In the next 20 miles, Matt Parks lost a battery in the Jagged X, and the GlazzKraft team sheared bolts off the rear spindle. Jaimie Kirkpatrick lost a front shock also. While all three of the day’s front runners were handling their own issues, Marc found himself out front and virtually unchallenged to the finish.
Derek Murray who had been sidelined earlier, snuck by during the mess and troubles, pulling off a 1-2 finish for Can Am. Parks was able to get the Jagged X to the finish to round off the podium. Jaimie Kirkpatrick and Kenney Sanford brought the TireBlocks RZR XP1000 in for fourth shortly thereafter.
CLASS 19 (Limited, Stock 4-wheel Utility Vehicle)—
1. Marc Burnett, Fernando Flores, Can-Am, 5:41:17 (38.50 mph)
2. Derek Murray, Steve Amarine, Monty Aldrich, Can-Am , 6:11:56
3. Matt Parks, Jason Spiess, Polaris, 6:13:20
4. Jamie Kirkpatrick, Kenny Sanford, Polaris, 6:23:17
5. Marc Behnke, William Affeldt, Polaris, 6:42:48
6. Alonso Lopez, Hector Jimenez, Roberto Balderama, Polaris, 6:49:45
7. Sean Cook, Colton Cook, Polaris, 8:03:43
8. Scott Estes, Johnny Estes, Frank Estes, Kawasaki, 8:08:43
9. Cory Sappington, Tyler Dixon, Donovan Cain, Can-Am, 8:11:38
10. Jose Romero, Jaime Romero, Arctic Cat, 8:54:18
11. Thomas Graves, Idalia Graves, Richard Morel, Polaris, 10:31:08
12. Douglas McCrady, Nick Ancona, Arctic Cat, 11:08:02