REPORT ON THE "EXCURSION" - Fun Time
The "excursion" started at Noon at the AVE Ranch and 2.5 hrs. later they had made the 50-mile round trip going through all types of terrain. As one of the participants
said, "This is an awesome course!"
Next for the PURE SIDE-X-SIDE OFF-ROAD DESERT RACE, Presented by SXSPerformance, is the weekend of April 19-21, when an expected large entry of Side-X-Side will take off for the first of the five-event series, exclusively for UTVs. This is the first of its kind series and the classes are in for a treat.
The PURE "200" features Classes in the Unlimited 4 and Unlimited 2, Production 700, 850 and 1000, both in the PRO or SPORTSMAN Categories, plus the newly formed, and strictly Sportsman ranking, the "Bone Stock" Classes for 800cc and under and up to 1000cc.
- Unloading at the Alta Vista Ranch. Not a better view anywhere in Cal-City.
- Those who brought their GPSs were given the .usr Google Earth file to upload and follow the yet, unmarked course.
- Atop one of the "Three Wicked Mamas" hill!
- One of the final downhills just before the finish...well almost, there's one more surprise.
go to www.averacing.com for more details.
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FULLERTON & ORELLANA SET THE OPENING RECORDS
By Elias Vidal
California City, CA – April 20, 2013 – On what has to be described as one of the most unique settings in all of off-road racing, with crystal-clear views of the open California City desert and marvelous weather for off-road racing, featuring slight breezes to keep the dust not entirely away but enough to offer clear views of the fifty-mile PURE “200” race course, Alan Fullerton and Adrian Orellana sent the message that they will be hard to beat this season, in the PURE SUPER-DESERT OFF-ROAD and the PURE SIDE-X-SIDE OFF-ROAD DESERT SERIES, presented by SXSPerformance.com, respectively.
In the first event of the PURE SUPER-DESERT MC/ATV Series, Fullerton, from Clovis, CA, riding solo aboard a 525cc MXC KTM, started the rumble at exactly 9 a.m. and led the field of open riders for all four laps or 200 miles to take the Overall and Open MC Class win, setting a blistering pace that bested everyone else by at least 24 minutes. Second overall went to Juan Rodrigues, Palmdale, CA aboard a 450cc Honda CRF, who worked his way up from a 5th place start to take the runner-up spot. Joe Andrade and Jon Phillips (Hon) rounded out the top three overall MCs. Early leaders, Don Campbell and Patrick Zang fell prey to mechanical woes and could only complete the first lap.
Next up was the first event of the 2013 PURE SIDE-X-SIDE Series and staged were all Side-X-Side Classes in the Pro and Sportsmen Divisions, with their schedule 4 p.m. start. This would mark the first time that UTVs would compete in their own unique series and not be part of a conglomerate set of classes for all other types of off-road vehicles. The stage was theirs as they say and they proved that SXS need their own space.
From the outset, Adrian and Andrea Orellana (Polaris XP900 – WMS, Rancho Auto & Truck Parts, Pro Armor, Rugged Radios and Rancho Racing), proved that they would be the team to beat. Starting after the Unlimited 4 and Unlimited 2 classes took off and third off the line in the Production 1000 Class; they set a blistering pace that no one was able to match. Closest to the Orellanas was Jason Gastel (2012 Can-Am Commander, Rotex 1000, Summer Bros., Rugged Radios, HCR Racing, ITP Wheels & Tires, Arrowhead Mechanics and Team Can-Am), who on lap two got as close as 1:25 minutes behind the leaders but could never overtake. Both teams set a fast-pace that bested everyone else by at least 9 minutes. Third Overall went to Aaron McMullin (2012 Polaris Razor 900 XP), who was behind by 28 minutes yet garnished the third overall spot. However, while Aaron keeps his third overall finish, he was later penalized in the Bone Stock Class for having an aftermarket product on what otherwise has to be “bone stock” or “showroom stock” equipment.
Of course all records are meant to be broken and no doubt that this first-ever “PURE” event will soon succumb to faster times and performances. But the names of the two overall winners, Fullerton and Orellana will certainly mark the beginning of a much anticipated series.
In particular for the Side-X-Sides Classes that for the first time they have their “own” series in which to perform their own brand of magic. This was the brainchild idea of AVE (Alta Vista Events) promoter, Lou Peralta, who thought that it was about time that the UTVs (SXS) should compete on their own stage and away for the many other off-road desert-racing classes. He stated, “I’ve been keeping my eyes open towards the Sides-by-Sides for many years that they have been competing in our other series, because they seem to be growing in numbers, participants and commitment. I like what I see; I also like the people who are getting into it. Many of whom are either former motorcycle or ATV racers as well as off-road racers. But I’m particular excited about the manufacturers who are putting out terrific product right off the box and into their dealerships; and the aftermarket companies who seem to be thriving with great product.”
The buzz around the pits was that even though the entry was lower than expected, everyone who participated in this inaugural event has become a “disciple” of the PURE SERIES and will help promote it for the next event, which is the PURE “300” – June 21-23, 2013.
What people were saying around the pits was the fact that the Lucas Oil Helicopter and staff was on-hand to capture the series, creating footage, which is of broadcast quality that will be assembled for a later showing.
However, the big talk in the pits was about “THE RACECOURSE” that offers outstanding diversity of terrain and the fact that it has not been overused. This in particular resonated well with promoter Peralta when he stated, “We’ve been working very hard to keep our 208-square miles of open Cal-City desert open. Of course there are people who want it close. But we work closely with the City of California City and the County to manage it correctly, not abuse it and most important of all not over use it and keeping it clean. That’s been the formula for us for many years of promoting events and we’re going to continue to do so. In fact, when you think about the fact that in the last nine years we have brought well over 13,000 competitors (not counting their families and friends), we have managed to keep the areas that we race on completely free of debris, slightly impacted and fresh to use by others.”
Peralta also added, “Our next event, the PURE “300” in June, will feature a totally different course and we will not return to using the PURE “200” course perhaps for a year or so. I think that’s prudent.”
Other class winners were Josh and Jim Westling, Prod. 1000-Sportsmen & 5th Overall, Dennison Digges and Jillian Laird, Bone Stock 1000 Sportsmen, and 14 year-old and first-time racer, Matt Lasher, Prod 850 Pro, who also posted the 6th Overall time.
The 2013 PURE SIDE-X-SIDE OFF-ROAD DESERT SERIES is presented by SXSPerformance.com and PCI Race Radios, the official radio for AVE, with additional sponsors such as; King Shocks, IRC Tracking Systems, Fast Times Films, Lazer Star Lights, Rugged Radios, Yoshimura-Hook-It, Can-Am, JMC, UTV Off-road, UTV Underground, Pro Wraps, SUNOCO, AMR Graphics, Peralta Designs and Lawrence Equipment, sponsors of the most unique trophies ever awarded.
Contact: AVE at firstname.lastname@example.org for photos and other details.
Allan Fullerton – Overall and 1st Open MC
One of the beautiful trophy ladies and the Lawrence Equipment-sponsored, PURE 200 Awards.
The leaders #1002 – Adrian Orellana followed by the Lucas Oil Helicopter on his first lap
Adrian Orellana in command of the lead.
Staying right on the leader’s heels was Logan Gastel, finishing 2nd Overall and 2nd in the Prod 1000 Pro Class.
14 Year-old Matt Lasher made his racing debut a memorable one by capturing the Pro Production 850 Class.