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    Mitch Guthrie King of the Hammers

    (Photo courtesy Ernesto Araiza // UTVUnderground.com)

    Mitch Guthrie and Mitch Guthrie Jr. piloted their Magnum Off-Road Racing RZR XP 1000 to victory at the 2014 King of the Hammers – one of the toughest off-road races in the world. The victory was the elder Guthrie’s fifth at the event.

    Twenty-six UTVs took the line to try to conquer The Hammer. Branden Sims, in his RZR, grabbed the early lead with the rest of the field in hot pursuit. By the end of lap 1, Guthrie had the lead but lost it due to a steering issue that needed repair. Guthrie’s racing prowess and ability to tame the nasty rock sections of the race saw him, once again, come away the Pro Class winner with Sims following in second. John Duckworth, also in a RZR, won the Sportsman Class.

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      GBC Motorsports supported riders competed in Round 6 of WORCS Racing this past weekend, earning a pair of class victories. Weather was favorable out at Pala Raceway, however the rough track proved difficult for many racers both in the SXS classes as well as the ATV classes.

      WORCS SXS

      Mitch Guthrie WORCS

      Mitch Guthrie topped the SXS 1000 class at WORCS Round 6.

      RJ Anderson got off to a great start on his GBC Dirt Commanders, converting a second place start off the line into a solid lead throughout the race. Mechanical issues late in the race dropped Anderson to an 11th place finish. Coming off of back-to-back wins, Anderson holds onto the sixth spot in the season standings.

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        RJ Anderson WORCS

        GBC Motorsports racers RJ Anderson and Mitch Guthrie Jr. won their respective classes at WORCS Round 5.

        SXS Pro Production

        With temperatures breaking into triple digits, WORCS Racing descended on the small town of Taft, Calif. RJ Anderson took the holeshot and the early lead in the hotly contested SXS Pro class, as fellow GBC racers James Hill and Tommy Scranton followed behind in third and fourth. Anderson seems to be back to form as he controlled the entire race and finished with his second straight victory aboard his GBC Dirt Commanders.

        Despite running in the top five for most of the race, last-lap mechanical issues dropped both James Hill to 12th place and Scranton to 16th on the day. Tim Wyatt finished ninth and Wesley Barker finished 14th.

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          With the 2013 ATV and Side-by-Side racing season upon us, Polaris has announced its race teams and contingency program.

          Polaris will have teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), SCORE International and Mud racing. Polaris also will continue to offer its ATV racing contingency program and has expanded its Side-by-Side contingency, which now includes both the BITD and SCORE series.

          “After a successful 2012, Polaris decided to expand its factory race team for 2013,” says Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “We look forward to another exciting and successful race season.”

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          William Yokley GNCCPolaris will continue to support National Guard/Polaris/Coastal racing for 2013. William Yokley took the GNCC championship in his National Guard RZR XP 900 and will look to five-peat in the GNCC series this year. Yokley’s teammate, Scott Kiger finished second in the GNCC Open Modified class in his RZR XP 900 and is back for 2013.

          Polaris has provided support to the Muscle Milk/Blingstar team for 2013, and the team has signed Adam McGill to race a RZR XP 900 in the Open Modified class. The Muscle Milk/Blingstar team also will run the WORCS with RZR XP 900s.

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            Beau BaronPolaris Racing/Holz Racing’s Beau Baron picked up his second straight win to start the season at WORCS Round 2 in Primm, Nev. Baron piloted his Polaris RZR XP 900 to the finish line in front of every other Side-by-Side in the field, winning the Pro Production class. Second would go to Ryan Piplic, also in a RZR XP 900. Baron and Piplic sit one-two in the series standings after two races.

            The Production 1000 class saw 16 RZRs line up and Mitch Guthrie Jr. in his Holz Racing RZR XP 900 again took the checkered flag. He also placed third overall behind Baron and Piplic. Jacob Shaw and Holz Racing’s Jake Greco in their RZRs finished second and third.

            The Production 700 Class saw a majority of RZR 570s entered. Polaris Racer Cody Rahders would take second place to Holz Racing’s David Haagsma in another RZR 570 with round-one winner Michael Bunyea’s Holz Racing RZR 570 finishing third.