ITP Racers Excel at BITD UTV World Championship Event

ITP Racers Excel at BITD UTV World Championship Event

Ontario, California, February 24, 2015  Team ITP had a total of five podiums, including the top Pro UTV class winner in Branden Sims, at the 2015 Best in the Desert UTV World Championship in Laughlin, Nev. Team racers also took second and third in the Pro class, third in the Unlimited ranks and a second-place finish in the Sportsman division.

Branden Sims
Branden Sims (right) gives a thumbs up on the podium after he and co-pilot Justin Krause won the UTV Pro class at the BITD UTV World Championship in Laughlin, Nev. (image courtesy of event promoter)
“Our racers have been on a roll as of late, and continued their recent success by capturing the UTV Pro class win, sweeping the Pro podium and netting five total podium finishes at this historic BITD and SxS racing event” said Ryan Edwards, Tech Support Representative / West Coast Race Coordinator. “Branden [Sims] was just on the gas out there from the start and really put together an impressive victory. All top five Pro teams ran our 8-ply, 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tire, which continues to be the tire of choice for harsh desert environments such as these.”

The inaugural UTV World Championship was part of the BITD series, but was promoted by and Mad Media at Laughlin Off-Road Park near the Colorado River in Laughlin. A total of 122 entries competed in the four classes, which included the Walker Evans Racing Pro Championship, Holz Racing Production Championship as well as both a Sportsman and youth class. 

The No. 1913 Lonestar Polaris, driven by Branden Sims, took the Walker Evans Racing Pro UTV class victory at the inaugural BITD UTV World Championship held in Laughlin, Nev. The team ran 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (Image courtesy of event promoter)
Walker Evans Racing Pro UTV Class

With roughly 50 competitors battling for supremacy and a wild “land-rush” start, the start of the Pro UTV race was as dusty as it was impressive. The race to the first turn was one of the most important portions of the race, but with a course loop that measured roughly 17 miles in length through rocks, ruts, washes and more, racers had to raise their game if they wanted to compete for a podium. 

ITP-backed Branden Sims did just that as he finished lap one as the official leader. He went on to complete nine more circuits around the UTV Worlds course on his way to capturing a convincing victory. Sims, along with co-pilot Justin Krause, both of Prescott, Ariz., piloted the No. 1913 Polaris, equipped with 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires to a finishing time of 3:09:07.503, which was nearly five minutes in front of the runner-up. 


Christina Perkins drove her No. 1946 Cognitio / Sparks / Fox  / Rigid Industries Polaris to second overall in the Nevada desert using ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (photo courtesy of event promoter)

Second place went to Christina Perkins, Bakersfield, Calif., and her co-drivers Abel Perez and Danny Schul. The No. 1946 Cognito / Sparks / FOX / Polaris team completed 10 laps in 3:13:08.828. The final podium spot went to the Baja Designs / Cognito XP1000 team of Paul and Chris Cooper, also of Bakersfield, who finished less than 3 minutes behind Perkins. 


John Angal, the 2014 Baja Class 19 Champion, battled up front all day long, but came up roughly 40 seconds shy of the podium. Angal, and co-driver Eric Ringler, completed 10 laps in 3:16:44.222 in the Polaris outfitted with UltraCross tires. Brian Bush, who finished only six second behind Angal, was the final ITP team racer to earn a top-five finish in the Walker Evans Racing Pro UTV class standings. 


Paul Cooper drove the No. 1906 Cognito / Sparks / Baja Designs XP1000 to an impressive third-place podium finish in the Pro class using ITP UltraCross R Spec tires. (photo courtesy of event promoter)

Team ITP had two more of its supported drivers finish in the Pro class top 10. Justin Lambert and co-driver Justin Sheakley tallied a ninth-place finish in the No. 1918 Cognito / Polaris. Lonestar Racing’s Dan Fisher and Morgan Russell finished 10th in their custom Polaris complete with ITP UltraCross R Spec tires.

The UTV World Championship event also offered an UTV Unlimited class, as well as classes for Sportsman and youth drivers. ITP was represented in two of those classes. Team racers tallied two additional podium finishes to give ITP a total of five on the weekend in Laughlin. 


Lacrecia Beurrier (right center) and her team pose with the No. 2909 DragonFire Polaris, complete with ITP UltraCross R Spec tires, after earning third in the UTV Unlimited class in Laughlin, Nev. (photo courtesy of DragonFire Racing)

Lacrecia Beurrier’s DragonFire /AZ West / Rockstar Racing team from Lake Havasu City, Ariz., finished third in the Holz Racing Championship UTV Unlimited ranks. The team, which runs 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires on its car, said it used the UTV World Championship event as preparation for the upcoming BITD MInt 400 race. 


Lanse Chournos of St . George, Utah, put the No. 2999 car through its maiden voyage at the UTV World Championship event. He ran 30-inch ITP UltraCross R Spec tires and ended up second in the Sportsman class. (Photo courtesy of event promoter). 


Lanse Chournos, 18, of St. George, Utah, finished second in the Sportsman class and ninth overall behind the wheel of his ITP-clad No. 2999 Polaris backed by PRP, DWT, Z Bros Racing, FUTV and Addict Racing. 

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