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GMH Motorsports Terracross Recap

Mike Gardner
Mike Gardner

Two of WORCS best add Terracross to their already packed schedule for 2015. Team GMH Motorsports is on a terror in 2015 Mike Gardner leading the points in his class and Danielle Weatherly leading points in the women’s class. When Terracross announced a Pro Women’s class for 2015 Danielle was dying to get in. With the help of GMHM awesome sponsors Team GMHM was able to campaign a car for the 2015 season.

Round 1 and 2 where held in Del Mar California. Every summer the San Diego County Fair takes over the fairgrounds. The action packed door-to-door racing action of Terracross make it perfect for this venue. Nearly 60,000 people a day come to the fair and eat deep fried Twinkies and bacon wrapped Turkey legs. Throw in some intense racing; huge jumps and epic crashes and the fans will pack the stadium.

Mike used round 1 to feel out the machine and the course. Its not like you can practice blasting over a row of tractor tires or drifting a 300 foot stretch of polished concrete sprinkled with sand. Mike ended day 1 just missing the main in the LCQ.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR – Day 1 Heat 4
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 1 Jason Luburgh Pro 6 06:06.7 10
2 16 Cody Rahders Pro 6 06:10.2 9
3 31B BC Vaught Pro 6 06:16.0 8
4 67 Daryl Rath Pro 6 06:34.6 7
5 4 Andy Ives Pro 2 02:41.3 6
6 8 Mike Gardner Pro 3.254 5
TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR – Day 1 LCQ 2
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 67 Daryl Rath Pro 6 06:37.3 0
2 91 James Hill Pro 6 06:58.2 0
3 4 Andy Ives Pro 6 07:03.1 0
4 8 Mike Gardner Pro 5 06:42.7 0
5 52 Dana Creech Pro 4 04:43.6 0
6 26 Ronnie Faisst Pro 22.543 0

Round 2 Mike was a whole new man. He was racing for the first time in 2wd. This new challenge worked well for Mike. He qualified for the main by finishing 3rd in his heat race. Unfortunately for Mike he was not able to race the main due to damage the car sustained in the women’s day 2 race.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Pro Polaris RZR – Day 2 Heat 2
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 44 Mickey Thomas Pro 6 09:15.8 10
2 88 Jeremy Stenberg Pro 6 09:28.0 9
3 8 Mike Gardner Pro 6 09:42.6 8
4 108 Levi LaVallee Pro 6 10:11.0 7
5 16 Cody Rahders Pro 02:58.4 6
6 33 Chad Ragland Pro 5

Much like Mike Danielle did not have any practice. The women’s class rules require a co-driver. During the drivers meeting early in the day Sirius Radio host Jason Ellis was looking for a lady to co-drive for. Mike really had no desire to be in the right seat so Jason got the job.

Danielle would face the elite ladies of UTV racing. The way these young women push their machines into corners, sail huge jumps and bump each other its hard to tell they are friends off the track. Danielle and Shelby both crashed going over the Mangler. They did not touch each other but from the stands it looked like major contact caused the issue. Danielle went from 2nd to a 3rd place finish after her first roll. A mechanical issue in the final kept her off the place but she finished 4th and salvaged some points.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Women’s – Day 1 Heats
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 91 Sarah Price Women 5 05:32.6 10
2 5 Shelby Anderson Women 5 05:42.4 9
3 8 Danielle Weatherly Women 5 05:47.1 8
4 72 Katie Vernola Women 5 06:21.3 7
5 341 Cynthia Gauthier Women 6

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Women’s – Day 1 Final
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 91 Sarah Price Women 6 06:33.7 25
2 5 Shelby Anderson Women 6 06:48.6 22
3 72 Katie Vernola Women 6 07:06.8 20
4 8 Danielle Weatherly Women 1.613 18
5 341 Cynthia Gauthier Women 16

Round 2 started out great. Danielle and Shelby battled hard for 4 laps. Danielle held on to 2nd place and that put her on the pole for the final.

In the final Sara checked out and Danielle was in 2nd with a decent gap back to 3rd. The ladies all ran a clean race and on the last lap Danielle chose a new line through one section of the course and rolled over once very hard. This little mistake let Shelby by and Danielle had to settle for a 3rd.

TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Women’s – Day 2 Heats
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 91 Sarah Price Women 4 04:19.9 10
2 8 Danielle Weatherly Women 4 04:32.3 9
3 72 Katie Vernola Women 4 04:52.3 8
4 341 Cynthia Gauthier Women 7
5 5 Shelby Anderson Women 6
TerraCross- San Diego County Fair Del Mar Fairgrounds
Results of Women’s – Day 2 Final
Pos No. Name Class Laps Total Tm Points
1 91 Sarah Price Women 6 07:24.9 25
2 5 Shelby Anderson Women 6 07:31.0 22
3 8 Danielle Weatherly Women 6 07:37.8 20
4 72 Katie Vernola Women 6 07:52.9 18

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