By: Joey DiGiovanni, UTVUnderground.com
The SR1 Demo at the Trophy Kart World Championships was the first opportunity for fans of UTV racing in Southern California to see the new SR1 UTV class in action. Weller Racing brought 2 cars with them to California not to mention Tyler Herzog who made the drive from Arizona to join Gary Thompson and Corry Weller on the track at Milestone MX Park in Riverside, CA.
Although only 4 cars took the track these 4 cars gave a glimpse as to what this season of LOORRS has in store for us. These Rhino’s equipped with Yamaha R1 street bike motors came to life on a track that was designed for Stadium Karts but the R1’s showed that even a tighter course is no match for the 130+hp Yamaha Rhino’s.
The race wasn’t without failure as Corry Weller went out mid way through the practice round with a blown oil line which caused a small fire under the car. This would prove to be the end for Corry as she was down on power in the main due to the loss of oil. Despite the rough day the spirits were high in the Weller pits as they are prepared to address the problem and get Corry’s car prepped and ready to go for Rounds 1 and 2 of Lucas Oil. Corry Weller will have a fresh set of paint and graphics for Lucas and she told me she was very excited to see her car transform in the coming weeks.
Another competitor rolled his car that Weller had brought out after installing their new SR1 kit. Unfortunately his day was cut short with a violent roll over that at the end of the crash resulted only in some bent aluminum, cracked fiberglass, and 2 blown tires fortunately.
The winner Gary Thompson battled it out all day with Tyler Herzog who was not afraid to throw his SR1 into the corners hard making for some exciting high speed turns. Tyler was clearly the faster driver in the practice rounds but MotoGary saved his juice for the main where he led the race the entire time driving a flawlessly and really ripping the Milestone dirt up with his SR1.
In all it was a great display of just what these cars can do. They were fun to watch and listen too and it wasn’t hard to tell by the smiles on the drivers faces that they had an amazing time putting these UTV’s on display for us all to see. The SR1 class is here and we cannot wait to follow it closely in the inaugural 2010 season.