After a year of delays and race cancellations due to Covid-19, RECORD Off-Road led by Ramón Castro was able to restart their racing program this 2021 season this last weekend with the first race, La Vuelta 200 in Ensenada, Mx.
Over 200 entries and thousands of fans gathered around the 50-mile loop. “Finally, off road racing is starting to come back to normal. We hope everything keeps coming back the way it was. We needed this,” said a fan covered in dust while the race was going on.
The race consisted of 4 laps around the little town known as “Heroes” utilizing some similar race sections that SCORE uses for the popular races such as the Baja 1000 & 500. The weather made racing conditions wonderful with almost no dust thanks to the rain the days prior the event. But races are never easy in Baja. Even with perfect conditions, nearly half field couldn’t make it to the end.
Rick Sanchez of San Vicente Racing took the overall on board of his #855 Open truck with a time of 4:37:32. Baja Legend, Perry McNeil, managed to get 2nd and Luis Castañeda closed up the podium in the Open Class. In Class 16, second largest entry field with 16 entries, #1629 of Kevin Alcala, #1697 Oscar Arambula and #1666 Erick Rivera made the 1-2-3 respectively within a total of 10 minutes of time in between.
In the UTV class and third largest field with 12 entries, only 3 teams managed to see the finish line starting with #2989 Jorge Vela sharing driving duties with Elias Hanna who together took 1st place in the turbo class. #2947 Esteban Estrada and #2923 Damian Velasco wrapped the number of UTV finishers getting second and third respectively.
And finally, the largest field of the day, Class 11 with 20 entries #1105 Antonio Espinoza took first place putting a driving clinic getting more than 20 minute gap in front of second place #1127 Jesus Peinado and #1151 Saul Soto who finished with only a 6-second difference between them.
Next in the RECORD calendar is the Ensenada – San Felipe 250 scheduled on June 25-27. Enjoy the special B/W gallery we did to celebrate the return of races in Baja.