The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) went to Ensenada, Mexico for Rounds 3 and 4. The two-day race was hosted at the Estero Beach and Resort and was loaded with action for racer Brandon Arthur. This was Arthur’s first time racing both the no. 6 MAVTV Pro 2 and the no. 906 Textron WildCat XX UTV on the Ensenada course and tension was high. Lack of field notes on the course made dialing in his vehicles difficult.
Qualifying went well for Arthur, securing mid-pack starting positions for both Pro 2 the UTV race. His first race was in the UTV. Midway through the race, his rig lost the drive belt, making this his first DNF in the UTV. “I had a good run going in the race,” Arthur explained. “I got a great start and was running in fourth place looking at making my way towards podium position. Right before the halfway point and competition caution, the drive belt failed and ended our race early.”
Not having much time between races, Arthur quickly got into game mode for the Main Event. The Pro 2 race is popular and loaded with competitive racers. “I started the race in fifth position and got a great start,” commented Brandon. “I slipped up in the rough making a mistake in Turn 4 then got pushed out. I got tangled up with another truck which moved us to the back. On the halfway re-start, I was focused on making up lost ground. I climbed back up to where I started the race and fought it out to the end for a fifth-place finish. I will take that Top 5 but also as a lesson learned because, without those mistakes, I believe I could have finished on the podium. There is a lot of learning happening this weekend down in Mexico.”
Round 4 went better for Arthur’s UTV race, though he struggled with the rhythm section. Each time around the track, he made great progress moving up through the pack and then fell short at the rhythm section. “I was holding on to a Top 5, but then had contact from another car which gave us a flat right before the halfway caution,” Arthur explained. “I went into the hot pits our amazing crew got it changed before we went back to green. I battled it out all the way until the white flag, then the checkers and picked up a fifth place finish.”
Sunday’s qualifying for Pro 2 didn’t go stellar. Arthur and his team decided to make some major changes to the truck’s tuning before the main event. Unfortunately, though, their adjustments made things worse. “I had a hard time driving the truck,” Arthur admitted. “But we ended up coming home with a seventh-place finish.”
Ultimately, the team grabbed a fourth-place finish in the UTV and fifth in Pro 2. Now the team has notes for next time and feels it was a worthwhile weekend. “I have a baseline and notes to benchmark our performance, and as long as we are moving forward, we are going in the right direction. We will have to put our heads down and do some more homework before we head out to Wheatland for the next race.”