Alumi Craft Racers Battle for the Win, Class, And Overall Points Lead At Rosarito Beach
September 22, 2016
Rosarito, Baja California Mexico
Alumi Craft racers Todd Winslow and Rafael Navarro IV had a lot on the line at the SCORE Desert Challenge at Rosarito Beach, Baja Mexico. The two Alumi Craft racers are locked into a battle for both the class 10 and overall points championship in the SCORE World Desert Championship Series. Class championships are straight forward; the driver who earns the most points in the season wins the class championship. For the overall championship, it is similar with one exception. Points available are determined by the number of competitors who enter each race. Because class 10 is so large and so competitive, Class 10 racers earn more points per race than other classes. It’s much more difficult to be consistently out front when you have a huge number of cars to compete against.
The SCORE Desert Challenge at Rosarito Beach was a brand new venue for the SCORE series and ran on a unique course. Two laps were run Friday and Saturday on a 32.1 mile course for a total of 128.4 miles. Covered in sharp rocks and silt, the course climbed up and down steep hills lined by cliffs on some sections of the course. The margin for error was slim. After the first heat on Saturday, Rafael Navarro IV was sitting in the lead and his main Rivals, Todd and Matt Winslow, finished 3rd.
“We went into Saturday just wanting to survive,” said Navarro IV, “We started in the back and we knew it was going to be difficult to pass. We thought there were going to be a lot of flats; it was extremely rocky and the rocks were in strange places. We cruised all day and were really surprised to find out we had the win and a 1 minute and 45 second lead. For all of our good luck on Friday, things turned on Saturday. We started up front and in no time we caught up to the class one cars. We were stuck behind a car for the entire first lap. We nerfed him but he would not move. We thought we would have a chance to get around at the top of the course where it was more open, but he would use his horsepower and take off. When the course got tight and more technical, we would catch back up to him. Those class one cars create a lot of dust.”
The thin margin for error caught Navarro on lap two. He came into a tricky corner carrying too much speed. The corner was off-camber causing him to slide off into some brush. He was in loose dirt, on a steep incline, and tangled in heavy brush. Somehow, he was able to get out and back on course and still finish in second place. “We are happy with our results,” Navarro continued, “it’s all going to come down to the Baja 1000. The competition in class 10 is fantastic and it’s great that the top two cars are both Alumi Craft’s.”
Winner Todd Winslow shared the driving duties with son Matt who drove on day one. The course was interesting,” said Todd Winslow, “It was tight in the canyons and then it opened up a little. I think SCORE did a great job. Despite being on the coast, there was not a lot of wind to blow the dust away; it was hard to pass. We preran the course on motorcycles. There was not as much silt on the course when we preran. Since it was a new course there were not a lot of whoops or braking bumps so the course didn’t beat you up. It is so rewarding racing with my son Matt. I think he’s probably faster than me in the dust. Matt finished under two minutes back from the leader on day one and I was able to make 4 minutes up on the field. It was fun racing a new event and things are always better in Mexico. We are looking forward to settling the points championship at the Baja 1000. We are looking for some payback. We hit a booby trap last year and crashed ending our race.”
The fact that pair of Alumi Craft class 10 cars have a shot at taking the overall points championship in the SCORE series speaks loudly about their speed and consistency. Alumi Craft racers have the confidence to push their cars and trucks, even when the conditions are at their worst. Every vehicle they build benefits from years of refinement and the proper application of technology and materials. Alumi Craft has an impressive record in competition, but they also build the most reliable and best performing pre-runners and sand cars available. Regardless if you are doing course reconnaissance, racing for a championship, or just having a blast with your friends, Alumi Craft is dedicated to providing you with a fun, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 to find out more about our race products and services.