PHIL BLURTON AND CAN-AM ARE UTV WORLD CHAMPS IN DESERT PRO TURBO

JD MARSH AND POLARIS WIN PRO NA 1000 OVERALL AT THE UTV WORLDS

For the fourth time in five years, Phil Blurton is a UTV World Champion, Saturday taking top honors in Desert Pro Turbo race from the 2021 UTV World Championship presented by Polaris in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Blurton, who won the event three times in a row from 2017 to 2019, was locked in a battle with defending champion Ryan Piplic for much of the day, with each driver facing adversity on the final lap that eventually broke in favor of Blurton and co-driver Beau Judge.

“We decided this morning that we were going to set a good pace and see where we were at about halfway,” Blurton said on the podium. “There were a couple guys on the first lap who were pushing at a crazy pace, and it sucks to let them leave you, but we knew what the car could take. Coming into the last lap, Ryan and I were six seconds apart, then I made a mistake and had to change a tire, and thought ‘aw, man, second place,’ but then we saw him flat out.”

Coming out of a battle for the win in the NA race earlier in the day, Kaden Wells returned to the course in his same car and took second place overall. Through the combination of adversity and the technical aspects of the 28.6-mile course, Wells was able to outpace many of the Turbo cars, despite having less horsepower on tap.

 

“We started 23rd off the line, and we were running an NA car, so we were a little slower, but we just kept going,” said Wells. “We started making a couple of passes here and there, a couple of people were dying off, and my co-driver did awesome with the calls. We had a pretty flawless race—we had one tire issue, but that was about it.”

Vito Ranuio improved on his 2020 UTV Worlds Pro Turbo effort to fill out the podium.

Completing the Pro Turbo Desert podium was Vito Ranuio, who spent much of the day in the top 10 and continued to benefit from the adversity that affected other drivers. When all was said and done, Ranuio would cross the line with more than 10 minutes ahead of Piplic, who eventually settled into fourth.

After a fifth in the Pro NA 1000 race, Kaden Wells raced his RZR XP1K to second in the Pro Turbos.

“We ran a conservative pace all day,” explained Ranuio. “Last year, we pushed a little hard, and it cost us a finish. So we were kind of seeing where our placement was, really just trying to get a podium, and we were able to do it with the pace!”

The unofficial top finishers from Friday’s UTV World Championship Desert Pro Turbo class race were:

  1. Phil Blurton/C-A…3:52:17.359/5 Laps
  2. Kaden Wells/Pol…4:02:41.934/5
  3. Vito Ranuio/C-A…4:07:17.297/5
  4. Ryan Piplic/Pol…4:17:45.283/5
  5. William Long/C-A…4:27:07.626/5
  6. Jacob Carver/Pol…4:27:59.459/5
  7. Sean Geiser/C-A…4:40:45.891/5
  8. Max Gordon/Spd…5:16:32.008/5
  9. Sierra Romo/Pol…5:19:52.773/5
  10. Dean Wheeler/Pol…5:27:39.023/5
  11. Robby Gordon/Spd…5:39:38.714/5
  12. Jamie Kirkpatrick/Pol…3:23:02.437/4
  13. Dustin Jones/C-A…5:12:19.642/4
  14. Randy Romo/Pol…2:22:28.359/3
  15. Kevin Derenard/Pol…3:06:06.370/3

DESERT PRO NA 1000S

JD Marsh took the top spot in qualifying, and followed it up with a victory, in the 2021 UTV World Championship presented by Polaris RZR in the Pro UTV NA class on Saturday morning. Marsh overcame a second-lap flat tire and chased down Kaden Wells to retake the top spot heading into the final lap, and scored the unofficial win over Robert Enloe and Max Eddy Jr. at race’s end. “It was definitely an advantage having clean air,” Marsh said of the start to his race. “I knew Kaden was going to put down a heater behind me, so I set a qualifying pace during the first full lap, and when I came through he wasn’t far behind me still. I just kept pushing hard until I got a flat on the second lap—totally deserved, I hit a rock that was in a shadow, and we were down four minutes after that. Kaden got around us, and then we just played catch up all day long until he had a part failure and we got the win!”

JD Marsh won the Pro NA 1000 and Pro Unlimited desert race by 6.5 minutes over Robert Enloe, and Max Eddy Junior made it an all-Polaris podium.

Unofficial results of Friday’s UTV World Championship Desert Pro NA class race:

  1. 1. JD Marsh/Pol: #1 Pro NA 1000…4:00:53.120/5 Laps
  2. 2. Robert Enloe/Pol: #2 Pro NA 1000…4:07:22.101/5
  3. 3. Max Eddy Jr./Pol: #3 Pro NA 1000…4:08:38.910/5
  4. 4. Elias Hanna/Hon: #4 Pro NA 1000…4:11:21.341/5
  5. 5. Kaden Wells/Pol: #5 Pro NA 1000…4:13:45.509/5
  6. 6. Lucas Kassity/A-C: #6 Pro NA 1000…4:26:55.646/5
  7. 7. Michael Mamelli Jr./Mam: #1 Pro Unlimited…4:28:31.653/5
  8. 8. Maddie Wedeking/Pol: #7 Pro NA 1000…4:31:15.860/5
  9. 9. Brook Jensen/Pol: #2 Pro Unlimited…4:32:04.966/5
  10. 10. Tyler Krepsz/Pol: #8 Pro NA 1000…4:39:43.973/5

DESERT RALLY UTVS

Barrett Howarth (C-A) wrapped up Friday’s race action in the 2021 UTV World Championship presented by Polaris with an unofficial victory in the afternoon’s Desert UTV Rally, Sportsman, and RS1 race. Howarth finished four laps of the 28.6-mile desert course in 3:19:19.841 in the afternoon race, giving him the victory by just 7.795 seconds over second place Shamous Smith (C-A)—the closest margin of victory throughout a full day of racing. Colton Gubler completed the all-X3 podium, a minute and 20 seconds behind Smith for second place, while Justin Smith (C-A) and Nick Campbell (C-A) completed the top five. Jimmy Rodriguez was 14th overall and first Pro RS1, while David Jobski (Pol) was 32nd overall and first Sportsman. More than half of the field managed to complete all four laps in the allotted five-hour time window.

After 3.3 hours of desert racing, Barrett Howarth topped the Rally class by less than eight seconds over Shamous Smith.

UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHORT-COURSE

RJ Anderson added yet another short course UTV World Championship to his mantle on Friday morning, posting a dominant performance and scoring the unofficial victory in the premier Pro Turbo class, as two full days of racing in Lake Havasu kicked off. The driver of the #4537 Polaris RZR conquered three laps of the short course in 1:34:56, nearly six minutes quicker than any other entry across five classes of racing.
RJ Anderson bested the field in UTV World Short-course by almost six minutes.
WORCS regular Larry Heidler was second ro Turbo in Short-Course with Sierra Romo third for an all-RZR podium.

Production 1000 class winner Brayden Baker had the second-fastest overall time at 1:40:46, while Pro Turbo runner-up Larry Heidler was third at 1:43:07. Fellow Pro Turbo racers Sierra Romo and Glen Jung completed the overall top five, with Romo beating Jung by 18 seconds for the final spot on the class podium.

TOP 15 SHORT-COURSE FINISHERS

  • 1. RJ Anderson/Pol: #1 Pro Turbo…1:34:56.000/3 laps
  • 2. Brayden Baker/Pol: #1 Production 1000…1:40:46.487/3
  • 3. Larry Heidler/Pol: #2 Pro Turbo…1:43: 07.576/3
  • 4. Sierra Romo/Pol: #3 Pro Turbo…1:45:04.423/3
  • 5. Glen Jung/C-A…#4 Pro Turbo…1:45:22.019/3
  • 6. Breckin Miramon/Pol: #2 Production 1000…1:46:07.639/3
  • 7. Cole Fike/Pol: #3 Production 1000…1:46:17.358/3
  • 8. Jason Merrell/Pol: #5 Pro Turbo…1:47:20.956/3
  • 9. Bryce Romine/Pol: #4 Production 1000…1:48:29.555/3
  • 10. Sam Chournos/Pol: #6 Pro Turbo…1:53:35.901/3
  • 11. Devin Smith/Pol: #5 Production 1000…1:54:06.179/3
  • 12. Brock Hanmer/Pol: #1 Production 1000 Mod…1:58:00.695/3
  • 13. Lucas Kassity/A-C: #6 Production 1000…2:05:10.149/3
  • 14. Ryan Prosser/Pol: #1 Production 900…2:10:38.131/3
  • 15. Rhonda Lusk/Pol…#7 Production 1000…2:17:41.195

YOUTH UTV CLASSES

Add Ethan Groom to the list of repeat UTV World Champions in the 2021 edition of the event, as he took the checkered flag in Friday’s Youth 1000 race, the last of five Jamar Performance Youth Races in this year’s UTV World Championship presented by Polaris. Groom’s winning time of 38:50.210 beat Travis Sallee by 21.566 seconds in the largest of the events featuring the future stars of the sport.

Ethan Groom topped the Youth 1000s, the last Youth race of five.

Chase Mankin was the lone dual Youth winner of the day, taking victories in the Youth 570 and 250 divisions in back-to-back races. At nearly seven minutes, Mankin’s 570 class win over Vincent Riccitelli proved to be the largest margin of victory of the Youth events. Mason Cotter and Jaxon Leaming took the top spots in the Youth 170 Open and Production races, respectively.

Chase Mankin topped both the Youth 570s and 250s.
  • Youth 1000: Ethan Groom, 38:50.210 (4 laps)
  • Youth 570: Chase Mankin, 44:55.186 (4 laps)
  • Youth 250: Chase Mankin, 25:17.475 (14 laps)
  • Youth 170 Open: Mason Cotter, 25:39.885 (13 laps)
  • Youth 170 Production: Jaxon Leaming, 25:23.469 (12 laps)
BARRETT HOWARTH AND CAN-AM TAKE UTV WORLD RALLY WINJD MARSH AND POLARIS WIN PRO NA 1000 OVERALL AT THE UTV WORLDSON THE PODIUM: 2021 UTV WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPSPHIL BLURTON AND CAN-AM ARE UTV WORLD CHAMPS IN DESERT PRO TURBORJ ANDERSON AND POLARIS SCORE UTV WORLDS SHORT-COURSE VICTORY