2017 TORC Chicago Round 1 Photos & Results
UTV PRO Mod
During Saturday’s UTV PRO Mod final, Rodney VanEperen (Yamaha) pulled through, on two wheels, a last corner get together with Kyle Chaney (Can-Am). VanEperen out-sprinted Chaney to the finish line by an incredible 4/100ths of a second.Tim Farr (Can-Am) followed in close pursuit to finish third.
“I’ll tell you what, there’s a lot of nerves going on out there,” said VanEperen. “I was more worried than I was racing. Rookie mistake and I gotta work on that.”
“The course was fun and these guys were fun to race with,” said Farr. “We went from slick, wet conditions to dry, dusty and tacky over the course of the race. So that was challenging. Looking forward to the next one.”
UTV PRO Stock
Great battle in the TORC season-opening PRO Stock UTV race as CJ Greaves (Yamaha/Maxxis) overcame a rough 13th place start, to hammer through the field and onto the podium. He did this despite having to swap an engine after practice.
“Gotta give it up to my team. We had to throw our practice engine into this Yamaha and it ended up running great,” said Greaves. “We knew it’d run because it had like 500 miles on it.”
Charging up front early was Kenny Masch (Yamaha/Maxxis), Zach Martin (Yamaha/Maxxis) and Daely Pentico (Yamaha/BFG).
With the manual-shifting Yamaha PRO Stock UTVs running up front Masch, Greaves and Martin – all running Yamaha’s – blasted out front after the competition caution and separated themselves from the field. Greaves would take the mandatory Joker Lap early, which played to his advantage.
“I planned on taking the joker before the competition caution, but ended up it taking it just after,” said Greaves. “And that worked out for us.”
“Last year I watched CJ on TV, went down to the dealer and got this Yamaha. And here I am today,” said Marsch from the podium.
Added Martin: “We were understaffed in the tear-offs department. We’ll be ready tomorrow.”
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The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL returns to Route 66 Raceway on Sunday with gates opening at 10 am. Tickets are available at torcseries.com. A live broadcast of the day’s events will air starting with Sportsman classes at 11:30 am CDT and PRO classes at 2:30 CDT on torcseries.com and the official TORC Series Facebook page.