The overall winner of this year’s SCORE World Desert Championship has been announced, and for the first time ever, it was won by a UTV.
Wayne Matlock of Alpine, CA, captured the honor in his Polaris RZR running in the Pro UTV FI (forced induction) class. He ran the the entire race season, a total of 1,802 miles, all by himself, and he has now captured the title of overall points winner.
Rob MacCachren captured the most points in the Trophy Truck class and came in second overall, losing to Matlock by just nine points. Third overall was Cameron Steele, winner of the 2018 Baja 1000 and finishing second in the Trophy Truck class. Trophy Truck Spec racers finished fourth, fifth and sixth in the 2018 SCORE Overall point standings.
Matlock took the win at the first and last races of the year, the San Felipe 250 and Baja 1000, while he finished second at the Baja 500 and Desert Challenge. That earned him a total of 434 total points.
The team of Justin Morgan, 28, El Cajon, CA and Mark Samuels, 28, Yucca Valley, CA swept the Pro Moto Unlimited Class, taking the win at all four events this year.
Congrats to all the SCORE racers, and get ready for the 2019 season! Here are all the dates for next year’s off-road races in Mexico:
- 33rd SCORE San Felipe 250, April 3-7, San Felipe, Mexico
- 51st SCORE Baja 500, May 29-June 2, Ensenada, Mexico
- Inaugural Lucerna SCORE Baja 400, Sept. 19-23, Ensenada, Mexico
- 52nd SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.19-24, Ensenada, Mexico
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