Rob MacCachren secured victory in the Baja 1000 for the third consecutive year in the Trophy Truck class.
Alongside Jason Voss, the 51-year-old added to his tremendous legacy in this challenging off-road event, taking 17 hours, 12 minutes and 57.480 seconds to complete the course. Carlos Apdaly Lopez was in second spot, while Troy Herbst was in third as the top three came home in under 18 hours.
The results were made official on Sunday on the Score International Off-Road Racing website. Here’s a look at the best finishers and a reminder of how the action panned out:
|Baja 1000: Overall Results|
|1.||Rob MacCachren||Trophy Truck||17:12:57.480|
|2.||Carlos Apdaly Lopez||Trophy Truck||17:39:44.772|
|3.||Troy Herbst||Trophy Truck||17:42:09.663|
|4.||Tavo Vildosova||Trophy Truck||18:02:30.398|
|5.||Mark Post||Trophy Truck||18:09:42.385|
|6.||Luke McMillin||Trophy Truck||18:11:33.290|
|7.||Colton Udall||Pro Moto Unlimited||18:16:42.254|
|8.||Andy McMillin||Trophy Truck||18:16:53.294|
|9.||Steve Euginio||Trophy Truck||18:22:24.431|
|10.||Billy Wilson||Trophy Truck||18:39:13.887|
For the standings in full visit the Score International Off-Road Racing website.
MacCachren Wins Again
In events like the Baja 1000, where so much can go wrong over such a long period of time, extraordinary levels of concentration and skill are required to triumph. MacCachren has proven time after time that he possesses those traits in abundance.
The 49th running of this event included 277 entries to begin with, as the drivers set off from Ensenada hoping to complete the looped circuit first.
One of the competitors, Toby Price, posted some snaps of the scenery on social media and also outlined the types of issues the drivers can encounter:
Indeed, negotiating the desert tracks is a hugely difficult challenge and the route taken by each of the vehicles is meticulously monitored. It means that the order the drivers come across the finish line is often adjusted after assessment from the race stewards.
MacCachren posted the following snap on his Instagram account after completing the race, insisting he wasn’t getting his hopes up despite coming over the line in first place:
The man from Las Vegas will know that all too well after last year’s race. While he was crowned as the Baja 1000 champion, MacCachren actually crossed the line in second place; Lopez thought he’d triumphed, although was hit with a time penalty due to violations.
However, there was no such drama this year, as MacCachren used all his experience to ensure he and Voss negotiated the track fairly and quickly. Here’s a look at the eventual winner in action during this year’s event:
The drivers didn’t take long to kickstart the celebrations once the result was in:
Last year Lopez was denied victory due to penalties being applied post-race, but this year he was the beneficiary of those late assessments. Herbst actually crossed the line in front of Lopez, but he picked up a 36-minute sanction for VCP and speed.
While all eyes were on the front of the pack to see which driver triumphed in Mexico, the man who came home in 115th overall, Rod Hall, also deserves a massive amount of recognition.
The veteran driver has competed in all previous 48 Baja events and was taking part in the Stock Full class this year. Hall will turn 79 on November 22 and was able to complete the circuit in a respectable mark of 32 hours, 13 minutes and 58.914 seconds.