Tempe, AZ (2/24/2017) -
Pro Motorsports’ Gareth Dihel won his second
consecutive race, and Matt Hancock scored
a pair of top-tens during the WORCS SXS races
at Honolulu Hills Raceway in Taft, CA. Hancock
finished fifth in the Pro SXS event and seventh
in Pro Stock, while Dihel outclassed the field
in the SXS 1000 Stock race.
Motorsports’ Gareth Dihel wins his second
consecutive race in the SXS 1000 Stock
Heavy rain inundated the track on Friday
and played havoc with Saturday’s SXS races,
turning the track slick and muddy. Dihel was
up the challenge, though. He got up to fourth
at the start and picked his way to the front
to score the victory.
“It was pretty crazy out there,” said Dihel.
“I came out fourth on the start and had to
do some work out there to get past some people.
I came through in the end. This is super exciting.
I was super surprised how the track came around
after all of the rain. Primm was pretty hard
on the car, so we had to replace some parts,
but we didn’t make any new changes.”
Dihel, who came into the season unsponsored,
is starting to get noticed due his breakout
success in WORCS competition. He has landed
one sponsor and is in talks with several more.
He hopes to unveil a new wrap on his Polaris
Motorsports' Gareth Dihel grabbed the
win in the SXS 1000 Stock class after
working from fourth off the start
“I have a new wrap coming featuring my new
sponsor GoPro,” said Dihel. “I’m also talking
to Elka to see how we can get that thing going.”
Hancock overcame the muddy conditions on
Saturday in the Pro race. After starting on
the outside, he came out of the start seventh
and made his way to fifth at the finish.
“We did some clutching changes that helped
a lot so I got a great start in the Pro race,”
said Hancock. “I started picking off people
and we ended up fifth. I have to give it up
to the guys at Pro Motorsports. Jess and Rex
really help me a lot. The car worked awesome
with the Maxxis Tires and the Elka shocks.
I hit a lot of stuff today, so I was thankful
for the Tireblocks. It was super muddy, but
the stock motor with Sparks tuning ran strong
through it. Hopefully this next race in Havasu
Matt Hancock's Pro Motorsports Prepped
Polaris RZR ran strong in the Pro SXS
Stock class landing him a fifth place
In Sunday’s Pro Stock race, Hancock was held
back by an internal issue on his Polaris RZR
Turbo. He overcame that to finish seventh.
“We think we had a problem with the turbo,”
said Hancock. “It was topping out at 50 mph,
and I ended up seventh, but a lot of people
broke so that should help me in points. We’ve
been doing some testing with Doug Roll and
we’re really making some progress with the
Hancock and Dihel will be back in action
as the series next heads to Lake Havasu City,
AZ March 17-19.
2017 Pro Motorsports
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Elka Suspension, Tireblocks, ROLL Design,
Sparks Racing, FLY Racing, K&N Filters,
Method Race Wheels, IMS Products, ATVRiders.com,
JR Publications, Finish Line Signs, VisionX
lights, RCV Axles, Fasst Co.