This year’s King of the Hammers (KOH) would see almost double the entries, 60 side-by-sides, lining up to try to take “The Hammer” and a brand-new 2016 RZR XP Turbo EPS, which was offered to the Pro Class winner as part of Polaris RZR being the official side-by-side of the race. Three Polaris Factory Racers would line up their Polaris RZRs for the toughest off-road race in the world and when the dust settled, all three would finish in the top five.
Ultra4 has released the official results for today’s UTV King of the Hammers race. Compared to last year, quite a few more vehicles crossed the finish line and completed the race in time, with 21 racers finishing this year compared to last year’s whopping three.
Blake Van de Loo is still the official winner, and not much changed with the top five. Of the official finishers, only two racers were penalized, and it wasn’t for any deceptive moves. Arctic Cat teammates Sheldon Creed and Robby Gordon were both penalized 135 minutes for, according to Ultra4 officials, “unintentionally short-coursing the course,” or in other words, they missed a chunk of the course.
It actually appears to be nothing more than an honest mistake. Neither Creed or Gordon had GPS units equipped in their vehicles, and while heading toward one of the pits, Creed bypassed a section. Gordon was chasing him down as both were still in contention for the race, but unfortunately they both missed a chunk of the course. Ultra4 officials took the average of five different racers completing the section and deemed it to be 27 minutes, and the penalty by Ultra4 rule is five times that amount to equal 135 minutes.
In the end, Creed and Gordon’s mistake were thought to be unintentional in nature and sound far worse the penalty would indicate. Below are the official results of the finisher’s from today’s race. For more, check out the race recap here.
Official Results – 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers
1. Blake Van de Loo – 4:22:55
2. Branden Sims – 4:55:21
3. Chad Hughes – 5:05:54
4. Dean Bulloch – 5:11:44
5. Mitch Guthrie – 5:14:19
6. Rob MacCachren – 5:21:33
7. Jason Weller – 5:30:52
8. Evan Engelhardy – 5:36:55
9. Erik Miller – 5:37:23
10. Richard Bronsema – 5:43:18
11. Ross Pilgreen – 6:26:54
12. Brian King – 6:29:19
13. Tyler Greeves – 6:34:36
14. Austin Massingill – 7:01:54
15. Anthony Yount – 7:22:44
16. Brent Zimmerman – 7:22:45
17. Wesley Gryner – 7:37:58
18. Sheldon Creed – 7:42:51*
19. Jesse Johnson – 7:47:12
20. Brian Fisher – 7:54:40
21. Robby Gordon – 8:18:59*
*Both Creed and Gordon were assessed 135-minute time penalties for missing part of the course.
With nearly 60 race teams vying for the win in the 2016 Polaris UTV King of the Hammers, it was Blake Van De Loo of Phoenix, Arizona, who came away with the victory, crossing the finish line well ahead of the rest of the field.
Minneapolis – The 2016 race season started out in Parker, Arizona, with the THR Motorsports Parker 250 presented by Polaris and continued with WORCS Round 1 at Honolulu Hills Park, in Taft, California.
Minneapolis – Polaris comes into the 2016 off-road race season with teams competing in the Grand National Cross Country series (GNCC), World Off-Road Championship series (WORCS), Best in the Desert (BITD), SCORE International, King of the Hammers (KOH) and Mud racing. The company also will be offering deeper discounts to racers on select RZR models and several lucrative GNCC ACE racing programs including unit discounts, reimbursements and end-of-the-year prizes for the top three overall finishers.
“Polaris enjoyed a very successful 2015 race season with both our established race teams and our newer teams,” said Donna Beadle, race team manager for Polaris’ Off-Road Division. “For 2016, we will continue our strong commitment to off-road racing both in race team sponsorships and racing support. We look forward to another very successful year.”
Polaris will continue to sponsor Coastal Racing for 2016. Scott Kiger will continue to run the GNCC XC1 Pro Class, this year in a RZR S 1000 EPS. Joining Kiger in the XC1 class will be 2015 XC2 Champion Sean Bogdan, also racing a RZR S 1000.
Minneapolis – The Best in the Desert (BITD) Henderson 250 would settle who would win the BITD Pro UTV Class Championship. Polaris factory racers Johnny Angal and Justin Lambert would go into the race with the best shot at the championship and would not disappoint.
The Polaris RZR UTV World Championship presented by UTVUnderground.com will premiere today, Wednesday, December 16th, at 3:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. PST on NBC Sports.
Ontario, California – The Can-Am / S3 Racing team of Dustin Jones and Shane Dowden won the 1900 P class at the Henderson 250, the Best In The Desert series finale recently held in Nevada. The BITD season championship, however, was earned by UTV Inc. / Polaris driver Johnny Angal in just his second season of desert racing. In fact, with the final results added to the points mix, ITP drivers actually secured the top three overall finishing spots as Can-Am / ITP / Murray Racing and Cognito Motorsports / Polaris / ITP joined Angal on the season’s overall podium.
Minneapolis – This year’s SCORE Baja 1000 a shorter course at more than 800 miles but much more brutal terrain as year’s past. Polaris RZR would go into the race, once again, as the defending champion and reign supreme taking the top five spots in Class 19.