July 26th, 2022 by Chris Leone
The inaugural iRacing Off-Road Championship Series season continues on Wednesday night a return to Wild West Motorsports Park for the sixth event of the campaign. As always, the action can be seen live at 8:30PM ET on twitch.tv/iracing with the All-Star race, followed by 24 sim racing pros doing battle for $25,000 in Pro 4 trucks at 9PM ET.
Last Race: For the first time all season long, both Big Green Egg Green Flag Award winners hung on the whole way through in a pair of races from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park—and they each scored their second win of the season, to boot. Team ABR’s Alex Bergeron replicated his first trip to Wild Horse Pass by winning the first race, while Factory Simsport’s Keaton Swane held off a challenge by Team General Tire’s Connor Barry in the final lap of the second to hang onto both the win and the points lead. The duo are separated by just three points coming into tonight.
Previous Events: Swane’s first win of the year came in the first visit to Wild West this season, when he bumped Jim Beaver eSports’ Josh Edmundson out of the way on the final lap to take the first victory. Team General Tire teammates Jakob Rafoss and Cam Pedersen were the stars of the second race, with Rafoss leading from the pole early on and Pedersen eventually climbing into the position to become the season’s first repeat winner.
All-Stars: Wild Horse Pass 2 served as the first appearance of the Volkswagen Beetle Lite on the All-Star calendar, but while drivers were forced to adapt, many of the names up front remained the same. Luke Knupp, Eliott Watson, and Zachary Drapkin locked out the first podium for real off-road racers, while eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series regular Blake Reynolds benefitted from the full-field invert for the second race by starting first and never looking back. Nitro Circus FMX rider Adam Jones returned to the podium in the second race by finishing second, while Drapkin finished third to complete a double podium night.
Track Info: Located just outside of Reno, Nevada, Wild West Motorsports Park was a staple of the southwestern off-road landscape for nearly a decade before its closure last summer. Situated on the side of a mountain, the track features numerous elevation changes on its 1.5-mile layout, and some of the fastest speeds and biggest jumps of any off-road track on iRacing. As one of the first two off-road tracks to come to the service in 2019, Wild West helped lay the foundation for the iRacing Off-Road Championship Series to come just a few short years later.