BILSTEIN Short Course Racers Charge Hard To The Top At Glen Helen

The Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) made its annual visit to Glen Helen Raceway for the Rockstar Golden State Nationals. Rounds 9 & 10 delivered great off road racing action under the lights with a full house of short course motor heads. Bilstein Racers in multiple divisions took the lead and charged hard for a Pro-4 Race win, Pro Buggy Sweep, and Pro Lite driver Cole Mamer earned his first national win

The Pro 4 Truck division is considered to be the ultimate unlimited off road short course class and the 2018 season has seen a very close points battle. Bilstein racer Doug Mittag in  championship contention currently has five podium finishes and one race win on the season. Mittag, a So-Cal native, was looking forward to racing and putting more points on the board. “I have quite the home town crowd coming to support me and watch some insane racing! After wadding my truck up at the last round in Utah, and an Indonesian off road race in between, it only left us with 6 days to get my truck ready for this weekend!”

During Round 9 qualifying Doug scored the third fastest lap with only .422 seconds separating the top 3. As the night set the race is one that will not be forgotten any time soon! For the first 7 laps, Anderson and LeDuc battled for the lead with Mittag holding down 3rd. On the re-start, LeDuc got by Anderson, and Mittag also closed the gap, but unexpectedly had to check up hard to avoid crashing into Anderson. After the bobble, Doug fell back from 3rd all the way down to 8th place.  Now on Lap 10 of a 16 Lap race, Mittag got the truck back up to speed and began passing the field ahead. On Lap 12, LeDuc in the lead, managed to spin himself out in Turn 1 most likely suffering from a mechanical issue. This brought out the caution but not before Doug had pushed his #81 Jhonlin Racing Team/Bilstein Shock Absorbers Pro 4 up into 2nd place.

On the Lap 13 for the re-start, Mittag got the driving speed launched off the front stretch jumps and the Bilstein Shocks absorbed the impact to maintain momentum. It was just the performance needed for Doug to force his way inside and take the lead. Mittag would go on to take the win, his second of the season. Doug would move up to 2nd in the championship points and scored a Top 5 finish in Round 10.

Bilstein Racer, Darren Hardesty Jr. has totally dominated the Pro Buggy division as the 2x defending class champion. For the 2018 season, Darren is again leading the division and has scored multiple back to back victories. Hardesty went for two more wins in Rounds 9 and 10 sweeping the weekend.

Darren would start on the second row during Round 9 and moved right up into a battle for the lead with Eliott Watson. It was a chase for the majority of the race where Darren was waiting tolerantly for a slip up from Watson. That came on Lap 10 when Elliot’s pace wavered coming out of Turn 2, Darren took the bait and setup the pass taking the lead in Turn 4.

Hardesty‘s win was well earned and the fifth of the season. Darren went on to take the Round 10 win with a defined and poised victory over the field. These back-to-back wins were Hardesty’s third weekend sweep of 2018.
Hardesty has earned a total of six race wins only missing the podium once.

The weekend highlight has got to be the story of Cole Mamer winning his first national win in the Pro Lite truck category. Mamer is a humble young off road racer who has poured everything into his burgeoning Pro Lite program. New for this year, Cole has teamed up with Bilstein Shocks and further bolstered his program with Falken Tires. The improved truck package has already seen dividends earning Mamer three Top 5 finishes and on the hunt for the top spot.

Cole has shown speed consistently throughout the season and his Bilstein equipped Pro Lite showed it again for practice and qualifying. Mamer was 4th on the pole which setup him up for a good start in Round 9. Cole slipped up and caught a rut causing the truck to roll early on in Lap 3. Downtrodden but not about to quit, Mamer went back to the pits on a mission to make things right. The team’s hard work paid off for Round 10 qualifying. Cole was 2nd fastest which put him on the front row for the race. Taking the lead from the get go, Mamer ran a flawless race flag to flag earning his first Pro Lite win.

“1st place feels good,” Cole shouted from the top of the box. “Words cannot even explain how pumped I am! Everyone on my team killed it this weekend giving me a truck that could win. Now time to keep doing our homework we aren’t stopping here. Thank you to Bilstein for making this truck handle these bumps and to everyone that helps support my program. I am so pumped to finally bring home my first national win!”

Congratulations to Cole Mamer and the rest of the Bilstein Short Course Off Roaders who are making their mark in racing. Likewise, Bilstein has been making an impact in off road racing for decades with high performance shock absorbers.