Trey Gibbs Climbs The LOORRS Classes

We look at the up-and-coming racer’s rise through the classes.

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series (LOORRS) is a spectacle of horsepower and high-flying trucks. A scene comprised of fire, metal, shredded fiberglass, dirt roost and the roar of engines as racers trade paint through the loose surface tracks. Classes among these racers are divided into several categories. While the Pro-4 class of four-wheel-drive trucks is the top tier of competition, when it comes to budget and power, there are several classes catering to more grassroots racers; UTVs and Karts.

Trey D. Gibbs is a young-gun talent working his way up through the field and showing promising performance. The high school senior has graduated from the Modified Trophy Kart class and was named “Rookie of the Year” in 2018. Gibbs wheeled his Alumicraft Pro-Buggy to a podium finish at round one at Glen Helen this year. With his eye on developing seat time in ProLite, Gibbs will continue to race the LOORRS season in the buggy while attending regional races in the truck. Let’s have a look at the BILSTEIN-equipped vehicles Gibbs Racing has in the paddock.

The Modified Trophy Kart class is a breeding ground for young talent. As emerging racers are introduced to the dirt they often find their way into these dirt bike engine-powered off-road Karts. No slouch when you run down the class specs, these little machines can put down nearly 50 horsepower. Combine that with a limited 13 and 19 inches of respective front and rear wheel travel and you have a recipe for serious fun and challenge.

Falling in the middle of the field are the open wheel racers of the Pro Buggy class. Consider this category as the off-road equivalent to entry-level formula car racing in road racing circles. These buggies are constrained by sealed 4-cylinder engine packages and H-pattern gearboxes but that doesn’t stop them from turning up the heat and pushing the limits of their featherweight frames. Lacking fenders and tire protection adds an extra layer of complication when working your way through a field of cars contenting for the front. Hooking wheels in an open-wheel buggy will send cars careening and parts flying.