The 2012 World Off-Road Championship SxS Racing Series(WORCS) finale was held at Honolulu Hills in Taft, California, and K&N backed Cody Rahders, riding his number 816 Polaris RZR570 won the Production 700 Class Championship. Rahders, the 16-year-old racing talent, had the sort of season that makes everyone sit way up and take notice.
In only his first season of WORCS racing K&N's Cody Rahders won the 2012 Production 700 Class Championship
"This is my first WORCS title, and actually it was my first season racing WORCS as well," commented a modest Rahders. "I'm proud to be able to come from behind and win my first season for Polaris racing the new RZR 570."
Headed into round 8 Rahders had already moved from fourth place early in the series, to leading the points chase by eight going into the final round. This set up a three-way battle for the Production 700 Class championship between Rahders, Luke Rogers and Kayla Smith, with less than 20 points separating all three. And, with Rahders in the only 570 on the line, amongst six Rhinos, the last race of the series was going to be decidedly tough.
The green flag waved and Rahders came off the line with the hole-shot in his Polaris while Smith nearly spun out behind him. However, Rahders lead would be short lived as he dropped back to third spot by the checkered flag.
"I knew a place to try a re-pass for the lead, so when I was setting up for it I landed weird off a jump, I was on the gas a little too much and something broke," Rahders said.
With the 570 now driving in 3-wheel drive, and Rahders needing to finish fourth place or better to secure the championship, he wisely let the leaders go and went into survival mode.
"On the last couple of laps, of the last WORCS race, the one thought that was running through my head was to finish! Making the race for the championship a nail biter is exciting, but it relieves your stress when you have a little bit more room in the points," Rahders admitted. He maintained a steady pace and held on to finish the race in 3rd place in class, which was good enough to clinch the 2012 Production 700 Class Championship. "What a season, to go from fourth in points to winning the title, it's awesome."
As if winning a WORCS championship in his first year wasn't enough, Rahders with the R3 Motorsports team, also earned his first career victory in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Super Lite Series this year.
"The race was in Reno, Nevada and I mainly went with one goal in mind - to win," Rahders said. "I had an idea what the track was going to be like, and when I saw it, it was like the old quarry track. It felt like this was my home track and that made it easier to bring home my first Super Lite win."
Regarding his plans for next season Rahders says they have some thoughts of where they are going to be most of next season. "But we are not exactly sure where our first race will start. It seems the schedules change regularly, but we hope to make the best of it and bring home some more titles."
Rahders and the R3 Motorsports would like to thank everyone that helped them with their RZR570 this season. "There is no way we could have done it without our sponsors, thanks everyone!"
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