UTV World Championships to air on World of X
Welcome to Nevada
Over 300 of the world's top off-road UTV race teams poured into Laughlin, Nevada to compete on one of the roughest and most challenging off-road race courses on the planet. They battle side by side amid the searing heat of the Mojave Desert for the chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash prizes. Who took home the gold, and who was crowned the world champion? This is the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship, coming to ABC's "World of X Games" on Sun., Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. ET.
Feeling the pressure
"I'm feeling the pressure right now, but it's good pressure," said 2016 UTV World Champion Mitch Guthrie Jr. prior to the start of the race. "I'm happy to be back and to have that target on my back is welcome."
Picking off racers
"It's a loop race, and it's only 16 miles stacked with competitors in a course. You're gonna be picking off one guy every 30 seconds," says Rhys Millen of Rhys Millen Racing.
Three years ago, the UTV World Championships began, and now, it draws the best of the best from around the globe. With over 300 racers on the ground in Nevada, the course was set, featuring ten laps that totals 160 miles. A Short Course Championship was also executed, featuring three laps and totaling 48 miles, followed by a 30-minute Grand Prix on the inset of the field.
The course alone takes a major toll on the vehicles in the race. And if the vehicles stay in good mechanical shape, there is always the danger of hitting another racer.
The UTV World Championships has grown tremendously over the past three years into a full three-day extravaganza.
The racers compete with a co-driver at their side, like most desert races, and they were carefully tracked through the race. And a hot pit was provided so that the racers could take on fuel, fresh tires and make repairs.
Nearly 300 UTVs, racers, fans, and vendors converged outside the Riverside Casino for the 2017 Polaris RZR UTV World Championship powered by Monster Energy Contingency Day Friday. The event was run as part of tech day for Saturday's desert and short course races, which are part of the Best in the Desert Series.
Pit Crew Challenge
This year marked the introduction of the UTV Pit Crew Challenge. Fans are also allowed a chance to drive the UTC race course, with nearly 200 enthusiasts taking their own laps on the course.
Short Course Champion
After a few tense moments, the announcement was made: It was R.J. Anderson who put it up on two wheels to take the win after calculating corrected time. Anderson started on the third row and passed 24 vehicles to take the Short Course Championship.
Tune-in on ABC
For the rest of the race highlights, tune in to ABC's "World of X Games" on Sun., Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. ET.