Johnny Greaves Claims 2nd in 2011 Pro-4 Class, CJ Greaves Wins Inaugural Traxxas Pro Light Cup Race
2011 TORC Season Finale
10.25.11 The Off Road Championship's season finale took place this past weekend at Cycle Ranch in Floresville, not far from San Antonio, Texas. The red dirt of the converted motocross track proved it was not used to 4 wheels because a lot of trucks were bicycling the entire weekend--making for some very exciting racing. Johnny Greaves came into the weekend clinging to a narrow 4 point lead over Ricky Johnson in the Pro-4 class and eager to take home another championship. CJ and Marty, both wrapping up their first year in the Pro Light and Pro 2WD class respectively, were hoping to have good races to build on for next season.
The championship would elude Johnny. Ricky Johnson and Johnny started on the front row for the first race and battled nose to tail for a classic JG/RJ battle the entire race. Johnny passed RJ to go for the bonus points for leading at the midway point of the race. But RJ passed him back in the next turn to collect the points. Greaves finished 2nd rendering them dead even in the points. Post race, Johnny was feeling good about his chances for Sunday having pulled the fastest lap time, earning his 5th Oakley Bomb Award for Monster Energy/ ReadyLift/ GearUp2Go.com/ Maxxis Tire and Toyota.
Sunday, the 9 time champion Greaves ran strong up front. He tried to pass the front running Scott Douglas while fending off RJ who was hot on his tail. All three made contact and Johnny emerged in the lead but began to feel a vibration in the front-end. Exiting the whoop section turn, the front drive broke. It would eventually lock-up completely and Johnny had to pull out of the race, ending his chances for the championship but landing him in the very respectable runner-up position for the season standings.
Marty Hart started on row 2 and stayed in the top 3 most of the race. Two laps from the end, Marty's Monster Energy/ ReadyLift/ GearUp2Go.com/ Maxxis Tire/ Toyota went up on 2 wheels. He was able to save it but Greg Adler was able to take advantage and scoot by him to take third. He finished a strong 4th, just off the podium. He had a strong start in Sunday's race--again running in the top 3--battling Bryce Menzies and Rob MacCachren the entire race. With only 2 turns remaining in the race, Marty lost his rear gear and lost several positions, winding up in 6th.
CJ Greaves started 6th in the Pro Light race on Saturday. After an early race roll-over, he made an impressive charge from the back to the front in the first half of the race. Then, he caught a rut and bicycled in the second half of the race that sent him to the rear of the pack once again. He made another remarkable charge to the front and passed Casey Currie on the last lap to claim the 3rd place spot on the podium. He also landed a 3rd place finish in Sunday's race. At one point the younger Greaves led the race and had exciting battles with R.J. Anderson for first and second. He eventually bicycled but he recovered to claim the third place podium spot.
The highlight of the weekend was CJ Greaves taking his Traxxas/ Monster Energy/ Maxxis/ Oakley/ Toyota to the top spot in the inaugural Traxxas Pro Light Cup race. As if the $15,000 prize was not enough, CJ was motivated to show the Pro Light class that he was a force to be dealt with. He diced it up with the top drivers, eventually passing defending Pro Light driver Casey Currie to take over the lead. Currie had a flat tire late in the race that opened the door for CJ to get the win. His name will be the first etched into the trophy as well as the youngest driver to win a Pro Light race at the age of 16.
The team packed up the haulers feeling like they had represented their sponsors and fans well this season.
"We have had a great year all in all," said Johnny Greaves. "We are going to regroup and get ready for another season. We are very excited about the progress CJ has made in his first year in the Pro Light. We're very proud of him. We have a great team--very dedicated and they so hard to give Marty, CJ and me great trucks each race."
Greaves continued: "We have tremendous sponsors like Monster Energy, and Toyota and new comers--ReadyLift, GearUp2Go.com and Maxxis Tire. For CJ, Traxxas, Monster Energy, Maxxis, Oakley and Toyota. Obviously, without them, we would not be able to run up front race after race. We appreciate them very much."