Ensenada, Baja California Mexico
Wes Bevly and Billy Wilson of Bevly Wilson Racing have extensive offroad racing experience; each winning a championship in the dirt. Despite their accomplishments, they were the new guys in the Trophy Truck class, the premiere class in the offroad racing. When they jumped out to the early points lead in San Felipe, and held it until the final race of the 2016 series, many were forced to stand up and take notice. Their chief rival for the title became the defending champion, Carlos Apdaly Lopez. Going into the Baja 1000, the two teams were separated by only six points.The 49th SCORE Baja 1000 would be a tough test of every competitor and the deciding race in the championship. Bevly Wilson would bring a formidable weapon to the race, their STEEL-IT / Jimco Trophy Truck. The Kroyer Racing Engines powerplant puts out 800 horsepower. Position sensitive KING bypass shocks damp the STEEL-IT coated suspension components and Trailready Beadlocks are wrapped in aggressive BFGoodrich T/A tires. The course ahead is lighted by KC Hilites LED lighting and moving parts are protected by Maxima Racing Oils. The truck is capable of hitting huge bumps, flying high in the air, and powering through the toughest terrain. That doesn’t mean the Baja 1000 would be easy. The competition at this level is staggering. Seconds can mean the difference between taking a win or ending up in the top ten.The team was 100 percent ready to take on Baja but got off to a slow start. Communication between the driver and co-driver is critical; especially in the first miles of the race. The adrenaline is pumping and the dust is usually blinding. After taking the green flag, co-driver Chase Laven had a malfunction of the internal wiring in his helmet that killed his intercom. Instead of watching the GPS and calling out directions, he had to use hand signals to communicate with the driver. For Wilson, it was worse. Instead of watching the road ahead, he had to look over at Laven to navigate through the dust. Unfortunately for the duo, there is no easy way to use hand signals to warn about rocks on the edge of the course. At only mile 60, they hit some rocks obscured by the dust and got the truck high centered. Not only were they losing time to the leaders, but the trucks they had already got past got around without a fight. They tried to get off the rocks but it wasn’t until some helpful locals showed up that they were able to extract themselves. The truck was uninjured but the damage to their race plan was done.Once they stopped for fuel and another co-driver got in, their intercom was working perfectly, and so was the truck. They had miles of the toughest Baja terrain ahead but had zero issues the rest of the way. They ran as hard as possible, but were unable to overcome the time lost on the rocks. They crossed the line in 9th place, 10th overall. With an attrition rate of over 50 percent, it was a big accomplishment but fell short of the championship they wanted. “We are a little disappointed but extremely proud of what we accomplished this year,” said Billy Wilson, “We had a good strong year but were hoping for that number one plate. You have to make split second decisions and there are countless decisions made in a season. Sure, we could have done some things differently but we learned from every one of those situations. We don’t get discouraged when things don’t go right. We figure out how to get out of that situation in the future. We had communication problems in the truck and talking to the crew but we got through it. Coming in the pits, we couldn’t hear the crew. You try to get in and out as quickly as possible so we lost a little time searching for our pits. At least we knew they would be there for us, our crew is the best. The whole team takes pride in doing things right, we stick to the course, we hit all the VCP’s (Virtual Check Points). We were one of only three teams in the top ten who had no penalties after the race. We had a great season and look forward to 2017.”Bevly Wilson Racing made a huge impact in 2016. Most teams take years to develop their truck and get a taste of victory. This team was out front right out of the box and finished second in the championship racing against the toughest competition on the planet. The team will have their truck on display at the PRI show December 8-10 in Indianapolis, Indiana. After that they will prepare for next season. The 2017 Trophy Truck season looks to get very interesting with Bevly Wilson Racing in the mix.
About Bevly Wilson Racing
Bevly Wilson Racing has burst onto the Trophy Truck racing scene by winning their first SCORE series race in their new Jimco Trophy Truck at the San Felipe 250 in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico. They took the win and have built on their success; maintaining the championship points lead after 3 of 4 races in the series. While they are new to Trophy Truck racing, the fastest and most unlimited desert racing vehicles, they are not new to winning races or championships in the desert.