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Pro Motorsports Scores Three Podiums at WORCS
Matt Hancock Takes Two Seconds, Gareth Dihel Wins Again

Tempe, AZ (3/22/2017) - Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock scored a pair of runner-up finishes in the WORCS SXS races in Lake Havasu City, AZ. With a doubleheader weekend for the amateurs, teammate Gareth Dihel continued to pad his points lead in the SXS 1000 Stock class, winning one of the two races held during the weekend.

Matt Hancock WORCS Racing
Pro Motorsports’ Matt Hancock scored a pair of runner-up finishes in the WORCS SXS races in Lake Havasu City, AZ

In the Pro SXS race, Hancock got off to a great start, and he was in second when the pack approached infamous lagoon jump. Choosing the smart line, Hancock went around the jump. Though he fell back as a result, he quickly rebounded and was battling for the lead at the finish in his non-turbo Polaris RZR. After a rough start to the season, Hancock hit his stride here and is now third in points.

“I skipped the lagoon jump on the first lap and fell back to sixth, but that was the plan,” said Hancock. “I wanted to see what everyone did the first lap and not break the car. People started dropping out, I gained some positions, got right behind Davie and he was ripping. And I’m just happy to be up here.”

Matt Hancock WORCS Racing
After a rough start to the season in Pro UTV, Matt Hancock hit his stride and is now sitting third in points

Hancock was pleased with the performance of his naturally aspirated car. Though the turbos are faster, the season thus far has shown their durability has given the non-turbos the edge. In Hancock’s case, Curtis Sparks gives him an even bigger advantage.

“One, two and three were all non-turbo cars which is pretty unreal,” said Hancock. “This track doesn’t provide a huge advantage for the turbo cars. Curtis Sparks builds my motors and he does awesome work, which shows. Doug Roll with Elka Suspension had my shocks working perfectly today. I could take any line I wanted and drive it like it was on cruise control. The Maxxis Tires ripped around in these rocks and soft dirt.”

Matt Hancock WORCS Racing
Matt Hancock finished a season best 2nd Place in Pro UTV Stock, which boosted him into the top ten in points

In Pro Stock, Hancock scored another second place finish, which boosted him into eighth in the points chase and only six points out of the top five as he has continued to improve his finishes with each passing round of racing.

“I needed the points. It’s still early in the year and we’re looking for a championship. Maxxis Tires, Tire Blocks, Elka Suspension…these guys are the best in the business and my car showed it today,” said Hancock.

Hancock also welcomed a new addition to his family on Friday. His twin sister, Marissa, had her baby on Friday. “So far it’s been a great weekend,” said Hancock. “I’m excited to get home and meet my new nephew.”

The amateur classes ran a doubleheader weekend. Dihel won the first of the two SXS 1000 Stock events on Saturday and finished 15th in the second race Sunday. With three consecutive wins and an additional podium, Dihel’s dominant season continues and he now leads the championship by 11 points.

Gareth Dihel WORCS Racing
Gareth Dihel continued his points lead in the SXS 1000 Stock class, winning one of the two races held during the weekend

Dihel snagged the holeshot in Saturday’s race, but lost the lead on the first lap after being passed in the lagoon jump. He took back over the lead for good when the leader blew a belt.

“Everything went really well on Saturday,” said Dihel. “A lot of people frown on this course because it’s so rough, but I like Havasu. It’s in a really cool area and I like that people can see a lot of the course. This year, I hit the lagoon jump a bunch. I got the holeshot, got a great lead and someone jumped it and passed me. So I jumped it the rest of the time.”

WORCS officials had cautioned drivers to take the lagoon jump at their own risk on Sunday. With Saturday fresh in his mind, Dihel elected to hit the jump on every lap he could. He snagged the holeshot again and was leading when a wheel bearing seized. He pitted and his team got him back out to earn points.

Gareth Dihel WORCS Racing
Gareth Dihel snagged the holeshot in both races on the weekend

“I got the holeshot, and I had to hit the lagoon jump every time, which was really hard on the car,” said Dihel. “Then I lost a wheel bearing. I pitted, they got it back together and got some finishing points. That will help me out a lot. Any points are better than none.”

Hancock and Dihel will be back in action as the series next heads to Las Vegas for a special indoor race at The Orleans March 31-April 2.

2017 Pro Motorsports Team Sponsors:
Maxxis Tires, Pro Motorsports, LKH Farming, Elka Suspension, Tireblocks, ROLL Design, Sparks Racing, FLY Racing, K&N Filters, Method Race Wheels, IMS Products,, JR Publications, Finish Line Signs, VisionX lights, RCV Axles, Fasst Co., Polaris Lubricants, Dragonfire Racing

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