Since its original debut in 2008, the King of the Hammers (KOH) race has been deemed the toughest off-road race in the world. This year’s course of 115-miles of open desert racing and huge rock trails proved to be the most-difficult course yet. So hard, that Race Organizer, Dave Cole didn’t think a UTV could do it. When the dust settled only three of the 35 UTVs entered would prove Cole wrong, all being RZR XP 900s! Mitch Guthrie and his co-driver Mitch Guthrie Jr., who has won four KOH races and took second once, would take the checkered flag with his Holz Racing RZR XP 900, with Jon Crowley and Blake Van de Loo, in their Jagged X-supported RZR XP 900 taking second, and Matt Enochs in the Team Nasty RZR would finish third.
Thirty-five UTVs lined up at 9 a.m. on Thursday morning to try to conquer one of the toughest KOH courses to date in eight hours or less. Brandon Sims in his RZR XP 900 would get the early lead but succumb to the toughness of the course, along with 31 other racers throughout the race, leaving Racers Guthrie, Crowley and Enochs to duke it out for the win.
Guthrie finished the race in 7 hours, 51 minutes and 52 seconds, running the last four rock trails and 30 miles of desert with no brakes! Crowley finished only 16 seconds behind him! Enochs would finish with only five minutes left showing the grit and durability of the RZR XP 900 with a clean sweep of this year’s King of the Hammers!
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