Weigand Takes Over WHS

April 14, 2009 11:51am

By Joe Colombero

  • Tim Weigand takes the win
  • Kendall Norman was second
  • Kyle Summers rounded out the podium
Hollister, California - JCR’s Tim Weigand stepped to the top of the box for the firs time this season to beat an all-star field at round two of the AMA Western Hare Scrambles Series. Weigand, who took third in the WHS Series opener just a few weeks ago, came from a fifth-place start to take over the lead on lap two and held it for the rest of the three-hour event. It was Weigand’s (and Johnny Campbell Racing’s) first major victory at an Off-Road National and also moved him into the points lead for the WHS Championship. “It’s nice to finally win one,” said Weigand. “I’ve been close all year and hopefully there will be more of these to come.”

Second place fell to Weigand’s JCR teammate Kendall Norman. Norman led early on, but fell prey to Weigand’s charge 20 minutes into the race. From then on, Norman kept pace with his teammate, but could not close the gap. “Tim was riding great today,” said Norman. “I did all I could to stay with him, but he was amazing. I’m stoked for Tim, and Johnny and JCR Racing to go 1-2.” Norman’s second-place finish gave team JRC its first 1-2 sweep of an Off-Road National.

Team Valli Sport’s Kyle Summers was the third man on the podium. Summers started poorly and came through the first lap way back in 15th. He began his charge to the front early on the third lap and moved into third shortly before the 45-minute mark. Then, Summers fought his way into second ahead of Norman. The two battled for a full 18-minute lap before Norman was able to pull away. Summers had lost his water system and began to cramp during the second hour, a sure sign of dehydration in the Hollister heat. Still, he hung on for third for the day and third in the points chase.

Fourth place fell to round-one winner Brenden Ritzman. Ritzman gated in the top ten and worked his way into fourth by the halfway mark. His finish, combined with his victory in the opener, has him second in the points chase, just one ahead of Summers.