There are discussions ongoing at several social media sites and user driven bulletin boards about team Vildosola violating SCORE rules.
A video surfaced where it appears Vildosola is being creative in making a repair or an adjustment to his truck while moving on the highway. A second video showing Vildosola plowing through the spectator camp and shade canopy after missing a turn.
This discussions are not questioning the victory as such but if the team obeyed the SCORE rules (rules below the videos and photos)
We are not part of this discussions but strictly report on the incidents.
We collected all available information and leave it up to the reader to build himself a opinion of this situation.
What the SCORE rulebook says:
SCORE International’s 2006-2010 Off-Road Racing Rules & Regulations Book (“SCORE Rule Book”).
Rule GPT8 states: “All pits must be at least fifty feet (50’) off the edge of the race course. No pit may be in the first fifty feet (50’) leading into and the first one hundred feet (100’) leading out of any turn.”
Rule GPT9 states, “All pit services must be done while the race vehicle is at a complete stop. Vehicle may not be serviced while in motion, either under its own power, while being towed, and/or on a trailer. Pit services are to include fueling, tire changes, and/or any other services performed on the race vehicle.
SCORE Rule Book 2006-2010:
GPT3, Page 20: Any pit vehicle running on or near the race course that is endangering the entrants, race officials, or spectators, could call for the disqualification of the particular vehicle for which they are servicing or pitting. No pit vehicle may follow or lead a race vehicle on the race course.
GPT9, Page 20: All pit services must be done while race vehicle is at a complete stop. Vehicle may not be serviced while in motion, either under its own power, while being towed, and/or being transported in or on a trailer. Pit services are to include fueling, tire changes, and/or any other services performed on the race vehicle.
Some guideline of penalties levied to competitors (these guidelines are a minimum only). GP3, Page 18, 19:
(5) Traveling backward on the race course. Race or support vehicles.
(10) Illegal stationary pit or illegal support crew violation.
(11) Pitting in a restricted area.
(12) Reckless driving or endangerment of support crews, officials and/or spectators by support crews or race vehicles.
A statement supposedly made by Tavo Vildosola on a forum (not confirmed but supposedly he made same statements in a radio show about "fans" tempering with his truck driving 50 or so mph on highway)
The simple truth behind this video is that we have no reason to pit on the highway, risk our chances of winning our second Baja 1000 & defrauding the fans by doing something like this. This truck was not part of the Vildosola Racing chase crew, pit crew or otherwise. If we had an issue, where we needed to stop, prior to this happening we had our second pit (next to BFG) on the Puertecitos Highway section. Again, why would I risk breaking, a well known rule, which we have been accused of before (2011 Baja 500) pitting on the highway...These fans pulled in-front of us while we were running down the highway, Javi and I thought they were taking pictures, once we realized they were messing with our front bumper, I tried to move left but the other truck had boxed us in. Plus the guy was grabbing our front bumper, If we would have broken or swerved, then he would have fallen and as many of you describe, the situation would have been 1,000,000 times worst. As you can tell, on the video, as they are pulling away, the guy in Spanish is saying "go, go, go"!!! They were definitely trying to do something...Our next pit was at Coco's, we have video evidence that we stopped there to check what these guys had tried to do...
Vildosola Racing does not have a history of cheating, we have never cheated and would never risk a Baja 1000 by pitting on the highway, I would have just stopped at our the Puertecitos pit a couple of miles before...
We will be on radio tonight addressing the same questions about our indisputable win at the Baja 1000
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