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Mar 25, 2019

2019 WORCS Round 4 - Peoria

The fourth round of the 2019 WORCS series had the feel of an old-school brutal WORCS race to it. Conditions were dryer and warmer than recent rounds. Added to that was a very treacherous racecourse, rocky and rough, with some dust and silt thrown into the mix. Chaparral Motorsports/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki Team Green faced some challenges over the weekend, especially in the pro class, which put their riders further down the results table.

Clay Hengeveld — 2nd place Pro 2, 2nd in points | 1st place 450A, 1st in point

Clay Hengeveld racing began on Saturday's in the 450A qualifier. Despite a fall, Hengeveld was able to work from seventh place up to third by the time the checkers flew. After the race, a few riders were penalized when the results became official, two of which were the first and second place finishers. As a result, Hengeveld was bumped to first place, which extended his points lead in the class championship.

Sunday's two-hour Pro 2 main event was solid, if uneventful, for Clay. He started around fourth and quickly worked up to second on the first lap. From there, Hengeveld wasn't quite able to match the pace of the leader, but he also wasn't getting a challenge from behind. Hengeveld rode a steady, solid race, securing second place and staying close in the championship chase.

Zach Bell — 14th place Pro, 7th in points

Zach Bell had a bright start to the two-hour pro race. He was fourth-place early on and able to make the pass for third by the 30 minute mark. From there, Bell was dropping his lap time and inching closer to second-place. Unfortunately, just before the pitstop Bell began to run into some problems which ultimately turned into a crash right after the pit stop, that only further aggravated the issue.

With just under an hour still to go, and the problem worsening, Bell came in for a lengthy pit as the team worked to fix it. Bell rejoined the race, but had lost massive time and was shuffled down the order. He crossed the checkers in 14th.

Blayne Thompson — 18th place, 9th in points

Unfortunately for Thompson, his race was over before it really got going. Thompson was able to get off to a decent start, just on the heels of the top-five. However, on the first lap Thompson began to lose power. He made it to the pits, but after considering all options, the team made the call to retire for the day.

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