Escondido, CA. January 13th-15th, 2012- The SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge took place in Laughlin, Nevada. The race was a rough 8 lap, 6.25 mile desert course. Unlike previous year’s format, where your time from both days would be added together and an overall Champion for the weekend would be crowned, this year Saturday and Sunday’s races would be counted as a separate event for championship points, making the need to start and finish each day that much more important. These races were round one and two of the five race 2012 SCORE Desert Championship Series. This season we will be running a two car team consisting of our new AGM/Jimco X6 Trophy Truck and our Jimco Class 1 car.
It was a rough weekend for the All German Motorsports crew at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge but in true AGM fashion the all-volunteer team came together and pushed through all of the problems without allowing any issue to end the weekend. The fun began on Friday with Qualifying; this would be the first time they would compete head to head like this against a deep field of talented drivers/teams. When the dust settled AGM found themselves in the 13th starting position, for Saturday’s race, out of the field of 22. With everything running well and all of the issues from the previous days resolved, the team had high hopes for Saturday’s Round one of racing. Everyone was excited to see AGM’s new driver Tony Miglini finally get behind the wheel of the teams Danzio Powered, Jimco race car and take on the Class One field. However, AGM’s Laughlin curse would strike again and the Trophy Truck would come to a stop 3.5 miles into the race with a broken axle, forcing driver Armin Schwarz to retire for the day. In the Class One race, Tony would start out well, picking up speed each lap in this, his first race in the Class. But on Lap three a cross-rut would send Tony off line causing him to roll the car and ultimately ending his day as well. Once both cars were collected and brought back to the AGM garage, the team knew there was no time to waste and began right away on the repairs necessary to have the cars running again for Round two on Sunday. Working efficiently, the team had the broken parts on the Trophy Truck replaced and the damage sustained during the Class One rollover repaired all before dinner time!
Sunday’s race, Round two, would only improve slightly as drivetrain issues in both the Trophy Truck and the Class One car would prevent drivers Martin Christensen and Tony Miglini from running at 100%. Not wanting to lose out on valuable Championship points, both drivers backed their pace down and ran the cars into the finish. At the end of the day TT #15 would finish 10th in class and the Class One #116 would finish 11th. When asked about the weekend, Team Boss Martin Christensen had this to say – “We are really lucky to have the team of guys and girls we have because without them it would have been impossible to do the things that were required this weekend to stay running”
We would like to thank our all-volunteer team for their hard work and dedication that allowed us to make it to the finish. AGM would also like to send a big thank you to all our sponsors that help make this happen- ORW for their years of prep and chase support, BFG tires for making the best product on the market today, B&M Tricon, Stammcut, Jimco, Remus Exhaust, K&N Filters, Meziere Enterprises, Fortin, Fox Shocks, Liqui Moly, Eibach Springs, Stand 21 race wear, Recaro seats, Collisions Plus, All German Auto, Danzio Performance, Schroth racing belts, Method Race Wheels, Baja Designs, Alcon Braking System, Spy Optic, Lynx, X-Bionics, F&L racing fuels and Powerstride.