JetJam Racing emerged on a new location in Parker, AZ for Rounds 5 & 6 of the 2018 Hydro-Turf JetJam Racing series – La Paz County Park. The location proved to be an awesome race site with great grass camping for the racers and their families. The consensus was this location rocked!
On Friday, setting up the track presented its challenges with the flowing river and heavy river traffic. The amazing Red Shirt Crew worked their magic and were able to set a great course. The track was set up to run clockwise instead of the normal counter clockwise direction. This provided the racers a new challenge and with the often ruff water, it gave way to some great racing over the weekend. Thank you to the water safety crew for keeping everyone safe.
The Hydro-Turf JetJam race events have attracted many new riders to the jet ski racing scene. This weekend was no exception. For example, they had Dakota “The Outlaw” James at 10 years old in the Junior 10-12 Stock class to Joe Ballistrea at 65 in the Vintage X2 class. Another new rider out there this weekend was Brittney Hegeman who is in her second season of racing the Lucas Oil Hydro Drags with the Adams Racing Team. This was her first time crossing over into closed course racing.
Brittney said, “JetJam was the perfect opportunity for me to be able to stick my toes in and test the waters of closed course racing. I loved it so much I decided to race on Sunday as well. The entire race crew, racers and their families were so welcoming, full of advice and ready to lend a helping hand to a new racer who was very nervous”. She then went on to say “JetJam is all about the racing, the fun and the safety. A community on and off the water.” She can’t wait for her next race. Brittney even finished with a 5th and 4th place over the weekend.
With a stacked line up of racers in the Ski GP4 class, Saturday’s winners of the TC Freeride’s cash payout were 1st place Kole Cramer, 2nd place Brady Courson and 3rd place Theo Beaumer. Sunday’s payouts went to 1st place Kole Cramer, 2nd place Brady Courson and 3rd place Caleb Kile. For the holeshot payouts, Saturday in Ski GP1 went to Preston Matzdorff and Vintage 550 went to Chris Hagest. On Sunday, Becky Cooper Powell picked up the holeshot in the Vintage 550 class and after an insane battle on the course in the Ski GP1 class, Ian Roberts walked away with the holeshot and Preston Matzdorff pulled off the overall win. The Vintage X2 class had some great prizes, as well, for 1st place – 5th place. These prizes were sponsored by River Rat Motorsports and Nasty Nic’s Motorsports, both of Lake Havasu City.
Congratulations to all the winners this weekend including Preston Matzdorff, Justin Black, Kole Cramer, Revin Harris, Brandon Warner and Julien Beaumer for going 1-1 for the overall win on Saturday and Sunday in their classes. When Saturday evening rolled around, JetJam hosted a dinner for the riders including DJ Robbie Rob, of Lake Havasu City, spinning the tunes for the dinner and dance party. Coach T’s BBQ served up a delicious dinner of Chicken Enchiladas, salad and homemade beans. JetJam and Coach T’s, combined, raised over $5000.00 for the “Every Kid Counts” Charity out of Phoenix, AZ. over the past 6 Rounds of racing. Way to go!
Overall this event turned out amazing and most of the racers are hoping to return to this location in the future. Thank you to all the sponsors who help JetJam host these awesome races: HydroTurf, Bud Light, Hidden Trails Motosports, River Rat Motorsports, Bodyline Swim Shop, Skat Trak, Pro Watercraft Racing, Water Craft Direct, Nprotune, Jet Renu, M&M Marine, TC Freeride, 3-2-1 Kawasaki, Blowsion, JetLift, Ryno Power, The Watercraft Journal, Team Oakley, Pro Rider Magazine, Shark Energy Drink, Devas Bling, Riva Racing, Gallaghers, Throttle Junkie News, Coach T’s BBQ, Every Kid Counts Charity, O’neill S&E, Sun Solutions, Titan Performance, Bomber Eyewear, WCWCC and Westside Media, and JC Racing.
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