Skilton, Honda Performance Development Desert Pilot Celebrate Baja 500 Class Victory
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| was a very happy birthday for California Race & Rally driver Gavin Skilton, who drove his Honda Performance Development Desert Pilot to the Class 6 Unlimited 6-cylinder Trophy Truck victory in Saturday's 44th running of the Baja 500.
Co-developed by the engineers at Honda Performance Development and California Race & Rally, the HPD Desert Pilot is a single-seat, tube-framed racer powered by a mid-engine, production-based Honda V-6 engine and featuring replica Honda Pilot bodywork. Developed for off-road racing, the HPD Desert Pilot made its competition debut at the 2011 Pikes Peak Hillclimb.
Last weekend, driving solo on his 42nd birthday in the second-oldest desert race in the world, Skilton left Ensenada, Mexico on Saturday morning, traversing a rugged, 450-mile course that ran east to Ojos Negros, south to near San Felipe, and west to the Pacific Ocean before returning to Ensenada for the finish.
The clockwise course included elevations ranging from sea level to the 4,155-foot summit at Mile 110, temperatures from the low 50s to more than 100-degrees Fahrenheit, and a wide variety of terrain. The class victory was the first for the veteran Skilton in 2012, and the first for the Desert Pilot in the five-race SCORE Desert Series.
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