The first four wheel competition to take place at the 2023 King of The Hammers week saw 92 UTV racers participate in the 40-mile qualification round in the vast Johnson Valley desert. This segment was a portion of the next day’s course, and it determined the starting order for the race day. Additionally, the Prologue’s elapsed time was included in the total elapsed time for Sunday’s competition, which was 196 miles long. On the day of the race, the drivers not only faced the physical challenges of the terrain but also had to cope with the brutal winds that swept across California’s Mojave Desert. The race began at 8 a.m., and the drivers finished the 196-mile race anywhere from slightly under four hours to just over six-and-a-half hours from their start time.Despite the challenges that came their way, Branden Sims remained composed and determined on the course. His unwavering focus paid off as he and his team emerged victorious in the UTV Open class and secured the B3 overall title at the Toyo Tires Desert Challenge. Moreover, their incredible performance earned them a remarkable second place in the general classification. Running on Tensor DSR 33" tires, he bested the competition and conquered the brutal open desert of Johnson Valley. With this win and the victory at the Baja 1000 that makes it two in a row for Branden and his Polaris Pro R.

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