94 SEPTEMBER 2016
he last time Pro Lite was without a
previous champion in the field was 2009,
the first year of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing
Series competition. Brian Deegan won
that year, before adding two further titles.
RJ Anderson won a pair of championships,
including last year’s, but, like Deegan, is
now concentrating on Pro 2. Another
couple of champs have moved on to
other things – which leaves a new batch
of young guns to fight for the ’ 16 title.
For much of the year, that’s been 2015
runner-up Jerett Brooks vs. Brandon
Arthur, who finished third in Pro Lite last
season. And although Ryan Beat, who’s as
much a veteran as anybody in the class,
has come on strong in the latter half of the
season, it’s likely to come down to Brooks
or Arthur – unless Beat pulls off a surprise.
Brooks and Arthur have been on the
Long-time friends and competitors Jerett Brooks and Brandon Arthur are
battling for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’ Pro Lite championship.
WORDS & IMAGES Richard S. James
YEARS IN THE MAKING
podium more often than not in 2015.
Arthur came out swinging with a pair of
victories in the ’ 16 opener at Wild Horse
Pass Motorsports Park, Ariz. But since then,
Brooks has been the man to beat, with four
straight wins in Rounds 3 through 6 and
nine podiums in total to Arthur’s seven.
Both have similar stories, having started
in Trophy Karts before moving to Pro Lite.
Their paths have diverged now and then,
but they’ve been battling each other hard
since 2009, and never more so than for
the Pro Lite title this season and last.
Arthur went desert racing for a while,
before coming back to short course in
Pro Lite in 2014. In that first year, he won
a race at Glen Helen and finished eighth
in the championship. Brooks, having
spent two years in Pro Lite, went off to
win a championship in TORC. When he
returned for the final three LOORRS races
of 2015, he had quite the surprise for the
competition, reeling off three straight
victories and setting the stage for a
championship run the following year.
But Anderson – who helped Brooks get
started in the class and dates Brooks’s
sister – had other plans, throwing down
for a farewell championship before he
gave Pro 2 his full attention. Brooks
finished the season second in points,
with Arthur showing signs of what was
“When we went to Firebird
and [Arthur] went out there
and schooled us all, that got