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Brad Lovell captures the overall win at the Inaugural BRT Blackwell 250

Saturday, April 9th with perfect weather and lots of turns made for a spectacular inaugural opening round for the Baja Racing of Texas Blackwell 250.  With an overall time of 7:01:24 Brad Lovell in Class 4400 Unlimited four-wheel drive captures overall Title in Texas newest off road racing series.

With a course that varied from rocky hill climbs to fast rolling sections winding through picturesque scenery, the course at the Texana Ranch proved for some to be very challenging while others made short work of the 43 mile loop.

 

Brad Lovell #232 in his Rock Racer at full speed through the Texas field.
Brad Lovell #232 in his Rock Racer at full speed through the Texas field.

 

Boasting over 5000 spectacular acres, the Texana Ranch, the Official home of the BRT and Off Road racing in Texas is a one of a kind racing facility.  Where else can you race a 250-mile off road event and have, over 50 RV 30/50 AMP HOOKUPS and hot showers after a long day out getting dirty.  Or just go to the huge in-ground swimming pool and cool off or a while. With miles of rock road you can take a drive around the property to experience some of the most unique animals there are, Buffalo, Long Horn Sheep, Camels and Zebras to name a few. These animals can be live on course so you have to keep and eye out or it may end your day very quickly.

 

Buffalo at the first Baja of Texas Racing event are what cows are in Mexico
Buffalo at the first Baja of Texas Racing event are what cows are in Mexico

 

The racing started Saturday morning with 10 PRO/Sportsman UTV’s off the line at 6:45AM.  The 10 mile UTV course was very fast and made for great racing.  Richard Hartgrove racing a 900XP tangled it up with a fence early in lap one.  During the impact with the fence Richard broke his collar bone and separated his shoulder and continued the race despite his injuries to earn himself a 3rd place Pro UTV finish and the coveted BRT Hard Charger award.  With an average lap time of 15min. Earl Chapman secured his first PRO UTV victory.

 

UTVs play a big part at the Baja of Texas Race
UTVs play a big part at the Baja of Texas Race

 

Mike Walser in the EControls class one car moved up quickly through the field and into first place staying ahead of the competition for most of the day. Some minor issues delayed Walser in the pits around lap 3. Once repaired Walser was on the last lap and suffered electrical and motor problems that would put him out of an overall victory as he would earn a 2nd place finish.

 

Mike Walser in the EControls Class1 car had a good run until things broke.
Mike Walser in the EControls Class1 car had a good run until things broke.

 

Dean and Joel Van Dam who moved up from Sportsman to Pro managed to take their first ever 1st place finish in their Morphic 4 seat Class one car with a overall time of 8:18:01.

 

Dean and Joel Van Dam in a Morphic 4 Seat car
Dean and Joel Van Dam in a Morphic 4 Seat car

The TA Racing 5 Unlimited car ran flawlessly and was able to take not only first in class but also 2nd Overall.  Danny Webb and Andrew McCredie drove a great race and both of them got their first ever wins.

 

Danny Webb and Andrew McCredie in Class5
Danny Webb and Andrew McCredie in Class5

 

Many other classes had people earn not only their first win but also first time to finish a race.  Daryl Hiers in Class 12, Wayne Faulkner in Class 9 and Pat Sims in there newly acquired 7 Unlimited truck.

 

Brad Lovell commented after capturing his overall victory “BRT put on an outstanding race with significant competition and that was both challenging & brutal. The track was full of “gotcha’s” and it was a blast to run. We will be coming back!”

 

Baja Racing of Texas President Chris Leitner commented, “The entire BRT staff would like to think all of the racers, volunteers and spectators that helped to make the inaugural race a HUGE success.  The BRT is already working to make sure the September Chupacabra 250 is just as successful.  Make plans to attend this one and look for more exciting news about plans for 2012.”

 

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