Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team win big at tough Vegas to Reno race
Quintero defends Pro N/A Class title as Menzies triumphs again overall
Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team star Seth Quintero successfully defended his Pro N/A Class crown at the gruelling 500-mile Las Vegas and Reno race as Mitch Guthrie Jr. settled for second and Bryce Menzies triumphed again overall.
Here is all you need to know:
– The tough one-day race saw the field set off last Friday morning with the 24th edition seeing Quintero starting in Nevada with – not only his Vegas to Reno crown from last year to defend – but also his 2019 Pro N/A Class overall Best in the Desert series title.
– The 17-year-old did not disappoint over tricky terrain to win his category. He revealed on Instagram: “So stoked right now! We are… #VegasToReno Winners! Backed it up to the Silver State win and backed it up front the Vegas to Reno win last year.”
– Quintero’s fellow Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team member Mitch Guthrie Jr. battled through the pack from a sixth-place start to take the lead going into the last pit stop, however a heavy rock collision saw the lights fail on his machine as he ended in second place.
– Californian Guthrie Jr. still picked up plenty of useful championship points as he defends last season’s Best in the Desert overall series victory in the Pro Turbo Class.
– The 23-year-old explained on Instagram: “Yesterday was a heartbreaker to say the least. Shortly after leaving the last pit we centre punched a rock in the front end. Our Switch Pros panel stopped working, so we had no lights. It was pitch black and we ran as fast as we could using a small flashlight we had in the car.”
– Menzies’ great performance in the “Trophy Truck Unlimited” class saw him victorious over everyone as he plans to return next year in search of the three-peat.
– The 32-year-old said on Instagram: “Thank you to everyone that makes this happen – I’m so grateful. Now I’m going home to see my six-month-old.”
– In the same category, 33-year-old Californian Andy McMillin fought back from a poor qualifying position of 22nd to finish a creditable fifth behind Menzies.
– He said on Instagram: “We never gave up, kept our heads down and kept fighting. We are relentless; we will fix our small mistakes and be back stronger than ever.”
– The Best in the Desert series continues next month with the National Desert Cup back in Nevada with the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team also looking forward to being reunited with the specially designed OT3 side-by-side machine ahead of their 2021 Dakar Rally quest.
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