Starting Positions Are Set For BITD BWDC – race-deZert.com

Starting Positions Are Set For BITD BWDC

The BITD Blue Water Desert Challenge is a unique race in that it is the only two day race of the year and its more like a short course race in that its an all out sprint from start to finish. Qualifying is very important for this race because the laps are only 26 miles each, which means dust is a factor and to be able to have clean air the first lap is priceless.

Taking the Class 1500 pole position, and also qualifying first overall was Sam Berri in his single seat Jimco car. Always a fast qualifier, Berry put two seconds on the quickest Trick Truck, and three and a half seconds on Greg Foster who will start second in Class 1500. While Garrick Freitas posted a solid 8th place, a bad crash after the timing trailer in which he rolled 9 times may keep him from starting Saturday.

Class 1500 Top 5
Overall PositionAverage Speed (mph)Time on Course
1. Sam Berri58.072:41:175
2. Greg Foster56.822:44:723
3. Chuck Hovey56.672:45:154
4. Nick Nelson56.602:45:359
5. CJ Hutchins56.602:45:381

In Trick Truck, Pro 4 stud Kyle Leduc (also known as #TheReal99) took the wheel of father Curt’s truck and posted the fastest time with a 2:43:303, besting Jason Voss and Rob MacCachren who got second and third respectively. Only one second separates the top 5 Trick Trucks so Saturdays race is sure to be a wild battle. Starting first off the line by himself, Leduc will look to take advantage of the clean air.

Trick Truck Top 5
Overall PositionAverage Speed (mph)Time on Course
1. Kyle Leduc57.322:43:303
2. Jason Voss57.142:43:811
3. Rob MacCachren57.142:43:812
4. Dale Dondel56.952:44:363
5. Shawn Croll56.942:44:381

Another unique part of the BWDC is that the 10 cars and 7200 trucks qualify together. Last year Steve LaRosa qualified first and put a truck in the first position, but this year it was Roger Starkey in his Alumicraft car who will start first. There isn’t a clear picture of who is faster between the two classes, but in a sandy course like the BWDC is, perhaps the lighter buggies may have an advantange.

Class 1000 / 7200 Top 5
Overall PositionAverage Speed (mph)Time on Course
1. Roger Starkey (1000)51.323:03:388
2. Jeff Horsley (7200)50.993:03:580
3. Michael Lapaglia (1000)50.823:04:178
4. Justin Davis (1000)49.613:08:678
5. Joel Whitted (1000)49.613:08:679

New this year is also the Class 8 trucks qualifying in which Steve Olliges went around the 2.5 mile course three seconds faster then Wayne Miller.

Class 8000 Results
Overall PositionAverage Speed (mph)Time on Course
1. Steve Olliges50.173:06:571
2. Wayne Miller49.373:09:585
3. Nick Vanderway48.863:11:577
4. Macrae Glass48.523:12:903

As you’ve come to expect, RDC will have FULL coverage for you all weekend with live timing, radio transmission, and full race recap and photo gallery following each day.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL TRICK TRUCK RESULTS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL CLASS 1500 RESULTS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL CLASS 1000/7200 RESULTS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL CLASS 8000 RESULTS

Photos by Jason Zindroski of HighRev Photography and Ernesto Araiza

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