Unfortunately our plans for the 2016 Best in the Desert Vegas to Reno race didn’t pan out as we planned. With our KINETIK 6100 Spec TT at it’s best and dialed in for the race, we were hoping for a podium finish. The start the race became a quick bottle neck of trucks and buggys stuck in the silt beds. Getting around one group at race mile 5 we came into another jam at race mile 8 where we weren’t able to pass by and had to come to a stop. Soon after we were hit from behind by another 6100 truck at race speed in the blinding dust. Luckily driver and co-driver were still in the truck and belted in. Only having the wind knocked out of them, the situation could have been much worse as they were about to get out. Once it was safe to proceed, they got out and found the other truck up on top of them. Once the dust settled, they had to wait for a BITD support truck to tow the trucks apart. 1.5 hours later, they determined the race was over for us and would have to limp the truck off course. The crash damaged the engine radiator and both transmission coolers among other things.
We’ve already started repairing the truck and getting it ready for the next BITD race, the Bluewater Desert Challenge in October. Thanks to all our sponsors, team members, supporters and fans, we’ll get them next time.