After a heated race at BITD’s Blue Water Desert Challenge held in Parker, Arizona last weekend, the BITD class 10, 2011 series championship remains to be decided at the Trans West Ford 250, held in Henderson, Nevada, on December 2nd, 3rd and 4th. With less than 30 points separating the top 3 teams, Shaffer-Motorsport and two other teams will battle for the series championship at the last 2011 BITD race. The double point race at Henderson offers the opportunity for a season championship to any of the three teams.
With 105F temperatures, the heat in Parker took it’s toll not just on drivers but on their engines and race vehicles too. Several unlucky participants had to put their fire extinguishers to good use, thankfully without any major consequence. Making things even tougher was the lack of wind, as this was a very dusty race! One could hear a “continuous” request for the water trucks over the BITD radio from the various officials at different points around the course.
During the third lap at Parker on Saturday, (after having been put through a tough, hot race at V2R), the engine on 1066 entered limp mode and refused to return to normal operation. A quick inspection revealed metal shards in places there should be none and so our race at Parker was over.
Before the end of the day Mike Shaffer had located a new engine and we had mentally switched into preparing the car for the king of off-road races, the 44th annual Tecate SCORE BAJA 1000.
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