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  • RT Pro Racers Take Several Top Podium Spots at Powerline Park GNCC

    RT Pro GNCC Round 12 Race Report

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    RT Pro’s William Yokley shook off the bad luck that has plagued him all season and scored a fourth-place finish in the XC1 Side by Side GNCC Race at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH. Sean Bogden’s second-place finish put him into the points lead in XC2 ,and Sam Yokley brought home another Single Seat win.

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    With sub-freezing temperatures in the morning and and overcast skies all weekend, RT Pro’s drivers had a lot to contend with on track and relied heavily on their RT Pro-equipped utility vehicles to pull them through.

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    Yokley started at the back of the field for the event, worked through traffic and made up an immense amount of time to net the top five. The multi-time GNCC UTV champion was pleased that his season finally turned around.

    “It was a long day; it always is when you start in the back,” said Yokley. “By the end of the first lap, I was 15th. I had to work through the traffic. Every time I got going, I was held up again, so I tried to make up as much time as I could while I was working through traffic. The machine worked really well. I drove the guts out of it, and I beat it to death, but it held together for me.”

    Yokley has been a development driver for RT Pro all season in his Polaris RZR and credits the components for their durability.

    “We have not changed any of the RT Pro parts from the first race,” said Yokley. “With all of the discussions we had, they really hit the nail on the head with the suspension. I haven’t had to change anything on my suspension from the first race. It’s one of the easiest handling cars I’ve ever raced.”

    Marcus Pratt finished sixth in the XC1 race after losing the course while attempting to avoid a traffic jam. Pratt’s brother Mouse finished 12th after losing his brakes and having to run the entire race in low gear.

    “We just came to a standstill, so I just tried to go through the woods, and I lost the track,” said Marcus Pratt. “So we had to backtrack to make sure we weren’t cheating. so that one lap cost me two minutes, which cost me a podium finish.”

    Pratt said his RT Pro components have always given him a competitive advantage. “My RT Pro components have held up really well,” said Pratt. “It takes a great manufacturer to keep things going in this series and RT Pro is up to the challenge.”

    Sam Yokley led every lap and won the Polaris Ace single seat race. “I nearly flipped a couple of times, but I held on for the win,” said Yokley. “The course was a little slick in some spots, but Racer Productions put together a great course for us. The RT Pro A-arms did very well. They really held strong going through the rocks and the roots.”

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    Sean Bogden’s second place finish in XC2 was enough to place him into the points lead going into the final race of the season. “I knew who I had to beat to get into the points race,” said Bogden. “I was running third in the woods and ate a lot of dust. The track got slick and I was able to fight my way up. Everyone on the team did a great job working together.

    “The RT Pro components were perfect, as always,” added Bogden. “I was using my RT Pro nerf bars to get around the corners and the trees. They kept me up front all day.”

    The RT Pro team’s thoughts and prayers go out to Scott Kiger, who was sidelined at Powerline Park while he recovers from some recent health problems.

    The RT Pro crew will be running for victory as GNCC heads to the season finale October 31 in Crawfordsville, IN.

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  • RT Pro’s Logan Gastel BlueWater BITD Report Gastel Takes Tenth in Tough and Dusty Best in the Desert Race

    RT Pro/Can-Am driver Logan Gastel survived a rough and dusty course to finish tenth in the BlueWater Desert Challenge Best in the Desert Series race in Parker AZ on October 10-11th.

    Gastel started 11th in the race, run over two days in the desert just adjacent to the BlueWater Resort. The 25-mile circuit featured two three-lap races for a total of 150 miles. With dry, windless weather, dust caused near-zero visibility during both days of competition.

    Gastel was fast off the start of day one in his Can-Am Maverick Turbo, but had a fuel starvation issue that caused his vehicle to go into limp mode when he high sided a berm on the second lap. After falling to dead last, he rebounded to finish 14th on day one. On day two, Gastel fought even dustier conditions to finish 10th overall, just less than 30 minutes behind the winner.

    “We had to stop for a good five minutes to clear the code on day one and dropped to dead last,” said Gastel. “We battled back and we were ready for day two. On day two the course was much more difficult. It was like driving through powdered sugar. It was super dusty and it was rough in a lot of places. We did our best to keep up a fast pace, while keeping the car together. It came down to a matter of less than a second between us an eighth place at the end.”

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    Gastel credited the durability of his RT Pro parts of the top-10 finish. “RT Pro is wonderful,” said Gastel. “We did Vegas to Reno and this race for a total of 700 miles without a failure on any one of our parts. These parts are taking a beating out there. I’m really impressed that we’ve had more than 700 race miles without one failure.”

    Gastel will return to desert competition at the BITD season finale, Henderson 250, on December 5th in Nevada.

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