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Monthly Archives: March 2016

  • RT Pro’s Driver Gastel Finishes Fifth in BITD Mint 400

    RT Pro’s Best in the Desert Round 3 UTV Race Report


    RT Pro’s Logan Gastel drove a Can-Am Maverick Turbo to a fifth-place finish in the Pro UTV Turbo Class in the Mint 400. The race was Round 3 of the Best in the Desert Championship.

    Gastel ran a competitive race and notched the top five in the tough 330-mile race. The event was held on the typical Mint 400 course, but it was run in the opposite direction from year’s past, giving veterans like Gastel a brand new course to contend with.

    “It was brutal,” explained Gastel. “We ran the Mint 400 backwards, so we ran up and into the canyon and it was definitely rough. We got all three laps in and we’re here at the finish line. I’m just glad we got a finish.”

    Gastel’s Can-Am was built by RT Pro and features RT Pro hard parts throughout. He said the durability of the RT Pro components was welcome on the tough race course.

    “This is our seventh race on our RT Pro components and not one failure,” said Gastel. “This race was 330 miles of pure hell, and they held up. I’m pretty impressed. RT Pro built us this car. We have 2,500 race miles on it and have yet to have an issue. They build our steering components, fifth links, tie rods; all of that stuff has held up perfectly.”

    Gastel will be back in action as the series heads back to Nevada May 5-8 for the Laughlin Desert Classic where he and his RT Pro Can-Am will be in top contention.

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  • RT Pro’s Jerry Boling Scores Top Five in GNCC Opener Wild Boar GNCC Round 1 Report


    Jerry Boling used RT Pro components to propel his Polaris into a fifth-place finish during the Wild Boar GNCC UTV XC1 Pro race. The privateer racer made his GNCC debut during the season opener.

    Boling said his RT Pro components made the difference on the difficult course. With 87 entries on the rough and gnarly course, Boling needed every advantage he could get.

    “The RT Pro high clearance A-arms and all of the chassis components made it possible to compete on this rough course,” said Boling. “To run with these factory guys doing it as an independent is very humbling. I’d like to say thank you to my wife. We’ve had a difficult week; we lost two family members this week. She wanted me to run here.”

    John Yokley switched to a Can-Am this year with the Jack’s Racing Team and was running in the lead when a mechanical issue stopped his charge within a mile of the finish.

    “The RT Pro suspension components worked awesome out there,” said Yokley. “I took a couple laps to get in the flow of the track. The track was rough; there were a lot of whooped out sections and palmetto roots. We took the lead, but had a mechanical issue, but that won’t happen again. We’ll be back strong at South Carolina.”

    Joe Kreclich finished second in the UTV XC2 Class race. “The Can-Am and RT Pro stuff was flawless today,” said Krechlich. “I was nervous as I could be about the course. If it wasn’t for the RT Pro A-Arms, we would have ripped the suspension off of this thing. I wish I had won, but I’ll take a second any day on a day like today. It was brutal out there. I just didn’t want a DNF here, so to get a podium is great. We’ll take this on to the next race at Big Buck.”

    Coastal Racing / RT Pro’s John Henry drove a conservative race in XC2 and finished fourth. “We survived…It was really a game of survival,” said Henry. “The track was brutal. We saw a lot of carnage, backed off and tried to make it to the finish. If it wasn’t for the RT Pro equipment, it probably wouldn’t have made it. I’m just happy to finish that race.”

    Sam Yokley and Jesi Stracham drove their RT Pro equipped Polaris Aces to a fourth and fifth-place finish, respectively, in the single seat race.

    RT Pro UTV Racers will be back in the hunt at the Big Buck GNCC in South Carolina on April 16-17th.

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