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.”
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.