Laughlin, NV—This year, the Laughlin Desert Classic served as the BITD season ender and as expected, there was much excitement for Weddle-equipped teams. The Desert Classic format offers fast, up close racing excitement over two days. Teams race four laps on a quick seventeen mile course in separate races on Saturday and Sunday. A combined time over two days determines the winner of each class. The short course makes the LDC an all out sprint. A small mistake or technical issue can quickly erase a spot on the podium. Because of the fast pace, qualifying and starting position play a crucial role.
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Albins AGB-equipped teams take win and season championship in Class 1500. Class 1500 charger James Dean looked to have luck on his side. Dean, in Albins AGB-equipped 1501, not only had the fastest lap in class but fastest overall. Though at the end of Saturday’s race, it would be 1553 Ray Griffith in the Class 1500 top spot with 1539 Adam Householder close behind in second, both driving AGB-equipped vehicles. In the end, Householder held it together long enough to take the Class 1500 win on Sunday, but it was the Class 1500 2nd place finisher, CJ Hutchins in AGB-equipped 1527, who had much to celebrate. Hutchins’ finish at LDC cemented his position as the 2019 BITD Class 1500 Champion.
Another champion in Class 5 Unlimited. Class 1500 was not the only class AGBs helped seal the win and season. Travis Chase charged to the fastest combined time over the two days to not only take first on the Class 5 podium, but clinch the 2019 BITD Class 5 Unlimited Championship driving Albins AGB10-equipped car 5001.
Weddle S-series sequential transaxles finish strong in Class 6200. Weddle S-equipped teams had a great BITD season to the very end. Nick Carolan chalked up another BITD Class 6200 win in Weddle S5-equipped 6206. Steve Scott finished right behind to take the Class 6200 second in Weddle S4D-equipped 6260.
That's a wrap for this year's BITD season. A big shout to all Weddle-equipped teams. We already can't wait for Parker!
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Top Finishers at 2019 BITD Laughlin Desert Classic
October 10-13, 2019. Laughlin, NV
Class 5 Unlimited
1. 5001 Travis Chase (2019 BITD Class Champion) — Albins AGB10