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Blue Water Challenge
October 8-9, 2016

Best in the Desert Racing - BITD Series

BITD Bluewater Desert Challenge UTV Race Report
Can-Am's Scott & Cory Sappington Take Overall UTV Win

Bluewater Desert Challenge
Parker, AZ (10/11/2016) - Cognito Racing’s Justin Lambert scored his sixth victory of the season and Can-Am’s Cory Sappington snagged his first win in years during the Best in the Desert Bluewater Desert Challenge SXS race at Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona. Lambert finished second overall and first in the UTV Production Class, while Sappington topped the Turbo UTV Class. History was made as eight-year-old Max Gordon teamed up with his father, off-road racing legend Robby Gordon, becoming the youngest competitor in BITD history to drive in the series.

Temperatures were in the high 90s both days and speed was the name of the day on Saturday with lap times topping the charts. Sunday featured a much rougher course with plenty of square edges, deep holes and sand whoops. The race featured a two-day format with three laps each day and a grand prix style finish.

Desert Toyz Racing’s Cory Sappington teamed up with his brother Scott in the Turbo Class and the pair smoked the field. They scored their first victory ever in the Can-Am in dominating fashion. Jacob Carver was second, ahead of points leader Brandon Sims.

Scott & Cory Sappington - BITD UTV Racing
Desert Toyz' Scott Sappington charted through the pack on Saturday to secure the overall win in the Can-Am Maverick

“My brother Scott started on Saturday and he passed 15 cars on the first lap,” said Cory Sappington. “He finished first overall by 12 seconds. We’re super proud of him and our team. We’ve been working for 12 years to get the right combination. On Sunday, we never saw another car get close to us. I pushed as hard as I could and had three-minute lead at the end. I’m proud to represent Can-Am and my team.

Scott & Cory Sappington - BITD UTV Racing
CST's Cory Sappington held the physical lead from start to finish on Sunday to secure the Best in the Desert UTV Overall Win

“We just had a great overall weekend and it was a long time coming,” added Sappington. “This is my first overall victory since the Rhino days. This is a huge day and I’m beaming inside. I went to the express lane at the register, and I checked out.”

Jacob Carver recorded his third runner-up finish of the season. He was slowed during Saturday’s race with a belt issue and rebounded on Sunday to finish second.

Jacob Carver - BITD UTV Racing
ITP's Jacob Carver secured yet another 2nd Place finish in the BITD UTV Turbo Class

“We started on the second row on Saturday and the race was pretty smooth until about the second lap,” said Carver. “We thought we blew a belt and it was actually just slipping. After that, we put on as much time as we could. On Sunday, we went out to make up as much time as possible.”

Jacob Carver - BITD UTV Racing
Raceline's Jacob Carver was running a new wrap on his RZR at Bluewater BITD race
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