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A team of Aussies are starting to make their presence felt in the world of Off Road Racing in the United States.
The Comiiskey Mining Team, led by team owner and driver Brett Comiskey, are about to take on the longest off road race in the United States, the Vegas 2 Reno. Fielding a 2 car team of Can Am X3 Max’s, these buggies are state of the art, hand built weapons. Custom made by Lone Star Racing, the team are debuting a brand new car, as well as fielding the current car that leads the Best In the Desert Championship in the Unlimited UTV class in the hands of Brett Comiskey as driver and team owner.
The Vegas to Reno is a 500 mile non-stop point to point race, that sees the cars race through day and night, over some of the roughest terrain imaginable. The race cars rely on a team of support vehicles that can carry out pit stops, transfer drivers to check points, carry spares and mechanics, and even act as beds for the drivers to rest before their next stint. The logistics behind the race are immense.
The two cars will be fielded by an all Aussie driver line up.
Peter Carr, a front runner in the Aussie Racing Car Championship over the last decade, has teamed up with experienced motorbike ace Phil Lovett. Phil has a long history of desert racing both on bikes and buggies. Both Peter and Phil are past winners of Australia’s biggest desert race, the Finke Desert race, but both are making their debuts in the United States Best in the Desert Championship. Peter explains “The racing in the United States is a lot different to our races, so our aims are modest going into this event. Our aim is to make it to the finish. We are in a brand new car, and will be using this race as a shakedown for the Baja 1000 in Mexico in November. Knowing Phil and myself though, once the helmet comes on, I’m sure the red mist will appear.”
Brett Comiskey and Daniel Mackenzie will be driving the other car. Currently in the lead of the Best in the Desert Series, this car is there to win the race. Brett has been racing UTV’s in Australia for the past 4 years, and started racing in the United States last year. This year he stepped up to a full campaign, and has already established himself and his team as a true force. Brett explains “Putting this team together and having a full Aussie contingent is a dream come true. The racing in the United States is at such a high level, and to come over and have success proves that us Aussies have what it takes to compete with the best in the world.”
The team raced in the famous Baja 1000 last November, which is a 1000 mile race. With drivers Brett Comiskey, Peter Carr and Daniel Mackenzie, the trio managed to make it to the finish line in their first ever attempt. This year, in the brand new car, the team will be aiming to take it all the way to the top step of the podium.
Follow all the action on the Best in the Desert website, including live timing and tracking. Peter Carr and Phil Lovett will be in car 2908, with Brett Comiskey and Daniel Mackenzie in car 2910.
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