The thrills of off-road racing returned to Parker Oct. 23-25 with the return of the BlueWater Desert Challenge. The organizers, Best in the Desert Racing Association, had not held this event in Parker for a number of years. This was BITD’s final race of the 2020 season, and class championships were on the line.
With the name sponsor of the event, the BlueWater Resort & Casino, only partly open, many of the pre-race events, like registration and contingency and technical inspection, had to be held on the streets of downtown Parker. This marked the first time is over 20 years contingency was held in downtown Parker.
Unlike other BITD races, which are either held over large loops or are “point-to-point,” the BlueWater Desert Challenge consisted of a series of short races involving several classes over a two-day period. The winner in each class is determined by the combined scores for the two days.
The weather was generally good for the race, but the dry summer meant a large amount of dust was kicked up. The dust problem grew even worse when high winds arrived late Sunday morning. The dust was so thick in some places, the spectators had trouble making out the race vehicles on the course.
There was no awards ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic. BITD’s Daryl Folks said class winners would be notified.
Here is a link to the race results. Click on the link and scroll down to results.