Coming off a tough loss at Vegas to Reno, the Holz/Coastal RZR XP rolled into Parker, AZ with a plan: run smooth, run solid and get to the front. The Blue Water Desert Challenge is a 150 mile race, with a unique two-day format (consisting of 3, 25 mile laps per day)run along the Colorado River out side Parker, AZ. And with all the water around you’d think there wouldn’t be dust — but you’d be wrong.
Leaving the line at a little after 6:15am Saturday morning as the sun was rising and starting from the 11th spot, Mark Holz knew he’d be battling that dust along the 25 mile course. With a solid perfor¬mance and clean run, the #1934 Holz/Coastal RZR XP 900 ended up with a second place on the day.
Sunday morning, the #1934 rolled to the start line and started from the front row alongside the #1919 of Brandon Schueler/Jagged X. As the flag dropped, the #1934 pulled the holeshot and Holz and co-driver Brian MacLean settled in to a decent pace in clean air. On the second lap, a back and forth battle with a JeepSpeed entry left the RZR XP dragging through the heavy sand. After tracing it to a failed CV, and repairing it on course — Holz and MacLean rolled in and finished an unofficial fifth.
“We had a great run going today but got bit by some bad luck. This one is going to go down to the wire.” said Mark Holz.
The Coastal/Holz RZR XP is supported by Polaris Industries, Walker Evans Racing, Holz Racing Products, Kroyer Racing Engines, BFGoodrich tires and Utendorfer Graphic Design.
Moving back east and getting out of the desert and into the tight woods of Ohio, the Coastal GNCC team was lining up with 64 other UTV’s to do battle at Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, OH. The six lap race was brutal with plenty of action in the tight woods. Finishing in just under an hour (59:59.406) William Yokley in the #1 Coastal/Holz/Polaris RZR XP 900 captured the overall and the XC1 win. With his third win of the season, the Coastal/Holz team heads into the final round with a 12 point lead.
“This is what’s great about the state of UTV racing right now — great action all over the country. We had guys racing in Arizona, Nevada and Ohio this weekend. We took podiums in the top series, and crowned with three WORCS championships. Our partners make this all possible… great vehicles from Polaris, top notch shocks from the best in the business… Walker Evans Racing, and power from Kroyer Racing Engines.” said Mark Holz.
The HRP UTV Racers will be racing to the end, going for champi¬onships in the GNCC and Best In The Desert Series. The Coastal GNCC team has one remaining race the Ironman in Crawford, IN at the end of October, while Mark Holz and Scott Kiger’s Coastal/ Holz RZR XP will head to Henderson, NV for the last round of the Best in the Desert series – The Henderson 250 on December 6th.