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Brad DeBerti - 4th Place at Lucas Oil Regionals Round 4

NEWS DATE: 05/14/2016
Brad DeBerti takes 4th place in the Lucas Oil Regional Round 4 at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend, May 14th 2016. Overall, Team DeBerti walked away from the weekend with a 3rd place in the SR1 class, 4th place in the Cognito RZR Pro-Production class and a 1st place win in the Pro Lite class.

Brad DeBerti #970 takes 4th place in the Lucas Oil Regionals Round 4 at Glen Helen Raceway this weekend, May 14th 2016.
 

Team DeBerti took on another fast pace race weekend as they headed south to Glen Helen for the Lucas Oil Regionals Round 4. As usual, Team DeBerti and driver, Brad DeBerti, were determined to drive the Cognito Motorsports Polaris 1000 and the Support Our Troops Pro Lite to a podium finish. Along side Team DeBerti and Brad was Justin Lambert from Cognito Motorsports and Brandon Hong from Sparks Racing Engines, aiding Brad in setting the ideal speed in the Cognito Motorsports RZR 1000 and striving to beat the newly evolved Yamaha 1000. Doug DeBerti, some may call him the mastermind behind Team DeBerti, came into Round 4 with some strategies that left even Brad feeling unsure of the outcome. At the Regional Rounds, Doug started Brad in the back of the Pro Lite field, pushing Brad to run through the entire field to secure the top spot. Lambert and Hong showed up with some strategic objectives of their own with the goal being to push the Polaris RZR to the front and ensure victory over the Yamaha 1000’s. The Yamaha 1000’s put more than 30 horsepower to the ground with a sequential five speed transmission compared to the Polaris RZR. With the difference of 30 horsepower, that could result in the difference between 1st and 5th place, yet Brad showed no hesitation in the strategies Team DeBerti was throwing his way.

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After a day of traveling on Thursday from the infamous DeBerti Compound in Pismo Beach, California, the team was ready to sweep the track and make the magic happen at practice on Friday. Team DeBerti rolled out the newly prepped Cognito Motorsports Polaris RZR and the Support Our Troops Pro Lite, seeking to conquer and sustain the speed needed for qualifying and race day. Lambert and Hong changed, adjusted and tuned the Polaris RZR until the team was satisfied with the consistency and Brad was able to find the imperative speed to outrun the Yamaha 1000’s. Again, the idea of out running the Yamaha 1000’s seems impossible, yet with Brad’s ability to adapt to diverse set up’s in just a few laps made this lofty goal look more and more attainable. On the Pro Lite side, Doug was right there testing Brad’s driving adaptability once again. The ability to test and tune unfamiliar set up’s and gearing is an area where Brad shows his talents and an area for which Brad is becoming well known.On Saturday morning Brad rolled out for the qualifying rounds in the Cognito Motorsports RZR to land a 6th place starting position with a stacked Yamaha 1000 field between him and the checkered flag. The Pro Lite qualifying was on deck and Brad pulled off a 2nd place starting position, but Doug still requested a rear start to push Brad to be faster and more consistent through the race traffic. After two successful qualifying rounds, it was back to the Team DeBerti Hauler to clean the race vehicles, showing off the supporters and sponsors gratefully displayed on the race vehicles. As Team DeBerti was cleaning the race vehicles, Brad was approached by another team with an offer to drive their SR1 car, finding himself again in a different car, for some free, diverse seat time in the SR1 class.
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Without hesitation, Brad accepted the offer to race the SR1 car being that their driver had been injured in the qualifying rounds. Brad’s response, so fitting to his ‘go-do mentality’, “If I fit in the car, I will drive it!” Brad suited up just in time for a parking lot hot lap then straight to starting where he was in the last row of a 20 car field. An SR1 car is a UTV with a Yamaha R1 street bike drivetrain, extremely quick to steer and a handful to drive, but nothing Brad was going to turn away from. The green flag dropped and Brad struggled with shifting due to the last minute opportunity involving no experience with the vehicle and the less than five minutes of seat time in the parking lot. After a few laps, Brad had gained comfort with the SR1 car and headed straight to the front of the field. The SR1 class has been around for many years now, developing into an extremely competitive series. As Brad worked his way to the front, driving with seasoned SR1 drivers, he locked in a 3rd place podium finish. 20th to 3rd with no prior experience and a different dynamic within the car, all while racing in a highly competitive class; everyone was impressed. In true Team DeBerti fashion, Brad once again proved his raw talent and was applauded by everyone at the track.
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After a quick speech on the box and some kind words spoken from the other podium finishers about Brad’s talent and performance, Brad ran to staging to jump in the race- ready Cognito Motorsports RZR, just in time for the green flag to drop. As expected the Yamaha’s were out in front. Brad was able to move two Yamaha’s out of his way quickly putting him 4th on the road from his 6th place starting position. The determination Brad had to find the Cognito Motorsports RZR a place on the podium was shown through his consistency and talent to be the only Polaris RZR within the top eight cars. After rubbing doors with the Yamaha leaders and getting pulled off in the corners, Brad ended up with a 4th place finish. This race contributed to a great points weekend for the Cognito Motorsports RZR knowing Team DeBerti, Lambert and Hong put everything they had into competing against race vehicles with 30+ horsepower when compared to the Polaris RZR. That is not all, Brad was the first Polaris RZR driver to have a top five finish this season. Brad clearly shows his capacity to push himself in an array of situations all while making a great name for the Polaris RZR.
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Team DeBerti and Brad were on triple duty this race weekend, again rushing Brad to Pro Lite staging to get buckled into his fast, Support Our Troops Pro Lite. Starting in the back after an impressive 2nd place qualifying position, the green flag dropped once again and Brad instantly had the hammer down. Smoothly working his way through the field, by lap three Brad would take the lead. Brad worked to hold the top spot the rest of the race searching to bring home the win for Team DeBerti- and Brad did just that! Team DeBerti made their way to the podium for a humble speech from Brad, showing his appreciation for all of the Pro Lite drivers stating, “These guys are all up and coming racers who are just as fast as the National racers.” Brad would go on to thank his family and Dad, Doug, for always pushing him to the next level. The Lucas Oil Regional races have become the test grounds for Team DeBerti and individuals like Lambert and Hong are there to make the impossible, possible. Overall, Team DeBerti walked away from the weekend with a 3rd place in the SR1 class, 4th place in the Cognito RZR Pro-Production class and a 1st place win in the Pro Lite class. Team DeBerti felt more than accomplished as they packed up the hauler and headed back home. Team DeBerti would like to thank Cognito Motorsports for the opportunity to once again prove the integrity of the Cognito Motorsports suspension components, shock tuning and vehicle set-up from Lambert. Additionally, the team would like to thank Sparks Racing Engines for finding power no one knew was there.
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