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Desert Dirt - Off-Road News - November 2011

Posted in News on November 1, 2011
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Team Toyo Off-Road’s Kyle LeDuc Wins in Utah
Kyle LeDuc scored his second consecutive Pro 4 Unlimited class victory during Round 7 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series (LOORS) race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. He qualified second on Saturday morning before taking the victory, and then qualified first during Round 8 on Sunday before taking second place that day. His previous Pro 4 Unlimited class win came during Round 6 at Glen Helen in May. Jeremy McGrath who is also running Toyo Tires finished second place on Saturday in the Pro 2 Unlimited class. For more information on Kyle, Jeremy and Toyo Tires, visit

General Tire Keeps Circumnavigation Attempt on Track
Half way through their expedition to complete a true circumnavigation of the world overland, Paul & Helen Crittenden were delighted when General Tire agreed to renew the expedition’s tire sponsorship into the second year of their journey. Paul said, “This couldn’t have come at a better time, as we are entering the next critical phase of our journey, through the tropical areas of Central and South America in the wet season.” The original set of General Grabber AT2’s had taken a lot of punishment during the first half of the expedition, taking their heavily laden expedition Land Rover Defender 110 through the steppes, deserts and mountains of Kazakhstan and Mongolia and the forests of Siberia. “The AT2s fared really well in the particularly rocky and stony conditions we put them through and we did not have one puncture or burst tire during the first 23,000 miles of our journey,” Paul said.

The couple have faced other challenges as their Land Rover wore out its water pump in the Gobi desert, broke a half shaft in the Siberian forest, and not long after, collided with a horse on the Siberian highway. Paul used his panel beating skills to get the bodywork back into shape and we fitted various spare parts he managed to adapt to fit from the UAZ, a popular 4x4 in that part of Russia.”

As well as the unusual unbroken true circumnavigation overland, Paul and Helen are providing a learning base for schools as a ‘virtual field trip’ through their educational website Landy’s Adventures. Three global charities, Christina Noble Foundation, Rainforest Concern and Water Aid, are also benefiting from raised awareness and fundraising during the expedition. For more information on the trip, visit The education website is separate at

Lovell Breaks Through in Crandon
Brad Lovell is a well-known racer when it comes to Rock Crawling and Rock Racing. However, he is still a newbie when it comes to short course racing. Lovell’s 2010 rookie season in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AmsOil was a mixture of bad luck, rookie mistakes and a huge learning curve. That curve started to level off towards the end of the year, when Lovell finished as high as fourth in Bark River. With a lot of off-season hard work put in, his hard work was going to pay off in 2011. After leading part of the first race of the season, Lovell took that confidence into the second race at Crandon and found himself finishing with a strong second place. This marks Brad’s first career podium finish in off road racing. For more information, visit You can also look up Brad Lovell on YouTube to watch some of his race highlights.

Pathiakis Hits the Podium at Glen Helen
Andrea Pathiakis took home third place in her short-course racing debut in the second round of the LOORS Series at Glen Helen Raceway in the Mini Stock class driving the #11 Icon Vehicle Dynamics, SDHQ and Nissan Motorsports powered Nissan truck. No stranger to off-road racing, Andrea also posted the fastest qualifying lap of the day and did a good job of mixing it up with some of the Mini Open class competitors as well. After a few hard fought laps in the lead, she felt a power loss coming from the truck even with her foot on the floor. “I knew something was wrong, the truck just wasn’t putting out the power it should”, she said. The #11 truck had blown an impressive hole in the block, but still managed to stay on the podium with a third place trophy. For more information, visit the Andrea Pathiakis Racing FaceBook page and ICON at

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