Central Queensland’s Brett Comiskey and his CMS Racing Team had a huge March on the international offroad racing stage, for which they were rewarded with a UTV World Championship and Mint 400 Class win.
Their assault kicked off at the Best in the Desert Mint 400 in the CMS Racing Lonestar built Can Am X3 Max, where they lined up against the best in the world. It was driver and team owner Brett Comiskey, with navigator Matt Shrive who started in 12th position in the UTV Pro Unlimited 400 mile desert race and they worked their way up to 1st within the first 90 miles. They handed the #2910 car to driver DanielMckenzie with navigator Jerod Blizer, who brought the CanAm home to finish 1st in just their second attempt at the event.
With only a few hours sleep the team headed back to the Mint start line to take their place on the grid in the UTV pro Turbo race in the second CMS racing entry #T888 at 5am in the morning. Again it was Brett Comiskey who kicked off the race, working their way from 54th up to 22nd. “During the race we blew a belt and broke the tooling to change the belt, so we lost about 30 min” said Comiskey. Then it was Daniel Mckenzie who took the reigns for the final stint to bring the car home and cap off a mammoth team effort to finish 16th.
“It was such a great result for our team, to win the Pro Unlimited, but then have a bad run in the Pro Turbo Class our emotions were all over the shop. Overall we couldn’t be happier!” said Mckenzie. “The whole team worked hard to finish the both 400 race miles in both cars. Everyone did their job and performed at an unbelievable level, so we’re super pumped with the team and our result.”
Then it was time to prepare for the Best in the Desert Round 3 UTV World Championship in Laughlin Nevada USA. entering 3 classes the UTV Pro Unlimited in car #2910, UTV Pro Turbo in car #T888 and the UTV Pro Turbo short course car #2910. With all races back to back it was going to be a huge weekend for the team. Brett Comiskey with Daniel Mckenzie as co-driver started the 170 mile Pro Unlimited race dead last and by the end of the first lap they were leading. They then cruised through the remainder of the race to finish first, 11 minutes ahead of second place, making Comiskey Racing a 2 time UTV World Champion.
Quickly spraying champagne on the podium, they then only had 15 minutes to get ready to race the Pro turbo car that was already in staging. “We started in 31st position in the land rush dead engine start, working a super fast pace until disaster struck with a water pump hose blowing off the engine causing the engine to overhead and blow the head gasket. We exhausted all options to continue, but when water is coming out the exhaust you know you have a real problem. So a DNF for our Pro turbo campaign, it was very emotional as it was our first DNF in 2 years. Overall the in Unlimited we were the second fastest outright on the weekend, so our race pace is world class” said Comiskey
Then Sunday morning it was Daniel Mckenzie lining up solo in the UTV Pro turbo short course race in car 2910 racing as 4574 “straight off the back of a 170 mile world championship win we just fuelled her up and raced again with out any prep” said Mckenzie.
Starting dead last Mckenzie fought through the field at a blistering pace, then came to a complete stop on lap 3 due to the throttle body blowing off the engine, resulting in a DNF for the CMS Racing team.
The next race for CMS Racing is the BITD Silverstate 300 in Nevada USA on 3rd May 2019, then its all systems go for the Tatts Finke Desert Race in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia on 8th June 2019.
CMS Racing is sponsored by:
Comiskey Motorsport, Lonestar Racing, KWI Clutching, EVO Tune, King Shocks, BFGoodrich Tyres, Trophy Tractor, Can Am, Summer Brothers Axles, Walker Evans Wheels, Rugged Radios, AIM Sport.