The best off road racers Australian can assemble have converged on the small farming community of Baroota this weekend for Round 3 of the Australian Off Road Championship. First on today’s schedule of events was the all-important prologue to determine the start positions for Section 1. The Top 10 qualifiers from the prologue also have the chance to better their times by re-running the 8km track in the Top 10 Shoot Out.
Travis Robinson and Paul Currie in the #13 Outer Bounds Racing Jimco have proven that their team’s strategy to concentrate on one car at this event was the right step with team putting down a winning prologue time of 5:27.77.
Current Australian Off Road Champions David Fellows and Mark Bergamin have driven the #1 Peter Kittle Motor Sports Jimco into second place in a time of 5:28.35. True Build Racing’s Dan Auricht and Grant Connelly #2 have taken third in 5:28.82, with Andrew Pinto #5 securing fourth.
Glenn Owen and Deon Beattie have driven their Jimco into fifth in a time of 5:36.86 with Baroota property owner Hayden Bentley in his single seater #18 Racer Pro buggy in sixth. A mammoth effort from Danny Brown and George Apted to take the CPS Trophy Truck Extreme 2WD into seventh in a time of 5:44.80.
The Runamuk Racing team have only got championship points on their minds this weekend, Buddy and Kerry Crowe living up to that philosophy, prologuing in eighth outright in a time of 5:46.02. South Australian racers Travis Milburn and Rob Cowie in the Revtech Motorsports EVO3 are showing what they’re capable of, mixing it with the big guns and taking ninth – 5:48.33. Rounding out the top ten was the father and daughter team of Wally and Maree Francombe in the second ever outing of their new Rids Race Frames Pro buggy #43 in 5:51.08.
A noteably 11th outright went to Brad Prout in the #3 Unicap Jimco. Prout hit a jump hard towards the end of the prologue, upsetting the landing and sending him off the track the wrong side of a marker. After turning around and going the correct side of the marker, Prout lost a swag of time and could have been a potential top three finisher.
The Top 10 Shoot out is scheduled to get underway at noon with the results affecting the start order for Section 1.
Photographer: Daniel Ziembinski (Boof)