At the conclusion of the event, a relieved Brad Prout was happy to have finally taken his first AORC win after challenging at the front for a number of years. “It is great to finally have my first win. The track was fantastic, much better than I thought it was going to be after reconnaissance yesterday” commented Prout. “The car ran perfectly and the team did a great job, so we look forward to Goondiwindi”.
Hanson and Wells had started the day 30 seconds ahead of Prout and finished the race first on the road. However earlier in the day Prout had stopped to assist fellow racer Aaron Haby, whose car had an engine bay fire and was awarded 2 minutes compassionate time, which swept him to the outright win at the end of the day.
Leaving Hanson’s SMU Racing team agonizingly close to taking the outright win.
Completing the victory dais, in an event that only 36 of the original 111 entrants finished was the #178 ProLite Jimco of Lindsay Foster and James Lochert. Foster had trailed Matt Owen in his Alumicraft Prolite for much of the day, but when a broken axle ended Owens chance at the podium on the final lap, Foster stepped
In their first race on Australian soil, the Auckland based team of Raana Horan and Mike Connor charged from 11th on the grid to fourth outright, in the Big Black Motorsport V8 Nissan Titan. The Kiwi’s were also rewarded with the Extreme 4WD Class win, finishing 8 minutes ahead of Clayton Chapmans Pajero and Sandy Bowmans 6 litre V8 GQ Patrol.
Teams now return to their home base to prepare for round two of the Australian Off Road Championship, the Albins Off Road Gear Goondiwindi 400. held from the 3rd-5th of August. The event has moved from its traditional October date, in an attempt to avoid the heavy rain and flooding which has plagued the race in recent years.
Event Information can be found here.
Author: Randall Kilner
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Photographer: Sean McTigue