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Kraatj leads day 1 at Gympie
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Saturday, 11 February 2012
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After heavy rain leading up the weekend in the Sexton region, the short course track has put forward perfect racing conditions for the 25 competitors when they took to the track today. The event, hosted by the Gympie Off Road Club, is the first event on the Australian Off Road Calendar to run in 2012 and has attracted a strong field with the announcement earlier this week of the postponement of the next Queensland event schedule for early March.

Jan Kraatj in his BAT Pro buggy is leading the field at the end of today’s racing with Ryan Taylor and the Razorback securing second. Clayton Chapman is sitting in third after an eventful two heaps. Chapman’s Pajero broke the diff on the start line of the first heat, leaving the Extreme 4WD with only 2WD in the slippery conditions. Through the second heat, Chapman drove too hard through a creek crossing, drowning the engine and finishing the lap on three cylinders, but still managing to clock up the third quickest time for the heat. The team have now replaced the diff ready for tomorrow’s heats.

“The track is in perfect racing condition. We’re all having an absolute ball and just so happy to get behind the wheel again” commented Rob Chapman. “The track has some mud patches and is a bit slippery, but it’s not sloppy.”

Leading the time sheets for Extreme 2WD is the Mickey Thompson Off Road Rush truck with Chris Western behind the wheel. Western commented earlier this week “we’re just hanging out to go racing. Can’t wait, we just can’t wait”.

Last year’s Gympie Short Course winner Jared Melville is sitting first in Super 1650 class and ready to make a charge on the field tomorrow. Dale Heidke, who took possession of his Production 4WD racer last week, is leading his class, and putting down consistent times.

A few casualties from today’s heats with Russell Hartnet hitting the water too hard and the Cougar Super 1650 drenched in the water. Mick VanMorsel was another to misjudge the creek crossing, needing to be towed out, but managed to fire up the engine and cross the finish line. A lesson learnt for the debut of the Extreme 2WD.

Four laps are on offer tomorrow in what will be a battle for outright honours in perfect off road racing conditions.