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Chadburn Conquers Crookwell
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Competitors at the Crookwell Gravel Pit Challenge awoke to a cold, fog soaked morning, but not to be deterred, 21 of the 29 entries fronted the start line for this morning’s ten lap heat. The wind dispersed the fog, but the chill factor was high. A slight shower after lunch settled the dust for the final heat, resulting in ideal racing conditions.

1309b_sm Overnight leader Dale and Malcolm Chadburn were the first to salute the chequered flag after putting down consistent lap times for today’s 13 laps of competition. The team cruised through the ten lap heat this morning, driving the #32 Mitsubishi Evo powered Supaboot RV2 sensibly in the last of the three lap heats this afternoon to safeguard their victory, ultimately finishing the event with an 11 minute gap back to second place.

Fighting for the lead yesterday with Chadburn was Glen Towers and Jamie Adams, however the #80 Razorback only clocking up three laps, out with CV and gearbox issues.

Chasing down Chadburn was the #19 V8 Chev Jimco of Justin and Tony Guy, unable to rein in the overnight gap and time lost in the pits on lap 4 today. The team replaced the alternator in the Jimco overnight with a pit stop to reaffix the loose battery needed in this morning section.

A mammoth effort from the husband and wife Scott and Michelle McNeill team, securing third outright in their new drive. The McNeill’s stepped up into ProLite class with the #122 McNeill Custom Special after many successful years campaigning in Super 1650 class. This is the second outing for the new machine and a sign that they’re in the hunt for outright Championship contention.

1309d_sm Fourth outright home and taking first in the Extreme 2WD class was another husband and wife crew, The Number One Engineering team of Paul and Fay Grant, clocking in on the time sheets only 24 seconds ahead of fifth outright and first in Super 1650, the Warialda based team of Derreck Rose and Luke Gilkison.

The first and only Sportsman to rack up full race distance was the Gary Hyde and Gary Sullivan #335, earning the class honours and sixth outright, with young gun Rikki Hedley and Bryce Adamson just over a minute behind. Hedley, securing seventh outright and third in Pro class, adding points to her class Championship title defence.

The attrition rate was high in the Performance 2WD class with two out of the six entries managing to clock up the full 22 laps. Leading the class and taking eighth outright in the #510 machine was Murray and Julie Collins with Darrin Machell and Wayne Herring, in their first drive of the #555 International Scout, driving into second in class the 12th outright. The #555 had to pit to change a fouled spark plug, but persistence prevailed, the re-joined the race and clocked up a finish.

The #247 Super 1650 of Mark Cowie and Brett Blackshaw raced into ninth outright and second in class after very consistent lap time today. Len Barron in the #137 ProLite rounded out the top with Christopher and Charles Camenzuli #295 coming-in in 11th outright and third in Super 1650 class.

The hard luck stories began early with Malcolm and Leona Bird #66 out on Lap 2 with rear suspension failure. Jarrad Eveleigh and Karen McRae got a few more laps under their belts but the front wheel parting company with the Sportsman #322 on lap 6 ended their day of racing.

Joshua Howells had a 7 minute pit stop on lap 5, the #305 Rivmasta needing water and replacing a missing radiator; the bad luck not ending there, a broken axle on the start line in the final heat the ultimate heart breaker.

1309c_sm Sunday’s spectacular award goes to Chris Hardie and Ashley Weinert when, while passing the #510 Collins team in the ten lap race, the #502 went too hard into the first corner in the arena, hit a bank and flung the Performance 2WD into a tree, stopping and facing the wrong direction with a broken rear trailing arm.

12 of the 29 entries saluted the chequered flag after 22 laps of the 7.7km course. Round 3 of the New South Wales Off Road Championship will be held at Wittitrin on 26-27 May.

Results can be found here