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4 Laps - 4 Leaders at Baroota
Saturday, 28 April 2012
After a change to the event format from 2 laps of 65 kms to four of 35km at the Exact Mining Bentleys Cabin Park Flinders 400, Hayden Bentley in the single seat #18 Racer Pro Buggy has been handed the section win, with a high attrition rate at the pointy end of the field.

Brenton and Tammy Forsyth #47 were leading the field on time at the completion of lap 1, clocking in at 23.43 seconds with Jack Rhodes #91 and Andrew Kittle #14 not far behind. The lead swapped at the end of lap 2 with Rhodes creating a 13 second lead over Forsyth, with a mere second back to Kittle.

Rhodes’s lead was short lived, the Jimco out on lap three with a small fire; the car and crew hoping to race again tomorrow. With the lead the passed on to Andrew Kittle, who unfortunately stopped at around the 28km mark. The Kittle team were extremely pleased with how well Andrew had been driving through the section and how hard he was pushing the twin turbo V6 Toyota powered Jimco. But the team were disappointed that they had underestimated the amount of fuel required because Andrew had not previously pushed the Jimco as hard.

1320b_sm The Element Racing team Aaron Haby had an extremely short pit stop at the end of lap 1 in the #57 moving him back down the order for an eventual fifth outright. Andrew Mowles was in and out of the pits in the #135 throughout the four laps, not what Team Hosetech had hoped for their title campaign.

With the lead changing at the end of every lap, the Racer #18 of Hayden Bentley bought the field home in 1 hour 35 minutes 11 seconds, with a gap of 48 seconds to second place, the ProLite #101 Razorback of Aaron James and Brett Plant. James put down consistent lap times to pip the Pro Buggies on outright time in 1 hour 35 minute 59 seconds.

Brenton and Terry Forsyth finished the four laps in third, just behind James in 1h 36m 01s. The first of the Element Racing team to cross the line was Carl Haby and Brenton Gallash #56 in 1h 36m 41s after a slow lap 3, but came back to blitz the time sheets, recording the fastest lap time on the last lap, a 23m 14s. Aaron Haby rounded out the top 5 in 1h 37 52m.

1320c_sm Sixth outright was the father and son Move Yourself Trailer Hire team of Wes and Bill Cowie #12 with James and Grant Madden #81 only 13 seconds behind. Mathew Kittle and Cameron Karl clocked up another days racing in the #23 Jimco in eighth outright followed by Sam Gadaletti #38, Brett Reimann #412, David Adams #274 and Roger Cox #280.

Twelve of the twenty nominations ran the full race distance today and with another eight laps to race tomorrow, will the tough Baroota track live up to its reputation.

The hard luck stories were a plenty, but none more heartfelt than that of Leanne Walker and Paul Adams in the #42 Rids Frame Pro Buggy. Walker, originally down to navigate, stepped into the navigator’s seat when driver, Wally Francombe’s inbound overseas flight was delayed. She was giving it a good red hot go and moving up through the field until a mishap in the dust on the last lap, resulting in the Rids #42 succumbing to a roll over. Walker and substitute navigator Paul Adams are fine.

Using the event as a test run for the new MickleFab Trophy Truck were the Water Mover Australia team. After getting some runs on the board, the team were out with many minor issues; a broken sway bar bracket, a miss fire and the driver forgetting to strap his knee, resulting in break pressure issues. The team will work through the overnight break to get the #471 ready for more testing tomorrow ready for their all-out assault on the AORC, starting at Sea Lake in June.

Brad Gallard is reported to be heading to Adelaide to fix the #454 Geiser Brothers Trophy truck ready for tomorrows racing and Colin Hunters crew are working feverishly to get the #808 fit for the track.

Photographer: Daniel Ziembinski (Boof)