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AJ First on the Road After 4 Laps
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Sunday, 29 April 2012
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After four laps of flat out off road racing, competitors have reached the half way mark for today’s Section 2 of racing at the Exact Mining Bentley’s Cabin Park Flinders 400. 15 of the 20 nominations started todays 8 lap race with ten so far making the four laps.

Aaron James and Rob Plant in the #101 Razorback are leading the field on road order followed by the Forsyth entry of Brenton and Terry #47. Third on the road and crossing the line in Forsyth’s dust with tyres worn to the wire and the outright the leader on outright time at the end of lap three is Carl Haby and Brenton Gallash #56.

Fourth on the road was the stable mate Element Racing buggy of Aaron Haby #57 running in second outright on corrected time at the end of lap 3. Wes and Bill Cowie have driven the #102 Jimco into fifth for the restart after the one hour break to be chased down by the two Peter Kittle Motor Sports Jimcos with Andrew Kittle and Andrew Kerr leading the family team in the #14 and Matthew Kittle and Cameron Karl in their second drive of the ex #1 Dave Fellows Jimco, in Matthew’s second only drive of the machine, finishing the 4 laps of the 35km course in sixth road order.

Running in seventh on the road is the venue owner Hayden Bentley in the Racer #18. Bentley led the field off the start line this morning but a pit stop to fix brake issues after lap one dropped him back down the order.

Sam Gadaletti and Daniel Chivell are eight on the road in the ex Travis Robinson Jimco #38. David Adams #174 and Roger Cox #280 and still yet to complete their fourth laps, but have been putting down consistent lap times.

The attrition rate has been high for this morning’s four laps and added to that those machines that were unable to be repaired in the overnight break, half the field are still running.

The Monster Energy Team of Brad Gallard and Scott Modistach #454 have had a tremulous weekend with transmission issues yesterday; the team driving the 800km return trip to pick up a replacement transmission, fitted overnight and ready for today start. Unfortunately, the team have made two pit stops this morning, putting them out of outright contention, but racking up valuable testing time before their Tatts Finke Desert Race assault in June.

Luck has eluded the Hunter Racing Team with the crew chasing gear selection issues in the transmission. The team have extracted the transmission from the Dodge Dakota, loaded the #808 in to the transporter ready for the return trip to Brisbane.

Andrew Mowles has been in and out of the pit with the #135 Razorback while Ivan Robertson and Gavin Mickle have clocked up valuable testing time in the new MickleFab Extreme 2WD, making the most of the shortened laps and the extra pit stops.

James and Grant Madden #81 were reported out of the event on lap 2. Andrew Stoddard #286 – CV issues, Wally Francombe #42 - Rolled, Brett Reimann #412, Jack Rhodes #91 – small fire and Colin Hunter #808 all failed to start today’s section.

Competitors are currently in the pits for their compulsory one hour service break and will take to the track in the road order that they finished lap 4.

Photographer: Daniel Ziembinski (Boof)