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AJ and his ProLite win Baroota - Update #2
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Sunday, 29 April 2012
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Round 2 of the South Australian Off Road Championship has been run and won by the Mildura based Jamesprint Off Road Team with Aaron James and Rob Plant driving the #101 Razorback to victory in an action packed event.

1322b_sm Aaron James commented as he lined up after the service break today “we had no major issues. A slight engine issue which we think we’ve rectified in the break. We had to pass a couple of Super 1650’s which slowed us down a bit, but they did the right thing and pulled over”.

James then went on to say after completing his eight laps, but before he was announced the event winner “it was great to be up the front with no dust. The racing was fantastic; the engine had a misfire which put us down a bit on power, but we got there in the end, and in our Aussie build Razorback.”

1322d_sm With only 33 seconds separating the top three and 16 seconds between James and second outright after 12 laps and 420kms of racing, the outright victory went down to the wire, James’s saviour, his 42 second overnight lead over the Element Racing teams Carl Haby.

Carl Haby and Brenton Gallash chipped away at James but the #56 Southern Cross was unable to get past the Forsyth brothers of Brenton and Terry in the #47 mid mount Southern Cross due to the extreme dusty conditions; the margin back to the Haby car in second outright a mere 16 seconds.

Haby said in a post race interview “once we got on Forsyth’s tail, we couldn’t do anything about it. The dust was just too thick. I had Aaron coaching me from his buggy telling me settle down and take it easy and to get it home”.

Brenton and Terry Forsyth put in the hard yards keeping the Haby machine behind them for the eight laps but were unable to put enough distance in front to maintain their overnight 35 second lead over Haby, to ultimately take third outright, although second on the road, 17 seconds on corrected time behind Haby.

Forsyth had this to say after today events “we had a good run; it started to get rough towards the end. It was tough to keep Carl behind me for the eight laps; we kept looking in the mirrors all the time keeping track of him”.

In what seemed to be an event of high attrition, the fifty precent total finishes tells a different story. Twelve competitors of the 18 starters of the 20 entries finished Saturday four laps; with fifteen going on to race today. Ten of those fifteen clocked up eight laps today, with Andrew Kittle and Ivan Robertson, although laps down from yesterday, did full distance today.

1322e_sm “We had a few dramas but we got to the finish line today, which is what we really wanted” commented Andrew Kittle. “Yesterday, yes we ran out of fuel, we underestimated my pace. Today, a small electrical gremlin gave us some grief. The Jimco stopped out on the track, but restarted, so we pitted at the end of the lap to check it out. The team found nothing wrong, so we went back out and finished the four laps. I’m really happy with the pace of the car”.

When asked about his brother Matthews second drive in the ex #1 Peter Kittle Motor Sports Jimco Andrew added “Macc a’s done really well. I ripped one of the corners off the buggy in my first drive, so he’s done really well to get it home in one piece and chalk up a finish. We’ll both be a Finke, but we don’t want to put unreasonable expectations on ourselves, but there is no reason we can’t do reasonably well”.

1322c_sm Aaron Haby in his single seat Element #57 put in a demonstrable effort trying rein in the front runners, but the dusty conditions relegating him to fourth outright. “I drove slow and steady today; I had a couple of niggling problems, and the dust… but that’s all in a days racing” exclaimed Haby.

With time results now available we can confirm that Matthew Kittle and Cameron Karl clocked up their first race finish in the ex Dave Fellows #1 Australian Off Road Championship winning Jimco. “The Jimco ran really well. It was a good track but started to chop up towards the end. I loved driving the car and definitely have the bug. It’s the furthest I’ve raced as a driver and I’m now ready and really looking forward to Finke” commented Macca Kittle. “And a big thank you to Dad, Mum and Georgia”.

1322g_sm Sam Gadaletti and Daniel Chivell also achieved the full race distance in the ex Travis Robinson Jimco along with Hayden Bentley and the Racer #18. Bentley pitting after lap one today with break issues.

Wes and Bill Cowie suffered a broken steering arm in the Move Yourself Trailer Hire Jimco #102, but were able to return to the pits, fix the offending arm and return to the track with enough time to get their eight laps in today.

1322f_sm The two Super 1650 entries of Roger Cox #280 and David Adams #274 also clocked up full race distance for the weekend.

The next and third round of the South Australian Off Road Championship is on 29 June – 1 July at the HiTech Oils Riverland 300 in the river land region of Waikerie

More details in earlier article:  AJ First of the Road After Four Laps

Event details, including videos and results, can be found here.

Photographer 1: John Lyden
Photographer 2: Daniel (Boof) Ziembinski