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Family Affair at Koorlong
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Sunday, 06 May 2012
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The Philp brothers Ben and Justin have secured their first race victory in the #211 Southern Cross at Saturdays Sunraysia Motorsports Koorlong Club Day, snatching the win from ProLite campaigner Matt Ryan. The Philp buggy, usually has Dad Ken behind the wheel and Ben in the navigators seat; Ken stepping aside to give the young chargers a chance to hone their race craft.

1331b_sm Matt Ryan had a substantial lead over the rest of the pack until he pitted to change navigators, costing the team eight minutes and resultingly settling for second outright in the ProLite Southern Cross.

Third outright and another family team sharing the driving navigating duties was Brett and Robert Plant in the #531 Holden ute.

Nine club members rolled up for the local hit out with five clocking up full race distance.  Desley Kelly and David Barling lead the charge in Production 4WD class in the #711 Pajero and father and son Ashley and James Scott took hold of the #460 in Extreme 2WD class.

1331c_sm Teams took to the Koorlong track for a one lap dash, returning to the pits for a regroup into outright order before tackling the first section of four laps of the 15km course.  After a 30 minute break competitors headed back out for a further five laps.   

Another all brother team of Glenn and Ryan Hollis succumbed to a misfire in the #233 buggy while Paul Walsh and Steve Kanizay broke the shocker mounts in their Super 1650.

1331d_sm Adding to the father and son team list were Neil and Sam Bowles who ultimately suffered gearbox failure in the Sportsman buggy and Tanner and Aaron James out of the event with front end failure in the Southern Cross #228.

Aaron is better known for his exploits in the JamesPrint teams main drive, the #101 Razorback, on the Australian Off Road Championship circuit. Saturday was Tanner’s first competitive off road drive, adding to the long list of second generation off roaders in the Sunraysia region eager to step up to the challenge.

1331e_sm With five young racers nominated for yesterdays event, its a sign that club level racing in north west Victoria is on the up.

Photographer: Van Nixon