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Full Fleet of North Queensland Racers
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Thursday, 10 May 2012
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With no rain in sight and perfect weather in the lead up to this weekend, all systems point to North Queenslander off road racers finally able to race their machines at the Burdekin 150 Short Course, after a very long off seasons plagued with rain cancellations.

1336b_sm A full fleet of North Queensland racers have nominated for the event with over 20 vehicles set to take to the short course track. The organisers have been in full swing, with the track and pits/camping areas slashed, the track graded and the pit area widened to accommodate the larger field.

“Most of the track work this week has been carried out by the property owner Talbot Cox” commented Adele Sievers, event representative. “Cox also owns the ex Marson Kadco, and came across dramas with the machine last Friday after finding metal in the oil filter.”

“This prompted ex owner Mick Marson to step in and pull down the motor to find the source. The metal was found to come from a spun cam bearing, and after much work from Marson, replacement bearings were found in Sydney and the motor has been rebuilt this week, while Cox carried out the work on the track.”

1336c_sm The Burdekin 150 Short Course will be the first round of the North Queensland Super Series, a title that is highly sought after and fiercely contested amongst the serious campaigners. “What makes this Series so attractive is the points system; where by just turning up to every race and completing the laps can put any driver or navigator in serious contention” commented Michael Marson, 2011 North Queensland Super Series winner. “As there are no outright points given, this puts more pressure on for the class wins, which gives an extra few precious points. In 2011, I was the winner in a Pro buggy, but close behind me was Brock Sievers and Dave Nielsen, both from Production 4WD Class. Dave Nielsen was on the podium three times in the season, but by nominating and turning up to every race and finishing all the laps, he took out third in the Super Series.”

1336d_sm Also cutting it fine in race preparations were Brock and Adele Sievers of Clark Motors Racing. After carrying out a conversion to an SR20DET in their formerly Production 4WD class Hilux in the off season, while testing two weeks ago they came down particularly hard after a jump, which caused the tail shaft to hit the clutch slave cylinder and smash part of the bell housing.

A replacement was ordered but only arrived late last week, and although the parts were not exactly what was ordered repairs have been made to make sure the now Extreme 4WD machine will be ready to race.

Also coming to grief in the race lead up was debuting driver Rob Stieber in the Production 4WD Feroza, who was forced to undertake emergency repairs to an engine mount this week after some tough testing.

Other nominations confirmed for the Burdekin 150 Short Course are Steve Gates in his newly completed V8 powered Strange Rover, after not racing last year to take the time to fine tune and debug his Extreme 2WD machine.

Off road machines will burst into life at 9:30 am Saturday for the running of the prologue to determine the start positions for the day’s laps.

Source: Adele Sievers
Photographers: Addison Marson, Shane Blacker