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Cox in the Kadco Tops at Burdekin
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Monday, 14 May 2012
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A fine day again greeted competitors at the Burdekin 150 Short Course in Ayr, North Queensland on Sunday.

1344b_sm Overnight leader Talbot Cox, took out outright honours with a convincing lead over the field. Cox commented “the car seemed to know its way around the track, so I just held on.”

Andrew Sollitt hung onto his second outright from Saturday racing to claim the silverware for second outright at events end in the #164 Sollittco ProLite while Chris Colborne in #169 Jimco maintained his third outright.

Frantic repairs overnight saw Rob Turner and Fred White line up in their Pro Buggy Predator #67 after gearbox trouble on Saturday for Sunday’s proceedings. Also returning to the track after overnight repairs was the husband and wife team of Brock and Adele Sievers in their Hilux #827.

1344c_sm Unfortunately, unable to make use of the overnight break to affix repairs were Michael Marson with gearbox problems in #11 Matrix Grasshopper, Steve Gates with engine problems in #457 Stangerover, Jeff Marson with gearbox trouble in his #160 Kadco, Dave Nielsen with a front hub problem in his Polaris 800 and Rob Stieber with broken rear shock mounts in his #712 Feroza.

The track, however, could not be blamed for the high rate of attrition, with many commenting that it was the best track ever seen at the Burdekin event. Fast sections, free flowing corners and a technical section at the end through a motor cross track, meant all skills the skills of man and machine were tested.

1344d_sm The race was on in the UTV class with Peter Moohin with daughter Jodi in the navigator’s seat of the #682 just holding off Peter’s father Brian in #608, but with Brian knocking precious seconds off each lap. Peter also had an outright podium finish in his sights, having been overtaken by Chris Colborne in his #169 Jimco the previous day for outright third position; Peter was still within striking distance.

The first casualties of the day were Brock and Adele Sievers in their #827 Extreme 4WD Hilux, with teething issues in their newly fitted SR20 causing the end to their weekend. Lap 2 saw Andrew Sollitt #164 added to the list of those with electrical gremlins with a charging issue. Luckily the problem was quickly identified and Sollitt was back on the track to defend his class and outright second outright overnight position from Colborne in the #169 Jimco. Talbot Cox, however, had built up a sizable lead over the weekend and had all but locked in the outright and class win.

1344e_sm The final laps of the day saw only one more mishap with Andrew North breaking a third drive belt in his #671 Polaris 900 on the final lap. North however, was the only one of the debuting 900’s to have any issues with the other 4 new machines, including Greg Moohin #631 and Mark Edmonds #688, having a trouble free weekend.

Taking out the UTV class over the 12 lap weekend were father and daughter duo Peter and Jodi Moohin in #682, with father, Brian, although coming within 2 seconds of the pair, in second position in #608. Rounding out the class and making it a family podium was Brian’s brother Graham and navigator Ernie Sievers in #625.

1344f_sm Rob Stieber in the #712 Feroza took out Production 4WD, while Brock and Adele Sievers took home the trophy for Extreme 4WD in #827 and Steve Gates was first in #457 in Extreme 2WD – all teams running unopposed.

A great tussle in ProLite class saw Andrew Sollitt in #164 hold off Chris Colbone in #169 to take home the ProLite silverware.

Talbot Cox was the only Pro Buggy to finish all the laps in #32 Kadco and take home first outright and class win, followed by Kevin and Steve Ballment in #13 and Michael Marson in #11.

This event was a great success and many thanks must go to Talbot Cox for his extensive work in the last weeks on the track and the pit and camping areas – all of which were a credit to him. The Burdekin Offroaders club would also like to thank The Clare Armature Angles Club for providing the catering, and all the officials, time keepers, pit marshals, and checkpoints who volunteer their time to help make the event so successful.

The next event for the North Queensland Super Series in the Opposite Lock Mackay Retreat 200, which is also a Queensland State round for the first time, on June 30th – July 1.

Source: Adele Sievers
Photographer: Addison Marson