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Haby, Rhodes, Francombe
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Saturday, 19 May 2012
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The Element Off Road team’s back to back Parilla campaign has started off on the right note with last 2011 event winner Carl Haby and Brenton Gallasch topping the time sheets at today’s qualifying session in a time of 9:19.652.

1353b_sm Haby drove the S&S Race Frame #56 hard through the 15km sandy mallee prologue track and commented after his qualifying run “we had a clean and tidy run. It would be great to get the back to back win, but the main goal is to finish and preserve the car for Sea Lake.”

The Element Off Road team are planning a two car assault on round 1 of the Australian Off Road Championship, the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally in three weeks and are using this event as a final chance to ready the #56 for event. The Element #57 is sitting out this weekend’s competition, as driver Aaron Haby will be away from the workshop until June and will be unable to make preparations in order to race at Sea Lake.

1353c_sm Clocking in second outright in a time of 9:21.687 was the Rhodes Racing #9 Jimco of Jack Rhodes and Craig Mattingly, whose goal for the weekend is to rack up his first event finish in his new drive and to sort out some niggling issues before their attack on the Tatts Finke Desert Race.

After a super human effort to rebuild the Rids Race Frame Joker #42 after its rollover over at the recent Baroota event, Wally Francombe with navigator Shannon Fitzgerald greeted the prologue checkered flag in 9:29.088. Shannon commented after the run “that was the best ride of my life. I can’t wait for tomorrow.” Lack of rear brakes hampered Francombe’s prologue sprint; the team confident that re-bleeding the brakes will fix the problem. “The Joker by Rids Race Frames is so easy to drive. I didn’t even work up a sweat” commented Francombe.

1353d_sm 28 competitors from across South Australia and a sole traveller from Victoria have entered the Richard Bennett Memorial event, which is round 2 of the South Australian Off Road Racing Association’s MultiClub Series.

Failing to finish their prologue run was the #189 entry of Paul Adams and Andrew Taylor; an engine misfire causing the dramas. The team have since rectified the problem and ready to line up for tomorrows eight lap race. Trevor Copeland and Annie Galliford were another team not to finish with the Jimco stopping trackside.

1353e_sm The Erceg Motorsport Chenowth #151 had luck on her side today, with a front break calliper mount breaking as the team crossed the prologue finish line. Repairs have been completed and the Chenowth ready to race tomorrow.

Rob Cowie drove the #192 single seat Jimco into eighth, which turned out to be a great results with Cowie have to drive with a locked on rear left brake for 15km prologue.

James and Grant Madden were uncharacteristically down the time sheets in 15th with a presumed coil failure resulting in an engine misfire. The team were busy isolating the offending part to enable racing tomorrow.

Competitors will take to the 32km track for the eight lap event at 10:00am tomorrow.

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