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Moohin and Marson at Retreat
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Saturday, 30 June 2012
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Brian Moohin and Jarod Marson have come out on top in their #608 Polaris at the end of today’s racing in Far North Queensland. The Queensland Off Road Championship finally got underway today with the first days running of the Opposite Lock Mackay Retreat 200 in the north of the state. Two earlier scheduled championship rounds had been cancelled, so by default, this is the first of a now three round Queensland Off Road Championship.

With many of the North Queensland campaigners planning to support the remaining two rounds in the south, there is potential for the Queensland Off Road Championship mantle to head to the north.

1431b_sm 22 vehicles were scrutineered in preparation for today’s prologue and subsequent heats. Chris Colborne and Robert Stieber cutting it fine, chasing fuels issues in the #169 Jimco until midnight last night, but managed to front the green lights for prologue today.

Clear skies and cool temperatures greeted the teams this morning. The prologue track was a shortened section of the main 27km track, and with all competitors recording a qualifying time, the scene was set of a hard days racing. The prologue did set into motion the chain of events that would be the undoing of Rob and Stuart Chapman in the #703 Triton, with rear diff failure from the prologue causing the Triton to overshoot corners and ultimately slide into a strainer post in their first heat, ending their weekend of racing and requiring substantial repairs before their next event, the Albins Off Road Gear Goondiwindi 400.

With the prologue done and dusted, Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire were atop the time sheets, and the first to head out on the track for heat 1. The up side was they had a dust free run, the down side, they were pioneers of the first lap; hitting the first of the slippery section mid track and getting up close and personal with a tree. There was minimal damage to the #803 Pajero and the young guns continued to put down the fastest heat times until a flat tyre and a lack of second gear slowed the team in the third heat, relinquishing their first outright position.

Chapman was not the only competitor caught off guard, with the slippery section catching out Chris Colborne and Robert Stieber #169, damaging a rim and Rob and Stuart Chapman in the #703 Triton.

As the day progressed the podium continued to change. Peter and Jodie Moohin in their #682 900 series Polaris were mixing it up at the pointy end of the field until clipping a tree and damaging a trailing arm. David Jobe, who also made the trip north, had an off track excursion in the #914 Pro buggy, damaging his steering.

1431c_sm Also having trouble in the early part of the event was the husband and wife team of Kev and Dana Ballment, suffering brake issues in the #13 Pro buggy.

Now in podium contention at the end of Saturday’s racing were Brian Moohin and Jarod Marson in the #608 900 Polaris, Graham Moohin and Ernie Sievers in the 900 Polaris #625 and Andrew and Reece north in the #671 Polaris.

With the flat tyres of Clayton Chapman putting him out of contention in the third heat, Brian Moohin and Jaron Marson #608 raced through to claim overnight outright honours with brother Graham Moohin and Ernie Sievers #625 sitting in second.

Andrew and Reece North in the #671 Polaris also had issues in the last heat, opening the door for Michael Marson to slot into third outright in the #11 Grasshopper Pro buggy. Also having dramas on the final lap were Brock and Adele Sievers; the #827 machine losing the clutch due to a broken clutch fork, while Greg Moohin and Jamie Whitwurth suffered a broken drive belt in the #631 900 Polaris.

As repairs are undertaken tonight, close competition is emerging in all classes. Perfect weather is again expected tomorrow as the remaining competitors take to the Retreat track for the first round of the Queensland Off Road Championship and the second round of the North Queensland Super Series.

Outright:
608 Brian Moohin and Jarod Marson
625 Graham Moohin and Ernie Sievers
11 Michael Marson

Pro
11 Michael Marson
32 Talbot Cox and Steve Gates
67 Rob Turner and Steve Ousten

ProLite
160 Jeff Marson and Mick Durso
163 Chris Sollitt
189 John Bennett

Extreme 4WD
803 Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire
808 Phil Dunn and Matt Foot
827 Brock and Adele Sievers

UTV
608 Brian Moohin and Jarod Marson
628 Graham Moohin and Ernie Sievers
671 Andrew and Reece North

Source: Adele Sievers
Photographer:  Chapman Off Road Team