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Favourites Fail at Stackpoole
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Saturday, 07 July 2012
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Mechanical dramas plagued the top runners and local favourites at the first day of competition for the Griffith 350, blasting the home turf advantage myth. 

1442b_sm Brothers and Stackpoole track landowners Andy and Mat Ryan were both hot favourites to take home the silverware from the Griffith 350; with Andy setting himself up for a great days racing driving into first outright for the prologue.

Matt Ryan and Brad Richards were the first of the team to drop out, having just one lap under their helmets before a chronic engine misfire in the #210 machine ended their weekend of racing. Andy Ryan and Justin Watt led the field for two laps in the #113 Saber before axle failure shattered their dream run. A dejected Ryan and Watt walked back to the pits through and were head to say “bugger, we were having so much fun.” The Saber is undergoing overnight repairs and is looking good for a race start tomorrow.

Steve and Reckell Jones started the day second on the grid but rear brake calliper failure, after getting caught in fence wire, saw them pit at the end of the first lap. After nearly 20 minutes in the pits, the Chenowth #166 emerged from the pits and clocked in three fast lap times to put them in tenth outright.

1442c_sm David and Alice Middlemiss were the stand out performers for the day, clocking in consistent fast lap times to finish Saturday’s racing at the top of the time sheets. The Middlemiss’s are regulars on the Victorian Off Road circuit, venturing north for the second ever run in their newly rebuilt ex Craig Hoare Cougar #117 ProLite. The Cougar was debuted at the recent MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally after the team moved up from Super 1650 class.

Sitting in second outright at the overnight break was another Victorian team, the Trekka #259 of Danny Brown and Dale Martin. The names Brown and Martin are of course synonymous with Australian Off Road Racing, Danny the son of well renowned Andy Brown and Dale the son of legendary multiple championship winner Craig Martin. The Brown family have just repurchased the #259 Trekka, the Super 1650 in which Danny honed his race craft before moving into Pro class and now Extreme 2WD. The young duo content just to be racing.

Third outright went to Peter Skaza in his debut run of the new Feral #83 Pro buggy. Skaza was a regular at New South Wales events and know to be a quick peddler, until taking a hiatus of three years to build up his new self-built, self-tuned Feral buggy.

1442d_sm Fourth and within pouncing distance of a podium finish is the Warialda based Derek Rose and Chantelle O’Dell, driving the #279 Southern Cross to the max for the four laps. Rounding out the top five, and making it three Victorians in the top five, is Dean Williams and Scott McInness in the #357 Southern Cross.

16 of todays 27 starters clocked up full race distance of four laps. Steve and Fiona Logan were an early casualty, first with fuel pump issues on reconnaissance and then a broken leaf spring in prologue. The team have sourced the parts an attempting to fix for Sundays racing.

David and Jarrod Jackson had a difficult day with a broken stub axle in the #161 Rivmaster during reconnaissance. The team missed their prologue slot and started rear of field, all be it three minutes late, having found and fitted a replacement stub axle. With luck not on their side, they succumbed to fuel issues on the first lap.

Adam and Karen Barnacoat were the first on the recovery radio, out with Axle failure in the #229 Lothringer while Grant and Tim Walker suffered steering failure on their first lap.

The #666 Snake Racing Polaris of Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor was a crowd pleaser, sailing over the arena jump and somehow managing to fishing the last lap and a half, approximately 50km with two staked left tyres. As the team said; great research and development for their Safari assault.

Gary Hyde and Gary Sullivan put the #335 Bravco on its side, and with little damage completed all their laps for today. The try hard award goes to the father and daughter team of Terry and Kate Molloy who were sitting high in the rankings until a front suspension bolt gave way within yelling distance of the finish line of their last lap. Not to be deterred a smaller bolt was borrowed from a less needing part of the buggy and held in place with race tape as the #215 Tatum crossed the line to finish its very first day of racing on Australian soil.

Racing gets underway at 8:30 Sunday when the remaining field will tackle four laps of the 33km course, followed by a one hour break and a further three laps.