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Element Off Road to Moorex
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Tuesday, 24 July 2012
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The Greg Gartner owned Moorex property provides a fantastic track with great facilities and picturesque green surroundings, allowing for comfortable family friendly racing. Element Off Road Racing’s Carl and Aaron Haby both had a great race there in 2011 finishing second and third outright respectively. This year’s trip down to the Moorex property will be even more challenging for the brothers than their last, as they both look forward to the competition of vying for valuable points.

1451b_sm Aaron Haby’s back to back win at the recent Hi-Tec Oils Riverland 300 was a huge reward for the whole team, especially after the lead up to the event with many workshop hours spent repairing the damage after the #57 green machine was engulfed by flames during the first lap of the Australian Off Road Championship MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally event. Aaron initially stopped to check on the accelerator pin that had fallen out, only to glance in the mirror and see flames and smoke coming from the rear of his buggy. Thankfully the initial bursts from the fire extinguisher were enough to subdue the flames until fellow competitors stopped to assist, including brother and team member Carl. The sportsmanship shown by all assisting competitors was greatly appreciated by Aaron and the Element Team.

1451c_sm The majority of the repair work to Aaron’s buggy was done at Tabe’s Mannum Auto Centre, who along with the Element team, worked together to complete a full rewire and the required mechanical repairs that were needed to get the #57 machine back racing. The repairs saw an improvement to Aaron’s buggy which now incorporates the Smart Wire technology from Race Pak operating his whole vehicle, allowing more track attention time for Aaron, especially important with the single seat configuration that he races. It has been an indifferent start to the season for Aaron with two fires on two tracks from separate causes, and commitments outside of racing restricting his participation, but he is keen to regain the consistency of 2011 and thrill the crowds with big launches off the jumps and consistently fast lap times.

1451d_sm The #56 Pro buggy of Carl Haby is now back to full race pace after fuel injector failure at the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally saw him complete only one lap. After replacing the injectors, cleaning the fuel system and a session at Morpowa Dyno, awesome speed was achieved from the 6.0 litre Chev at the Hi-Tech Oils Riverland 300. Carl gave navigator Brenton Gallasch plenty to do with lots of passing required after starting back in the field, a result of a slow prologue.

After completing the fastest lap of the day on lap three, it was fuel trouble again which ended his inspiring race; an unrepairable tank with three cracks near the bottom was the source of the problem. To fix this a new and stronger tank has been fabricated in house by Crew Chief Rowan Eggers and Carl. Carl’s driving skills were showcased at the Moorex track in 2011 and he will again pair with Element crew member and Mechanic Wayne Tabe as navigator for the weekend.

This two car team is competing throughout 2012 with support from Haby’s Bulk Transport, Tabe’s Mannum Auto Centre, Element Off Road, headertarps.com, CAPA Performance, Elders Insurance - Murray Bridge, Racer Imports, Waikerie Crash, Haby Growers and Contractors, Mondello Farms and the Element Families.

Source: Element Off Road
Photographers: Daniel Ziembinski, Phil Hateley