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Pt Germein Ready to be Unveiled
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Friday, 28 September 2012
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South Australian’s will make the most of their Labour Day Long Weekend, heading to Port Germein in the states mid north for the AutoPro Challenge Short Course.

The Spencer Gulf Off Road Association have pulled out all the stops to get this new venue up and running for this weekend’s round of the South Australian Off Road Racing Associations Multiclub Series event.

A field of 15 off road racers will take to the track, made up 14 locals and one Victorian. Brett Smith and his family will trek from their Victoria based to compete in the ex Erceg Motorsport Southern Cross #161 which they acquired earlier this year and have been campaigning regularly and successfully since.

It will be a battle of wits at the front of the field with the two Element Off Road team cars of brothers Carl and Aaron Haby both in contention, Aaron fresh from his recent Off Road Shop Sedan outright win, and a strong ProLite field ready to pounce on the smallest of mistakes.

1526b_sm Luke and Vicky Erceg will be looking to go one better after their second outright at Sedan, only 40 seconds off the pace of Haby in the #151 Chenowth, while Andrew and Shannyn Fitzgerald #109 and Lindsay Foster and Matt Drage #178 can’t be ruled out of the podium equation.

Making the debut run of his new drive is second generation off roader Brian Napper #251, son of Greg and Belinda Napper, with brother Christopher in the navigators seat. Darren and Rachael Hille have made repairs to their #584 Holden HQ ute after damage sustained from a massive leap over the table top jump at Sedan and ready to hit the Port Germein track.

Event Secretary Belinda Napper promises the track will throw up some challenges, “there are some jumps, twists and turns and some fast straights. This track is brand new and competitors will extremely happy with the track standard. Our event is being run as a short course, which will provide for some fast and exciting racing during the heats. The track is around 10km long, ensuring some tight and close racing during the weekend.”

“We owe great deal of thanks to Ian and Brenda, the property owners at Port Germein, for allowing our club access to their property and for all their help with machinery and manpower in the past few months. We would also like to thank Barry Ramsey, Neil Bentley of Bentley Building Supplies and Dwayne Wolf for their ongoing support. Also to the people who have helped with working bees, donations of time, product and machinery, the list is long and the club is extremely grateful for all who have helped.”

The new toilet block is up and running with the showers to be connected shortly. Bill Gower will have a new commentating box to view the track and spectacular coastline from. Forecast for tomorrow is 15 degrees and, unless the rain that is passing through the state reaches Port Germein, it is likely to be a dusty unveiling of this new track.

Event Information, including competitor list, can be found here.