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Guy leads at Dondingalong
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Saturday, 23 March 2013
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Former event winners Justin Guy and Danny Richardson in their #19 Pro Buggy head the field after the first two rounds of competition in Round 1 of the New South Wales Off Road Championship being held at Dondingalong this weekend.

Guy and Richardson won outright at Dondingalong in 2010 and 2011, and mastered the tricky track conditions on day 1 to be leading this year’s race with three further rounds of competition to be held Sunday.

The duo looked rock solid on a freshly watered track, and the dry, dusty conditions of the final Heat on day 1.

Running second outright is the Geoff Page and Braeden Barnes #983 Pro Buggy, while a staggering third outright, in a field of 38, is Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor in the #666 Polaris Utility Terrain Vehicle.

Rounding out the top five are last year’s New South Wales champion Derek Rose and Michael Densley #279 Super 1650 Buggy and Craig Anderson in the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire sponsored #187 ProLite Buggy.

The numerically strong Utility Terrain Vehicle class is really taking it to the bigger cars with four vehicles in the top 10 outright!

Day 1 saw plenty of spectacular action with Warren Barron and Tammy Barron #258 Super 1650 Buggy losing a front wheel in front of the main spectator area while Scott Davis and Steven Murphy #87 Pro Buggy rolled, but continued, to be currently 11th outright.

David and Robbie O’Grady also rolled their #888 Mitsubishi L200 in spectacular fashion at the end of the long main straight, while Matt and Kelly Smith #33 Pro Buggy exited with rear suspension issues. The local team of Brendan Julius and Damien Mitchell #304 Sportsman Buggy also found themselves in the wars in race 1 with a front steering issue sending them into one of the large truck tyres ringing the circuit. Not to be beaten, the team returned for round 2 to record a solid time.

The incidents were not confined to just those further down the field, with last year’s outright winners Scott and Michelle McNeil #122 Prolite Buggy going off track in the final heat of the day, and damaging their machine while in a strong position.

Racing in the Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Dondingalong Off Road Challenge, that doubles as Round 1 of the East Coast Tri Challenge and Round 1 of the Off Road Warehouse Short Course Off Road Masters, resumes at 9am Sunday.

Event Information, including day 1 results, can be found here.

Source: Rod Thurgood
Photographer: Sean O'Leary