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Sunday, 25 October 2015
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As the 2015 racing season winds down, the off road action is set to heat up as teams head to the Queensland New South Wales border town of Goondiwindi for the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400. A large field of 83 teams have stated their intentions to do battle with the Gundy melon holes and the infamous Malapunyah Run when the event gets underway on Saturday 31st October.

As the fourth and final round of the 2015 ARB Off Road Racing Series, and with the leader board by no means decided, there are seven drivers still with a mathematical chance of taking out the illustrious mantle.

Now in its third year, the ARB Off Road Racing Series has shown initiative and creativity in its approach to its format and point score. Not only do competitors receive start and finish points, but also bonus points if they’ve registered before the March cut-off date. 2015 also saw the instigation of the WildCard event which, in essence, allowed teams to nominate one additional event, other than the four series rounds, as their WildCard. They then accumulated points from this event towards their overall series tally. This initiative has proved extremely popular and with the series points score tight at the top, the Wildcard points could be the difference in the eventual podium.

3101b_sm Matthew Owen and Adam O’Connor are currently leading the 2015 ARB Off Road Racing Series points score on 227.5 points and will be working hard to take out their first ARB Off Road Racing Series crown. The #41 Alumi Craft has finished high in the outrights at the previous three Series rounds and scored 7th outright at the Glenroy Plains PMD Race Products Moorex Enduro, their wildcard event. However, Owen’s lead is slender; just two points separate him and second placed Brad Chasemore. Chasemore has also had a consistent 2015 series campaign, with an accumulated points tally of 225.5 going into the decider. A falter by either driver, a misinterpretation of a melon hole, could see their title aspirations come tumbling down.

David Middlemiss is also well and truly in the mix; the ProLite machine mixing it up with the Pro buggies to be in an enviable third place on 216.5 points, just 9 points behind Chasemore, or in simple terms, 9 outright positions as each event outright position equals one point.

Andy Ryan #50 is in fourth place on the current leader board, however, engine issues from the third round, the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro, ended his season early. Jack Rhodes has been the stand out performer this year; outright victories at the first and third round and a second place at his WildCard event saw him bank near maximum points, however, is one round down on points after not entering the second round. If the stars align, Rhodes could slot into the Series podium.

3101c_sm10 points shy of Rhodes on 172 points and still in with a chance for a series top three finish is another hard charging ProLite, the #133 Tatum of Dale Martin. Unfortunately for Martin, rear arm failure at Griffith put a large dent in his 2015 aspirations, however, is still in good stead for a class podium come the drop of the Goondiwindi checkered flag.

2014 ARB Off Road Racing Series outright winner Carl Haby is just 1 point shy of Martin, however, due to work commitments is unable to make it to the final round and surrendered the chance for back to back titles. Lindsay Foster, who’s in 9th outright also failed to nominate for Goondiwindi after competing in the previous three rounds.

The battle of the Super 1650s in going to be on in outright and class with two machines in the top ten heading into the final round. Daniel Wells #218 and Alistair McCleland #228 are set for a hard weekend of racing with McClelland trailing Wells by 2.5 points in the outright point score and leading Wells by 3.5 points in the Super 1650 class points. Brett Price #227, who is sitting in third place, will be waiting to capitalise on any errors from McClelland and Wells.

Mark Paul Grant has done the hard yards, contesting the first three rounds of the series and his WildCard event to be at the top of the Extreme 2WD class points score on 108.5. Grant, who failed to finish at the Pines with transmission failure is waiting on the arrival of parts to fix his #416 machine ready to hit the Gundy melon holes. Greg Gartner #410 is in second place in class however, has not entered due to other commitments. Luke Hall #488 is in with a mathematical chance of taking Extreme 2WD class honours, however, would require Grant to withdraw from the event and not receive any start points, otherwise second place is all but assured to be Halls.

Richard McNay #564 has Performance 2WD already wrapped up, amassing enough points to rest easy going into the decider.

Production 4WD is all but finalised with Geoff Pickering #701 just needing start points to secure his title. Second and third place are wide open and will be a tight battle; Amy Chapman, Jason Keane and John Butler will all be looking to collect points at Goondiwindi; only at the fall of the checkered flag will we know where they finish in the point score with Glenn Blacksell and James Rooke.

Owen Ward #832 and Jason Whittaker #898 are set for an Extreme 4WD showdown with Ward currently leading the class points with a 21.5 point lead over Whittaker.

In a few days’ time, teams will start converging on Goondiwindi, ready and eager to tackle one of the countries toughest, yet enjoyable, off road tracks.

 

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