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Tuesday, 03 November 2015
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Danny Brown and George Apted secured outright honours at the 2015 Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 over the weekend, beating a strong field of 78 starters, including Dad Andy Brown, securing family bragging rights heading into the summer off season.

The rivalry between the father and son is fierce, yet in the true spirit of off road racing and family loyalty, parts were taken from Andy Brown’s Saber after its demise to fix the #42 Jimco to allow Danny and George to continue racing and win the event.

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After posting a fourth outright prologue time, 6.3seconds behind first placed Andy Brown and Roger Vickery #45, Danny and George improved their time by 12.2 seconds in the Goondiwindi Tyre Services Top Ten Shoot Out to move into second on the start grid behind David Fellows and Mark Bergamin #92 for the one lap section one on Saturday afternoon.

Andy Brown prologued fastest in a time that was 5seconds quicker then second placed Aaron James and Peter Luckraft #93, however, a conservative run in the Goondiwindi Tyre Services Top Ten Shoot Out resulted in a time that was 4seconds slower than their prologue, putting the #45 Saber in fifth place for the start of section one.

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The start for Saturday’s section one was singularly at one minute intervals. This lead to some interesting results, with teams making up time without needing to pass the vehicle in front, and the contrary, teams moving down the timesheets even though they weren’t overtaken. Danny Brown and George Apted finished second on the road for Saturday afternoon’s one lap sprint however, clocked in the fasted lap time of 50.59seconds, making time over Fellows and securing pole position for the first of four remaining laps on Sunday morning.

Andy Brown’s lap one was not as fruitful; even though they were not passed on the track, they slid down the outright order from 5th to 11th as other teams made up time.

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Starting off pole position for Sunday’s first of four laps gave Danny Brown a dust free run for the first 80km lap, recording a quick lap time of 50m11seconds and a slightly longer second lap of 52m30seconds due catching up to the back markers of the field. However, during an overtaking manoeuvre, Brown and Apted had an altercation with a gate post in the dust resulting in a broken front shock absorber but managed to keep the #42 Jimco racing.

At the end of the second lap, the #42 Jimco went into the half hour compulsory service break, which saw the broken shock absorber replaced from one off Andy’s #45 Saber ready for the start of section three.

Danny and George’s combined times for section one and two were the fastest overall, meaning they would start section three first on the road. Their first lap time for section three was 51m15s and they bought the Toyo Tires, ARB, PWR, Jack Daniels Racing, Milwaukee Tools and GoPro backed #42 Jimco home in a spectacular time of 50m08s to claim outright victory of the 2015 Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 over 2minutes ahead of second placed Aaron James and Peter Luckraft #93.

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Andy Brown and Roger Vickery’s weekend didn’t end of the high note of son Danny’s; it ended when, in dust, they had a discussion with a rather large and solid gate and gate post at high speed about 20km in to the first lap on Sunday. The incident caused major damage to the left front of the Saber, including a missing front wheel.

Danny had this to say after the even “it was probably the hardest day of racing we have ever had. After the collision we didn't even think the car would make it back to the pits let alone finish the race. We had to fit a shock off Dad’s car to ours during the service break; it's a completely different shock and only just fit. When we went back out, the top arm ripped the gas canister and a bypass tube off at the first major bump so we had to do the last two laps without a front bypass shock. It felt like the front end was going to get torn off but thankfully it all held together”.

 

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