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Rhodes Tops Griffith Prologue
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Saturday, 19 March 2016
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In stark contrast to yesterday’s four seasons, Mother Nature turned on near perfect racing conditions for the first competitive day of the 2016 ARB Off Road Racing Series.

55 teams headed off for the 18km prologue and 100km long course reconnaissance, however not all made it the full distance; unfortunately the #515 Toyota Hilux of Ash Weinert and Chris Watman failed to return from their look around lap with gearbox dramas and were unable greet the start lights for prologue and will take no further part in the ARB Griffith 400.

Jack Rhodes and David Pullino #91 topped the time sheets in what was a dramatic qualifying session, edging out local and property owner Andy Ryan and Dave Smith by 2.78seconds to secure first place on the start grid for Saturday afternoon’s one lap 100km sprint through the Stackpoole farmlands. Rhodes was extremely lucky to hold onto his pole position after a miscalculation sent him off the track after the whoop section, completing a full 360 to return to the course, much to the delight of the crowd.

Andy Brown and Mark Sedran #45 were just 1.529seconds shy of Ryan to round out the prologue podium, and 3.071 seconds ahead of son Danny Brown and George Apted #42 to secure family bragging rights for the ARB Griffith 400 prologue. Dale Martina and Adrian Rowe #103 completed the top five, 15.032 seconds off the pace of Brown junior.

The attrition rate was high for the prologue with engine failures the common denominator; Jeff Cripps #147, Warren Barron #258 and Adam Barnacoat #229 all unable to complete the 18km prologue course.

Local racers Jason Richards and Brent Anderson suffered gearbox issues in the #119 Rivmasta, while Kris Booth and Kevy Nott #472 had overheating problems.

Owen Ward and Nathan Alison’s 2016 off road racing year didn’t start as planned, the Nissan Navara #832 suffering a wild rollover through the whoop section on the return run into the Stackpoole arena. The crew were assisted by the trackside medical team with Owen Ward currently in hospital awaiting surgery on a fractured left ankle.

Lap one of racing this afternoon held some great highlights. Check out this short video with some of the action from the first round of the ARB Off Road Racing Series.We'll be back tomorrow for the final 300km of racing and for full results and updates check out www.offroadracing.com.au

Posted by 4wd TV on Saturday, 19 March 2016
 

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