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Super 1650... Sea Lake Wrap Up
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Tuesday, 14 June 2016
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A large field of 25 teams nominated for the Super 1650 class at the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 450 with just eight completing the full 450km race distance. Newcomers to the sport Simon Leech and Sam McKellar in only their second competitive outing drove the #288 Trekka to the top of the Super 1650 class timesheets, greeting the checkered flag in 3h55m06.157seconds taking home the silverware for the class victory and securing 16th outright. An extraordinary effort for their maiden Sea Lake run in a field of seasoned Mallee Rally campaigners.

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Tyler Owen, with navigator Sam Coleman, is carrying on the family tradition, racing Grandfather Reg’s original Funco for the 450km trek around Lake Tyrrell. Tyler clocked in stunningly consistent lap times in the #255 machine to finish the five 90km laps in 3h37m55.411seconds securing second in class and 19th outright.

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It was a successful family day out for Karl Power and daughter Chloe; the PPR Frames #243, crossing the finish line in a time of 3h59m18.349seconds to round out the Super 1650 podium and take 21st outright.

Fourth in Super 1650 class went to Dan Schiller and Synon Peers, the Southern Cross #280 machine finishing just 29seconds behind Power and over 7 minutes ahead of fifth placed Daniel Wells and Luc Price #218.

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Brett Price and Peter Stevenson #227 slotted into sixth in class ahead of David Vallance and Deanne Thorne #207. Cameron Lyne and Rick Rogers #209 scored an eighth in class for their efforts and were the last team to complete full race distance for the Super 1650 class.

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Branden Pearce and Clint Fisher #212 nominated for the Mallee Shield component of the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 450, therefore were given the checkered flag after the first two laps of the event and classified as finishers.

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The DNF list has a familiar tone with rear suspension failure ending Paul Walsh #216 and Peter Smith’s #233 race on the last lap; Adrian McCurdy #207 managed three laps and Matt Coombs #268 two laps.

Engine failure on the third lap saw Jim Coombs #213 and David Groten #238 out of the event, as was Dale Standen #292 with CV issues and George Bailey #246 with alternator failure. Throttle cable failure ended Alistair McClelland #228 run on the second lap while front arm issues saw Chris Cachia #226 back in the pits. Greg Ryan #261 failed to complete one lap; spark plug dramas upsetting their Sea Lake campaign. Head gasket failure ended Cory Read’s #275 run on the first lap, but at least they did manage to put wheels to the race track unlike Travis Conrad #206 who failed to greet the start lights with alternator issues.

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Mark Hubbard #298 and Peter Hunt #253 both had engine dramas in the prologue and were unable to repair overnight ready for race start as did, relegating them as spectators. Dean Meginley in just his second run of his recently acquired #215 Tatum almost made it to the start lights. While waiting on the dummy grid and just four grid rows from the start, officials noticed oil pooling under the Tatum; a newly formed hole in the Honda power plant the culprit.

It is also worth recognising that four of the Super1650 teams have been credited compassionate time for stopping to assist at various incidents throughout the day. Stopping to assist a fellow competitor lays directly at the heart of the sport as more often than not, a following competitor will be the first on scene. Well done to all the teams that stopped and rendered assistance throughout the weekend.

 

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