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Two Titles For the Taking
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Wednesday, 21 September 2016
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As off road racing heads into the business end of the 2016 season two titles will be decided this weekend at the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400; the South Australian Off Road Championship and the ARB Off Road Racing Series.

Toby Whateley in his Can Am Superlite currently leads the South Australian Off Road Championship point score with a slender lead of 3 points over the hard charging Jack Rhodes in his Jimco Pro Buggy. Aaron Haby and James Lochert are tied in fourth place, just one point behind Rhodes; all within striking distance come Sunday afternoon.

The ARB Off Road Racing Series has proved that perseverance and consistency are the key to winning the hotly contested title. Troy Duff is leading the 2016 point score heading into the final round this weekend. Duff took the lead in the points chase from Daniel Wells who suffered with a steering issue on the last lapwi at the Albins ARB Goondiwndi 400. However with only a 14 point lead, Duff will need to run a strategic and calculated race this weekend, pulling enough speed to keep him at the pointy end of the field whilst not putting at risk his 2016 campaign.

“I’m extremely happy in our first year in the Jimco buggy to have finished all the events, let alone to be leading the points in a ProLite” explained Troy Duff.

Troy, with navigator Daniel Mansfield, have had top ten finishes at the prior three ARB Off Road Racing Series rounds; their best result being fourth outright at the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400, fifth outright at the ARB Griffith 400 and tenth at the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 450.

Troy continued “we were very lucky to finish Gundy. We really did just get to the finish line; the CV was falling apart as we crossed the line.”

“We have serviced every component on the Jimco since Gundy. Pulled it all apart, checked and tighten every nut, bolt and hose. We believe we have done all we can do to be prepared for the Pines”.

With seven teams with a mathematical chance of winning the 2016 ARB Off Road Racing Series, it is going to come down to the drop of the checkered flag to see who takes home the generous prize pool on offer.

Daniel Wells will be looking to redeem himself after Goondiwindi and with Simon Leech only 3.5 points behind, the battle for the series podium will be intense. Marty Scott is also within striking distance should one of the top three falter. Brett Price, Danny Brown and Stephen Watkins could also find themselves on the podium should the top four fail in their points bid.

As it stands, it is highly possible that the ARB Off Road Racing Series crown for 2016 will go to a ProLite or Super 1650 buggy, proving that consistency and perseverance are the key to the four round plus wildcard series. Now in its fourth season, two of the previous Series winners are entered this weekend; Danny Brown who took out the inaugural title back in 2013 and Carl Haby who won in 2014. Brown won his title in an Extreme 2WD and this year is competing in a Pro buggy. Haby has done the reverse, winning his crown in an Element Pro buggy and now campaigning a Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck in the Extreme 2WD class.

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The The ARB Off Road Racing Series committee have been busy assembling the prize pool for Sunday nights Awards dinner with an ARB fridge/freezer, compressors, Skydome Swags, Redarc solar panels, Redarc Tow Pro and IPF 800XS lights in the prize pool for the outright podium contenders.

The pool of prizes for the classes is just as impressive with class winners taking away Mickey Thompson vouchers, ARB chairs, ARB sleeping bags, ARB recovery sets, Nitropack lights and IPF 800XS lights spread across the class podium.

Andrew Stott, ARB Off Road Racing Series representative added “we have had an extraordinary effort from Mickey Thompson this year with $1,000 Mickey Thompson vouchers for class wins. There is also masses of ARB products spread across the outright and classes and with Redarc on board this year we have some of their products for the outright winners”.

To stay up to date with all the happenings at the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400, follow the live results or listen to the live streaming of the onsite track commentary on offroadracing.com.au


 

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