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Rain Halts Racing at Pines
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Saturday, 24 September 2016
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After reasonable track conditions which saw Andy Brown and Mark Sedran and the Saber #45 top the prologue time sheets at the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400 today, Mother Nature turned on a massive rain storm that saw conditions deteriorate to such an extent that it was determined unsafe to continue with today’s activities.

The format was scheduled to see six heats of three laps of short course racing through the Teagle Quarry. The 6km black clay track, which is also the prologue track, became soddened when rain drenched the venue after the prologue and before the start of the short course.

Tomorrow will see six laps of the 70km course that winds its way through the sandy Tantanoola Forrest tracks. Finer weather conditions are forecast for tomorrow and with some small changes to eliminate the wetter parts of the track within the quarry, the 62 field of starters should have better track conditions come the start tomorrow.

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Mark Burrows showed why he is a multiple times champion, slotting into second outright, just 2.480 seconds off the pace of Andy Brown. The two at a time start for the main race tomorrow, which is now from the Prologue results reversed, will see Brown and Burrows head out into the forest side by side, albeit from the rear of the field.

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The Element Racing team of Aaron and Liz Haby #57 completed the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400 prologue podium, just 2.885seconds shy of Burrows and just 1.016seconds ahead of SMU Racing’s Matt Hanson and Matthew Salt #7. This weekend sees Hanson’s Jimco #7 back on track for its first long course event since it left the track in spectacular style, flying through the pine trees, at last year’s event.

3397d_sm The New Zealand entry of Raana Horan and Klem Christiansen narrowly slotted the #89 Jimco into fifth place, a mere 0.165 seconds in front of 2016 AORC champions elect, the Fuchs Rhodes Racing team of Jack Rhodes and David Pullino #91.

Trekking from Queensland, the father and son team of Michael and Jae Collins #12 crossed the finish line in seventh place, ahead of the first Extreme 2WD entry of Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings #410.

Having won round one and three of this year’s ARB Off Road Racing Series, Danny Brown and George Apted have something to prove, and will be racing hard from their ninth grid start position. Damien and Kate Nicol were on a mission; the Nicol Offroad Trophy Truck #430 rounding out the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400 top ten.

A new initiative by the event this year saw all 62 teams go into a draw for $1,000. The draw was done at this morning’s competitor briefing with Tim Harris #440 the lucky winner.

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After the unfortunate abandonment of today’s racing, Garry Turnbull and Aaron Heemskerk generously donated their time and race cars to partake in the planned sponsor rides. The committee put together a shortened track, which bypassed the worst affected areas, to enable the sponsors and contributors to still have their taste of off road racing. With intermittent rain, it certainly was a tremendous effort from both teams to help out the event.

Action returns to the quarry at 8:30 Sunday morning when the 62 off road machines will hit the track for 420km of off road racing through the amazing Tantanoola Forrest and Teagles Quarry.

Stay up to date with live results and live streaming of the trackside commentary on offroadracing.com.au



 

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