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Rentsch Conquers Sunraysia
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Sunday, 23 April 2017
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The Sunraysia 400 has been run and won with Shannon and Ian Rentsch taking the outright victory to kick start their 2017 off road racing season. After starting out of pole position, Rentsch was clocking in consistent lap times and had pulled at 15miniute lead over the field until the first sector of the final lap when they lost 9 minutes changing a flat tyre.

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With enough time up their sleeve to maintain their first place, the #33 Hogs Breath backed SR Racing Jimco crossed the line 7m03second ahead of second placed Aaron and Liz Haby #2.

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Haby’a had also stopped to change a tyre, the husband and wife team losing 10minutes in the second sector of lap 3, ultimately claiming second outright, backing up their 2016 second outright position.

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Also chalking up a back to back podium position was third outright Dale Martin and Adrian Rowe, their flawless and consistent run finishing them 1m10seconds behind the Habys and just 47.3seconds ahead of fourth placed Tyler Owen and Oliver Stephens. Martin is now leading the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Series point score after his third outright placing at the first round, the ARB Town and Country Tyres Stackpoole 400.

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Tyler Owen has stepped up to the teams #41 Alumi Craft this year, after honing his driving skills in the #255 Funco; with cousin Oliver in the navigator seat, the third generation of Owens Racing is in stamping their mark.

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Rounding out the top five ARB Sunraysia 300 was the #9 Jimco of Chris Wilson and Blake Clare. Wilson was on for a podium finish up until the last lap when a misfire and gear selection issues slowed the Jimco, moving him from second to fifth outright.  Wilson stopped on lap 2 to assista Travis Robinson who had a rear wheel brake fire for which Wilson was allowed time. 

The Sunraysia Motor Sport Club pulled out all the stops to put on the event after rain on Thursday and Friday made parts of the track unraceable. The shortened 65km track was a hit with competitors with near perfect conditions biut with dust starting to kick up in the later stages of the race. All in all, a great weekend of off road racing through Keera Station and the second round done and dusted for the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Series.

Photographer: Andrew Stott
 

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