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Burdekin Day 1... Cox, Marson, Turner
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Saturday, 13 May 2017
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Clear and mild weather greeted 25 nominated racers at the Burdekin 250 Long Course at the Ayr Rifle Range track this morning, with this weekend also marking the 30th anniversary of the Burdekin Off-roaders Club.

Prologue was away at 8.30am, and racing commenced on time seeing Talbot Cox in the Tropic Petroleum Racer Engineering buggy off the line first, followed by Michael Marson in the General Tire Australia buggy and Paul White of No Limits Racing seeded third off the line.

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Prologue was not without incident with a handful of cars breaking down on the popular track, including Waylon Jaggard in his class 10 Sollittco buggy losing a wheel near the finish of the shortened prologue track, Dave Nielsen in his Predator buggy suffered damage to the front end after an off track excursion, ending his weekend, and Chris Colborne’s Jimco Prolite suffering a power steering seal failure. Colborne completed repairs and was back on track for the first heat.

A new format saw the slower of the field take to the racetrack for their heat ahead of the faster buggys with the ex White/Marson Kadco of Christopher Wills first out for the lap - which consisted of one lap of the 21km track.

The first heat for faster group saw the third seeded No Limits Racing fail to take the start line after a thrown belt in the prologue turned out to be a bigger power steering issue which saw them undertaking repairs in the pits for the remainder of the day. The lap was without incident for Cox and Marson who were first and second home respectively, with Robert Turner in his Desert Dynamics Pro buggy rounding out the top three.

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Heat two saw the first group on track for three consecutive laps of the 21km track, and again Wills would be the first out in the Kadco. Brayden Misfud was one of the first casualties in his Polaris RZR with a belt issue seeing them complete repairs in the field to get back on track, also completing repairs mid lap was Bradley Hatch in his Prolite Southern Cross buggy with a fuel issue which saw his lap time out and the buggy return to the pits. The lap went without incident for Wills who was first back to the pits, followed by Brock Sievers in the Matix Grasshopper class 10 buggy. A close competition developed in the back half of the field with super lite and pro lite classes fighting it out, with Allan Muir in his Yamaha XYZ coming out on top, just ahead of Jimmy Dwyer in his Zarco Lite ProLite.

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In the faster heat Cox led the way in the Racer Engineering Machine followed by Marson and Turner. Cox was first to complete again, followed by Marson, with less than a minute separating the pair at their home track, while Turner was third into the pits. Fourth and fifth were in close contention with only 12 seconds between the Sollittco class 10 buggy of Chris Sollitt and Douglas Stainkey’s Can-Am buggy over the 63km heat.

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The final heat of the day for group one saw the Kadco of Wills stay in the pits, and drama for Sievers in Grasshopper with a stoppage on track losing him just under 10 minutes. Sievers still managed come out on top for the group after overtaking a handful of other buggys when back on track, sitting him second in class 10, and 7th overall. Second and third in the group and 8th and 9th outright were Allan Muir in his Yamaha XYZ after consistent results throughout the day and a DNF for his closest competitor Connor Bugeja in his Polaris RZR, followed by Ned Hancock in his Polaris 900XP.

Cox was first off the line for the final group heat of the day, and first back to the pits after a clean run seeing him in 1st outright. Marson put in a solid and consistent effort to secure 2nd outright, and Turner rounded out the top three for the class and out right. Sollitt was 4th after the day's racing, with Stainkey less than three minutes behind in his Can-Am, jumping Chris Colboune in his Jimco for the final lap after Colboune lost 2 minutes due to a fuel issue.

Racing is due to commence again tomorrow from 8am, with the 4th heat consisting of 3 laps totalling 63kms and heat 5 a further one lap of the 21km track.

Results can be found here.

Source: Adele Sievers