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Turley Set for Stackpoole Showdown
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Sunday, 11 March 2018
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Source: Toby Cooper

Since a successful 2014 off road season debut, which culminated in a maiden ARB Off Road Racing Series Class 8 title, Kerry Turley #858 and crew have sat on the off road racing sidelines, trying their hand at different types of racing.

Next weekend, the Broken Hill based team will touch down in Goolgowi for the 2018 ARB Town and Country Tyres Stackpoole 400, the opening round of the 2018 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship, eager to kick off where they finished in their last start.

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Returning to Griffith with his 6 litre L98 V8 powered GU Nissan Patrol, fitted out with King Suspension, Turley is confident of a strong showing after his class win at the event in 2014.

Turley kick-started his racing career rallying in a WRX Subaru, prior to shifting into Safari Cross Country in 2009, before off road racing took the limelight in 2014 – a passion that has lived on till today.

Last season with the Patrol parked, Turley tried his luck in a brand new Can-Am X3; a far cry from the power and size of the team’s Class 8. Turley continued on with his winning form, claiming a class victory at Sea Lake in June in front of a fourth place finish at the Riverland Waikerie Enduro in July.

During the off season, Turley dialled in the Patrol after the decision was made to move back to Class 8. The team removed the distinguishable bull bar before freshening it up with a fresh coat of paint ready for the 2018 season.

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The road to ARB Championship glory commences at the notorious Stackpoole track; a demanding circuit that will present the 4WD and Turley with many a challenge on race day. Based in outback New South Wales, Turley is planning on competing at all six rounds of the 2018 ARB Australian Off Road Championship, as well as the Condo 750 in the Can-Am over the Easter long weekend.

In their maiden 2014 Stackpoole campaign, the Patrol was entered with a setup for the Australian Safari. With the first round of the 2018 fast approaching, Turley is expecting the #858 beast to be more suited to the terrain this time around, along with possessing greater speed; a combination that will have his fellow competitors on guard.

Committing to a full season of racing requires a huge team effort; the hours travelling to and from events, long nights in the shed and sacrifices are all worthwhile by the friendships and memories that are created.

Turley would like to acknowledge his sponsors, BF Goodrich Tyres, Supercharge batteries and monster seal tyre sealant, for all support and assistance and wish all his fellow competitors the best of luck for 2018!

 

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