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Caboolture Podium... Henery, McNiven, Kildey
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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
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Photographer: Craig Houston

Rain in the lead up to the Caboolture 100, the opening round of the AORRA Queensland Short Course Series, had the South East Queensland Off Road Racing Association on tenterhooks, however, Mother Nature turned on near perfect race conditions for the 44 teams that nominated for the opening round of the Queensland Off Road Short Course Series.

Following the postponement of the first round of the series, the Federal 100 to the 7-8 April due to extreme wet condition, Queenslanders were itching to get on track to kick start their 2018 points scores in the first of the four round short course series.

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A regular on the SXS Australian Championship circuit, Stephen Henery took outright honours at the Caboolture 100 in his debut run at short course racing. Henery and the #696 Can-Am saluted the checkered flag with a 50 second lead over the second placed Can-Am of Jeff McNiven #603 ahead of Steve Kildey #812 over a minute shy of McNiven in third place.

Slotting into fourth outright and third in class, fresh from his second in class at Stackpoole the weekend prior, was Michael Schneider #602. Craig McDonald #666 continued his 2017 winning form, rounded out the Caboolture 100 top five, looking to back up his 2017 Short Course Series class mantle.

From the field of 44, 19 of those teams were from the Class 6 and 66 categories; a great sign the strength of SXS racing in Queensland.

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Of the 44 entries, 16 teams completed the full race distance. The format, five sections totally 26 laps at just over 3km a lap, and the two at a time starts with six vehicles per group, was a hit with competitors and officials alike. The original 5km track was shortened to just over 3km due to the rain and parts of the track being impassable.

With 16 teams scored as finishers, that unfortunately means that 28 teams were laps down or in some cases, ended their weekends racing in the first section. Here’s a snapshot of some of the issues; Troy Duff #103 – axle in section 2; David Loughnan #611 – flat tyre section 2; Braydon Mifsud #626 – rear arm section 4; Aaron Phillis #644 – belt section 2; Brett Morgan #831 – oil cooler hose section 1; Pat Philp #182 – stub axle section 3; Tara Czislowski #6613 – rolled section 3; Andrew Barber #579 – overheating section 4; Stuart Chapman #520 – diff; Steven Orr #351– steering rack; Guy Hicks #163 – clutch; Andrew Murphy #111 – rolled and caught fire; Matt Gardiner #889 – gearbox; Chris and Montanna Western #61 & 61A – engine; Jason Kean #722 – rear shock mounts; Kevy Nott #78 – misfire; Rob Chapman #871 – alternator; Nikki Orr #826 – turbo dislodged and stuck in second gear.

Results can be found here.