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Sunraysia 400 Ready for ARB Round 2
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Friday, 20 April 2018
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Source: Toby Cooper for offroadracing.com.au

This weekend 47 crews will converge on Keera Station, 50km west of Mildura for the second round of the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship, hosted by the Sunraysia Motor Sport Club. With a two race format to be introduced like that of the recent Griffith 400 due to an extended dry summer producing dusty conditions, it will be a far cry from the wet weather that dampened the race last year.

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>A spectacle of off road racing is a guarantee for the weekend with 8 of the top 10 from Griffith taking their place in the field at Keera Station. Round 1 victor Talbot Cox #16 has trekked south again from his North Queensland to lead out the higher powered unlimited machines which includes a large New Zealand contingent. Raana Horan #89 campaigning a Jimco Aussie Special will be eager to bounce back after a disappointing Sunday at Griffith, whilst countrymen John Morgan #54 coming off a 4th placing on his Australian debut and Richard Crabb #98 will be amongst those to watch.

Former Australian Off Road champion Jack Rhodes #91 will make a return to Keera station, so too will last year’s fourth place finisher and Pines Enduro champion Tyler Owen #41. The hard charging Greg Gartner #410 will make his 2018 debut and is sure to be amongst the front runners, likewise local Victorians Aaron James #93, Robert Plant #128, Cameron McClelland #154 and landowner Ivan Robertson #471.

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Steven Graham #1001 will lead the class 10 machines to battle in his Tatum, taking on the likes of Dean McGinley #1087, Griffith class winner David Mendham #1070 and local youngster Tanner James #1093 in his first drive of the recently landed Alumi Craft. Rhett Standen #225 and Declan Cummins #210 are amongst the favourites in class 2, Peter Carr #698 coming off an outright victory at Colo Park in NSW last weekend will be high on confidence, Phil Lovett #666 and Scott Tymkin #647 set to be the biggest rivals.

Others to watch out for include Paul Grant #405 searching for back to back class wins, Darren Vanderwoude #554 looking to get one back on Bernie Clohesy #570 after their titanic duel at Griffith, and Kerry Turley #858 chasing more class silverware though will have to overcome last year’s class 8 champion Owen Ward #801.

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Saturday will see all teams hitting the 10km Prologue course for their qualifying runs followed by classes 2, 3, 5, 6, 66, 7, 8 and 10 competing six laps of the 65km long course through Keera Station, totalling in at 390kms long course distance. The Unlimited, class 1 and 4 teams will greet the starter on Sunday morning for their six laps, with the results from the two days racing merged to give total event result.

Catering will be provided at the track throughout the weekend with a roast dinner available Saturday night. There will be camping available at the track in a designated camping area at a cost of $20 per person over the age of 16 for the weekend. Showers and toilets will be available.

Camping will be in the designated camp area only - there will be NO camping in the pit / paddock area.

So much to look forward to as the second chapter of 2018 unfolds! Stay up to date with the live results across the weekend on offroadracing.com.au.

Event information can be found here.


 

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