2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship
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2018 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship
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Gartner takes his maiden Waikerie Victory
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Monday, 16 July 2018
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Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings after 325km of the gruelling off road racing today have claimed their maiden outright victory at the Waikerie Hotel ARB Riverland 300.

Garner and Jennings, after starting the Ford F150 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck #410 out of fifth place, pressed on hard and fast, and capitalised on the misadventures of those that started before them to top the time sheets in a total time of 3.07.33.

Second and third outright was a family affair with Brent Martin and Jimmy Boyle #120 taking second outright over Brent’s Dad Craig Martin and Ben Dawson #25; the time difference just 43 seconds between son and father. Today’s efforts will firmly cement Brent’s placing at the top of the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship point score as we head into the penultimate round in five weeks time at Goondiwindi.

The format of the event including the option to take the one hour service break at your own discretion. Strategy played a part and so did Lady Luck. Craig Martin was the first in the field of 66 starters to take his one hour service break, pitting at the end of lap one when a power steering hose failed. The team used the hour service break to replace the hose and send the #25 Alpha on its way to attack the remaining four laps where Martin put in a solid drive but not quite enough to snatch second place.

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Continuing on with the family theme, the Haby brothers made a rare appearance in the same race car. Carl Haby took the wheel of the #456 Geiser Brothers Trophy Truck with brother Aaron, who’s more akin to driving his own Unlimited machine, in the navigator’s seat. The Haby’s firmly landed in fourth outright and second in class 4.

Part of the Western Australian contingent that headed to Waikerie Hotel ARB Riverland 300 was the husband and wife pairing of Troy and Deb Schoen, recording very consistent lap times to round out the top five and secure second in class.

James, Zach and Teish Lochert in the #171 Toyota powered Rids Race Frame Joker continued the family theme taking out sixth outright and second in class 1. The Lochert’s were given a compassionate time allowance for stopping and rendering assistance to fellow competitors involved in an accident a short distance into their final lap.

Jason Richards with son Samuel performing the navigating duties were next to cross the finish line, taking seventh outright and third in class. Just 27.5seconds behind the Richards duo was Far North Queenslanders Paul White and Katie Schrodter; securing eighth outright and third in class. The #73 GET Performance Carbon Series buggy’s weekend however, was not without issues, the team working into the night to replace a broken valve spring in the Chev LS2 power plant found during a maintenance check after yesterday’s prologue.

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The Smith family with Dad Brett having his hands firmly on the steering wheel, had siblings Deanna and Corey navigating in their #161 Southern Cross Next Gen built by Brett’s Dad Bob Strawbridge, slotted into ninth place, a mere 9.7 seconds ahead of tenth place.

Rounding out the top ten was the single seat Racer Engineering machine of New Zealander Richard Crabb.

In a tight battle in Class 5 Darran Vanderwoude and Daniel Ziembinski #554 edged out Bernie Clohesy and Stuart Amos #570 for first in class and 15th and 16th outright respectively. With just 1m57s separating the pair after over three and a half hours of racing, with two events left on the calendar and put Stephen Watkins in the mix, it’s going to be an exciting second half for Class 5 in the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship.

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Defending Class 2 champions Daniel Wells and Luc Price were back together with the team taking 18th outright and first in class adding to their 2018 points total. Roydon and Lochlan Bailey finished just behind Wells to secure first in class 6 and 19th outright in the #622 Can-Am Maverick.

Class 8 was another tight contest with Owen Ward and Daniel Harris #801 coming out on top over Kerry and Stephanie Turley #858.

70 competitors from all corners of Australia entered the event and attempted the prologue. 66 teams greeted the start lights for Sunday’s race proper, heading off on the 325km endurance race with 28 of those competing the full five laps.

Full event results can be found here.