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The Denise Gosden Memorial Ladies and Juniors preview
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Saturday, 13 October 2018
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Source: Mark Taylor

What a cracking race we have happening at the Wynarka Enduro track this Sunday. Yes it may be true that there are only 8 entrants, but we don’t think the field could be any closer.

Normally there are always a few walk up starts for outright honours, but not this year. In no particular order, here is a breakdown of the competitor list.

Lauren Andrews driving the Woftam Prolite, has plenty of power and suspension to use; however, being her first drive of the family machine, does car control and speed run in the family.

Tanya Wales has travelled all the way from Sydney to compete. After not being in the driver’s seat of a buggy for a few years, the opportunity to drive probably the most consistent Prolite in the state, she will impress. The Mantiss Mk2 / Mitsubishi combination is a great car around this track with good top end speed and manovability. Tanya is probably our most experienced driver this year, and may be hard to catch.

Jarrah Taylor returns to her fourth Ladies and Juniors event straight, driving the Cobra / Mazda Super 1650, and her first one actually having a civil drivers licence. Jarrah has been on the pace over the years, but now after mastering the clutch and manual gearbox in a road car since January, will be even quicker. Jarrah will surprise some, and likely herself.

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Lynda Miller is making the haul from Warrnambool in the Southern Cross Super 1650. After a good showing at Moyston, she will be keen to see how she fairs against the South Australian cars. The Super 1650 class has been a pretty competitive class as an outright contender at this event over the years. Lynda will at least have the surprise factor over the field.

Millie Vanderwoude is a newcomer to this event, spending most of her time navigating the Colorado / L98 V8, but it is now her turn to shine. At her first event she will be looking for a clean run, and take home some silverware. Millie will be in the Holden v Ford tin top battle in Performance 2WD and will be flying the Holden flag high.

Next in our Holden v Ford battle is Kimberley Hille, driving the Big Black F-Truck powered by the BOSS 302. This is Kimberly’s run at the Ladies and Juniors after running the Wynarka track in the 2016 event. This is Kimberly’s first race in the F100, but has the experience to make it look good. Don’t be surprised to see her up in the placings, as the Wynarka straights and softer sand sections will suit the car.

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Our dark horse of the event is Lachlan Turley; the boy seems to have form at the moment, taking an outright win at Broken Hill a couple of weeks ago. The turbo CanAm X3RS has the speed, suspension and grunt to lead this field, as the car will gobble up the straights, whoops and tight stuff with ease. Lachlan seems to have the goods on paper; does he have it on the track come Sunday?

Shaydon Witmitz is swapping seats this weekend, and giving Grover the Land Rover its orders. Shaydon is no stranger to the Ladies and Juniors Enduro, competing over the last couple of years, a consistent drive will deliver the results he is after, and don’t be supposed to see him enter this tin top battle that Millie and Kimberley have created.

If after reading this you are not convinced that this will be a close race, we are missing something.

If you want to see a great event and support those people that sit in the wings (Navigators seat) for most of the year, come along for a good day out. The Karoonda Lions club will be putting on a canteen, so please support them.