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2 weekends, 2 podiums for Nissen and Harness
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Monday, 29 October 2018
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Photographer: Danny Hanrahan

In an event where the lead changed hands three time in the final laps, Mr Consistency Daryl Nissen with Andrew Harness in the co-driver’s seat, were the first to salute the checkered flag at the Loveday 350. Nissen and Harness #164 capitalised on the misfortune of Toby Whateley and Garry Turnbull to finish the ten lap, 350km event, at the top of the time sheets in a total time of 3h587m39s.

Toby Whateley and Simon Herman #621 started the Loveday 350 day two first outright on combined times, however, they stopped to change a belt on the first lap of the fifth race, losing four minutes which they were unable to make up, in the end relegating them to second place come the drop of the checkered flag.

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The father and daughter team of Garry and Tamara Turnbull where chasing Whateley from the outset and moved into first place when Whateley stopped to change the belt in the Cam-Am Maverick. As the Turnbull team crossed the finish line to chalk up their penultimate ninth lap, the good money was on Turnbull to bring the #79 Aceco home for the win. The tides turned half was through their last lap when an engine gremlin came to light. Wanting to preserve the power plant, Turnbull took the wise option and stopped, forgiving the victory.

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Nissen and Harness, who had been clocking in extremely consistent lap times, cruised to the checkered flag, taking their second podium finish in consecutive weekends after their second place at the David Larter Memorial Day Night Enduro in the Beachport sand dunes last weekend.

The Loveday 350 was the final round of the Element Off Road AORRA South Australian Off Road Racing Championship, which saw Todd Lehmann taking home the impressive silverware after amassing enough points with his third outright at the Loveday 350. Lehmann and Brad Ross were just 37seconds off the total time pace of Whateley and Hermann; after the #85 Bullet machine had a precautionary stop on Saturday’s lap four to check an overheating issue, losing 3 minutes. On completing the section, on returning to the pits, they team diagnosed a failing alternator to be the cause of the overheating.

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Chris and Colin Johnson slotted the #122 into fourth place with Doc John Smith, who was sharing the driving duties with son Blake of the #401 Smith Racing Mark 1 with Daniel Williams in the navigators seat for the weekend. Doc John has had an impressive 2018, finishing every event entered with a podium position, and taking the Class 4 win of the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship.

13 of the 23 starters completed full race distance and with an impressive field from across multiple states, including teams out of Alice Springs, it was said more than once at presentation that the Loveday track is one of the best tracks in the country.

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Alan Dixon and Jonathan O’Connor were placing consistently in the top five and spent time in the hot work area fixing the front end before the final race, unfortunately, rear end failure and the parting of a wheel saw the Victorian team in the hands of recovery.

Any event has its share of DNFs; the Loveday 350 was no different. Paul Goddard and Sheree Harris deserve a mention. In the debut drive of the #840 Nissan GQ SWB Patrol, they certainly gave the recovery crews the most work over the event; needing to be towed to the pits on three occasions with the Patrol continually breaking fan belts. Looks like it is back to the drawing board for the team.

Another team to be afflicted with overheating issues was fellow Class 8 competitors Matthew and Sean Wayne; the Toyota Hilux #866 not completely the first of Saturday’s two lap section, but returning to the track for section two, managing to complete 6 laps before the fuel pump gave way on the line up grid for the last section.

Mick Fraser with sons Toby and Jack sharing the navigating duties clocked in four laps before a broken front arm found between sections ended their weekend.

An unfortunate day at the track for the Jackson brothers; Harry and Nick, racing their late father’s Can-Am X3 #677 rolled after what appeared to be rear end failure from the in car footage.

17 Trophy Karts were also trackside, putting on seven very entertaining heats between the off road sections.

Results can be found here