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Thrilling Finish to Thornton Short Course
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Monday, 25 February 2019
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A thrilling finish topped off a weekend of off road racing at the Thornton Short Course run through the foothills of the Lockyer Valley. bscc

Hosted by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club, the opening round of the Lockyer Short Course Series saw Sybrand De Klerk #652 take home the outright honours silverware, stopping the time clock with just a 3 tenths of a second lead over David Loughnan #611. De Klerks time of 1h35m32.80seconds just held of a last heat charge from Loughnan who clocked in at 1h35m33.10seconds. Pulse Racing’s Rob Scott #606 rounded out the Thornton Short Course podium just under 2 minutes shy of Loughnan in 1h37m10.10seconds.

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In a Side by Side weighted field, Can-Am machines dominated the top six outright position, the machines suited to the dry and dusty condition. Greg Guliandi #607slotted his Can-Am into fourth place with Rohan Williams #661 in fifth and Michael Schneider #664 in sixth.

Campbell Smith in the #499 Extreme 2WD Trophy Truck clocked in consistent laps to take seventh place with Gary Taylor #6674 taking eighth. Russell Towers #946 sats in ninth outright ahead of Callam and Jack MacNamara #842 rounding out the Thornton Short Course top ten.

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Andrew Barber and the Raemous Rover Nissan Navara #579 finished in 11th place and the last team to complete full race distance.

The DNF list was consistent with many teams succumbing to flat tyres from the rocky course. Darren Barker #676 campaign ended when a wheel parted company with the Can-Am. Pat Philp #182 had C issues while Guy Hicks #163 suffered gearbox dramas. Chris Rosch #637 had belt issues, ultimately succumbing to gearbox failure while David Ellsworth #608 had engine intake dramas on Saturday but managed to resolve the problem to take to the track for Sunday’s racing.

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At the tender age of 70 Ross Newman made his debut into off road racing; unfortunately, after completing four heats, the #6681 Yamaha YXZ 1000R suffered from deflated tyres and was unable to complete the final heat.

Zac Marsh had double entered the #6644 Polaris with wife Brook Kelly and after he used all the spare tyres in the opening heats, withdrew to allow Brook to continue racing.

Event results can be found here.