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Loveday 250 podium... Whateley, Crabb, Jackson
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Monday, 15 April 2019
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An enthusiastic field of offroaders headed to the Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park in the South Australian Riverland for the opening round of the ARB SAORRA MultiClub Series, the Gawler Road Knights Loveday 250.

Toby Whateley, with Simon Herrmann, Keely Pompling and Gavin Hill sharing the navigating duties in the Can-Am Maverick X3, led from the get go topping the prologue timesheets with a 9.929second lead over the field and winning all but the last of the four races to take home outright victory.

Whateley finished the 7 laps run over four sections in a total time of 2h43m32.513 seconds, saluting the checkered flag with a 2m14.872 lead over the New Zealand single seat entry of Richard Crabb. Crabb, whose #98 Racer Engineering machine was shipped back to New Zealand over the off season to be fitted with a Chev V8 engine, clocked in consistent times as lap by lap he became more at one with the new power plant.

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Taking possession over the off season of the ex Toby Whateley Can-Am Maverick XS, Nick Jackson and Lauren Johnson #655 were on a mission to stay in podium contention. With some very consistent driving and misfortune of others, Jackson and Johnson rounded out the Gawler Road Knights Car Club podium.

South Australian hard chargers Daryl Nissen and Andrew Harness were battling at the pointy end of the field when a slight miscalculation into a corner in the arena saw the Sore buggy on its lid. With the help of recovery, the #164 machine was righted and crossed the finish line, however, the mishap costing 7 minutes and ultimately a podium position; settling for fourth place behind Jackson.

Returning from a 12 month hiatus from racing, the Sydney based father and daughter team of Garry and Amanda Simpson #140 had a trouble free weekend at Loveday to take fifth outright and second in Class 1, just 51seconds behind Nissen.

The sole class 10 entry of Mark Alvino and Jason Hannig finished the #1075 Southern Cross Mark 5 in sixth place ahead of Sam Vanstone with Larissa Jeffery and Steven Vanstone #252 sharing the navigators seat in seventh place.

Mark and Ryder Taylor #256 slotted into eighth with Jason Kane and Shaun Helbers in ninth. Rounding out the top ten and the last car to complete full race distance was Matthew Witmitz and Danny Judge #821.

A very disappoint weekend at the track for Chris and Colin Johnson #122, who were also on target for a top three finish when rear suspension failure into their last lap saw them in the hands of recovery. Ian Barkla and Kym Rodda retired the #860 Ford Maverick at the end of the third race, siting car and driver fatigue. It wasn’t an ideal start to the season for defending class 4 champions John and Blake Smith and Aaron Johnson, suffering two axle failures of the two day event. Engine dramas had Dave Heasman and Richard Hutt #284 out of the race during Sunday’s first section while gearbox failure ended Nev Day and Danny Tulla’s event during the first lap on Saturday.

Andrew and Jayden Carter found an issue with the #458 VW Baja after the first lap and unable to continue racing.

Three teams over the weekend showed that perseverance is the name of the game. #519 Sarah Taylor and Tim Connors were in and out of the pits most of the weekend, finally recording two consecutive laps in the last race of the weekend. With 1h30m of allowed race time for section 4, Taylor greeted the checkered flag with just over 2minutes to spare.

Dave Settle and Christopher Harvey in the first run of the ex Simpson Racing Off Road Rush Truck #404 were having some teething issues and because quite accustomed to the tow rope; power steering belts and transmissions issues on their workshop list for the coming weeks.

Tom Dixon and Jesse McGrath also trekked from Sydney to give the ex Trevor Copeland Jimco #88 a run, however, an electrical gremlin saw them heading back across the border earlier than expected. Dixon did show competitive pace for the two laps the he did complete.

The next round of the ARB SAORRA MultiClub Series, the Symons-Clark Logistics Richard Bennett Memorial Enduro, is schedule for the 4-5th May at Parilla in the South Australian Mallee - event information can be found here.

Results for the Gawlwer Road Knights Loveday 250 can be found here.