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Matt Curtis wins Guidolin Carpentry SGORA 200
Sunday, 23 June 2019
Good rain falls in the lead up to this weekend left the 17km course in near perfect racing conditions for the Guidolin Carpentry SGORA 200. After reconnaissance and the first few laps of racing on Saturday, the standing water had disperse and the cars had broken through to the damp subsoil with times improving lap after lap.

With the field covering nearly all the classes and a mixture of top gun buggies through to the regular State runners, the 28 teams entered enjoyed the best that the Port Germein track had to offer.

It was young gun Matt Curtis and Brad Traynor who shone through to take the outright victory. Matt sat in second place after the running of the qualifying lap on Saturday, which also counted towards a competitors total race time, behind Todd Lehmann and Aaron Bermingham #85. Toby Whateley and Simon Hermann #621 slotting into third place; just half a second behind in fourth was Jason Peel and William Young #44 ahead of Andrew and Fletcher Murdoch #66.

Unfortunately for Lehmann, in the second run of the ex Joe Bulmer Jimco, rolled during the last lap of Saturday’s three lap Section 2. The front-runners to follow were all given time as they momentarily stopped for a welfare check on the crew before being given the ‘we’re OK thumbs up’.

From that moment, Curtis and Traynor took the event lead and although being chased down, drove a consistently quick race to take outright honours.

Overnight second placed Andrew and Fletcher Murdock found an issue with the throttle position sensor and were unable to greet the start lights this morning to defend their second place. A great effort though for the second drive of their recently purchased Element Off Road Prodigy #66.

With the retirement of Murdock, Jason Peel and William Young #44 moved into second place, 52 seconds of the pace of Curtis. Chris and Colin Johnson #122 rounded out the Guidolin Carpentry SGORA 200 podium, saluting the checkered flag with the narrowest of margins, just 0.310 seconds ahead of Toby Whateley and Simon Herman. Hamish Lochert, driving Rich Andrews #137 WOTFAM with Lauren and Jamie Andrews sharing the navigating duties, rounded out the top five.

Of the 28 entries, 18 completed full race distance. #111 Adam Bierl and Nyree Burmingham were dicing at the pointy end of the field, inline for a podium finish when they misjudged a corner, putting the southern Cross gently on it’s side infront of the spectator mound, ending their run, Clutch issued halted Sarah Taylor and Ash Gerhardy #519 during Saturdays Section 2; the team affixing repairs overnight to come out of the box steaming this morning and clocking in the full 8 laps for section 3.

Charlie Edwards was also having clutch issues however, it was a rather scenic hole in the engine that ended his day at Port Germein. Miss fires were all the rage with Andrew Fitzgerald #902, Mick Fraser #166 and Robbie Ward #426 all out with miss firing dramas.

Nev Day succumbed to diff failure during the last lap on Saturday to spend his Sunday as a spectator.

Following the cancellation of the Waikerie Enduro, the next round of the South Australia Off Road Racing Association’s Multi Club Series will be at Wynarka on 10-11 August.

A big thank you to the Spencer Gulf Off Road Association members and to Ian Barkla for a great weekend of off road racing through the South Australian mid north.

Results can be found here.