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Wynarka Erupts with 42 cars from 3 states
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Tuesday, 06 August 2019
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Source: Mark Taylor

This weekend the eyes of the world will be on the sleepy little South Australian Mallee town of Wynarka. Come August, the Wynarka Enduro comes to town, supported by the Karoonda Lions Club, which has run the catering since the races inception.

The 4th round of the ARB SAORRA Multi Club series on August 10th & 11th will be the 35th running of the Wynarka Enduro and the Summit Racing Team Car Club will again partner with a great Australian icon, Century Batteries as major sponsor. As it has done since 2015.

The field that has assembled for this event is once again very strong, with teams coming from SA, Vic and NSW

10 Pro class cars will be on the grid; Kieren Kelly (28) comes to Wynarka this year, looking for some redemption after the disappointment of last year’s race. Kieren has the pace to take the event. James Anderson (27) has his second hit out in his Rivmaster; the boy can drive fast, and will be looking to see where he and his machine settle in the field. Past outright winner Brenton Forsyth (48) will be looking to pick up where he left off, the boy is fast and has track smarts, look for him in the top 4 on the grid. Dean Carter (18) is coming up from Robe in his Chenoweth, looking for a solid run, now some bugs have been ironed out, he was a really fast peddler in S1650 in the ARB series last year, and expect him to mix it with the best Pro buggies this weekend. Todd Lehmann (85) is ready for action, Todd is there and thereabout every race, the past Mumbannar champion will be looking to knock some of the Pro competitors down a peg. Brett Rogers (94) will be looking for a clean run in his new car and see where he sits in the class. Trevor Copeland (999) returns from a 4 year hiatus, a 2 time winner of this event, Trevor will be looking for a clean run and to come home strong. Shaun Klingberg (985) returns to Wynarka after 10 years. After taking on the best the South East have to offer at the Mumbannar 160 in May. He will be in the mix from the start. Andy Murdoch (66) will be looking to expand on his win at Mumbannar, and stretch the legs of the Element Prodigy on the Wynarka straights. Andy is defiantly one to watch for a podium finish. Brenton Gallasch (60) will be hoping for a good finish and clean run in his newly acquired Southern Cross, expect his lap times to come down over the weekend. Travis Milburn (77) looks like he may return to Wynarka in the Chenoweth single seater, this is a very quick car and in Trav’s hands will look to top the time sheets for prologue, to set him up for the weekend racing.

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The Prolite field hits 10 entries, which shows the strength of this class and casting an eye over the field, any one of them could take the #1 class trophy home, 2017 SAORRA #1 Chris Johnson (122) is pretty quick and on his home track, Chris is pumping out some good results lately and will be pushing hard. Matt Curtis (136) another past SAORRA Champion is a force to be reckoned with, on his day he is the quickest Prolite in SA, and he will be up the pointy end. Daryl Nissan (164) started out of 6 last year and loves this track, has the pace to run with the best. Richard Andrews (137) was 4th outright here last year, the car is now super reliable and is a quiet achiever, expect to see him challenging the front runners. Neville Day (197) will be looking for a clean run, without issues, he knows this track like the back of his hand, and will be quick around the place, expect a good result. Adam Bierl (111) has just switched to Prolite from SXS Turbo, his car has plenty of suspension, really suited to the Wynarka track, Adam only has one pace and will be one to watch for some excitement. Plant It Racing will hit Wynarka with both barrels, with Mellool winner Robert Plant (128) and Brett Plant (127), looking for some success. Both boys will have the art of surprise on the competition, and with previous results over the last couple of years, they have the ability to shake this class up. South Western Victorian local, Joseph Patterson (175) has his first run at Wynarka, Joseph has just had the motor rebuilt after his run at Rainbow earlier in the season and will be looking for a good run and measure himself up against the south Aussies. Sam Daniele (176) in his single seater is a regular at Wynarka, and normally has a good run here; the large Prolite field assembled will give him a great chance for some battles all weekend.

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Super 1650 have 9 runners and have all the big players returning this year, which will really open up this class race. Leading the charge is Hadyn Vanstone (253) in his new Joker’s 2nd outing; Hadyn isn’t one to sit back so expect him to give it all from the flag drop. Nick Burt (234) with a newly sorted gearbox will be the one to watch, he has been running at the front of Class 2 all year, and will look to stay there. Shannyn Fitzgerald (209) the smiling assassin, Shannyn is always smiles and chats in the pits, but come race time ….look out.. Fierce competitor in a class winning car, my tip for the class win. Mark Taylor (256) after some niggling issues this season, seems to have it sorted, at his home track of Wynarka he is hoping to impress and battle for track position. Justin Battersby (231) showed at Port Germein he is on the money in this class, Justin is getting quicker and quicker every event, has the car and skill to be up the pointy end, expect a solid run. Mick “Surfie” Surfield (257) is a class leader, and has the car to take the class by the scruff of the neck and give it a shake. Expect to see him leading the class over the weekend. Sam Vanstone (252) has his car sorted and is running sweet, he is the dark horse in this field, sooner or later he will become a dominant force in Super 1650….let’s hope is sooner. Simon Tucker (220) will be looking to keep the form that he has held at Parilla and Finke this year. A class win is not beyond him, but a tough journey to the top of Super 1650 awaits him. Travis Telford (281) will be keen to get himself behind the wheel and settle into some off road racing, the car has the pace to run with the class best, I suspect getting a feel for the track will be in order first.

Extreme 2WD dishes up 4 Trophy Trucks, Robbie Ward (426) will be looking for a solid run at Wynarka, he loves this track and in the cars 2nd outing, will be looking for a good result, Robbie is exciting when he races, so will put on a good show. John “Doc” Smith (401) returns to Wynarka again this time with the 401 plate on top of the car, John is having some really good runs lately and will look for the class win again. Brad Gallard (454) hasn’t been back to Wynarka since 2012 after his win at Finke in 2012. Brad is always quick and exciting, as an outright contender he will not only challenge his class but the Pro and Prolite buggies. Connor Smith (415) has new rear suspension all tested and tuned, and will be looking to shake up the class a bit, Conner only knows one speed, and with the new setup won’t feel the bumps.

Performance 2WD will be a great battle, Jeff Loader (513) is currently sitting on top of the class points table, and will be looking to extend that lead, the Chevara is quick and Jeff knows this track well. Jeff won’t have it all his own way though, with Darran Vanderwoude (554) hitting the track, the Colorado has proven itself in the national rounds to be on the money, and this weekend will be no different. With Jeff and Darran pedalling the 2 fastest Class 5’s in SA, the game will be on. Rachael Kretschmer (555) will be in charge of the F-Truck this weekend. This truck is the goods and Rachael will be keen to put it through its paces. Can’t wait to see this truck barrelling down the front straight. James Priestly (588) in the White BA Falcon unfortunately is a withdrawal, due to a damaged transmission during testing.

SXS Superlites, Perri Guidolin (699) has updated from the Can-Am Maverick to the X3 this season which has seen better speed and more confidence. Perri will be looking to chase down the slower cars as the laps go on this weekend. Perri is smashing her PB lap times this season, which is great to see.

The battle of the Extreme 4WD will erupt again. The ever likeable Ian Barkla (860) will be looking for his 3rd straight Wynarka title this year. The car is well prepared and ready for action. Ian will be joined in the class by Matthew Witmitz (821), who after having a great season is leading the class points and has just returned from a successful run at the Finke Desert race. This will be a great battle, and don’t be surprised if the paint is rubbed.

Class 10 Sportslite, will certainly be interesting, hailing all the way from NSW is Tanner James (1093). Tanner will be looking to continue his run of good finishes in the US races and Mellool earlier in the year. Expect to see him at the end, and up the rankings. Adrian Gardiner (1055) after a great run at Finke this year is primed to take on all-comers. After some suspension issues last year, it is all sorted now and ready for action. Mark Alvino (1075) is currently sitting on top op of the SAORRA point score, and won’t be giving away track position easily. Mark will be pushing hard and keeping Adrian and Tanner honest.

With 8 Teams being serious outright contenders, the 2019 Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro will be red hot from the start of prologue to the end of Sunday’s racing. Any one of these teams could sit on pole for race start Saturday afternoon, and the top 10 on the grid will be separated by not only seconds but hundredths. The first 6 laps on Saturday will be a sprint for these teams, to ensure good track position for Sunday’s race.

Make sure you are on the fence somewhere between the start of turn 1 and the end of turn 2, for the best action at the start of the race. Turn 1 is nice and wide, so 2 cars side by side at full noise will be seen, but Turn 2 is only 1 car wide, so someone will need to give track position.

You can guarantee that spectators will get their money’s worth at this race (free to get in) as some of the best Off Roaders in Southern Australia are here to give their all. Make sure you get yourself down the end of the start straight or at the back of the campsite for the best view of the track; Cars will be passing you 4 times per lap, (that’s better than the Clipsal…..) so you can follow all the action. Action starts with Prologue at 12pm Saturday, 6 racing laps at 2:30pm and an 8 lap straight Enduro (No toilet breaks) starting 9:30am Sunday. Canteen will be open all weekend (no Saturday tea)

Century Batteries have provided give aways for the kids and spectators, which is located next to the canteen.