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Wynarka Day 1... Curtis, Gallard, Murdock
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Saturday, 10 August 2019
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Photographer: Jesse Barnes

The field of 40 starters at the Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro were faced with wet and wild conditions as they greeted the starter for the fifth round of the ARB SAORRA Multi Club Series today.

Rain in the preceding days left the track damp but the overnight showers and hail confirmed to all that it was going to be a hard muddy day at the office for the diehard offroaders.

Mother Nature turned on hail first up this morning, then the sun broke through, to be followed by more showers. The day alternated between sunshine and showers but the cold southerly wind was a constant.

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None the less, 40 teams took to the 5km prologue track to fight for pole positions. It was the Victorian entry of Robert Plant and Ryan Burr #128 who sat at the top of the prologue time sheets, the young ProLite driver punching above his weight class in a field of some pretty hot Pro and Extreme 2WD contenders.

In a battle of the ProLites Matt Curtis and Brad Traynor #136 slotted the GCR Rhino into second ahead of the Pro buggy of Travis Milburn #77 just half a second behind Curtis.

Prologue fourth place went to Brad and Paris Gallard #454 with Tanner James #1093 rounding out the top five for the Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro Prologue.

It was always going to be a hard six laps for section 1 which was six 20km laps but 24 crews managed to complete the 120km section.

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Heading into the overnight break Matt Curtis and Brad Traynor #136 lead the Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro holding a 9.7second lead over Brad and Paris Gallard #454; the two at a time start will be one to see between these two at 9:30am tomorrow morning

Andrew and Fletcher Murdock, in just the fifth run of his recently acquired #66 Element Prodigy rounded out the Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro Saturday top three.

Todd Lehman and Jeff Tucker #85 secured fourth place with Tanner James #1093 holding onto his fifth prologue placing.

The 16 teams on the DNF list included some heavyweight South Australian racers along with some new names. The Victorian team of brothers Joseph and Jourdain Patterson had made the trip across the border only to suffer engine failure on the dyno yesterday in the #175 Fusion Off Road ProLite machine.

Electrical issues were a common thread today with the muddy conditions taking its toll on machinery and crew alike.

Daryl Nissen #164, Connor Smith #415 and Rich Andrews #137 were all sidelined with electrical issues while Nev Day #197 was out with engine failure, Shannyn Fitzgerald #209 had overheating dramas, James Anderson #27 cracked the sump and #999 Trevor Copeland in his long awaited return had a throttle cable drama.

With 8 continuous laps of the 20km course remaining, who will sit at the top of the leaderboard come the drop of the checkered flag tomorrow?

Stay up to date with the Century Batteries Wynarka Enduro via the live results on offroadracing.com.au