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Massive Field Set for Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400
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Friday, 16 August 2019
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Source: Toby Cooper for offroadracing.com.au

A huge line up of teams has rolled into the QLD border town of Goondiwindi over the past couple of days for the 2019 edition of the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400. This weekend’s event, which will see 91 crews tackle the infamous Gundy melon holes, stands as the second and penultimate round of the 2019 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship and Round 5 of the 2019 Mickey Thompson Tires AORRA QLD Off-road Racing Championship.

Last year it was the #1 Alumni Craft of Danny Brown who edged out his father Andy at one of Australia’s toughest races, though with Brown not lining up this weekend it opens the gate for a new champion!

With the extreme dry and dusty conditions once again set to play a factor, a spectacle of off road racing is guaranteed with seven of the top ten outright championship contenders entered, spearheaded by the recent Griffith champion Talbot Cox #16. Current ARB champion Brent Martin #1 will be again aiming for a strong Goondiwindi showing, a third outright at the event last year was the cornerstone to his 2018 success.

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North Queenslander Cox led for the majority of last year’s Goondiwindi until late dramas meant they had to settle for fifth; he will no doubt be amongst the front runners again come race day. Cox will not have it his own way though, with an abundance of outright contenders set to throw their name down for the title. Current second place sitter in the championship race Michael Marson #32 is eager to continue his good form, so too is South Australian Aaron Haby #57 who returns to Goondiwindi after a few year hiatus.

2017 champion Aaron James #93 will be back in the house in the Jamesprint Alumni Craft looking to return to the winners circle; the ever entertaining Bryce Chapman #58 will look to make some noise in the Runamuk Jimco, likewise Ryan Taylor #24 who has entered the team’s Tatum. Other notable Unlimited competitors include the recent Donnybrook Short Course Champion Clayton Chapman #15, Michael Collins #12 and New Zealand’s John Morgan #54 and Richard Crabb #98 who are all genuine contenders.

Along with Brent Martin #1, there is a strong competitive array of Class 1 machines looking to stamp their authority. Young gun Troy Duff #124 has been relentless in his Jimco 2000, and there is no reason why he can’t go all the in 2019. Tony Fehlhaber #138 is another who was low flying in 2018- sitting second at the end of day one, he has all the gear to take him to the podium. Jason Richards #119 out of New South Wales is another to watch in the bright yellow Chenowth Millennium.

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Goondiwindi has had a strong connection with high flying Class 4 trophy trucks with the success of Brad Gallard over the years, this year will be no exception. Last weekend’s Rainbow Enduro Champion Greg Gartner #410 has returned to Goondiwindi in his Geiser Bro’s Truck and is undoubtedly one of the race favourites this weekend – one to watch out for. Victorian Luke Hall #488 is his home built Chev Silverado is another who lives his racing weekends on the edge, consistently fast at any race track especially Goondiwindi which he has no doubt taken a liking to.

Other Class 4’s to watch for include Paul Youman #427 current class championship leader, Victorian Damien Nicol #430, the immaculate GET Performance TT of Kris Booth #472 and the ever consistent local legend Jamie Knight #439.

Dean McGinley #1087 and his Tatum will spearhead the Class 10 contingent, a solid top 10 outing at his local Griffith race places him in good stead heading into Goondiwindi. Daniel Wells #1008 is another to watch in his single seat Tatum likewise Chris Boon #1091 who has made the long trek up from Tasmania.

Rhett #225 and Dale Standen #203 will lead out the Class 2 crews at Goondiwindi though will face some stiff competition from local driver Mick Phillips #242, Russell Hartnett #245 and Peter Smith #222.

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Steven Orr #351 will head into Goondiwindi with the Class 3 championship lead after an impressive Griffith debut, although Aaron Nicoll #305 and Taylor Teichmann #364 will be out to spoil their fellow Queenslanders party this weekend. A small field of four have entered the Class 5 battle, Tyler Youman #527 will look to shake off a disappointing Griffith campaign in style through will face a fas peddling Michael Ranson #507, Matt Gardiner #589 and Scott Hopkins #592.

The ever popular Class 6 field is again one to watch this weekend, as it continues to grow in size. Last year Jeff McNiven #604 denied the odds to finish fourth outright at the gruelling event, leaving the Gold Coast based crew one of the favourites for the class again this weekend. Others to keep eyes on include, Phil Lovett #697 who was super impressive in the opening round at Griffith, Sybrand De Klerk #652 who is having a huge 2019, Greg Gualandi #607, young gun Brayden Mifsud #626 and Michael Schneider #664.

Stuart Chapman #815 will campaign the Chapman’s Mitsubishi Triton in Class 8, alongside last year’s class champion Steven Kildey #812, Christian Trusz #816 and Lucas Yates #864 who are expected to be his biggest threats.

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Jodie Allen #778 is the sole competitor in Class 7, whilst Chris Land #6680, Gary Taylor #6674 and Kane Hope #6631 headline the Class 66 field. This weekend will also see an invitational Aust4 class take to the track, with seven entries it is going to be interesting to see where they sit at the weekend’s completion.

Who knows what the weekend will hold; though one thing for sure is competitors have 400km of brutal, harsh off road terrain between them and the chequered flag. With the ARB Australian Off-Road Championship, QLD Championship and Goondiwindi silverware on offer, this year’s edition poses as one of the best yet.

Stay up to date with live results across the weekend on offroadracing.com.au!


 

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