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Runamuk Strikes at Goondiwindi
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Monday, 02 September 2019
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In what was a nail biting finish at the 2019 Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400, Round 2 of the 2019 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship, with just 2.299 seconds separating first and second outright at the completion of 400kms, of one of the toughest off road racing tracks in the country.

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New South Wales hard chargers Bryce Chapman and Mitch Warren #58 in their cranky Runamuk Racing V8 Jimco were sitting nicely in second place with a 6 second deficit to Jason and Kristy Richards #119, however a last minute surge and a miscue by Richards saw Chapman secure his biggest victory to date by a narrow 2.99 seconds. Richards, in his Class 1 Chenowth, was having the dream run Sunday after overnight leader Talbot Cox #16 ran into crank angle sensor dramas, he carried the lead into the final lap but fell heartbreakingly short to Chapman.

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South Australian’s Aaron and Liz Haby #57 weren’t far off the pace, rounding out the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 Podium in third place, 1m40seconds adrift of Richards. After prologuing in 9th, the Haby’s were over the moon with another podium finish in their 2019 campaign which places them second outright in the championship behind Talbot Cox heading into the final round, the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro in just over two weeks time.

Daniel Wells #1008 had his best run to date in his new Honda powered Tatum Class 10 machine finishing in fourth outright with a class victory ahead of Terry and Lucy Molloy #970 who likewise posted their best outright position in their Element Prodigy.

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Luke Ayers and Brenton Thomson #59 were the first Queensland crew across the line in sixth place, Western Australian Brent Smoothy #447 made his trip worthwhile with a solid seventh outright in the maiden Australian race for his Geiser Bros Trophy Truck; Dean Meginley #1087 crossed in eighth, local star Jamie Knight #439 was consistent as ever in ninth with round one Stackpoole victor Talbot Cox #16 rounding out the top ten.

Bryce Chapman also took the Unlimited class honours ahead of Haby and Molloy, whilst Jason Richards took home the Class 1 trophy after a dominant performance over Victorian Tim Culing #106 in second and Tony Fehlhaber #138 in third, who was rewarded for his perseverance over the weekend.

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The Standen’s were dominant in the Class 2 battle, Rhett #225 took home the win over Dale #203 and local Mick Phillips #242 in third. Young gun Taylor Teichmann #364 snared the Class 3 silverware after completing all laps, Steven Orr #351 in second and Aaron Nicoll #305 completed the podium.

Incredibly only three out of the ten crews who started the Class 4 battle finished full race distance. Brent Smoothy #447 finished it the quickest for a maiden Goondiwindi Class victory, Jamie Knight #439 secured another podium finish in front of a proud local crowd, with Paul Grant #402 rewarded for a strong weekend in third.

Michael Ranson #507 took honours in Class 5 ahead of Scott Hopkins #592 and Matt Gardiner #589. Sybrand de Klerk #652 continued his love affair with the Goondiwindi track with a powerful Class 6 victory, fellow Queenslander Robert Scott #606 held down second whilst Ryan Jones #612 finished in third.

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Jodie Allen #778 lit up Class 7 with a win, whilst Daniel Wells #1008, Dean Meginley #1087 and Jason Keane #1013 were honoured in Class 10. Christian Trusz #816 continued his brilliant 2019 with the Class 8 title over Andrew Theologhidis #844 in second and Stuart Chapman #815 in third.

Chris Land #6680 was the only Class 66 to complete all laps thus rewarded with the win in his Yamaha, Gary Taylor #6674 took his Polaris to second ahead of Mitchell Cross #6669 in third.

37 crews completed full race distance with the list of DNF’s including some notable names – John Morgan #54 (Engine) when running in top five, Russell Hartnett #245 (Axle), Clayton Chapman #15 (Oil Fire) also while running in the top five, Ryan Taylor #24 (Engine), Greg Gartner #410, Jeff McNiven #604 (No drive), Michael Marson #32 (hit tree), Michael Collins #12, Kris Booth #472 (Engine), Aaron James #93 (Torque Converter), Troy Duff #124, and Luke Hall #488 (Transmission).

The 2019 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship bandwagon now turns its attention to the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro 400 to be run over the 20-22nd of September in Millicent. Stay Tuned!

Event results can be found here.

Source: Toby Cooper for offroadracing.com.au



 

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