Date: Saturday 9th September, 2017
Event Location: Moyston Race Track
No. of Enries: 12 Competitors
After some wild weather in the weeks leading up to Saturday's SAMBA METAL WORKS
MALLEE SHIELD SHORT COURSE held at Moyston near Ararat, hosted by Geelong Off Road Buggy Association, race day dawned without a cloud in the sky.
12 teams ended up starting the event with 6 of those being Prolites. Split into 2 groups who were to do 3 heats each of 7 laps. Heat one saw the Prolites battling it out with Cam McClellan 154 showing some good speed only slightly slower than Eric Schlifelner 155 fastest in the heat, and Rod Visser 157 always looming ready to pounce. Glenn Wilkinson 124 after being late arriving after some unforeseen trouble was trying to make up time and had a light roll over just before the creek culvert.
The second group went out hard with Mark Smith 466 putting in some good times, Tim Harris 440 was out early with brake problems and Lachlan Mountjoy 555 broke a front hub losing a wheel. Tim Walker 371 had the wick wound up putting in some great times.
After lunch with McClellan 154, Tim Harris 440, Lachlan Mountjoy 555 and Michael Saggers 374 all out of the event it was decided to run the field together for the last 2 heats. The next heat saw Eric Schlifeiner 155 showing a clean set of heals and Rod Visser 157 always not far behind. Dave Davis 161 started to get into the rhythm and Glen Wilkinson 124 was going hard. Mark and Suzie Smith 466 looked to be having a ball in the Smith tech Baja and Tim Walker 371 was going really well in the 3 series car.
For the last heat race leader Eric Schlifelner 155 had to pull out because of an oil leak , This created a ding dong battle between Rod Visser 157 and Dave Davis 161 with Dave beating Rod by just 4 seconds in the heat. Mark Smith 466 had gearbox issues and only had third gear for this heat and did a great job putting in his best heat time of the event. Glenn Wilkinson 124 kept punching and finished up 12 seconds behind Smith in the heat . Tim Walker 371 did a great job as did Darren Ingham 152 silently circulating all day. Craig Button 469 also kept running all day without a hitch. Outright victory went to Rod Visser 157 from Dave Davis 161 and then Mark and Suzie Smith 466.
The Club would once again like to thank the landowner Murray Wood for allowing us to rip up his property. Also the canteen volunteers the recovery guys who do such a great job. The fire brigade and first aiders, and the club members give up their time to make sure that the racers can have a great time. All of these people who unselfishly give up their time to work hard for the sport, thank you. Also thanks to all the competitors for entering.
Written by Colin McLaren
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