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The Screamer - Run & Won!

Posted Friday, 10 August 2018

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The opening round of the Tasmanian series rolled out onto the sands of Peron Dunes several weeks ago with a top class field ready to finally kick the 2018 season off.

Nine cars met the starter’s flag for three forty-minute heats around the 5km sand circuit on the outskirts of St Helens in the natural playground known as Peron Dunes.

It was obvious from the start that the delays to the season had united the off-road community with an enthusiasm running through the pits; both competitors and officials excited to finally see cars on the track.

After two hours of racing, eight of the nine made it to the chequered flag - Chris Shepheard the only entrant not to make the distance after a mid-beach roll early in the third heat ended the Mark4 Southern Cross’s run. Both Shepheard and navigator Braiden Salter walking away unharmed from the incident.

Michael Donohoe in #906 led the field from start to finish, the Evo Tech Pro Buggy having a faultless run to claim outright victory.

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Second home was the Pro-Lite #116 of Chris Branch, the Hobart based crew also having a trouble-free run in their V6 Hornet. The result positioning Branch on the top step in class and in a great position for the 2018 State Series outright title chase.

Third home and first in Sportslite was Andrew Giffard in his Hunter Rivmaster, the single seater pilot punching out consistent laps all day rewarded by a podium finish.

Michael Stalker was next across the line, the Yamaha YXZ running as high as third earlier in the day but a mishap leaving a bunker had #667 on its side 4 laps from the finish.

The second of the Sportslite buggies with Jack Radcliffe behind the wheel crossed the line in fifth, followed by Chris Boon pushing hard trying to make laps back after a drive shaft issue in heat one.

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Wayne Campbell and Mike males were next over the line respectively, both cars losing laps in the final heat to finish 7th and 8th.

The flag poles will now be put back in the workshops for the next round as the series hits the dirt for the first time in 2018.  The Southern Off Road Racing Association will host round four on the 8th and 9th of September at its new Cambridge short course circuit 30 minutes’ drive from Hobarts CBD.

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