Media Releases and Coverage 2007

Press Release by Cara Tatnell - ORRT
Mon 10th December

Last race for the season has been run and won...

The annual Latrobe Scratch Handicap was held at the weekend and had low attrition, with 8 finishers from 11 starters.

Friday's much needed rain in the area made the track surface a little muddy initially, but later in the day organisers were watering it to keep the dust down.

The scratch handicap format means there are no outright placings, only class placings.

James Jacobson Car #24, made a returm to the track in his Rover powered Verco Hornet to take 1st place in the Pro Buggy Class. Second place went to Troy Mason and Stuart OBrien in Car #11 and third went to Terry Morice #20, who shared the drive with Scott Rockliff. Dale Newbon's Subaru powered single seater suffered some turbo damage and came in fourth in class.

In the Prolite class David and Charles Jacobson managed the win despite a roll over that caused the Nissan SR20 to suck some oil. Thomas Jacobson was second in class but retired during the event with an unknown cause.

In the Super 1650's Team Unleashed were up against each other and local Shane Marshall in Car #265 took the win convincingly, with Jotham Allwright and Ian James second in car #228.

It was encouraging to see a return of the Performance 2WD'S to the Latrobe Circuit with three entries in this class.Stephen Watkins and Paul Allen took out the win in the Ford Escort, followed by Nigel Horton in his V6 powered Mazda 121. Third place went to Clifton, Eric & Ben Campbell in Eric's 4.2 Litre Commodore.

The North West Off Road Car Club would like to thank all the SORRA members who travelled up for the race and special thanks to Karen Whelan and the team she rounded up to manage the canteen and also to Ian Whelan for flag duty.

Press Release by Cara Tatnell - ORRT
Tues 6th November

Tatnell Brothers win Tas Sand Enduro 2007

Hayden & Justin Tatnell of Launceston have won the 35th Tas Sand Enduro, held at Peron Dunes, St Helens on 3&4 November.Hayden has won the 500 km event 7 times now, although the last time he won it was back in 1999, so the victory was certainly welcomed by the HTM Team.

Younger brother Justin drove the single seat Jimco for 4 out of the 5 heats over the 2 day race and proved he was more than worthy to take the wheel of this well prepared Pro Buggy powered by a Mazda 1600 cc Turbo.

Second outright went to last years winner Stewart McKenzie and third outright to Darren Payne in his very unique Pro Lite vehicle powered by an engine and gearbox out of a Suzuki motorbike.

It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Tatnells though when half way through the first heat on Saturday they lost all power steering. This enabled Scott Rockliff in his single seater powered by a Subaru WRX motor, to open a lead of 3 minutes on the Tatnells by the end of racing on Saturday.

Attrition across the field was unusually low by end of Day 1 with only three cars having retired. The overnight break allowed remaining teams to carry out repairs and refresh their vehicles for the long day of racing ahead on Sunday.

Team Tatnell replaced a power steering pump and steamed ahead when the flag dropped on Sunday morning. Rockliff was to retire half way through the first heat on Sunday with engine failure. He was not to go home empty handed though securing the “Most Spectacular” award for his antics over the huge jumps near the spectator area.

The long and challenging nature of this event took its toll on Sunday with only 5 vehicles qualifying for a finish. The Pro Buggy class was especially light on, but in Pro Lite class McKenzie and Payne scored first and second place with third place going to David Jacobson’s team and fourth place to young Jotham Allwright who at only 15 years of age consistently lands himself in the place getters since he began racing in 2006.

Event organiser, Cara Tatnell said the event had been a great success for the Tas Off Road Car Club with no incidents, good crowds and some terrific media coverage.

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Examiner Article
Monday 5th November, 2007

Tatnells power back to the top


LAUNCESTON brothers Hayden and Justin Tatnell overcame power steering problems to be declared outright winners of the 35th Tas Sand Enduro at Peron Dunes on the East Coast yesterday.

Yesterday's victory marked the seventh time Hayden Tatnell had taken out the event, despite not having racked up a win in the past six years.
The Tatnell brothers had to scurry on Saturday night to replace a failed power steering pump in time for round three yesterday, but their luck held throughout the remaining heats.

Forth's Stewart McKenzie came in second outright, with Ulverstone's Darren Payne driving his vehicle, powered by an engine and gearbox from a Suzuki motorbike, across the line to take third.

The event appeared to be falling into Sassafras driver Scott Rockliff's lap at the end of heat two on Saturday, with Rockliff enjoying a lead of more than three minutes.
However, Rockliff was forced to retire halfway through the third heat yesterday after striking severe engine problems.
Rockliff was not going home empty-handed though, after winning the Most Spectacular Award due to the punishing performance he dealt out to his vehicle over a series of impressive jumps.

Event spokeswoman Cara Tatnell said excellent vehicle preparation and good driving consistency were vital to securing a win in the Tas Sand Enduro.

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Examiner Article
Sunday 4th November, 2007

Rockliff opens up lead on dune rivals

Flying sand, determined drivers and roaring engines marked the first two heats of the 35th Tas Sand Enduro which kicked off at Peron Dunes on the East Coast yesterday.

Sassafrass driver Scott Rockliff was leading the race by three minutes at the end of heat two, with Launceston's Hayden and Justin Tatnell in hot pursuit in second place. The single-seat Pro Buggys of Rockliff and Tatnell provided some close racing action as they wrestled for the lead for most of the first heat.

When Tatnell's power steering failed, Rockliff opened up the gap - despite running with no third gear. Darren Payne, of Ulverstone, was in third position outright in his unique vehicle, powered by an engine and gearbox from a Suzuki motorbike.

Event spokeswoman Cara Tatnell said a record crowd had flocked to Peron Dunes yesterday and were treated to some great racing and equally great weather. Three heats remain in the Tas Sand Enduro and racing action starts again today from 10am.

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Old and new to hit the dunes

Friday 2 November, 2007

Peter Hay & Chris Shepheard
LAUNCESTON duo Peter Hay and Chris Shepheard will team up as the old and the new at the 35th annual Tasmanian Sand Enduro at St Helen's this weekend.

Hay has been involved with off-road racing for more than 20 years, as a competitor and member of the club of which he is president.
Shepheard has been around the Tasmanian off-road circuit his whole life as a spectator and race official, but has never raced.

All that is set to change on the weekend when he shares the drive with Hay in the single-seater, 2.4-litre, Nissan-powered car he helped to prepare.
Public relations officer Cara Tatnell said that the Tasmanian Off Road Car Club was founded in 1971 and held its first Tasmanian Sand Enduro two years later and is the longest continuously running off-road event in Australia.

"And while off-road racing started on the sand, a trend towards dirt means that the event at Peron Dunes is one of only two sand races in the country," she said.
"It's a unique track in that it offers a high-speed beach run for half the lap, followed by a challenging but spectacular course through the dunes where vehicles get some serious air."

Ms Tatnell said that refreshments and food would be available trackside both days.

Advocate article on Darren Payne.
Friday 2nd November, 2007

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