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Shane Braitling Print E-mail
It is sad  news, the loss of a great member of the offroad community.

A character of the Alice Springs Off Road Race club will be missed but not forgotten.

The funeral for Shane Braitling was held grave side, Alice Springs cemetery on 14/10/2015.

Condolences to the Braitling Family.

 
The Denis Zaglas Memorial Race has been run and won at the Alice Springs Off Road Club’s Mt Ooraminna circuit Print E-mail
Sponsored by TJM Alice Springs.

Locky & Paddy Weir #155 topped the time sheets, their ProLite machine crossing the line in 57m44s, just 6seconds ahead of second placed Steven Sanderson Extreme 2WD #401 – 57m50s. The Jaws Racing team won its class in the Australian Off Road Championship., well done.

Brett Taylor #31 rounded out the 2015 Denis Zaglas Memorial Race podium with a time of 58m37s. Brett had a few navigators over the weekend. Emma had the ride of her life & loved it.
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TAYLOR WINS N.T TITLE Print E-mail
Brett Taylor has taken outright honours in the JAWS CONTRACTING N.T, Northern territory titles in his pro class buggy.

Brett started the event by prologuing second for the event, Greg Hicks prologued in p1, the event was marred with rollovers and mechanical failure.

Mark Bleuel was the first casualty rolling his performance 2WD commodore ute on the warm up track before prologue even got underway bringing his title to an early end.

Visiting driver Paul White from Mt Isa found the tricky prologue track not to his liking when he rolled during prologue, White rolled twice and landed on his wheels and finished prologue in 6th position, unfortunately on returning to the pits found that the damage to the LHF shocker would finish his title aspirations, however in true centralian form the local club members came to his rescue, travelling back into Alice getting a replacement shocker and welder to carry out repairs to the pro class buggy and getting them back on track for the night leg.
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Tracey Meekings Volunteer of the Year 2014 Print E-mail
Congratulations to Tracey Meekings being named MotorsportNT Volunteer of the Year 2014 in recognition of her dedication and committment to the Alice Springs Offroad Race Club.

Tracey Meekings
 
Team ‘XXXX’ Proved Five Star Print E-mail
Sporties 12 HourTemperatures plummeted over the weekend as a cold front moved across the Red Centre and southern parts of Australia but team ‘XXXX’ was undeterred by the chill and put in a stellar drive on the weekend to take victory in the 2014 Sporties 12HR Enduro; and a cool $5000 for their efforts.

The winning combination of cars #123 Greg ‘Hooker’ Hicks/Bruce ‘Beefa’ Thomas and #223 Craig ‘Buckets’ Prettejohn/Richie ‘Rock Star’ Hayes strung together 18 rock-solid laps of the 58km circuit at Mt Ooraminna to finish just one lap ahead of their nearest rivals. They completed a total distance of 1044km with an average speed of 89.83km/ph and managed to clock the fastest lap of the race on their first lap in a time of 33minutes 52 seconds.

It was pretty much a faultless run apart from a clutch issue with Buckets’ car having to be pushed off the line for the final lap and well, there was that three minute penalty for speeding in the pits when he came in a little hot on a phantom driver change late morning.

Sporties 12 HourTwelve two-car teams made up the field this year and by the tenth hour of the race, 10 were still in the game but eventually four teams did not finish. The unexpected started early, on the start line as a matter of fact, then another three cars came to a halt within the first 38km affecting a scramble by their respective teammates to strap in and head out on track to pick up the baton and race on. By the half way mark at 3pm the race leaders were on their tenth lap whereas the tail of the field had completed only three; testament to the never-say-die attitude as teams worked feverishly in the pits.

Second place with 17 laps was team ‘Shake n’ Bake’ - the #70 Sporties Porter Pro Class buggy of Jason, Jane and Jesse Adami and the #284 of Wayne and Cameron Foley. They started from fifth and a two to three-lap strategy worked well until their 14th lap when Foley’s car broke down shortly before 7pm.  Jason drove the final three laps and it was very atmospheric to hear the deep note of the Chevy thundering through the dark.

Sporties 12 HourThe mover of the race was team ‘Dusty Nuts’ who started last and clawed their way to a third place finish with 16 laps. Andrew Mowles was unable to prologue in the #101 due to mechanical issues – remnants from Finke – so Scott and Rebekah Raven/Carl Sagebiel did the honours in the #225 Super 1650. Both cars ran well until lap six when Raven’s car developed electrical issues and stopped on-track. Mowles and Matt Morgan hurtled into the #101, and again on lap 10 as Raven’s gremlins continued but all was resolved to see Raven drive the final two laps.

Fourth place was team ‘Scissor Sisters’ comprising #450 Dylan Blake/Sandy Ferguson/Mick Hoey and newcomers to the sport Lincoln and Mark Sheedy in the #587 ex-Alan Dobbs machine. Their three-lap strategy worked a trick until lap 11 when Blake had troubles with front suspension but they persisted throughout the day to get it right. The Sheedy truck had part of the exhaust trailing and a flat tyre but aside from this the team put in a solid 15 laps.

The ‘Bull Chasers’ finished in fifth place, also with 15 laps but 22mins 49 seconds behind fourth. Ken Callanan/Phil Kerr/Nev Chamers piloted the #860 KC Auto Electrics Suzuki while Peter Costello/Dave Cox/Paul Collard circulated in the #446 Nissan.  The Suzuki had troubles straight up when it did a uni on the first lap, so, as Costello picked up the baton, the #860 crew rushed into town for parts.  They made it back out on track but the car ran a bit hot; after a few adjustments the Suzuki ran strong into the night to make the final lap.

Sporties 12 HourSixth position was team ‘Chevy Chase’ made up of Clayton and Zac Bestmann in their #435 Toyota Tundra and #523 Steven Nicol/Chris Fitzimmons in the ex-Ross Bohlin Performance 2WD. Both cars ran well, were consistent all day and one of only two teams to have no major issues.  Their best lap was on lap nine so they improved throughout the race to eventually reach 15 laps just 26 minutes behind fifth place.  Being awarded ‘Best presented team’ made the trip from Darwin for Nicols even sweeter.  

The ‘Loose Screws’ had a mixed bag of mechanical problems and finished seventh.  There were issues leading into the event for the #50 Rick Schembri/Steve Russell Alice Springs Corrections Centre backed Pro Class buggy. Around 1pm, teammates Mark Bleuel/Carl Saranda broke a diff linkage on the #532 Commodore Ute so there was a scramble to get the ‘Fugly’ buggy back out on lap eight. The Ute came good to finish the final three laps for the team - 14 all up.

‘Shift n’ Spanners’ came home in eighth, the final team to effectively finish.  The black and green #420 Rodeo of Stephen Jentsch/Brendan Foley turned a wheel first but blew a gearbox on lap one at the 38km point. Axel and Cory Greening shot out for the next three laps in their #268 Southern Cross MkII until Jenksy’s car got going again early afternoon; starting the fifth lap for the team just after 2pm. Axel’s car had some problems mid race but they got those sorted with a bit of fine tuning and finished strong with 14 laps and an average speed 70.151km/ph.

Sporties 12 Hour‘Loose Cannon Motorsport’ was the third team to retire, unable to finish their 12th lap. Troubles started from the get-go as the #227 Hornet of Dave Gillies/Baden Ocass broke down on the start line so Brett Taylor and Peter Tries bolted to their #31 Aceco buggy and made their allotted second place start time with only seconds to spare. Throttle body issues eventually took out Gillies’ car. In the meantime, the Aceco consumed a total of three alternators but survived the last four laps for the team before blowing a gearbox. Between the two of them, it took a record three hours to complete lap nine!

The ‘Angry Birds’ was the final team to surrender in the eleventh hour after an epic battle. Christopher Leech tried all day to overcome fuel management issues as his single seater #421 Hyundai Excel continued to overheat. Teammates James and Monique Cook/Will Willis/Peter Graves had a hole in the exhaust of the #321 Madbro Pitbull buggy at the start.  They also did a chain and a clutch but ultimately ran out of fuel on their tenth lap; almost getting in three on-the-trot.  Deservedly so, they received the ‘Hard Luck Award.’  

Team ‘Let’s Go Racing’ went out in fine form, the first team to call it a day. They started out of third and held second position from 11am onward until they retired on their fifth lap around 1pm. Locky and Paddy Weir tried to fix a throttle body issue with their #155 Jimco having retrieved the baton from Gus McKay/Mick Newman on lap four; their #282 buggy blew a motor and it was all over for them early on.  

The second team to declare out was ‘Mac Foley’ after battling on well into the afternoon.  They started from tenth but the #211 of Haden Foley broke down 12km into the first lap.  Teammate #418 Adam McDonald headed out to pick up the baton but broke down with an expired engine just 2km along the track. They resurrected the #211 and kept swapping the driving duties getting five laps in before the gearbox let go.

It’s the first time the format has run 9am-9pm and although the weather turned chilly, the change was well received. The track started to roughen up towards the end but all enjoyed their Sporties 12HR; it’s a race like no other. It was also the first year that ‘A’ and ‘B’ divisions were applied which levelled out the field and made for great competition. A huge thanks from the Alice Springs Off Road Racing Club committee to all of the sponsors and volunteers who helped out to make it all possible. Mark the Northern Territory August long weekend on your calendar for next year and join us around the campfire.  Check asorrc.com.au for details and Facebook for updates. See you next year!

Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 23:41
 
March 15th & 16th Race Long Course Results Print E-mail
March 15th & 16th Race Long CourseThe Alice Springs off road racing club held its first event the K.C AUTO ELECTRICS and BOSCH BATTERY Dirt and Dust at the Mt Ooraminna racing complex on the weekend to get the 2014 season underway.

14 competitors made the start line for prologue at 3.30 on Saturday with a good mix across the field, from Prolite through to performance 4wd.

It was nice to see a family travelled down from Darwin to watch.

The racing got underway with a change around in the racing format starting with the popular 3x3’s to get the juices flowing, with 2 competitors on the same track ½ a lap apart with all 14 competitors competing in this short format it did not take long for the gremlins to take hold of some buggies, first to fall was Lockie and Paddy Weir in their Prolite with starter ring gear gremlins.

March 15th & 16th Race Long CourseDave Giles in his super 1650 with rear wheel bearing failure. Someone also accidently turned their car off in the 3  x3`s, wounder who that was?

Then the racing started on the 38klm course with Greg Hicks (Prolite) and Andrew Mowles (Prolite) heading the field, an eventful first lap saw all starters get back to the pit with no one retiring.

Time to bolt on the lights and get ready for the night leg to begin which saw the demise of Rod Berry (performance 2wd) with Fuel issues in the Falcon Ute and Clayton Bestman (Ext2wd) Broken suspension arm and rolled 2 times both driver and Navigator all ok.

The 2nd night lap saw 10 competitors greet the chequered flag, with new comer to the sport Mark Taylor in his Holden Rodeo ute (performance 2wd) having fuel issues but able to limp home.

Greg Hicks event WinnerSunday morning the competitors had 2 laps in a row to finish the event, again the battle for the lead was becoming a 3 way battle between Greg Hicks (Prolite) Andrew Mowles (Prolite) and Dylan Blake (Ext 2wd) with only 1 minute difference between these 3 competitors it was going to be a great battle, 2 more competitors would not finish the 2 laps first to go was Mark Taylor in the Holden Ute with the drive line issues, Mark Bleuel in his Performance 2wd Holden VS Ute blowing a tyre and taking out the Brake line. There was a battle with Craig Prettyjohn (super1650) & Cookie (Sportman1350) and Scotty Raven (Super1650) & Foley (Super1650).

After 2 hard and fast laps the win would go too:
 
Position Name Vehicle Total Time  
1st Greg Hicks Prolite 1.52.07  
2nd Andrew Mowles Prolite 1.52.57  
3rd Dylan Blake Extreme 2WD 2.00.51  
4th Craig Prettejohn Super 1650 2.11.26  
5th James Cook Sportsman 1330 2.13.00  
6th Scott Raven Super 1650 2.25.34  
7th Wayne Foley Super 1650  2.33.34  
8th Craig Meekings Performance 4WD 2.56.16  
9th Mark Bleuel Performance 2wd 7 laps  
10th Mark Taylor Performance 2wd 6 laps  
11th Clayton Bestman Performance 2wd 4 laps  
12th Rod Berry Performance 2wd 4 laps  

A big thankyou must go to the event Sponsor, K.C Auto Electrics and Bosch Batteries.

A big thank you to the canteen helpers, Choises Alice Springs , Alice Gold (ice), Sporties, Central Desert Transport, Sabadin Petrolium, Mick Ackerman Wellding.

The club now gears up for the next event being the N.T Titles to be held on the Anzac long weekend in April with the event for the first time to consist of 5 of 86 klm laps, with night laps included this event promises to be a great one so if any  interstate competitors wish to give their machine a good shake down before the Finke desert race this is the event to enter.
 
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