A number of local drivers were prominent in last weekend’s record breaking (98 cars) Toyo Tires Riverland Enduro at Waikerie.
The highly rated event was round three of the CAMS Australian Off Road Championships, round two of the SA Off Road Championship and the fourth round of the SA Multi Club Series.
The outright winners of the Enduro were for the second year in a row South Australia’s Jack Rhodes and David Pullino. After qualifying second in Saturday’s Shoot Out behind Chris Western Rhodes enjoyed an incident free journey on his way to victory finishing ahead of reigning Australian champions Shannon and Ian Rentsch. The Rentsch car jumped to second place from a ninth place start and pole sitters Chris Western and Stuart Bishop crossed the line second on the road but third on times.
Local racer Aaron Haby worked to a seven second lead over Rentsch heading into the final lap but a split fuel tank forced him to withdraw. Rounding out the top 10 to finish were Talbot Cox (Queensland) 4th, locals Carl Haby and Scott Schiller, 5th and 6th, Andrew Mowles, Dale Martin, Bruce Muir and David Fellows.
Muir was the Extreme 2WD class winner after the Trophy Trucks of Renmark’s Brad Gallard and fellow South Australian Greg Gardner both withdrew with mechanical issues after engaging in a tooth and nail battle early in the race. In another good local performance Kingston On Murray’s Darren and Naomi Vanderwoude fihished second in the Performance 2WD class behind Jeff and Jai Loader.
Rentsch still leads in the AOR Championship but Carl Hay has moved from third to second position. The fourth and final round will be the Coffs Coast 400 in NSW fron 11-13th September.
Looking back to the Prologue Waikerie-Riverland drivers Aaron Haby, Scott Schiller and Wally Francombe filled 4th, 5th and 6th positions.