Round 3 of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship has been run and won in cold conditions at Bencubbin. The Marsue Transport Bencubbin 360 was expected to be a race of attrition with its Enduro format, but well over half of the competitors managed to greet the checkered flag completing all the laps.
With the start order being set on Day 1 with the prologue and Top 10 shootout the racing was fierce from the get go. Darren Agrela started from pole and looked to have created a good gap at the front. However with Troy Schoen, Brett Smith, Grant Payne and Justin Steadman chasing hard the pressure was on. It was however Scott Schiller in the #971 SS Racetech buggy who charged from 11th on the grid to take the lead after section 1 of the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 360. At the end of Section 1 with only minutes separating the top 10, it was clear that there was going to be fireworks during the 4 enduro laps of the event
In Section 2 Schiller started from pole, blasting away from the field and pulling a big gap after Agrela struck mechanical woes. Schoen, Smith, Payne and Steadman were locked in a titanic battle for the remainder of the podium places. This battle would continue to rage for the full 4 laps, however Payne would drop time making it a 3 horse race for 2nd. After 4 laps Schiller took the outright win by just over 2 and a half minutes. Brett Smith put in another sterling drive to be 2nd outright and 1st in the Prolite class against some much higher powered machines. Troy Schoen continued his dream debut run to take out 3rd outright and 2nd in Pro Buggy class, with Steadman 4th outright followed by Payne and Cooper.
Back thr0ugh the field the action was hot, in Production 4wd Bentink, Van Geest, Dawes and Armstrong were all neck and neck. In the end Bentink would come out the winner in his G Turbo sponsored diesel powered Landcruiser. Super 1650 looked to be heading Nathaniel Edwards way until he struck difficulties allowing Dave Cowan to take a popular class win over Aaron Dark. Jordan Russell and Nathan Russell displayed the never give up spirit of the sport this weekend, being the last car to cross the line, albeit a lap down but nevertheless claiming a well deserved Performance 2wd win. Greg Pickersgill had the Extreme 2wd class sewn up early after Harleigh Uren had a minor fire put out his chance of the class win. Scott Bryce took the lead from the early pacesetter Brad Krepp and looked to have created a race winning gap, but was a DNF with motor issues. This allowed Krepp to come through for the class victory over Daniel Smith and Dave Fong
WAORRA would like to thank major event sponsors for the 4th year in a row, Marsue Transport. Based in South Guildford with teams located in Karratha, Port Hedland, Kwinana, Canning Vale and Bunbury, and with a fleet of over 80 trucks, Marsue Transport have all your transport needs covered
Competitors now turn their sights on the upcoming Kalgoorlie 400, for more information see http://www.waorc.com