Round 4 of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC has been run and won, with Brett Smith taking victory in his #161 Southern Cross Racing Prolite Buggy. With Sundays racing featuring 2 sections each 2 hours in duration for competitors to do the most amount of laps it was going to be a long tough day for the competitors.
Shane Elphinstone was the overnight leader and in section 1 looked to have extended his lead in the early laps. Unfortunately they soon struck trouble, with the vehicle stuck in 5th gear at the end of lap 2. This allowed Darren Agrela into the lead, with Elphinstone getting back on track after losing 10 minutes. Agrela and Smith would continue to battle for the remaining laps with Agrela taking the section finishing 5 laps. Unfortunately that would be the end of the Agrelas race, after finishing the section they discovered brake issues which meant they would not take part in the final section. Peter Doneys event ended after an altercation with a tree, whilst Leigh Cooper would roll his Pajero onto its side however would be repaired and back for the final section. Shane Elphinstones event would go from bad to worse, pushing hard to make a 5th lap, they would be sidelined with engine issues. At the end of the second section Adam Flanagan would lead the Extreme 2wd class, Jeremy Lia lead Super 1650 and Garry Povah put his day 1 woes behind him to charge into the Extreme 4wd class lead. Graeme Bentink continued to lead the Production 4wd class from Ben Armstrong, Chris May and newcomer Steven Baxter whilst Brad Close completed 2 laps and lead the Superlite class.
Heading into the final section Brett Smith held an advantage having completed 1 lap more than the rest of the field. After pushing hard for 4 laps, they came into the pits with throttle issues. Adam Flanagan drove hard and attempted to complete a 5th lap, but would finish 30 seconds outside of the allocated 2 hours which meant it would not count. This meant that Smith would comfortably win the event ahead of Flanagan. Jeremy Lia was looking good for 3rd outright, but had power steering issues which dropped him out of contention. Brad Cooper looked poised to make a 5th lap and force his way onto the podium but also struck issues which left him in 5th outright. In the end it would be Bernard Holt whose consistent run netted him his first podium finish in 3rd outright and 2nd in class. Graeme Bentink had a strong run and despite blowing the front diff and 3rd gear he managed to win Production 4wd and take 4th outright. Garry Povah capped off a strong Sunday by taking the Extreme 4wd class win and 6th outright.
The Western Desert Racers Club would like to thank all the event sponsors, volunteers, property owners and everyone who helped put the event on. Crews now look to the CCR Hoses & Fittings Mogumber 240 as Round 5 of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC which will be held in August. For more information see www.waorc.com or www.waorra.com and follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/westausorc