Day 1 of the Cochranes Transport Badgingarra 250 has been run in perfect racing conditions. With a light breeze, clear conditions and an elevated spectator area the prologue and 2 laps of section 1 thrilled the spectators in attendance at Round 5 of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC. After reconnaissance the field had already started thin, young gun Nathaniel Edwards and Goose Racing’s Wayne Holt would not start with mechanical issues.
Jordan Russell lead the field away in his Performance 2wd, but would be the first to fall victim to the Badgy track, stopping out on course. As the times came in it was Aaron Dark in his Super 1650 who would take out his class and 19th outright. Graeme Bentink would use the torque from his GTurbo powered Landcruiser to take out Production 4wd class and 16th outright. Brad Krepp continued with his strong form to take 1st in Extreme 4wd and a very impressive 7th outright. Brett Smith piloted his Southern Cross Racing Team Prolite Buggy to 3rd outright and 1st in class, just behind Harleigh Uren who took out the Extreme 2wd class. The man they were all chasing was Troy Schoen who had a clean run in his CCR Hoses & Fittings sponsored machine to take 1st outright and 1st in Pro Buggy
With the first section seeing the crew take on 2 laps of the Badgingarra track anticipation was high with the expectation of a Buggy Vs Trophy Truck battle for the lead. Schoen lead the field away and there was early drama. Keith Rance and Marcus Wells who were scheduled to start in 5th and 9th respectively missed their starting spots and were forced to start rear of field. Out on track Grant Payne was stuck in 2nd gear, dropping him out of 4th outright whilst Rance who was charging back through the field suffered a flat tyre. The ever changing conditions were starting to take a toll on the competitors and at the end of the 2nd lap the results had completely changed. Ben Armstrong had charged into the lead of the Production 4wd class and held down 12th outright just behind Aaron Dark who lead Super 1650 in 11th place. Russell Cullen assumed the lead of the Extreme 4wd class in 10th place outright after Brad Krepp had mechanical issues on lap 2. Brett Smith managed to overcome some engine gremlins to maintain his 3rd place outright, just in front of Brad Cooper who is lurking ominously in 4th place. Harleigh Uren continues to attack the course pushing his Extreme 2wd into 2nd outright, just 24 seconds behind event leader Troy Schoen, who did not put a foot wrong on day 1 of the event.
Sundays racing will see the competitors take on 2 more sections of racing around the Badgingarra track and with the conditions changing every lap it is still all to play for! With the Cochrane’s transport doubling as the final round of the WAORRA club championship as well as the 5th round of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC the stakes couldn’t be much higher heading into day 2 of the event