Day 1 of the Carnarvon Motel, Three Springs 330 has been a big days racing. With rain dampening the track in the days preceding conditions were almost perfect for the final round of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC. A massive field was set to tackle the 63km course with the championship on the line.
Prologue was a fast and furious affair; however it wasn’t long before there were casualties. Ash Ryan and Tom Ingham went for a ride on the wild side which meant that racing was halted briefly. Upon resumption there was more drama. Title contender Brad Cooper broke an axle on the start line which meant that he would be seeded for the section. Scott Schiller was another not to finish who would be seeded for the 2 lap section. It was Troy Schoen who was the quickest, 3.1 seconds clear of Grant Payne in the #22 Bat Buggy. Keith Rance put together a strong run to take out 3rd outright on prologue. Brett Smith held 4th outright and 1st in class after the 10km blast around prologue. Harleigh Uren was 7th quickest and fastest in Extreme 2wd. Scott Bryce blitzed the Extreme 4wd field to sit 8th outright. Chris Dawes was the quickest production 4wd in what looked to be a tight battle.
The 2 lap section was a tough battle. Troy Schoen lead the field out and blasted off down past the Yarra Yarra Lakes. He would hold his lead for the whole 2 laps and cement a 55 second lead. Grant Payne pushed hard to maintain 2nd place and held Keith Rance at bay in 3rd place. Darren Agrela suffered a flat tyre which hampered his efforts. Scott Schiller was charging through the field until he struck mechanical issues and was out of the section. Brett Smith pushed hard and kept his 4th place outright and 1st in prolite which could be decisive in his battle to retain his WAORC title. Harleigh Uren continued his charge in his Maxxis sponsored Extreme 2wd to keep the class lead and 5th outright. Brad Cooper pushed hard through the field after being seeded and sits in 6th outright. It is going to be a big drive for him to move up high enough to snatch the title. Scott Bryce maintained his Extreme 4wd lead and 8th outright, keeping his lead over Owen Davies and Garry Povah. Despite blowing a diff and 3rd gear, Graeme Bentink pedaled his way to 1st in Production 4wd, just ahead of Chris Dawes and Ben Armstrong. Nathaniel Edwards leads Super 1650.
Just 33 competitors managed to complete the full 2 laps, a testament to how tough this track is becoming. Sundays racing will see 2 sections, both 2 laps of the course to round out the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 330 for 2016. Keep up to date with all the latest news and results on facebook.com/westausorc