Day 2 of the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 330 has thrown up many challenges and twists and turns at every kilometer. With the event also being the final round of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC, the stakes were high and the pressure was on and it showed during 2 frantic 2 lap sections
Overnight leader Troy Schoen never put a foot wrong all race, leading from start to finish and winning all sections, surely signaling that he will be a major contender for the 2017 crown. After a flat tyre pushed him down the order on day 1, Darren Agrela charged through the field and stormed his way into 2nd place on the podium, a well-deserved result after a season which has promised so much for the Undecided Racing Team. 3rd place and 1st in Prolite went to Brett and Deanna Smith who also managed to sew up a 2nd WAORC outright championship in a row. Earlier in the race, Brad Cooper had been charging through the field, moving ahead of Smith on the road, the locked in combat until axle issues put Cooper out of the event.
Throughout the field there were a few hard luck stories, both vehicles in the Goose Racing stable were out of the event after breaking down just meters from each other. Harleigh Uren looked like he was on for an outright podium position until he sheared the wheel studs just kilometres from seeing the chequered flag. Steven Baxter in his Production 4wd Landcruiser was on for a good result but broke the front end of his 80 series during Sundays first section. After a massive effort to put the 80 series back together, they managed to finish the section, but would take no further part in the event
In the class battles Barry Cochrane finished an extremely impressive 4th outright and first in Extreme 2wd after a clean drive and unlike many other competitors there were no panels missing on the truck. Jared Percival was 2nd in Prolite and 5th outright, a very impressive result in his comeback race. 3rd in the prolite class would be George Metaxas who had a great run. 6th outright would go to Owen Davies, who put together a very strong race to take out Extreme 4wd ahead of Leigh Cooper. Nathaniel Edwards in #297 Super 1650 had a determined racing, leading all the way and even changing a CV during the last section just to make it to the finish line. 9th outright and 1st in class was his reward. Second in Super 1650 was Dave Cowan, despite a heavily smoking motor. In 10th outright after a big drive, including a flat tyre would be Ben Armstrong and Dave Turner in their Bottlefed Racing GQ Patrol. They took out the Production 4wd class ahead of Alan Gibbs in his Suzuki Jimny who would be the final competitor to finish the full laps in 12th place.
With the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC now finished for the year, the crews will spend the next months working on their vehicles in readiness to do it all again in 2017. Western Desert Racers would like to thank the Carnarvon Motel for their sponsorship of the event, Coates Hire, Radlink and the Shire of Three Springs, as well as the farmers, spectators and competitors