Schoen scorches the field on Day 1 at the Dash

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The Horizon Power Gascoyne Dash Day 1 is underway and if the first days racing action is anything to go by, we are in for a cracker during Sundays final 2 sections. Scrutineering for Round 2 of the CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC was held in the Carnarvon town centre on Friday afternoon, with a bit of a party atmosphere and the traditional Carnarvon hospitality which the event has become known for.

As the focus turned to racing, an 8 km prologue was first on the agenda for the field of 28 competitors. Unfortunately the much awaited debut of the WA Off Road Junior Development Program Holden Kingswood got off to a rocky start, Gearbox issues on recon forced the crew to miss out on prologue. The Production 4wds were first off the line and it was the #736 of Darren Schultz who pulled the first punch by taking out the class for prologue. Next up was Super 1650 and Daniel Allen put together a clean run to sit in 16th outright. Mitchell Davies flew the big red navara to 1st in Extreme 4wd class. Colin Doney blitzed the Extreme 2wd field, whilst Jared Percival continued his strong for 1st in Prolite. As the Pro Buggies took to the track, there was a brief intermission as Mark Cramer and Adam Trewhella took a ride on the wild side, rolling their #932 machine and putting them out of the event. Out in front Harleigh Uren surprised every body to blast his was to 1st outright on prologue in his One Speed Racing Maxxis sponsored machine

Saturday afternoon saw the competitors tackle 1 lap of the 70km track, with dust clearly going to be an issue. Uren blasted out of the gates and held his lead until a flat tyre dropped him back through the pack. Schoen didn’t need to be asked twice as he took a lead he would never relinquish and a 1 minute 39 gap back to the chasing pack. Brad Cooper blew a power steering valve and was out of the race early, whilst Brett Renton was on the charge and moved into 2nd outright on corrected time. Jared Percival continued his strong form to sit 3rd outright, just ahead of Marcus Wells and Mal Yeardley. Colin Doney smashed his Extreme 2wd competitors in his blue beetle to lock out 6th outright and first in class. Mark Murray took the ascendancy in the Extreme 4wd class, but remains locked in a dog fight with early leader Mitchell Davies. Daniel Allen enjoyed a strong run, moving up to 13th outright and 1st in class just ahead of Darren Schultz who was making the most of his borrowed Production 4wd Jeep and stormed to the class lead. Unfortunately the WAORJDP #583 continued its troubled debut. Whilst having a good run and slowly starting to reel in some of the cars in front, temperature issues forced Matthew Beck to abandon his run around SOS checkpoint 3

With 2 more sections, each 2 laps and 140kms long, there is still a lot of racing to go and day 2 of the Horizon Power Gas Dash is sure to throw up many more challenges! Results can be found here