Day 1 of the Marsue Transport has been run and won, with Harleigh Uren leading both prologue and section 1 of the event. With clear skys and perfect conditions for racing, a field of 39 competitors after a few late withdrawals took to Bencubbin course for Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC.
Prologue saw an intense battle over 25kms, with Harleigh Uren victorious by 26 seconds. The #77 Pro Buggy headed youngster Stephen Hall in his #181 prolite, with Nathaniel Edwards #161 rounding out the top 3. Colin Doney was the quickest Extreme 2wd, whilst Mark Murray punched in a very competitive time to lead Extreme 4wd in 7th outright. Chris Unstead unleashed the potential in his Westvolt Racing Can Am to sit 10th outright and first in Superlite, whilst John Flynn was the early leader of the Super 1650 field. In Performance 2wd the WA Junior Development Program entry of Matt and Jeremy Beck was quickest in class ahead of Mik French and Jordan Russell
The unique format for the Bencubbin 400 saw the crews head out for another blast around the 25km course for Section 1 of the event. Uren again was quickest, this time blazing his way to a 29 second lead. The top 3 remained the same with Stephen Hall beating Nathaniel Edwards by just 5 seconds to hold second place. Jared Percival was a consistent 4th outright, but behind them the top 4 the mother of all battles is evolving. Mark Murray leads the Extreme 4wd class in 5th outright with John Pursehouse just 2 seconds behind in his Ford Ranger. Paul Tognela is 1 second further back with Extreme 2wd leader Colin Doney and Mal Yeardley 0.1 seconds apart in 8th and 9th place. Ashley Sudholz inherited the Superlite class lead after early leader Chris Unstead did a belt and lost time. Peter Mellington is the only remaining Super 1650 after Flynn and Hawkins dropped out of the running. Jordan Russell charged his way to the Performance 2wd lead with Mathew Beck and Mik French locked in a tight tussle
2 sections totaling 375kms of competitive lays ahead on Day 2 of the event. With such small margins splitting the field the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 is living up to its billing as one of the most exciting events on the WAORC calendar. Race results can be found here