Day 2 of the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 has seen an almighty battle by some of the heavyweights of the sport. With the schedule for the second day of Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC seeing the competitors tackle a 75km loop followed by the ‘enduro’ section of the event there was a lot of racing to go
In Sundays first section Nathaniel Edwards set a blistering pace to overhaul overnight leader Harleigh Uren. With just 0.2 seconds splitting the pair over the 75km loop it set up an enthralling finish to the race Brad Krepp was one of the big movers and shakers, finishing the section in 5th outright and 1st Extreme 4wd. Colin Doney in #406 was just one spot further back and lead the Extreme 2wd class. Ashley Sudholz was the only surviving superlite after a broken seal put Chris Unstead out of the event. Jordan Russell stamped his authority on the Performance 2wd battle with Mik French in 2nd place
The final section was shortened to be just 3 laps and 1 x 30 minute service break and tactics would be one of the big talking points of the race. The top 2 had gapped the field and it became apparent that this would be a battle between Uren and Edwards. A sticky throttle meant Edwards had to alter his strategy and take his service after the first lap. Uren seized the opportunity to stay out in clear air and lay down a time good enough to vault him back in front of Edwards on road after he took his compulsory 30 minute stop. Throughout the field there were many different strategies at play as Mark Cramer in his Marsue Transport sponsored Pro Buggy ran 3 continuous laps to be the first competitor to complete all 3 laps. As the corrected times came through it would be Harleigh Uren who would win the 2017 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. Nathaniel Edwards, still plagued by a sticky throttle was a valiant 2nd outright and 1st in Prolite. Jared Percival and Mal Yeardley continued their year long battle, with Jared Percival getting the upper hand and 3rd outright ahead of Yeardley by just 39 seconds. Brad Krepp took out the Extreme 4wd class win in 5th outright after battling with Mark Murray who was an unfortunate DNF on the final lap. The Extreme 2wd class result is still provisional as it is under investigation, but Colin Doney was first over the line in his #406 Volkswagen Beetle with Greg Pickersgill a strong 2nd. Ashley Sudholz won the Superlite class in his #699 Polaris whilst Jordan Russell powered his way to a commanding Performance 2wd class victory.
Competitors now look forward to Round 4 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC to be held at Badgingarra in August. The inaugural event held in this location in 2016 is run by WAORRA and features one of the most technical and demanding circuits of the season. Thanks to series naming rights sponsor Carnarvon Motel, series contingency sponsors Intense LED Australia and Oricom as well as event naming rights sponsor Marsue Transport and all the event supporters including the Shire of Mount Marshall for their assistance with the event
Race Results can be found here