An eventful Day 1 of racing at Three Springs has seen some top notch off road racing action. With Scrutineering being held on Friday night and early Saturday morning even some rain and winds could not dampen the spirits of the 48 competitors who were ready to tackle Round 5 of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC
Prologue got underway with Mark Wainwright in hi Superlite A class Yamaha leading the field off. As each class took to the track times would tumble and it would be Harleigh Uren who powered his way to the quickest time outright, just 2.3 seconds in front of Undecided Racings Darren Agrela. Nathaniel Edwards rounded out the top 3 in what was a hotly contested field.
The format for section 1 was 1 lap of the long course and one of the shorter course totaling a touch over 120kms. Uren lead the field away and was running away from his rivals clocking the fastest first lap of anybody. The #77 looked in control until a damage diff sidelined the Maxxis shod Pro Buggy. Darren Agrela assumed the lead, whilst behind him Nathaniel Edwards and Beau Robinson were staging an epic battle. Beau passing the youngster, before Edwards charged back in front of the OBR crew. Unfortunately for Edwards his efforts were in vain as his gearbox packed up relegating the #161 crew to spectators. Beau Robinson would eventually cross the line 2nd outright, whilst Steven Phillips moved his way forward after an uncharacteristically slow prologue to move into 3rd outright. Jake Clucas took prolite honors in 4th outright, just in front of Mal Yeardley.
Throughout the remaining classes there were many battles. Garry Povah coming out on top in Extreme 4wd in 8th outright after many of his rivals including Murray, Krepp & Davies were unable to complete the full section distance. Chris Unstead charged his way to the front of the Superlite B field, his Westvolt Electrical Can Am revelling in the tricky conditions. Ben Armstrong would lead the Production 4wd class after both Graeme Bentink and Steven Baxter rolled their Toyota’s. John Flynn holds the overnight lead in the Super 1650 class, however Charlie and Elaine Edwards are sitting just a few minutes off the pace. Mark Wainwright leads Superlite A, whilst Peter Barrett in the Carnarvon Motel Sportslite is also in prime position in class overnight. Mathew Beck brought the WA Off Road Junior Development Program home in 1st in Performance 2wd and was shadowed by fellow Junior Developement Program entry of David and Jaxon Fong in their Extreme 4wd
The field has been well and truly put to the test on day 1 with just 23 of the 48 entries seeing full race distance. The pits and paddock are a buzz with prep work and repairs taking place and Three Springs has once again delivered on its promise of being one of the premiere events on the WA calendar. Results from Day 1 of the 2017 Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360 can be found here