Day 1 of the Black Diamond Drilling is in the books and its been a spectacular start to the final round of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC. After Friday nights show and shine and scrutineering it would be an early start for competitors on Saturday morning
The prologue kicked off the racing action in the event and out in front it would be a duo of SS Racetech Hustler Pro Buggies out in front. Scott Schiller lit up the time sheets by throwing down a time 20 seconds quicker than Troy Schoen over the 14km prologue. 3rd place would go to Richard Crabb, the New Zealander thriving in the red dirt of the goldfields. In the battle for the outright championship it would be Jared Percival who struck the first blow, clocking in 4th outright whilst his rival Mal Yeardley ended up 7th. There were some impressive drives throughout the field including Dean Terry putting his 2018 CanAm X3 into 8th outright and Mitchell Davies pushing his Extreme 4wd to 11th outright in a strong field of competitors. There were a few competitors who faltered on prologue, Beau Robinson did not start due to steering issues which could not be rectified in time to take the start and Greg Pickersgill who stopped less than a km into the section with brake issues. Carnarvon Motel man Peter Barrett was another unfortunate DNF on prologue in his Sportslite buggy
As Section 1 got underway the crews were attacking the course more like a sprint than the 142km endurance section that it is. With clear air out in front Scott Schiller again threw down the gauntlet and clocked in with the quickest time outright, almost 2 minutes ahead of Beau Robinson who had charged through the dust from 9th on road at the start of the section. 3rd outright was Troy Schoen who had been waging a back and forth battle with Richard Crabb whilst Mark Cramer rounded out the top 5. In the title and Prolite fight, Mal Yeardley hit back, taking the section in class and also 6th outright with Percival right behind him in 7th place. This will make for an interesting race on Sunday as the rivals start nose to tail in section 2. Dean Terry continued to lead the Superlite B class whilst Mark Wainwright pushed his Yamaha hard to lead the Superlite A class. Mark Murray was the only finisher in the Extreme 4wd class which has vaulted him into the lead in that class championship after Mitchell Davies blew a head gasket. Jeremy Lia is the leading Super 1650 competitor ahead of Peter Mellington whilst in Performance 2wd a super effort from Mik French saw him sit 1st in class and 22nd outright
With 2 sections and a hell of a lot more racing to go, the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race is just starting to heat up!
Full results from todays racing can be found here