Dusty Times at Tyrrell
Mark Burrows and Mick Shannon ruled supreme at Saturday’s running of a very dusty Tyrrell Downs Mallee Shield event.
Taking middle position on the podium and first in Performance 2WD class were Sea Lake locals Bernie Clohesy and Wendy Hersey #570 with Chris and Daniel Monk #450 rounding out the top three and the first Extreme 2WD home.
Conditions at the Tyrrell Downs venue were less than perfect for the day’s racing, with the spectators and pit crews taking the brunt of the dust with the stiff breeze blowing directly into the spectator and pit areas. This played in the competitors favour however, with the wind clearing the dust from parts of the track.
Starting positions for section one were drawn from a hat at competitor briefing with pole position going to two of the Performance 2WD entries of Bruce Cumming and Kylie McClelland #541 and Bernie Clohesy and Wendy Hersey #570, while just 30 seconds behind on the second row of the grid was Mark Burrows and Mick Shannon #21.
By the end of the second lap of the five lap section, the front runners started to catch the tailenders, resulting in a few mistakes in the dust. Bernie Clohesy drove off into the saltbush, rejoining the track after a few cars had gone past, including Burrows, working their way back through the field to finish the heat just behind Burrows.
The second heat saw Burrows and Chris and Daniel Monk #450 on the front row of the grid as they greeted the green flag with Clohesy and Darren and Tenae Mott #118 on the second row.
Chris and Daniel Monk were clocking in consistent times until they accidentally turned off the ignition in the #450 machine, relegating them to third outright.
Fourth outright went to Mount Gambier based Garry Turnbull with Chris and Tyson Proud sharing the navigating duties in #79 while Darren and Tenae Mott #118 ended their weekend with a fifth outright and first in ProLite class.
Second in ProLite were Russell and Gavan Monk who shared the driving in the #169 single seater.
Honours for the Super 1650 class went to the son and father team of Travis and Gary Conrad #206 with Taylor Hannig and Andrea and Jason Hannig #212 second and #246 George Bailey and Maree Telford third.
Andrew and Rebecca Djeric #359 took home the silverware for Sportsman class.
Sixteen of the 26 nominations completed the full 10 laps. David and Malcolm Simpson had a disappointing day of racing, clutch failure on the first lap ending their debut drive in the #95 Porter Pro Buggy.Tyrrell 2012 Class Results.pdf