Mellool Short Course
Mallee Shield Inter-Club Challenge - Round
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
Tin Tops Rule at Mellool
Brothers Chris and Nathan Monk have taken outright honours at Saturday’s running of the action packed Mellool Short Course in their Extreme 2WD #450 machine.
Quick consistent lap times over the 15 km course ensured the local young guns came out on top at the end of a hard day behind the wheel.
Twenty-six competitors nominated for the first round of the Mallee Shield Interclub Challenge. Conditions were dusty and testing, but the slight breeze was enough to allow passing in some sections of the track.
Three minutes and 39 seconds behind the Monks were the Sea Lake team of Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey, driving the #501 Mitsubishi Triton consistently for the ten laps to finish nearly four minutes ahead of the Hall Brothers Racing team V8 powered #810 Nissan Patrol of Luke Hall and Scott Sage.
The first lap of the day doubled as the qualifying session. David Simpson and Craig Hoare in the ex SMU Racing Porter, put down a 10 minute 40.85 second time to give them pole position for the four lap section two.
Starting out how they intended to finish was Chris and Nathan Monk, securing the second place on the front row of the start grid; starting off next to Simpson for the two at a time start. Nick and Viv Simmons #113 clocked in third with the Hall Brothers Racing #810 rounding out the second row of the grid.
David Simpson was clocking up some impressive lap times but unfortunately retired at the end of section two with a split CV boot. Not wanting to risk any further damage to the #95 Porter, the team decided to call it a day.
Nick and Viv Simmons were running at the front of the pack in their debut drive of the ex Andy Ryan Saber Racing Prolite buggy #113, when on the last lap, in dusty conditions, the Saber came into contact with another race car that was lodged in the trees beside the track, sustaining extensive damage to the buggy and Nick requiring medical attention for a badly swollen ankle.
Finishing the day in fourth and the first Super 1650 home was Andrew and David Glover #272 with the son and father team of Tanner and Aaron James #228 a further two minutes back and rounding out the top five.
Eleven of the 26 competitors completed full race distance.
Pro and Prolite – Gavan Monk (169).
Super 1650 – Andrew and David Glover (272), 2nd Tanner and Aaron James (228), 3rd Brett and Kerrie Price (227).
Sportsman – Michael and Jamie Saggers (374).
Combined Tin Tops (field of 8) – Chris and Nathan Monk (450), 2nd Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey (501), 3rd Luke Hall and Scott Sage (810).