2014 MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 350
Friday 6th, Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th June 2014
Back to Back Wins for Glen Owen
Warrnambool’s Glen Owen (#30) with navigator Mat Ryan of Griffith won their second Mallee Rally ahead of fast finishing #56 Carl Haby and Brenton Gallasch with #42 Danny Brown and George Apted third.
An elated Owen said, “I can’t believe it was so hard to win my first Sea Lake last year, it took years and years and years; and to come back this year and do it again, it was just really enjoyable.”
He added that the ARB series was great fun to do and thanked the sponsors of the events and the series for getting behind it.
Tasmanian #20 Scott Rockliff was 4th in his single seat Pro buggy followed by the first Prolite of #150 Luke Erceg and Daniel Ziem-binski (SA).
Second Prolite and 6th outright were Daryl Nissen and Andrew Harness (#164) and 3rd in the class were Mildura’s Matt Ryan and Mark Alvino (#184).
The highest placed local entry was that of #95 David and Malcolm Simpson who finished 8th outright.
Geoff and Luke Lloyd debuted their new Jimco Pro buggy and despite a few teething problems managed a finish.
Andrew McClelland and Murray Mott (#131) stopped when they were first on the scene at the rollover of Cameron McClelland and Mick Ellis on the second lap of the day. Fortunately Cameron and Mick were okay but the Prolite #154 was extensively damaged after rolling several times.
McClelland and Mott then sustained damage to front suspension trying to re-pass competitors and had to complete the event at a much reduced speed. They still managed a creditable 6th in class and 15th outright.
Finishing 11th in Prolite in their first outing of their Chenowth buggy was father and daughter combination Darren and Tenae Mott.
Taylor Hannig and Drew McClelland brought Drew’s dad’s #313 Sportsman buggy home 2nd in class. A great effort.
Peter Godwin and Van Nixon (#514) won the Performance 2WD class in the first outing of the new V8 powered Toyota Hilux. They finished in 22nd outright and some 18 minutes ahead of next in the class, Stephen Watkins’ #505 from Tasmania.
The other local team of Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey (#570) retired on the first lap with a converter failure.
The Extreme 2WD class was won by Mildura entrants Ivan Robertson and Brenton Barnfield in the #471 Micklefab truck.
Extreme 4WD went to Kerry and daughter Brianna Turley of Broken Hill. Kerry said he enjoyed the Sea Lake track and would be back next year. It was only his second off road event as he usually competes in Safari type races.
George and Karrina Bailey, another father and daughter team, were best placed locals in the large field of Super 1650 buggies. They were 8th in a field of 29.
Other locals in this class failed to finish. Ross Allan and Brent Prange broke a rear suspension arm on the last lap. Alistair and Andrew McClelland broke a rear axle on the third lap. Paul Walsh and Shaun Ritchie had gearbox failure on the second lap.
Stephen and Vanessa Burrows retired their Prolite at the halfway mark after a power steering reservoir broke loose and tangled with other rotating components.
The fastest lap by a buggy was Glen Owen with a first lap time of 40 minutes and 32.16 seconds.
The fastest lap by a tin top was Ivan Robertson on lap 3 with a 44:25.30.
The fastest prologue by a buggy went to Glen Owen.
The fastest prologue by a tin top went to Bernie Clohesy.
The best road jump was awarded to Carl Haby.
The ‘rollover’ award went to Cameron McClelland.
The ‘hard luck story’ went to Jono and Nick Simmons who were unable to start the event.