2015 MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 350
Mat Ryan and Glenn Owen – a hat-trick at Sea Lake.
Andrew McClelland receiving Racer Imports $200 contingency prize for most consistent lap times.
Three in a Row for Glenn Owen
Glenn Owen and Mat Ryan dominated the weekend after topping the time sheets in the prologue, backing it up with the outright win at the MBL Sea Lake Mallee Rally ARB 350 and securing a hat trick of outright victories.
The Nissan VQ35 powered Jimco Aussie Special #30 completing the 350 km of racing in a total time of 2h 44m 34s, just 11 seconds slower than their 2014 time.
Andy Ryan and Dave Smith #50 greeted the checkered flag in second outright, just 34 seconds shy of Owen and 1m 49s ahead of third placed Andy Brown and Mark Sedran #45.
Matthew Owen and Adam O’Connor #41 were fourth followed by the single seaters of Brad Chasemore #10 and Tasmanian Scott Rockliff #22 finished sixth.
The first locals home, in seventh outright and first Prolite, were Andrew McClelland and Murray Mott #131. They finished 49 seconds ahead of #150 Luke Erceg and Daniel Ziembinski who were just 18 seconds ahead of #133 Dale Martin and Adrian Rowe.
Andrew also won the Racer Imports prize for most consistent lap times and the Barry Richards Memorial Award for highest placed local which was presented by Barry’s son Hugh.
Alistair McClelland and Stephen Newick #228 won the Super 1650 class ahead of #218 Daniel Wells and Luc Price. Alistair finished 20th outright.
Other Sea Lake Off Road Club members to finish the four lap race were #514 Peter Godwin and Van Nixon who were second in Performance 2WD and 22nd outright, limping home with a failing universal joint.
#570 Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey, along with second navigator Karrina Bailey, finished fourth after a flat tyre on the last lap.
Nic, Johnno and Viv Simmonds finished 22nd outright in their #113 Prolite buggy.
Stephen and Vanessa Burrows broke an axle on the last lap in their #181 Prolite buggy.
Cameron McClelland and Kane Louttit #154 had engine failure on the third lap.
Jamie Robinson and Dion Beatie #48 rolled on the second lap.
Tim and Jordan Lloyd had engine failure on the second lap and George and Karrina Bailey also retired after the first lap.
Paul Walsh and Ash Mayes broke a CV joint on the first lap.
Graeme Robertson and Andrew ‘Mac’ McClelland caught fire in the prologue and withdrew from the event.
Fifty-five of the 99 en-trants finished four laps.
Rain leading up to the weekend ensured the track was in good shape, although dusty in places.
Mallee Shield Inter-club Challenge
Thirty-two crews nominated for the Mallee Shield Inter-club Challenge which was held over the first two laps of the event.
Locals to place were Cameron McClelland and Kane Louttit, first in Prolite; Alistair McClelland and Stephen Newick first in Super 1650.
Peter Godwin and Van Nixon were first in Performance 2WD, ahead of Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey. Taylor Hannig and Ricky Hannig were third in class.
Congratulations to all organisers, volunteers and competitors on another successful event.