Mellool Short Course
Mallee Shield Round 1 – Saturday, April 17, 2010
Outright winners Matt Ryan and
Ken Thompson (184).
Second was 435 Steven Collett and Craig Pumpa,
followed by 222 Andrew McClelland and Ross Allan.
The Sea Lake Off Road Club held the first round of the Mallee Shield Off Road Championship at Danbury Park, Mellool, NSW, on the Monk family property.
Some competitors came prepared, with tear offs on their visors and screens over radiators, others just winged it amongst the locusts.
Matt Ryan debuted his recently acquired Prolite buggy scoring maximum points with regular navigator Ken Thompson. The Sunraysia pair formerly campaigned a blue Ford powered HQ ute.
Mildura driver Stephen Collett with Craig Pumpa of Swan Hill navigating finished a close second outright, just ten seconds behind Ryan.
Taking the third outright trophy, a further two minutes back, were locals Andrew (Rags) McClelland and Ross Allan. An excellent effort with a standard 1600cc motor against a strong field in their class.
The top fancied runners, Greg Garter and Jamie Jennings from Penola impressed the crowd circulating around the 15 km track in less than nine and a half minutes.
However, after holding a convincing lead at the half time mark, a transmission shaft failed on lap seven and the big truck rolled to a stop.
The home ground favourites, last year’s outright winner, Chris Monk and brother Nathan Monk suffered transmission problems and retired early.
Showing the rest of his class a clean pair of pipes was Steve Kanizay with Ash Mayes navigating.
The Swan Hill boys took Performance 2WD ahead of Robinvale’s Richard Murray and Tom and Max Cutter. This was Richard’s first race after a ten year spell and as he develops his new vehicle he will be a force once again.
Twenty-four vehicles started the race and fifteen completed the required ten laps.
Thanks must be extended to Murray Monk and family for their hospitality and to Daniel Monk and the Swan Hill crew for their organisation of the event. A job well done once again.
Also congratulations to Chief Scrutineer Lindsay Burns of Mildura. Recently wed, Lindsay was on his honeymoon and stopped by with his new wife to officiate at the event.