Round 1 - 17 - 19th March 2017

ARB ORRS ROUND 1 – ARB TOWN AND COUNTRY TYRES STACKPOOLE 400

17 - 19th March 2017

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Round 1 of the ARB Off-Road Racing Series kicked off mid-March with the ARB/Town and Country Tyres Stackpoole 400, held in Griffith, NSW.

 

Prologue was held Saturday morning with property owner and Team M/T newcomer Andy Ryan who topped the times, 12 seconds ahead of Glenn Owen with Andy Brown.

 

The Griffith Off-Road Racing Club trialled a new format for this event by running Classes 2, 3, 5, 6, 66, 7, 8 and 10 on the Saturday and Classes Unlimited, 1 and 4 on the Sunday.

 

Andy Ryan took out the win with a massive 6+ minute lead on Talbot Cox in second place and Dale Martin in third place.

 

Andy stated (as published in issue 1707 of Auto Action) that he owed his winning off-road racing performance to the change to Mickey Thompson tyres, saying that they have better grip and lasted longer than his previous ones.

 

TIP - Andy drives on 35x12.5R15 MTZ P3 tyres, not race specific tyres, as many others use.

 

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Team Mickey dominated the field at Stackpoole 400.

 

Team Mickey also had great success in the other classes.

 

  • 2nd place in Class 1 to Jason Richards
  • 1st place in Class 2 to local Peter Hunt
  • 2nd place in Class 4 to Michael Denham
  • 1st place in Class 5 to Darren Vanderwoude
  • 2nd place in Class 5 to Victorian Sandy Bowman

 

The terrain and dust proved very difficult for many competitors with only 48 of the starting 89 starting vehicles being classed as finishers.

 

 

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THE DATES FOR THE 2018 CALENDAR HAVE BEEN RELEASED.

Round 1 Griffith, NSW 16-18 March
Round 2 Mildura, Vic 20-22 April
Round 3 Sea Lake, Vic 08-10 June
Round 4 Waikerie, SA 13-15 July
Round 5 Goondiwindi, Qld 17-19 August
Round 6 Millicent, SA  21-23 September