Round 5 - 18 - 21ST AUGUST 2017
ARB ORRS ROUND 5 – Albins ARB Goondiwini 400
18 - 21st August 2017
ARB Albins Goondiwindi 400 was held on the weekend of August 18th. It was the 40th year of the event and round 5 of the ARB Australian Off-Road Racing Series.
The turnout by competitors was again a testament to the success of the ARB series with nearly 100 vehicles lining up for the 400km event.
Saturday was an early start with a prologue over an 8km course to set starting positions. The top ten then went into a shootout with Team Mickey Thompson’s Troy Duff taking the honours in his Ace Concreting Pro Lite machine. Team Mickey held six out of the top ten positions.
A one lap dash, 80km, was then held Saturday afternoon which left four laps to be completed on Sunday. Team Mickey’s Aaron James finished on top and was in a great position for Sunday’s laps.
The wear and tear rate for this event is huge with the terrain being one of the toughest in Australia. Sand beds, hard pack and melon holes were just some of the obstacles teams had to overcome, not to mention the trees that seem to just jump out at the most inconvenient of times.
Michael Denham struck out on this one
After the four laps on Sunday Team Mickey came out 1st and 3rd outright, with Aaron James taking the victory and Michael Collins claiming 3rd.
The Goondiwindi Motorsport Association excelled this year in the organisation of the event and we must congratulate them. If you would like to see Life Off Road’s coverage of this round click here.
The final round of the ARB Australian Off Road Racing Series will be held in Millicent SA September 22 -24 and the outright results can still be anyone’s with no less than four teams with the opportunity to take out the series.
1st Aaron James/Peter Luckraft
3rd Michael Collins/Jae Collins
1st Jason Richards/Dave Smith
2nd Sam Egan/Adam Gilkinson
3rd Troy Duff/Daniel Mansfield
1st Daniel Wells/Leigh Wells
2nd Bodie Tickner/Graham Tickner
3rd Peter Sibson/Dee Farr
Sandy Bowman/Daniel Hardman