Rainbow in country Victoria, Approx 5hrs North West of Melbourne was host to this years final round of the BF Goodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship Rainbow Desert Enduro. With alot to play for as the championship deciding round had everything to fight for. Outer Bounds Racing’s Travis Robinson and Navigator Trent Anthony lead Matthew Martin by just 17 points in the BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship; Chris Browning sits in third, a further 74 points behind Martin. So it was on like Donkey Kong!!! With an entry of 56 cars. Fun times lay ahead. Then the Weather had other plans. Friday night saw the cars line up in the main street of Rainbow for a display and scrutineering, and then the rain decided to invite itself to the party as well. But the wet weather didn’t hamper anyones spirit. As the show goes on. This is Off Road Racing, rain hail or shine.
With a heavy downpour of rain the Friday night, Saturdays stages were looking like a mud bath. So it was certainly testing for the drivers. 1 lap of the course which is 80kms long. Consists of massive straight, mud sections, sand sections. It had everything to keep the drivers on their toes and also balancing on where to push and where to preserve the car so as not to break the car or blow an engine etc etc . I was happy my little Yeti did a lap of the course on the Friday. It got stuck once in the sand section after being pulled into a wheel rut. after that no dramas the little Yeti soldiered on and did a lap. Very Impressed. Thanks Skoda! Anyway, back to the Racing. It was the combination of Beau Robinson and co-driver Shane Hutt that were the winners of Saturdays two-lap race, putting in a sensational drive in the Geiser Bros Trophy Truck.Finishing ahead of Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings, also in a trophy truck,Travis Robinson was the first of the pro buggies to cross the line.
Sunday saw Greg Gartner Motorsports’ Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings claiming the win at this weekend’s Rainbow Desert Enduro. In second place was Chris Browning/Chris Clarke in their Prolite Buggy and third went to Justin Watt and Dave Hartwig in their Alumi Craft trophy truck. But the biggest news was Matthew Martin finishing fourth outright was good enough to claim the 2017 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship, only two points separating Martin and runner-up Browning after three rounds.Travis Robinson, the championship leader, became stranded out on the course on his second lap because of an issue with the timing chain in his Jimco buggy.Then to add insult to injury brother Beau Robinson, yesterday’s winner and early leader of Sundays race, was forced to retire due to a power steering failure which in turn blew the championship wide open. So in turn left everything to fight for right down to the wire! So in the end it was an Ecstatic Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings claiming the ultimate title. I would also like to thank the Organisers and especially the great volunteers at the Road Closures I got to meet. as a lot of people behind the scenes put alot into the events so they can run. So Hi guys!!! You know who you are, till next years event……….
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