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  • Snake Racing 2:19 am on 16/07/2013 Permalink
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    Ian Paltridge – Queensland Off Road Drivers Series Round 3 

    Written by Ian Paltridge

    The ‘On Track 4WD Centre 200’ proved to be by far the most eventful race we had yet attended. Arriving Saturday morning we were quick to unload and hit the track for reconnaissance, the course made it obvious very early on that it was going to be a hard, tough and rough 14.5 km’s to drive fast and consistently.

    The first heat commenced early that afternoon, despite the less then desirable track conditions we finished in good time putting us among the top three. Pumped after such a good drive we quickly checked over the car and lined up third from the start line for round two.

    No more than 1 km into the course things quickly went downhill with suspected rock smashing a wheel, hub and brake calliper. This then lead to the collapse of the rear navigator’s side wheel bearing (should have stopped when the brakes went). Due to limited braking the car coped nothing but more damage until finally coming to a rest track side.

    Come Sunday morning we were again… lined up and ready to race. Having driven home and spent the majority of Saturday night rebuilding the back end of the Polaris we considered the weekend far from over. Our next two laps proved that, with our times being equal to those holding outright places.

    Second last heat of the event and disaster struck again, an almost identical repeat of yesterday’s incident. With no remaining spares that was unfortunately us out.

    The weekend was however anything but a waste of time with so many new things learnt about the performance and capabilities of the Polaris. With repairs and upgrades almost complete we will be ready for the ARB Goondiwindi 400 in August!

     
  • Snake Racing 2:13 am on 02/07/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Ian Paltridge, Mackay, , Queensland Off Road Championship   

    Ian Paltridge – Queensland Off Road Championship Round 2 

    After the 11 hour drive we made it to Retreat Station on Friday afternoon just in time for reconnaissance. Up to that point we had absolutely no idea what we were in for, considering it took no less than an hour to complete the track in the Landcruiser we knew that to repeat this 35km course 6 times over was going to be no small task.

    A short walk through the pits Saturday morning revealed the main competition, 6 other Polaris XP900’s.  To race against vehicles of the same class on such a track was going to be unreal!

    Completing prologue in good time we started the first round in 5th place. The main track consisted of everything from huge tabletops to massive hill climbs, tight heavily timbered sections to high speed flats with no structure at all.  We slid over the finish line with a good time and most importantly no damage.

    The next five laps proved to be just as hard and physically draining as the first. Consistently improving our times we managed to complete the entire 210km’s.

    Although we took out the fastest single lap in class, come presentations we honestly didn’t know what to expect as by Sunday our main goal was to simply finish.

    When we were presented with second in class it came as quite a surprise. Being narrowly beaten by the land owner Chris Moohin in his Polaris and only one place off third outright the weekend was considered a major success!

    Final inspection of the car after the final lap revealed a broken sway bar and a broken top control arm bolt. How this stayed in we have no idea as I pulled it out with my fingers.

    We went to this event to get more drive time and to compete against a large field of Polarises and we came away a with a great result and a lot more experience.

     
  • Snake Racing 2:05 am on 25/06/2013 Permalink
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    Ian Paltridge- Cooper Rally 

    Written by Ian Paltridge


    Being known for its rough track conditions the 2nd round of the Cooper Rally Series proved to be no different. Racing started from midday on the Saturday with roughly 25 vehicles lined up ready to get going. Getting off to a great start we managed some great times putting us on the board immediately. We were able to maintain this performance throughout the entirety of day one.

    Come Sunday morning we received news that the several previously closed tracks had been reopened extending the course by approximately 6 km’s to a total of 12 km. With sections more closely suited to low range crawling it slowed the cars down significantly making for some very difficult racing.  Our luck however continued finishing each lap damage free and in impressive times.

    The extreme track conditions claimed several vehicles that afternoon with DNF’s against some of the more competitive cars which proved to be an advantage our way. With only one more lap to complete we finished only two seconds off the current fastest single lap time, putting another great time on the board to match our previous heats.

    We were stoked with our efforts after receiving a first outright trophy and first in class trophy and cannot wait for round three in October.

     
  • Snake Racing 1:47 am on 25/06/2013 Permalink
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    Ian Paltridge wins Coopers Rally Round 2. 

    What a great result for Ian Paltridge with a win in class and outright win at the 2nd round of the Coopers Rally at Landcruiser Mountain Park Qld last weekend. Having finished 2nd outright in the 1st round he has certainly brushed off the cobwebs from his 4 year break from racing and got straight back into the hot seat from where he left off 4 years ago.

    Again, with close to 30 vehicles competing in the event Ian is proving he has what it takes behind the wheel of his Snake Racing Polaris XP900 to bring home the goods.

    Congratulations Ian and bring on round 3.

     
  • Snake Racing 1:34 am on 27/05/2013 Permalink
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    Ian Paltridge – Gympie Queensland Off Road Drivers Series Round 4 

    WRITTEN BY IAN PALTRIDGE

    This was to be our first ever cams event and it turned out to be a ripper 7km short course track. There were 33 cars in total across all classes so we were in for some great racing. Each car started at 2 minute intervals with only a one lap sprint. This continued for the entire event with no room for error with only one lap to get it right. There was only to be 2 laps on Saturday but after some sweet talking we convinced them to add 2 more laps with great results. We were chasing a class one buggy and another Polaris for the top spot by days end with a night stage still to go.

    We stalled in the night stage much to my disgust and managed to lose precious time trying to start the car with no internal light. (Very funny later on but not at the time).

    Sunday continued with the same format but the stalling issue continued so we had to behave ourselves just to finish and keep our spot. This didn’t stop a red mist moment and a near roll over up on one wheel nearly take out a tree moment.

    The event was a great start to Cams racing for us as we finished 2nd in class and 3rd outright coming in behind a class 1 buggy and a seasoned Polaris racer against 33 cars.

    We found this event to be heaps of fun and very well run. The track was near perfect with motocross jumps, big gullies and well over 100 turns in 7km’s.

     
  • Snake Racing 12:06 am on 09/04/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Cooper Rally, Ian Paltridge, Khy Walsh,   

    Ian Paltridge takes home 2nd at Cooper Rally Qld 

    For his first time behind the wheel of his Snake Polaris XP900 and his first drive in 4 years, Ian Paltridge had the adrenalin pumping to bring home 1st in class and 2nd outright at the Cooper Rally held at Landcruiser Mountain Park Qld a couple of weeks ago.

    As a recent member added to the Snake Racing Rally Team Ian and his first timer navigator Khy Walsh have really set the pace for themselves at this event.

    The Cooper Rally has been running for several years and mainly consists of vehicles from Class 7, 8 and Modified Outlaw Vehicles. Approx 30 vehicles took part in the event.  Ian just happen to win the last  series he competed in in 2009. The competitive side of him certainly hasn’t died down.

    As Ian didn’t have any time for testing it really was a first for everything and we wish him well in his next event. Ian will be competing in the 4th round of the Qld Off Road Driver Series in Gympie 25th May.

    Keep an eye on Ian’s progress via the Snake Racing webpage.

     
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