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  • Snake Racing 2:19 am on 16/07/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Esk, , , Queensland Off Road Drivers Series   

    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 1:34 am on 27/05/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Gympie, , Queensland Off Road Drivers Series   

    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.

     
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