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  • Snake Racing 4:31 am on 10/06/2013 Permalink
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    Day 2 Tatts Finke Desert Race 

    It just wasn’t meant to be. After making it to Finke last night and madly carrying out repairs, the boys from Snake Racing Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor were ready to tackle the day ahead. The return from Finke to Alice Springs was looking promising until a control arm bolt broke on the Polaris XP 900 in the second stage for the day. That was the end for Snake as the boys retired the vehicle and limped back to Deep Well on the service track with temp repairs using zip ties. The service team went in to pick up a very disappointed Wayne and Chris.

    All issues aside the boys had a blast attending the event and the whole team really enjoyed the long days and nights and the entire atmosphere that this type of event rallies. We are all looking forward to the party tonight and can finally relax after a few hectic weeks of preparation.

    Congratulations must go to Adrian Jackson and Darren Kim from Team Barry Moule for placing 1st and 2nd in the UTV class and Shaun Blowers for placing 3rd.

    In overall  outright a huge congrats goes to Hayden Bentley from SA for holding onto 1st place, Shannon Rentsch from Vic in 2nd and Mark Burrows from Vic in 3rd. All 3 formed part of the PRO class and held back the rest of the field.

    A big thanks to the whole team from Snake Racing for making this event possible.

    Look out for more photos and video from the event on our website soon.

  • Snake Racing 2:13 am on 09/06/2013 Permalink
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    Day 1 Tatts Finke Desert Race 

    Day 1 saw Snake Racing on track to finish 1st in UTV class, until the last stage when they suffered rear shock failure and therefor adding precious time to the clock. Up until this stage the boys had a 7 minute lead on the next car. Wayne and Chris kept it together and drove the last 40kms with only 3 shocks. Their Polaris 666 made it to Finke but finished 6th out of 9 starters in class.

    “What a day, to get so far and so close without any problems, but that is what racing is all about.” A frustrated Wayne said. “At least the team got there in the end”

    Of 99 vehicles starting only 66 made it to Finke at the end of the day.

    South Australian Hayden Bentley from Pro Class in his Race Buggy is currently sitting in 1st outright with a time of 1:49:48.

    Check out the Snake photos below with more of the event to come.

  • Snake Racing 2:11 am on 08/06/2013 Permalink
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    Prologue Tatts Finke Desert Race 

    After a great day of shock testing with Fox Shocks yesterday, the boys at Snake Racing (Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor) are off to a great start to the Tatts Finke Desert Race with a 1st in class in prologue this morning clocking a time of 6:28. They started out behind one other vehicle with a 1 minute interval but in true Wayne style he pushed the pedal to the metal and overtook that vehicle. His finishing time was a huge 16 secs ahead of the next UTV which was driven by Michael Roycroft from NSW.

    Of 99 cars to travel to Finke Wayne’s time came in 56th outright which isn’t too bad when you look at the competition.

    Here’s to a great event over the next few days and just making it there and back will be a win on it’s own.

  • Snake Racing 12:32 am on 08/06/2013 Permalink
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    Fellows Shines At Finke Prologue 

    FIRST PUBLISHED OffRoadRacing.com.au Saturday 8th June 2013

    David Fellows and Mark Bergamin have come out swinging this morning during the prologue for the Tatts Finke Desert Race. The six-time “King of the Desert” drove the #92 Rhodes Racing twin turbo V6 Jimco on to pole position for tomorrow’s first leg of the race from Alice Springs to Finke, with a time of 5min 9sec. His Rhodes Racing Team mates, Jack Rhodes and David Pullino let the red dirt fly on their way to second place in the #91 Jimco, just three seconds short of Fellows. The V8 power propelled #8 Truebuild Jimco of Alice Springs locals, Danny Auricht and Grant Connelly nailed down third on the grid in the same time as Rhodes, 5min 12sec.

    After finishing third outright in 2012, Beau Robinson and Ken Skinner made a good start to their 2013 campaign, putting the #413 OBR Geiser Truck into fourth on the grid and first in the Extreme 2WD Class. Victors at the first round of the AORC, Shannon and Ian Rentsch powered their SR Racing Jimco into fifth, ahead of reigning Australian Off Road Champions, Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells in sixth, while the #21 MBR Jimco of Mark Burrows and Colin Hodge locked in seventh. Reigning 2012 King of the Desert, Brad Gallard with wife Kristin alongside, were hampered with an engine miss during the prologue which saw them cross finish line running on 6 cylinders in the V8 powered #454 Toyo Tires Geiser Truck. The team are now rectifying the problem and will start the main event tomorrow morning in eighth. Last year’s runners up, Matt Coleman and Shawn Teagle will start the #55 Alpha in ninth, ahead of the #23 Peter Kittle Motorsports Jimco piloted by Matthew Kittle and Cameron Kahl.

    Conditions were almost perfect for racing, with the showers in the lead up to the race keeping dust to a minimum and as the morning progressed the cloud cover gave way to sunshine. The starting grid battles raged back through the classes with #128 Aaron James and Brett Plant taking the ProLite honours and 11th outright in their Aussie built Razorback. Craig Prettlejohn and Richie Hayes continued the good form for the Razorbacks, taking the #223 A-Arm to the Super 1650 class win and 45th overall.

    Scott Gould and Matt Haywood dominated the Performance 2WD category, bringing their #502 V8 Rodeo home in 6min 18 sec, ahead of the Chinese based Wolf Pack International team of Wei Hongjie and Xie Jinlin in second. Geoff Pickering and Dylan Watson were straight down to business, taking the Production 4WD Class honours.

    Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire made an impressive debut in their #803 Extreme 4WD Mitsubishi Triton, finishing in 5min 27 sec and 18th outright. Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor were the quickest of the 12 UTV’s, taking the #666 Snake Racing Polaris to class pole and 56th outright.

    The main race starts tomorrow morning at 7:30am, with the first car expected to arrive at Finke before 9:30am.

  • Snake Racing 7:10 am on 06/06/2013 Permalink
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    Finke Desert Race Ready To Go 

    After a full on week and a little delay, 2700kms down in the new Juicy Lucy truck, the boys from Snake Racing (Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor) and their Polaris finally arrived in Alice Springs on Tuesday morning. They went straight to documentation and were very excited to collect their bag of goodies all set for this weekends Finke Desert Race. The biggest of its kind in Australia. With 518 quads and bikes and 100 cars and buggies all lining up at  the start in Alice Springs it is going to be HUGE.

    After checking in at the local Caravan Park and meeting the locals at Woolworths and loving the support they are giving the event the boys still have some preparation before the race. Today they will be meeting with the guys from Fox Shocks for some shock testing.

    New Velo Kevlar helmets have been unwrapped and the boys don’t wont to get them dirty. Looking mighty shiny.

    For information over the weekend about the Finke Desert Race keep an eye on our Facebook page for all updates.


    Look out next week for the full run down on the event with heaps of pics and video on our website and Facebook page to check out.

  • Snake Racing 1:21 am on 28/05/2013 Permalink
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    Wittitrin 300 Run and won 

    Round 3 (Wittitrin 300) of the NSW Off Road Championship was run over the weekend on a very muddy track after a week of heavy rain. The rain subsided on Friday and the biggest show of vehicles this event has seen went ahead with 40 rolling up to take on the wet and muddy conditions.

    The boys from Snake (Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor) experienced some minor issues ranging from a failed spark plug to a rear wheel problem, unfortunately costing them precious time and positions. They did manage to claw their way back on Sunday morning and still managed to finish in the top 10 with an 8th outright and 3rd in class behind the visitors from Queensland.

    Overall the general feeling was the event was fantastic and very well run with great facilities and people throughout the weekend.

    With a Polaris XP900 that started out Blue, it came back to Sydney a nice shade of Brown and was unrecognisable upon unloading from the truck. The boys are up to their 3rd attempt at washing the vehicle and all the gear that goes with it.

    Congratulations to Chris and Len Levi 1st outright

    Jeff Thomas, Peter Calvert and Louise Dorrian2nd 2nd outright

    Dale and Mal Chadburn 3rd outright

    Round 4 of the NSW Off Road Championship will be run at Griffith 13th and 14th July.  See you there.


  • Snake Racing 4:21 am on 24/05/2013 Permalink
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    Snake to attack Finke Desert Race 

    The boys from Snake Racing are madly working on their Finke Desert Race vehicle to get it finished in time for the race on 8th – 10th June.

    With only a week more in preparation time and a NSW Off Road event coming up this weekend its all hands on board before the trek across to Alice Springs NT next week.

    There is a large mix of vehicles heading to Alice Springs and the biggest line up of UTV vehicles for an event of this type in Australia this year. Of the 94 vehicles entered, 12 of them will be made up of UTV’s from around the country. This is very exciting for all teams but Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor from Snake Racing are really looking forward to competing against all states, ready to give it a real go and will hopefully end up on the podium.

    If you are not in the Northern Territory during this week make sure you check out the results, photos and updates throughout the following week.

    Good luck to Wayne and Chris and the whole team from Snake Racing.


  • Snake Racing 3:37 am on 23/04/2013 Permalink
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    A bittersweet weekend at NSW ORC Crookwell 

    The boys suffered a bit of a battering at Round 2 of the NSW ORC at Crookwell on the weekend but still managed to finish 2nd in class which was a good result considering the conditions that they faced.

    The weather served up a mixed bag with very cold temperatures on Friday and Saturday,  drizzling sleet on Saturday and an outstanding day of sunshine on Sunday. There was a bit of everything.

    Snake Racing driver and navigator Wayne and Chris loved the track, they said it was brilliant, full of all types of terrain with sharp bends, open paddocks, hills and gullies. They dodged a Blue Tongue and Echidna along the way which made for some interesting driving.

    After a successful day on Saturday with some great times it just wasn’t to be on Sunday morning. During heat 4 the boys suffered yet more damage to the Polaris XP 900 with 2 broken factory upper and lower right hand side ball joints which then intern damaged the steering rack and rack end, axle, caliper and break lines. All parts were replaced with new ones accept the brake caliper. This was yet another hit to the hip pocket. This incident saw Wayne and Chris struggle to stay in the game as they  did not finish that heat. After Wayne made a mad dash back to the pits on foot to crab the replacement parts Chris and himself did a great job getting the Polaris back together and back on its way for the final heat of the day which consisted of 10 laps.

    Out of 12 vehicles that were left to compete in the final heat only 4 managed to make it home to the finish. Luckily Wayne was one of them. The heat really took its toll on everyone with minor injuries and body fatigue but there was some great racing with the vehicles battling right to the end.

    As above Wayne’s times  were very impressive however they were not enough to keep him on track for another 1st place on the podium in class or a podium finish outright. 2nd in class was a good result but it knocked us back down the ladder in the outright stakes.  Lets hope round 3 sees them make a comeback and hopefully the Polaris won’t suffer any issues at the next event.

    Congratulations to Michael Smith for taking 1st in the UTV class and Justin Guy for 1st outright at Crookwell.

    Round 3, Wittitrin 300 will be held at Kempsey on 25th and 26th May.


  • Snake Racing 4:20 am on 16/04/2013 Permalink
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    NSW Off Road Championship Round 2 Crookwell on track. 

    This weekend sees the second round of the NSW Off Road Championship and Snake Racing will be back for more of what they gave out in Round 1. After placing 2nd outright and 1st in class driver Wayne Murphy is all geared up to keep the momentum going with the hope of another podium finish.

    After significant repairs and replacements to the rear control arms, ball joints and control arm radius rods after round 1 the Polaris XP 900 is back in it’s best form for this weekend. The continuous damage after each rally is starting to get a little frustrating but the boys are pushing through.

    Round 2 is held at Storriers Gravel Pit on Grabben Gullen Road Crookwell.

    Make sure you check out our Facebook page after the event to see if you made the glossy photo pages. Tag yourself and your friends and share the event around.

    Good luck Wayne and Chris.

  • Snake Racing 1:45 am on 26/03/2013 Permalink
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    Dondingalong NSW Off Road Championship – A great result 

    The boys at Snake Racing are celebrating after a fantastic start to the season of the NSW Off Road Championship. The Jim Anderson Dozer Hire Dondingalong Off Road challenge was held in Dondingalong on the mid North Coast over the weekend and a field of 38 vehicles attended with 7 of the field making up the UTV class.

    The larger class created alot more excitement for the boys and placed much pressure on the team to prove they have what it takes to place well in the series.  They proved it well and truly with 1st in class and 2nd outright. This was definitely one of the best results the guys have had in 2 years which is very promising for the remainder of 2013, though it is only the first round.

    The boys spent weeks preparing their Snake XP900 and say the improvements sure did help their performance. This year the little 666 vehicle driven by Wayne Murphy and navigated by Chris Taylor has had a few adjustments. The boys are happy to report that their new Muzzys exhaust system and 2.5″ Fox shocks up front have certainly helped their efforts. Also added to the vehicle for extra safety and comfort is the Velo Apex seats. Wayne said the comfort and support the seat offers is fantastic and he really enjoyed driving in it.

    Snake Racing wishes to thank Brendan Flett for all his help over the weekend and the boys say they couldn’t have done it without him. They also wish to thank the hospitality from the town as everyone they met were very accommodating and friendly and seemed to enjoy having the event in town.

    Look out for the boys at round 2 on 20th and 21st April at Crookwell Gravel Pit Challenge.

    For more pictures of the whole event check out our Snake Racing Facebook page.


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