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Friday, 11th October, 2019

The Turley team even had time for a few tricks on the way to winning the Denise Gosden Memorial. PICTURE: Supplied The Turley team even had time for a few tricks on the way to winning the Denise Gosden Memorial. PICTURE: Supplied

By Michael Murphy

Father and son duo Kerry and Lachlan Turley have smashed the opposition at an off-road racing buggy championship in South Australia.

Team Turley were the only NSW competitors in the Denise Gosden Memorial enduro at Port Germain last weekend. They lined up against 14 other teams from around the state

They had one 17km qualifying lap that decides the racing order for the following nine competition laps of the same course.

Lachy blitzed in the qualifier. His fast and consistent run gave Team Turley poll position, which meant they were the front buggy and didn’t have to contend with large trails of dust.

After the full 170km of racing, Kerry and Lachlan won the event outright by two-and-a-half minutes.

“We had the smallest capacity engine and Lachlan was the youngest driver entered,” said proud dad, Kerry.

“We were racing on a track we had never seen before, so beating all the local South Australians on their home tack was a fantastic achievement.”

The pair entered the same event last year at Wynarka (SA) - when Lachlan was only 14 and the youngest to ever win the event - so their latest victory makes them back-to-back champions.

The weekend’s race didn’t go without a few hitches.

It was held up at one point when another competitor’s buggy rolled and had to be cleared from the track.

“We had a small electrical problem on lap one where the buggy lost all power and stopped,” Kerry said.

“We managed to fix the problem and had a trouble-free run for the rest of the day.”

They reach speeds of up to 150km/h, but Kerry says it’s a very safe sport.

“The buggy is also left hand drive, but that doesn’t worry Lachlan as he is too young for a drivers’ licence and doesn’t know anything different.”

The pair hope to go back next year and win their third title.

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