Tough brake for rally duo
Monday, 7th November, 2011
Rally enthusiasts enjoyed a dose of motorsport mayhem over the weekend as the ARB Silver City 600 Cross Country Rally roared out of the city.
The SC600 finished yesterday, with Geoff Olholm winning the event. The only local team to enter was Kerry Turley and Jay Burns.
The pair suffered an upset when their front left caliper brake broke 40 kilometres into the second last stage.
Kerry said they were 1 minute and 40 seconds behind the leader but couldn’t go on without their brakes.
“We were trying to win for Broken Hill but we just missed out,” Kerry said.
Kerry said the weekend proved to be very hot and there was a lot of wildlife on the course.
He said the rally was full of drama with three cars rolling on Saturday and one car catching on fire on Sunday.
“There was plenty of excitement,” Kerry said.
Kerry said he hopes there will be another event held next with double the amount of competitors.
Shifting the event to a cooler time of the year would also be welcomed, he said.
“I should be in the pool or up Sunset Strip. They are hoping to do it every year and with more local involvement,” he said.
The Silver City 600 is tipped to join the Australian motorsport calendar with the other two main cross country rally events - the Australiasian Safari in September and the Condobolin 750 each Easter.
The rally covered a total of 600 kilometres. Entries were open to cross country rally cars, extreme class 4x4 vehicles and off road racing vehicles including 2-wheel drive vehicles and buggies.
Each vehicle required a driver and navigator along with a service crew for any repairs or maintenance.
The stages presented a challenging and varied cross section of rally terrain - from fast flat open sandy tracks, to technical ground and dry creek crossings.