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Strong start

Wednesday, 9th April, 2014

Chris Wilson set fast times early before his accelerator failed, forcing him to withdraw from the race on Sunday. Chris Wilson set fast times early before his accelerator failed, forcing him to withdraw from the race on Sunday.

By Darrin Manuel

Chris Wilson and Kerry Turley have furthered their racing credentials with strong performances in the opening round of the ARB Off Road Racing Series.

The 300km four-lap race was held at Paringa Station, 50km north-east of Broken Hill, with Turley winning the 4WD category and Wilson setting scorching times before suffering mechanical trouble.

Turley dominated over the two days of racing, with his daughter Brianna, 17, as navigator.

The pair won the prologue on Saturday and performed well in the opening two laps of the main race on Sunday.

John Oliver then took over navigating duties for the final two laps to help seal an impressive victory for the team.

“There were two Australian champions in our category so to beat them in our first race, we were pretty impressed,” said Turley.

“Now we’ve just got to keep going and build on that. We’ve got a bit of work to do on the car; we shattered a few rims.

“But you never know, maybe in eight months we could be the new Australian champions, but there’s a lot of miles to go before we get to that point.”

Fellow local Chris Wilson made a bright start in his buggy but was forced to withdraw from the race on Sunday when his accelerator failed in the third lap.

“We set the fastest lap time on the second lap and had the fourth fastest lap overall, so we were pretty happy with that considering the talent and competition that was there,” said Wilson.

“And on the fastest lap we actually rolled the car while we were overtaking someone, but it rolled back onto its wheels so I just dropped it down a gear and kept on going.”

He said it was deeply disappointing to have to withdraw from the race after setting such good times early on.

“We tried all sorts of things to get it going again, but the electronics of the BMW engine got the best of us.”

Both racers reported that the Paringa course was very tough but enjoyable.

The next leg of the ARB Off Road Racing Series will be held at Sea Lake in Victoria on June 6.

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