Friday, 5th December, 2014
By Ethan James
When Kerry Turley decided to enter the ARB Off Road Racing Series it was basically just to test the waters.
The last thing he expected was to take out number one spot.
The final round of the series wrapped up at the end of October, with Turley finishing at the top in the Extreme 4WD category.
“It was my first year and basically the idea was to get a look at all the tracks and then come back the year afterwards and give it a serious crack,” he said.
“I didn’t think to do it the first time around.”
Following first place finishes at Broken Hill, Sea Lake and Griffith, Turley had the number one spot in the category sewn up before the final leg of the series in Millicent.
“We didn’t have to go with the points system but it would have been nice to race as well,” he said.
“We ended up being too busy with work, we entered the race but had too much on and had to pull out.”
Turley finished twelfth overall in a field of more than one hundred.
The series was often a family affair, with daughter Bree in the passenger seat operating as navigator for three of the races.
But with his eldest daughter now off to university in Adelaide, the hunt for a new co-driver has begun.
Fortunately, Kerry doesn’t have to look too far from home.
“My other daughter Steph is ready to jump in ... perhaps we’ve got a bit of a production line,” he laughed.
“I’m a pretty safe driver and she’s watched for years, so it’s only fair that she gets to jump in the seat as well.”
Turley said his blue V8 4WD, constructed in Broken Hill, was built with tough conditions in mind.
“It’s done two Silver City 1000s and a West Australian Safari now but it pulled up really well.”
“We had no issues apart from at Goondiwindi when we lost 4WD for a bit.
“But I think the key is to go for reliability.
“You can be super fast like some of the other guys but that doesn’t count for much if you break down.
“Quite often they’ll zoom past but then you catch them up in 10-20 kilometres and give them a wave when they’re on the side of the track as you go past.”
Turley plans to again race in the ARB Off Road Racing Series next year and also has an April meet in Mildura on his agenda.