Cox Dominates Burdekin 300
Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Source: Michael Marson
Photographer: Leila Chapman

Talbot Cox #16 led from start to finish claiming outright victory of the Burdekin 300, the second round of the Mickey Thompson Tires AORRA Queensland Off Road Racing Championship with Troy Duff #124 in second place ahead of Aaron Phillis #644 in third.

Cox started Saturday in style by winning the prologue by 5seconds over Tony Fehlhaber #138 with Paul White #73 only 1second behind Fehlhaber. Keith Daley #623 was an early casualty with front shock failure while Jim Dywer #104 was also out of the event early after hitting a tree.

Section one saw the teams’ complete one lap of the 35km course, which was then followed by three continuous laps. The cars where then put into groups of five for the ‘Stadium Stage’ which consisted of five laps of the spectator friendly 3km course, with cars starting 10 seconds apart. The concept proved a huge success with competitors and the large crowd.

At the end of day 1 Cox led Duff with Chris Colborne #169 moving in third outright. After the huge success of the Stadium Stage on Saturday, the decision was made to incorporate another stadium section after first completing three continuous laps of the 35klm course.

This once again proved a success with the large crowd wowed by the tight racing and tricky passing maneuvers. Colborne relinquished third outright after transmission failure handing Phillis the last position on the Burdekin 300 podium.

Class winners were Talbot Cox #16 in Unlimited Class; Troy Duff #124 - Class 1; Luke Buckingham #207 took out Class 2 and Steven Orr #351 drove well to claim Class 3. Brett Milton #406 secured Class 4 while Stuart Chapman #520 battled transmission issues to claim Class 5. Aaron Phillis #644 - Class 6; Burdekin Club Secretary Dave Muir #6633 won Class 66; Jason Lavis #722 ran strongly to claim Class 7 with Brett ‘Bluey’ Morgan #831 driving consistently to win Class 8. Michael Marson #1032 had a close battle with Rohen Merchant #1096 to claim Class 10.

The Burdekin Off Roaders would like to thank everyone who travelled long distances to compete as well as all their local sponsors for supporting the event; the Burdekin BMX Club for manning the checkpoints and the Burdekin Amateur Anglers for providing the catering and bar for the entire weekend. A special mention to the Cox family for all their support providing machinery and the use of their land as well as the invaluable support from the Burdekin Shire Council.