Wynarka Erupts with 39 cars from 4 states
Thursday, 09 August 2018
This weekend the eyes of the world will be on the sleepy little South Australian Mallee Town of Wynarka. ome August for the past 32 years, the Wynarka Enduro comes to town, supported by the Karoonda Lions Club, which has run the catering since the races inception.

This year the Wynarka Enduro will be held in honour of our long standing landowner Brian Martin, who passed away in mid-2017. Brian and Ruth Martin first put their land in the hands of the Summit Racing Team Car Club back in 1986 for the first staging of the Wynarka Enduro. Brian and his family have allowed the South Australian off road community to use the land at Wynarka for the past 33 events, and the Summit RTCC are very grateful.

The 33rd running of the Wynarka Enduro will be known as The Brian Martin Memorial Wynarka Enduro and recognise the generosity of the Martin Family, and the place they have in the Summit Racing Team Car Club family, as without their assistance and charity, these events would never had happened.

The 5th round of the ARB SAORRA Multi Club series on August 11th & 12th will be known as the Brian Martin Memorial Wynarka Enduro. Century Batteries have once again come on board as major sponsors of the event. The field that has assembled for this event is once again very strong, with teams coming from South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia.

We see the largest Prolite field entered in over 10 years with 11 entries, which shows the strength of this class and casting an eye over the field, any one of them could take the #1 class trophy home, and five of them you could have tipped to be on the outright podium come Sunday afternoon.

You could throw a blanket over the whole field (mind you a rather large blanket, but a blanket none the less.) Shayne Ramm #126 has got his buggy back and will be looking for a strong run, the track will be drier than his mud bog racing, but that won’t faze him. Current SAORRA #1 Chris Johnson #122 is pretty quick and on his home track, history tells us over the past 2 years, to keep our eye on him.

David Hall #134 in his Murphy is always exciting, he is super quick and rarely has four wheels on the ground; he started last year out of third place, and he will be looking for that start again this year. Matt Curtis #136 after stepping down from Pro class hasn’t lost any pace; he is a past SAORRA Champion and has not lost his touch, and he will be up the pointy end.

Daryl Nissan #164 started out of first last year and loves this track, has the pace to run with the best. Richard Andrews #137 was second outright last year, with a reliable car now; he will be a force to be reckoned with, a quiet achiever, his competitors won’t be expecting him.

Mick Fraser #166 with his new gearbox, he should pick up some speed on the straights, may surprise some. Lindsay Foster #178 coming of a second outright at Waikerie will be full of confidence; he likes the track and will be looking for the main prize. Evan Lampard #184 had a consistent run at Waikerie three weeks ago and will be looking to impress himself on the Prolite front runners this weekend. George Metaxas #195 will be making the trek from Western Australia, and won’t want to come to Wynarka for nothing; he has the art of surprise, as he is an unknown around these parts. After the desert racing of outback WA, the Wynarka limestone straights will be a refreshing change, we hope he goes well. Neville Day #197 currently sitting third in the SAORRA point score will be looking to add to his points total. This is Nev’s home track and was in the top 10 last year, expect a good result.

Five Pro class cars will be on the grid, led by Scott Schiller #971, another coming over from WA. Scott will have his eye on the first outright spot, and with a clean run may just take it. Kerien Kelly #28 comes to Wynarka after stretching his legs for a bit at Waikerie four weeks ago; he will be keen to push the top runners, and make them earn their track position. Next three Pro Cars all have 4cyc turbo motors, Gavin Chant #26 returns with a fresh gearbox, a consistent performer at all tracks he goes to, he will be looking for a clean run and some track battles. James Anderson #27 has his first tilt behind the wheel for a while in his Rivmaster; the boy can drive fast, and will be looking to see where he and his machine fit in the field. Simon Jensch #92 has a well turned out stadium buggy, which is light and agile; expect to see him pick off some of his competitors in the tight stuff.

Super 1650 have six runners with some of the big players from last season missing from the field, which really opens it up this race. Leading the charge is Hadyn Vanstone #252 leading the SAORRA class points, he is keen to stay there. Hadyn was in a horror crash at Waikerie four weeks ago, but has had amazing healing, and looking forward to ripping up the track again. Nick Burt #234 with a new gearbox will be a new man; he runs at the front of Super 1650 class and makes the driving look easy. Dan Schiller #280 a hard charger in his Southern Cross machine, Dan leads from the front and will give the Super 1650 competitors nothing but his dust.

Shannyn Fitzgerald #209 the smiling assassin; Shannyn is always smiles and chats in the pits, but come race time ….look out.. Fierce competitor in a class winning car, and the tip for the class win. Mark Taylor #256 has had some really good runs this season, with shed work paying off; a second in class and 10th outright at Waikerie was a career best, at his home track of Wynarka he is hoping to impress and battle for track position. Justin Battersby #231 showed at Port Germein he is on the money in this class, Justin is getting quicker and quicker every event, has the car and skill to be up the pointy end, expect a solid run.

Extreme 2WD dishes up two Trophy Trucks and a Baja. Carl Haby #456 leads us off, in his proven truck, was unlucky not to be higher at Waikerie. Carl will be pushing for top spot and the package can certainly deliver; Carl is a previous winner and will be looking again to see that checkered flag first. Brent Smoothy #447 will be bringing his trophy truck from WA to show the SA guys, what it is about, will be looking for a consistent run and see where he sits in the field. Andrew Carter #458 after a great run at King of The Dunes will return to his home track, Andrew will be looking for a good run, with some track position mid field.

Performance 2WD will be a great battle, Eric English #532, will be looking for a clean run, he has the machinery and drive to get the job done. Chris Pickert #577 has had a cracking run this season and will have his eyes on the top class spot, his run at Port Germein shows he has the car wound up, and it’s a weapon. Darren Hille #555 in the F-Truck, this truck is the goods, has the ability to lead the class and chuck rocks at those behind him. Michael Shipton #585, this bloke doesn’t know when to back off (Port Germein quarry); Michael will be giving his all and giving the rest of the class a run for their money. Anyone’s guess who will take the chocolates in this class.

SXS Sport class has Wayne Cailes #6637 as the only non turbo competitor, but you wouldn’t know it from his lap times, he runs with the turbo cars and gives them a shake. Adam Bierl #666 has the car to do the job; these SXS Turbo class cars are quick, agile and plenty of suspension, really suited to the Wynarka track, Adam is a quick peddler and will be one to watch. Mal Lynch #676 showed he has the package to sort out some of the bigger cars, after running fifth outright at Parilla, expect another race where he punches above his weight. Perri and Peta Guigolin #699 will be out to collect a trophy at the end, these girls have been sharing the drive at each event this season, and are getting quicker as their confidence grows, expect to see them at the finish with smiles on their faces.

The 4WD ranks are waning a bit this year; but the excitement hasn’t. In Production 4WD class, Peter Garnaut #720 isn’t one to back off, he only has one focus, and that’s catch the car ahead, the Patrol is up to it as is Peter, expect excitement. Our sole Extreme 4WD competitor is the ever likeable Ian Barkla #860; Ian currently leads the 2018 SAORRA Point score and will be keen to gobble up more points this round, Ian’s consistent style is the best bet in this class, expect to see him at the finish……again!

The SportsLite class will be interesting; hailing all the way from New South Wales is Tanner James #1093 Tanner who has had a great season so far in his new car, picking up class win after class win. Expect to see him at the end and up the rankings. Adrian Gardiner #1055 is no slouch and just needs things to go his way, the driver/ car combination is a class winner, and Adrian will be surprising some people come race time. Mark Alvino #1075 is coming from Victoria to take on the Wynarka limestone again, Mark is a regular here and knows the track well, he is also in with a chance of taking the class crown, and should be watched. Cindy Ball and Doug Carthew #1013 will be sharing the drive of their Rivmaster, the run at Port Germein was good and the lap times were coming down as the team gets used to their car. They will be looking for a finish and clear run.

You can guarantee that spectators will get their money’s worth at this race (free to get in) as some of the best Off Roaders in South Australia are here to give their all. Make sure you get yourself down the end of the start straight for the best view of the track; Cars will be passing the spectator arena four times per lap, so you can follow all the action.

Racing starts with Prologue at 12pm Saturday, 4 racing laps at 3pm and a 5lap – 1hour – 5lap race starting 10am Sunday. Canteen will be open all weekend (no Saturday tea)

Century Batteries have provided give aways for the kids and spectators, plus a “Pick the top 3” competition to win a Century Batteries 90 year esky. Both these will be next to the canteen.

Hot Tip for Top 3, Schiller, Haby, Nissan

Dark horse – David Hall Source: Mark Taylor