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Rainbow Rises 240 podium... Schlifelner, Graham, Stevenson
Monday, 11 March 2019
Photographer: Brett Lehmann

Eric Schlifelner #1055 capitalised on the conditions at the Rainbow Rises 240, finishing at the top of the timesheets with a total time of 2h29m28.557seconds. Steven (Bowie) Graham #1064 with Dad Daryl in the navigator’s seat slotted into second place 41seconds shy of Schlifelner – 2h30m09.235seconds.

In a stellar effort, the Super 1650 of Peter, Brock and Jake Stevenson #248, took the final place on the inaugural Rainbow Rises 240 podium – 2h45m36.967seconds. Luke Densly and Warren Collins #619 were only a minute off the pace of Stevenson to take fourth outright and first in class, a near perfect debut drive. Hayden and Hannah Bentley #418 were lucky finish after pitting mid race to change an alternator; ultimately claiming fifth place and rounding out the top five.

Regi and Oriola Lumani drove their #680 machine into sixth place edging out Dean Williams and John Huber #357 in seventh place. David Davis was just over half a minute behind Williams and was the last team to complete full race. Eight of the 24 entries recorded 23 laps of the 8.8km course with some big names on the list of none finishers.

Daniel Wells, in the highly anticipated first drive of his new Tatum #1018, saw Wells graduating from the Super 1650 class to SportsLite over the off season. Wells did not disappoint, recording the fastest qualifying/race 1 time by over 2 seconds. Unfortunately for Wells, the Honda SV20 powered Tatum collided with a tree in the second race of the day damaging the back right hub assembly.

With the demise of Wells, the race lead was handed to the second fastest qualifiers, Kieran Kelly and David Sumak #28. The conditions weren’t kind to Kelly who reportedly ran out of fuel while in the lead.

From there on in the race was Eric Schlifelner’s to lose; the quick and nimble Saber, coupled with the dust keeping the competition at arms length, saw Schlifelner first to salute the checkered flag.

Returning to the track after a long hiatus was Matt Coleman and Leigh Slorach in the ex Paul Simpson Toyota Tundra panelled project car. The mid engine mounted Colman Jimco had coolant pressure issues resulting in overheating; the team taking the conservative approach and trailering the #55 to limit the damage.

Keith Owers broke rear spring plate bolts, a disappointing end to his weekend. Owers bought back the Rivmaster he campaigned in the nineties, restored it and was having its first competitive drive at Rainbow.

The DNF list continued; Dean Petschel and Jake Stevenson #217 had gearbox issues in the prologue; Craig and Adam Button #469 overheating; Justin and Melissa Watt #420 electrical alternator; Mark Hardman and Mark DeGruchy #88 shifter cable; Nigel and Brock Pendlebury #235 CV boot and jumping out of gear; Jake Freckleton and Toby Hederics #19 engine; Dale Martin and Adrian Rowe #133 Alternator; Joseph and Jourdain Patterson #175 engine.

Event results can be found here.