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Mellool Wrap Up
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Source and Photographer: Corey Aldridge, Show 'n' Go Photography

Round 2 of the 2019 Victorian Off Road Club Shield headed over the border to Mellool and the Monk Family property. Perfect weather greeted the 16 car field with the sun shining and a breeze to help move the dust.

Section 1 consisted of a one lap sprint of the 15km track; this acted as a prologue and set the starting order for the remaining two sections. Taking early honours and having the dust free start for the four lap Section 2 was Robert Plant and Ryan Burr #128 in their newly purchased Jimco Pro Lite with a time of 11m28s. In second place was Tanner James #1093 in is Alumi Craft Class 10 with a time of 11m35.54s and only 2-tenths behind Tanner was Daniel Wells #1008 in his new Tatum Class 10 (hoping to put the mishap of Rainbow behind him).

A little further back was Brad Chasemore #10 in his single seat Jimco Unlimited Buggy and rounding out the top 5 was land owner Nathan Monk #20 with brother Daniel in the navigator’s seat for a first up run in his brand new Monk Fabrications built LS powered Jimco Unlimited Buggy.

Sixth place was held down by Brett and Melinda Plant #127 in his Class 1; in seventh was the Class 1 of Glenn and Courtney Wilkinson #124 with local Class 6 team of Daniel and Tim Carrison #687 in eighth place. Ninth was held down by Andrew Glover #1072 in a Class 10 with the remaining order being Alistar McClelland #228, Malcom Lynch #676, local Darren Frankling and Ian Dalzell #678, Chris and Zac Martin #661, Adrian Gardiner and Harvey Woodford #1055 with the tin tops of Craig and Adam Button #469 and Dean and Bailey Bennett #812 in his new Class 8 rounding out section 1 finishing order.

With everyone regrouped it was Robert Plant #128 who took full advantage of dust free run to open up a lead with Daniel Wells #1008 following close behind after moving into second after Tanner James #1093 went up a no through road in the dusty conditions.

Brad Chasemore #10 was running in third, however, this was short lived with his clutch having issues the following lap that saw him exit the race. The casualties didn’t stop there with front runner Daniel Wells #1008 snapping a front stub axle, bringing his run to an end on lap 4. Brett Plant #127 suffered a flat on the final lap of the section while one person misfortune is another’s good fortune, handing Nathan Monk #20 the second place finish of section two even though he had a misfire for the four laps. Tanner James #1093 was not far off the pace in third with Glenn and Courtney Wilkinson #124 in fourth and Andrew Glover #1072 in fifth to round out the section two top five.

Last to finish the heat was Dean Bennett #812 after having the save of the century; Bennett put the car on its side but somehow came back down again with not a mark on the car. Check out JS Motorsports Photography for the photo sequence.

During the lunch break it was decided to split the final section into two, two-lap heats instead of the original four due to dust concerns.

At the drop of the flag, it was Robert Plant #128 who increased his lead with Nathen Monk #20 and his misfire holding down second. Unfortunately, on the first lap the casualties continued with Daniel Carson #687 succumbing to rear arm failure. Alistair McClelland #228 was also a non-finisher after having fuel issues.

The final heat and Robert Plant and Ryan Burr #128 continued their dominance having a trouble free run to take victory and first Class 1 home in a time of 1h42m09s leading home Nathan, Daniel and Damien Monk #20; the Monk machine still suffering the misfire was 4 minutes off the pace of Plant. Rounding out the Mellool Short Course podium was Tanner James #1093 with a time of 1h47m24s in his single seat Class 10.

Fourth and second Class 1 home was father/daughter combination of Glenn and Courtney Wilkinson #124; fifth was taken out by Andrew Glover #1072 with his extremely quick beam axle Class 10.

First in class 6 and sixth outright was Chris and Zac Martin #661 while heading over the border from South Australian paid off for Adrian Gardiner and Harvey Woodford #1055 finishing third in Class 10 and seventh Outright.

Eighth was local Darren Frankling #678 with the father/son team of Dean and Bailey Bennett #812 the first tin top home in their Class 84 Nissan Patrol in ninth place.

Tenth and the first class 4 was another father/son team of Craig and Adam Button with Malcolm Lynch rounding out the finishers in his Class 6.

A sincere thanks must go to the Monk family for allowing the use of their property especially in the drought conditions and to the Sea Lake Off Road Club for the running of the day.

Results can be found here.