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Bagshot Podium... Dixon, McIntyre, Davis
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Monday, 02 October 2017
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Competitors at the Bruce Fiske Memorial awoke Sunday to a fine and sunny day, however there was no wind. Discussions in the pits amongst themselves had everyone nervous about the dust and lack of wind to move it.

It was decided to change the format from two 1 hour heats to a 30 minute race-15 minute break in Park Ferme then another 30 minute race to allow the dust to clear in the morning and the same later in the day.

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With overnight leader Eric Schlifelner looking a little nervous due to a leaking radiator, after adding some stop leak he greeted the green flag, taking advantage of a dust free run to put in the quickest first half of the heat in a time of 30.42 however that’s were his day would finish due to a damaged rear hub. Second across the line and inheriting the lead was Alan Dixon in his ProLite with a time of 31.17 closely followed by Glenn McIntyre in his first season of Off Road in his VQ35 Twin Turbo powered PMR 03 Pro Buggy on 31.34.

Fourth to the half way break was current equal leader in the points chase for the 2017 CAMS Hi Tec Oils/M&R Distributors Victorian Off Road Championship David Davis in his Saber ProLite with a time of 32.10. Fifth was the other points leader Glenn Wilkinson/Courtney Wilkinson in their Nissan Powered Payne Pro Lite with a time of 32.17, round out the finishers was fastest Tin Top Craig Button in his CBR Mark 1, after repairing a broken rear suspension overnight.

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Dean Bennett in his Datsun 240k crossed the line in 6th rounding out the finishers. One lap down was Matthew Boxhall in his first race in his new V8 powered Nissan Patrol, unfortunately Megan Marcus couldn’t repair her car overnight with gearbox issue. Alan Dixon took his turn having the dust free run and laid down a time of 30.57 to cross the finish line first for a combined first heat time of 1.02:14 followed by David Davis on 1.03:08, third and only a few seconds away on 1.03:17 was Glenn McIntyre, Glenn Wilkinson stayed steady in 4th as did Craig Button.

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With the lunchtime break over it was time for the third and deciding heat. Alan Dixon took off first however, he decided to ease off the pace a little in order to win the day. Glenn McIntyre took full advantage and moved passed David Davis and Alan Dixon into the lead, with the dust free run he open the buggy up which was short lived with a spin backwards into the trees shortly after allowing David Davis back into the lead, setting out after David.

Glenn soon caught up with David showing sportsmanship and allowing the faster car past; the remainder of the racing basically stayed status quo with Glenn McIntyre/Brad Harvey in #43 greeting the chequered flag first, his first win in his first season.

Second across the line was David Davis in his Saber ProLite #161 followed by Alan Dixon also in his Nissan Powered Southern Cross ProLite.

The drivers had the nervous wait whilst officials combined the two days of racings times. It was time for the announcement with a combined total of 3.12:17 it was Alan Dixon/Tom Dixon taking the win, in second with a time of 3.13:22 was Glenn McIntyre/Brad Harvey. Round out the podium and an agonizingly close 2 seconds behind on 3.13:24 was David Davis.

The remaining positions were filled by Glenn Wilkinson/Courtney, 5th and first Tin Top 1 lap down was Craig Button/Adam Button round out the finishers was Matthew Boxhall having only completed 28 laps. A huge Thanks to Peter Valentine and all the volunteers from Bendigo Car Club for a smoothly run day and a HUGE thanks to Hi Tec Oils and M&R Distributors on their support of the 2017 Championship.

Source and Photographer: Corey Aldridge