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Massive Season for Justin Guy
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Source: Toby Cooper
Photographer: Rachelle Corcoran

In a New South Wales Off Road Championship where Jimco’s dominated outright results, Hunter Valley Off Roaders Justin Guy and Eric Hume #919 claimed their fair share of the silverware; two outright victories and a further two top five finishes were recorded in their hunt for the NSW #1 plate.

As Guy and his amazing crew loaded their 6L Chev powered Jimco 2000, which was purchased mid 2016, in readiness to race at Colo Park for just the second time after winning on debut at Nabiac, there were clear ambitions of ultimately claiming the 2017 CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship.

Colo went off with a bang for Guy and Hume who prologued first on Saturday morning, and from that moment were never troubled, extending their margin on Sunday to claim outright spoils by 4 and a half minutes. With the car running faultlessly throughout, extremely wet and muddy conditions from an overnight downpour would be their greatest obstacle as they stormed to their maiden Colo victory – Guy’s season was up and running!

Guy and crew converged on Dondingalong in May for Round 2 of the championship in search of an elusive three wins in a row at the Kempsey short course event. After stamping their authority early with a second outright in the prologue, it was car #919 taking the early lead in heat one; one they would not surrender. Guy had to overcome having no breaks during heat two on Sunday when a front pad came adrift and another extremely wet track where vision and grip was nearly none existent to claim a third consecutive Dondingalong victory by just under 2 minutes. The race win also made it three wins from three starts in their new Jimco – an amazing feat.

Flying high subsequent to the team’s flawless opening to the championship, Guy was out to make amends at his local Milbrodale Mountain Classic; a track which has not been overly kind to the team in the past. Starting the weekend with a stress free fifth outright and third in class in the prologue, Guy and Hume quickly found their groove entrenching themselves nicely in the top three in wake of a clean Saturday. Following the frantic demands of Sunday morning’s medium and short course heats, Guy escaped unscathed, taking second position in the process ensuring he would launch off beside young gun Josh Howells from the front grid for the long course action.

Guy powered down off the start, taking the lead over the chasing pack into the Mountain and after tussling with Howells for the majority of the weekend, a failed fuel pump relay put the #919 out of outright contention. Looking to salvage valuable championship points and with a podium finish still on the line, the Jimco was repaired on track and rallied hard over the final laps to cross fourth outright and third in class, a great weekend for the team.

As the crew’s confidence continued to grow, it simultaneously came to a halt at Wittitrin when a gearbox issue prematurely ended their weekend prior to prologue; heartbreaking for Guy who had compiled a significant championship lead heading into Round 4. When all hopes of a NSW title had bolted, the team were committed to finishing 2017 off strongly at two of their favourite events.

Amongst a high quality field which had assembled at Warialda, Guy and Hume flew from the blocks swiftly locking in a fourth top five prologue result of the season crossing in second. Strengthening their position in the race following three flawless short course heats, which included high intensity action, Guy entered the brutal long course in fourth. Without fault, six rough, dusty, entertaining 25km laps of Warialda were completed, the team home with their best result at Mount Monomeeth to date, third outright and third in the Pro class their reward.

As a three time defending champion of the Nabiac Airport Challenge and with two outright titles to his name throughout the year, Guy entered the final round of the season firing on all cylinders. Securing a second pole position of 2017 enabled Guy and Hume to utilise the clear track, cruising into the overnight intermission with the lead. Enjoying their time in the race lead right through Sunday, Guy became caught up in an on track incident causing them to limp into the pits with a broken rim and bent steering arm – in doing so handing the front running position to Bryce Chapman. Though still in front of Chapman on time, Guy was within touching distance of claiming a fourth Nabiac title until a snapped axle, 8kms from the checkered flag ended an enjoyable weekend.

The intense battle on track with eventual winner Chapman was a highlight of the season for Guy and Hume who would finish the CAMS New South Wales Off Road Championship fifth outright and second in the Pro class honours. Outside the misfortunes at Kempsey, a tremendous season was had by the team who will look to build on their 2017 moving into a new calendar year.

Race seasons as successful as Guy’s are totally impossible without the help and support of the following throughout the year – Tony & Wendy Guy at Rutherford Muffler, Suspension & CV, Peter Skaza at Skaza’s Automotive, Jeremy Robards – JR’s Auto Electrics, Scott McNeil – McNeil Motor Sport Race Fabrications, Kevin Lee – General Lee Engineering, Ron Schmidt at Racetrans, Rob Roy – Kartek, Maxxis Tyres Australia, EMS Motorsports Computers, plus a huge thank you to the incredible pit crew – Lizzie, DB, Locky, JD and Steve who make long nights in the shed coupled with weekends at the track so much easier and enjoyable.

Stay tuned for more updates on Justin Guy and crew throughout 2018!