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2021 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Pooncarie - April 16-18     |     Griffith - July 2-4     |     Goondiwindi - Aug 13-15     |     Millicent - Oct 15-17

2021 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Australian Off Road Championship
St George - March 19-21   |    Finke - June 12-14    |    Loveday - July 23-25    |    Rainbow - August 27-29    |    Kalgoorlie - October 21-24

Whateley hoping for St George Sunday
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Saturday, 20 March 2021
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At time of writing, the team from the Loveday 4x4 Adventure Park are planning on working through the night to get the #621 Can-Am back up and running for day 2 of the Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 after Toby Whateley and Simon Herrmann rolled through the finish line at the end of their first lap of racing today.

“It’s going to be a big effort, but we’re going to work through the night and fix it” explained Tony Whateley at 8:30pm Saturday night.

As events go, the opening round of the 2021 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship has been an adventure for the team and not the weekend they had been planning.

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“It started going downhill before we even left home. We had done stacks of testing in the trophy truck and it was running great; then we went to load it and it wouldn’t start. We eventually got it started and loaded and headed off.”

“We got a few hours up the road and snapped a trailer axle at Broken Hill. You’ve got to love offroaders…. Kerry Turley got us a welder and we were back on the road in no time” added Tony. “We had a pretty good run after that; just a flat tyre on the Can-Am trailer.”

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With the trek from South Australia to Queensland in the rear view mirror it was time to knuckle down and concentrate on racing. Friday afternoon saw the 90 plus teams head out for prologue. Toby and Simon Herrmann in the #621 Can-Am were having a decent shot at the prologue when they got caught up in dust and had to settle for 20th.

The dramas continued for the trophy truck, with it not starting as Tony and navigator Jodie Veron prologue departure time grew close. “I was about to get out of the truck and tell the officials we wouldn’t be running ‘cause the truck just wouldn’t start… then it fired up. We got to the start line on 7 cylinders, ran the prologue on 7 cylinders, and it was boiling by the time we finished and were back in the pits” added Tony.

A long night in the pits working on the trophy truck found a blocked injector, failed thermostat and the fan had a loose wire. Tony added “while we were on reconnaissance, Nick our Pit Manager again couldn’t get it started. He found a loose wire on the fuel pump. At that point we thought we were good to go. The bad luck and the gremlins were behind us.”

Toby and Simon started the Can-Am out of 19th place for section 1 and were having a good run until mud covered the radiator causing it to overheat. They stopped trackside to clear the mud and continued racing. Unfortunately, as they landed off the finish line jump, rear end componentry broke and sent the Can-Am into a vicious double roll through the finish line. Sadly, at the same time Tony and Jodie were being towed back by recovery after the Trophy Truck wend into limp mode 15km into the race.

It hasn’t been a great weekend of racing from the two car family team from Loveday in the South Australian Riverland, but they plan to pull out all the stops to hopefully have one car on the start line come sunrise Sunday morning.

The Loveday 4X4 Adventure Park Off Road team would like to thank their sponsors and racing partners.