- A new king is crowned for both bikes and autos
- River stage on Sunday one of the toughest to date
- Fantastic weather all weekend.
With the last few teams rolling out of the Gascoyne Junction pit area early this morning, the event for 2014 is definitely run and won. There was a cringe worthy change of leadership in the auto class and a well deserved overall win for the moto’s.
Daymon Stokie on the #90 Honda came all the way from Alice Springs to compete in Western Australia’s toughest offroad race and his abilities on the bike saw him lead the competition from start to finish. Cody Upton #5 was the next bike across the line, being a local lad; his enthusiastic crossing of the line was met with cheers from the crowd lining the finishing straight. Mitch Stewart #6 was the third overall finisher on the Moto’s, his KTM bringing him the last available on the podium.
In the Senior’s class, it was Colin Tanner #208 who took the overall win, his time 40-minutes slower than that of Stokie. John Iuliano #921 brought the sole quad home in an overall 19th position, he rode the last 20km of the event on a flat rear tyre and with a rear shock that was void of fluid and rebounding badly. Mark Stibbard #360 was the first Master over the line, followed straight way by the first Veteran #177 Jon Bahen.
The upset in the auto classes was a result of the Sunday’s stage river being extremely soft under tyre. With #44 Shane Elphinstone leading all weekend, his lead off the start line on Sunday was hampered after he struck a herd of cows in the riverbed and then buried the rear end of the Pro Buggy as he reversed to re-align.
This allowed McShane #811 to take the lead, of which he nearly lost again after a flat tyre 20km from the finish line. Brad Cooper #968 overtook McShane as he was changing out his flat but also suffered a flat a few km later. #74 Renton was able to squeeze past Cooper for the honors of second place overall, McShane regained the lead and took the overall win and Cooper took third. Although Elphinstone suffered a long wait in the river bed, he had enough time up his sleeve from the Saturday stage to gain a respectable 4th overall place in the autos.
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