The 2019 SSS Winch Challenge Series was held at Landcrusier Mountain Park on the 22 – 24 February and with a cyclone warning looming over the coast everyone was prepared for a wet weekend ahead.
Shantyl O’Donnell from SS Photography reports…
Action kicked off on Friday night with 16 teams taking on 2 stages, a point to point GPS that led into a couple of winch walls and another winch style stage. Saturday an additional team joined the field, the Superior Engineering Buggy (which was testing for another event later in the year) and all 17 teams set out to complete 6 stages over the course of the day.
First up was another point to point GPS which lead teams to the 2 side by side long winch stages to follow. The afternoon stages included another 2 side by side stages which would have ended in a whole lot of mud if the weather conditions were as predicted, followed by a 1 hour 50 waypoint GPS.
Sunday we again saw the side by side style we love, with 2 long winch stages through the gully of Troopy Trail.
After a very dusty weekend and 10 stages completed the scores were tallied up. In 3rdplace on 784 points was the Shed Built Racing Hilux of Matt Funnell and Ash Shaw, 2ndplace was Carl Johannesen and Jordy Saunders in the CSJ Racing GQ on 791 points. Taking home the first place trophy with 876 points was Allan Tierney and Matt Dicks in the Family Feud GQ Patrol.
2ndRound will be held at Landcruiser Mountain Park on the 10 – 12 May 2019.
SSS Winch 2019 Round 1 Summary
876 – Family Feud – Allan Tierney and Matt Dicks
791 – CSJ Racing – Carl Johannesen and Jordy Saunders
784 – Shed Built Racing – Matt Funnell and Ash Shaw
754 – Pacific Quads Racing – Ben Saunders and James Maroske
736 – Lachson Racing – Jason Jones and Lachlan Jones
703 – Skips Stuff Racing – Paul Espig and Jake Paul Espig
682 – Leadfoot Racing – Daniel Peart and Jarrod Francis
680 – RBR Racing – Bradley Robertson and David Robertson
674 – Thunder Monkeys – Matthew Robert Louttit and Troy Wilmot
621 – Give It Some Jandal Racing – Cam Marks and Tim White
604 – Just Jaded Racing – Kirby White and Will Dolan
567 – GBC Motorsport – Brian Gregg and Michael Bowcock
497 – Precise Automotive – Michael Love and Josh Marks
417 – Hell Bent Racing – Luke Ashmore and Brenton Dunn
194 – LCH Racing – Riley Lee and Dan Gordon
-114 –Star Crew Industries – Josh Parsons and Jesse Adams