REIGNING champions Shannon and Ian Rentsch in the #1 Hogs Breath Café / BFGoodrich Tires Jimco stood atop the time sheets after day one of the Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400, Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship.
After three 50km laps of the Lower Bucca Forest on the Mid North Coast of NSW, the leading Pro Buggy team gained five places on their starting position – a 6th in prologue on Saturday morning – to secure the coveted pole position for Sunday’s starting grid and final dash to the chequered flag.
Waikerie event winners Jack Rhodes and David Pullino in the #91 Rhodes Racing Pro Buggy had crossed the finishline first on track, but on times only managed the second-fastest overall time for the day, 27 seconds slower than Rentsch.
The weekend’s only New Zealand competitors, Raana Horan and Klem Christiansen in the #89 Pro Buggy, finished third from their 11th place start, impressing in what was their first run in their recently purchased ex-Danny Auricht Jimco.
Prolite Buggy teams filled the remaining places in the top five, with Matthew and Kerri Martin (#121) in fourth and current class leaders Tony Fehlhaber and Gary Howell (#138) in fifth.
The fastest competitors for each of the classes were:
Pro Buggy – #1 Shannon Rentsch (VIC)
Prolite Buggy – #121 Matthew Martin (NSW)
Super 1650 Buggy – #202 Chris Browning (NSW)
Extreme 2WD – #403 Greg Gartner (SA)
Superlite – #683 Andrew Crammond (VIC)
Production 4WD – #777 Drew Corcoran (NSW)
Extreme 4WD – #802 Colin Hunter (QLD)
Sunday’s schedule sees five laps around the 50km course. All national and state entrants are required to compete in the first three laps. AORC entrants will be given a 45-minute service break before attacking the final two laps of the weekend.
Racing starts at 8.30am at 1119 Bucca Rd, Lower Bucca.