Photo: Shannon Rentsch (File image, Dirtcomp/Randall Kilner)
(AORC release, 30/7/2013) THE Victorian son and father team of Shannon and Ian Rentsch won the third round of the Australian Off Road Championship, the Bentley’s Cabin Park Flinders 450 held at Baroota in South Australia last weekend.
The Rentsch’s win in the #33 SR Racing Jimco extends their AORC lead as they prepare for Round 4 at Coates Hire Rally Australia on 14-15 September.
After taking a conservative approach on the first lap on Saturday, Rentsch then wound up the wick, hauling in Hanson’s early lead and ensuring he would start first on the road and out of the dust on Sunday morning’s second section.
From that point he didn’t look back, winning sections two and three and taking the outright win in 4hr 45min 03sec. ahead of Hayden Bentley in the #18 Racer in second, and the Extreme 2WD Trophy Truck of Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings in third.
Piloting his single seat #18 racer to second outright was an exhausted Hayden Bentley, who had to juggle the mammoth task of organising the event on his Baroota property while also competing in it.
Starting sixth after a huge jump sent him off course during the top ten shoot out, Bentley moved quickly into podium contention on Saturday afternoon and motored home on Sunday to finish 13min 7sec behind Rentsch.