Justin Guy and local Eric Hulme in their Pro Buggy (PIC: Sean O’Leary)Maitland driverJustin Guy and navigator Eric Hulme made it two in a row when they took out overall honours in the Scott’s Hydraulics Dondingalong Off Road Challenge hosted by the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club
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Guy and Hulme in their Pro Buggy beat home Peter Carr and Matthew Windham in their Polaris UTV Superlite with Glenn Hoffman driving solo completing the podium positions. KMORC secretary David Spokes with Glen Hayes alongside finished fourth, only 1.15 seconds behind Hoffman after nearly 45 minutes of racing over the technical 2.2km Dondingalong course.

Spokes was happy with how he had gone and how the racing had panned out over the weekend.

“From my own point of view I was pretty happy with my race, we were testing a new gearbox and it was good to get a top four result,” Spokes said. “In the end it was Justin Guy and local Eric Hulme who took the win from Peter Carr in a UTV Superlite Polaris.

KMORC secretary David Spokes and Glen Hayes finished fourth (PIC: Sean O’Leary)

“The Superlites go really well at Dondingalong, being four-wheel drive on what is a tight track so it is no surprise to see them at the front.”

The racing consisted of five heats with every class having at least two runs on a track soaked with water to keep down the dust. Spokes said this adds to the unpredictability of the result of the race.

“The different classes race on a water soaked track at different times so their heat race times vary and you usually don’t know the result until the last Pro Buggy heat on a dry track, but if you get a shower of rain in there that can really jumble the result,” he said.

Spokes next competitive outing is the famous Finke Desert Race in the Northern Territory in June teamed with fellow club member Craig Anderson Finke is a 229km blast in each direction from Alice Springs to Finke River.

“This will be our second go at Finke,” Spokes said. “Being a point to point race rather than a lap it relies a lot on experience because you only see the track once in each direction.”

The next local off road competition will be the Wittitrin race in August

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