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Brett Taylor has taken outright honours in the JAWS CONTRACTING N.T, Northern territory titles in his pro class buggy.

Brett started the event by prologuing second for the event, Greg Hicks prologued in p1, the event was marred with rollovers and mechanical failure.

Mark Bleuel was the first casualty rolling his performance 2WD commodore ute on the warm up track before prologue even got underway bringing his title to an early end.

Visiting driver Paul White from Mt Isa found the tricky prologue track not to his liking when he rolled during prologue, White rolled twice and landed on his wheels and finished prologue in 6th position, unfortunately on returning to the pits found that the damage to the LHF shocker would finish his title aspirations, however in true centralian form the local club members came to his rescue, travelling back into Alice getting a replacement shocker and welder to carry out repairs to the pro class buggy and getting them back on track for the night leg.

Other competitors to have failure on the prologue section would see James Cook have front hub failure in his Sportsman buggy and Scott Raven continue to have engine gremlins in his S1650.

Section 1 would consist of two 48klm laps, Greg hicks got away to a flying start in the pro class Jaws racing Jimco only to have engine failure strike the team one and a half laps in, handing the lead to Brett Taylor, Locky Weir locking in second position and Lincoln Sheedy moving into third position in his Performance 2wd ford f100 truck.

Section 2 would see the competitors bolt on the lights for one lap in the night, Brett Taylor opened up a two minute lead over Locky Weir, Paul White would be seeded into third position but the outright third position would become a great see sawing battle between visiting driver of John Skinner from Mt Isa in his single seat pro lite machine and Lincoln Sheedy in his F100 with Skinner taking third position off of  Sheedy by 10 seconds

Section 3 (Sunday Morning) racing got under way at eight am with one single lap to do, with positions unchanged the race became a run to survive, Clayton Bestmann would call it a day after the single lap having oil pressure issues in his Extremem2WD machine while running sixth outright and first in class, Darren Wright was enjoying a lonely run in his S1650 machine with clutch and oil leak issues but still manage to nurse his machine to the end of section three to be one of the nine competitors still running.

Section 4 would see the competitors line up for two more laps to finish the event, and the cracks in the competitors machines would rare there ugly heads in this section, Brett Taylor would continue on to finish the event in first place, second would go to the Jimco pro lite of Locky and Paddy Weir, John Skinner would take the single seat pro lite into third outright, fourth over the line would be Darren Wright in his S1650 and fifth and the only other competitor to finish would be Jason Flavell in his polaris.

No finishers of this leg would be Paul White Pro class – flat tyre then the bolts on the rear hub sheared off, Lincoln Sheedy had an upside down moment finishing their hopes of third outright and Cameron Foley lost a fan belt and cooked the engine in his Hilux.

The Alice Springs Off Road Racing club would like to thank JAWS CONTRACTING N.T for their sponsorship of the event, also other local businesses that continue to assist the club and all the volunteers that make each event happen.

The members will now prepare their machines for the 2015 TATTS Finke desert race, the club will be holding a test and tune day being held at the Mt Ooraminna complex on Sunday the seventeenth of May.
 
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