Sandra Sarginson, a long-time competitor in the series, took on organizing the fifth and final round of the series at Turakina with help from Pete Murphy and other club members. Thanks to Nathan for letting us use his land and also bringing his tractor which was busy recovering vehicles all day.
Turakina (south-east of Wanganui. Ed) was an ideal central spot for our competitors from Taranaki, Masterton, Wellington, and our new mates from Waiouru. Our keen cadre of entrants is expanding and we have a good number of people regularly travelling to compete in all of the rounds. This popularity has resulted in five good events being run this year. Long may it continue.
The event was held just after the big storm that flooded out Wellington. The hazards that were pegged out were much more to the standard of a national trial, with longer and tougher tracks than we have used in the past. The wet conditions added another level of difficulty and required good tyres. Chevy power to churn out the mud helped too!
We also had a good turnout of National 4x4 Trials competitors either watching or competing in warranted and registered vehicles, among them; Dave Hintz, Pete Murphy, Mark Smith, Brent Ward and Kevin Galbraith.
The day finished with a BBQ while the results for the day were totalled up. A win for Marty Green who zeroed a number of hazards that needed V8 power to clear them. Don Morgan was second with side valve power in his Willys Jeep, a penalty for not wearing his helmet costing him dearly.
Next year's series is due to start the weekend after Labour Weekend in Taranaki. Thanks to Wanganui club for this excellent day and we look forward for Mt Egmont's next event in October.
Central Zone Club Truck Challenge Rnd 5 Turakina Sunday May 17 2015
Series Results (best 4 results)
1. Don Morgan (Wellington Jeep) 391
2. Andrew Gee (Valley 4WD) 378
3 =. Steve Stewart (Feilding) 377
3 =. Brendan Watchorn (Manawatu) 377