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2016 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash

It is with great sorrow that the Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club wishes to inform you that due to low confirmed entries the 2016 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash will not be held as it is not economically viable.

This decision has not been made lightly, however it does give the committee the opportunity to reinvigorate the event.

All entry fees that have been paid will be reimbursed in full. Deb will be in touch to get your bank details and confirm the amounts paid.

Rest assured that this is not the end of the Gascoyne Dash and we will have exciting news for everyone in the near future.

The Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club would like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to growing the relationship in the years to come.

The ADVENTURE continues!

Fast Finish For Fish

Posted on 03.11.2012

Victorian Mathew Fish finished first outright and conquered the 201km Day One distance on what competitors described as a rough and fast track. Several of the front runners in both the bike and the car categories experienced uncharacteristic 'offs' and near-misses. A light breeze in the morning developed into strong gusty conditions come mid-afternoon; a further challenge to remaining competitors.

At race end, the bikes edged ahead of the cars, just three and a half minutes separated two wheels from four. Mathew Fish aboard his KTM 500 clocked a time of 2hrs 11m 32s ahead of the fastest car - Shane Elphinstone/Warren Fennel in the #44 Holeshot pro buggie with a time of 2hrs 14m 57s. The result could have been closer, the #44 crossed the line with minor damage after coming off the track and briefly getting lost. To put this into perspective, last year's King of the River Ben Grabham recorded a Day One time of 2hrs 12m on his KTM; both Fish and Grabham clocking these times on their first run over this terrain. It seems these two-wheeled warriors just keep getting faster and faster.

The cars were first to leave the line at 8am and of the 25 entries that started, a healthy field of 21 managed to finish. Blindingly quick at prologue #68 Justin Steadman/Greg Finlay lead the pack with team mate and BAT Racing principal #968 Brad Cooper/Mal Yeardly just two start positions behind. Both pro buggies enjoyed a battle, exchanging positions at times but a flat tyre on each vehicle allowed their respective tailing competitors to pounce. Just 11 seconds separated second from fourth in the end. Steadman settled for second place in a time of 2hrs 21m 12s with the #408 Extreme 2WD of David McShane/Craig Greentree finishing a strong third in 2hrs 21m 18s. The second of the BAT cars was just five seconds off the pace and a further eight minutes back was the #74 of Brett and Kevin Renton in fifth.

Non-finishers included the #195 of George Metaxes/Nathan Mortimer, they were the first casualty of the day, blowing up just 1km from the start line. The #725 Production 4WD of Wayne Reece/Glenda Sullivan had issues with the differential, as did the #854 of Tony Overstone/Stephen Scott and the #866 of Mr 11/10ths himself Mark Murray/Daniel Smith. Other notable drives were that of the #770 Production 4WD Shane and Jessy Bryan who rolled mid way through but met the chequered flag and the always entertaining #736 Ted Schultz/Rick Andreoli who washed off their race speed in spectacular style right in front of the crowd.

Bike competitors were presented with a rough and rocky track come their start time at 10.30am. The top twenty finishers returned in a vastly different order to which they left the line; conditions taking their toll on the best of them. Flat tyres, dislocated shoulders and broken bones weren't enough to quash the determination of some in their pursuit of the finish line.

Luke Clay aboard his #311 Husaberg FE570 gained five positions which was a massive leap to finish second on the podium for the day in a time of 2hrs 13m 24s. Rod Faggoter on the #205 Yamaha YZ450F did the same to claim third place in a blistering time of 2hrs 13m 32s. Fourth and fifth belonged to #5Terry Crane and #2 Warren Kempton who lead the charge of the Carnarvon contenders.

Riding for the South African team 2MCC (who collectively, have travelled around 35,000km to meet the Gassy Dash green) the #6 of local Stephen 'Duck' Mitchell was the first home finishing in seventh followed by NSW #257 Chris Thomas in tenth and team principal #12 James Doherty in 21st. The fourth team rider #208 John Barton unfortunately resulted with a DNF but may meet the green tomorrow morning and make the most of his intrepid trip from Columbia.

There were a couple of riders who required medical attention but all were safe and well at race day's end. Given the challenging conditions it was surprising that as few as 10 of the 80 riders that started, missed out on meeting the chequered flag.

All results are provisional at time of release. For full results visit www.gasdash.com or myraceresult.com.au or you can check out Gascoyne Dash on Facebook - race updates will be posted throughout Day Two tomorrow. Competitors and crew have now washed the dust away, watched the golden WA sunset and are enjoying the world-class live entertainment as part of the Dirt Art Festival held in conjunction with the Dash.

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