Duo winches for win
ANTHONY Dow and Reece Burgess pair up this weekend as Down and Dirty, one of four teams from Gladstone taking part in the eight-hour Winch Truck Challenge today in Rockhampton.
It is a brand-new circuit – 6.8km long – and the race will last for 250km or eight hours, whichever comes first.
This equates to 37 laps of tackling water crossings, gullies and hairpins on the Seeone Park track.
The enduro concept involving winch trucks is the first race of its kind in Australia, Dow said.
And Rockhampton had been selected as the ideal venue, due to it being the most extreme four-wheel base in the country.
Dow said pit crews and spare parts were allowed – which is not the standard way the Winch Truck Challenges occurs but will allow more time on the course.
The driver and navigator can swap at any time and teams can also have a back-up car on stand-by.
“It’s not going to be about speed, it’ll be strategic as much as anything,” Dow said.
“Someone’s tipped us to come third and we haven’t got a very fast truck.
“It’ll come down to how you drive – and keeping your car going all the time,” he said.
Dow’s Nissan Patrol, fired by a 4.5-litre, fuel-injected motor, has undergone a fair of bit tinkering lately, as changes are made to suit the race length.
As for how many vehicles will last the distance:
“If half finish, I think it’ll be good,” Dow said.
Qualifying starts at 8am to find out positions, with racing to start at 11am.