Troy Tenheggeler will be out to take second place from Anthony Dow in the WTC this weekend.
Troy Tenheggeler will be out to take second place from Anthony Dow in the WTC this weekend. Submitted

Winch Truck Challenge fires up

ROUND three of the CQ Winch Truck Challenge fires up at Seone Park near Rockhampton on Saturday.

Gladstone pair Anthony Dow and Troy Tenheggeler sit in second and third place respectively, with Dow enjoying a slender 26-point lead.

Tenheggeler believes he has an edge over Dow, whose vehicle is no longer “aerodynamic”, due to the battering it took in the recent enduro.

“If we keep doing what we've been doing, we should get him easy,” Tenheggeler laughed.

“We just need to get the GPS stage worked out.”

But late nights and heavy duty panel beating over the past 10 days has seen Dow's Nissan knocked back into shape for the last round of the series, and he's not looking at handing over second place without a fight to the newer kid on the WTC block.

“Mechanically she's sound, and Troy'll never live it down if a six-cylinder beats an eight,” Dow said.

“We're really looking forward to it.”

Ian Davison, one of the WTC organisers, said the track is made up of new sections, and will be very spectator friendly.

“There're new winch walls, and a bit of water in several stages,” he said.

“There're also a lot of rocks and a few side angles, so there could be a few rollovers.”

Over the course of the series, Davison has seen drivers improve their skills and he expects everyone to be going hard in the final round.

Tenheggeler, who's competing for the first time this year, said while the driving was competitive on the track, the environment and camaraderie off it was excellent.



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