Thrills and spills at enduro
THE dust is still settling at Seeone Park after the WTC Enduro on Saturday, where the Gladstone contingent had a ball.
Troy Tenheggeler spent two weeks doing up his TNT motorised beast, putting in a new radiator and gearbox, as well as a six-litre motor.
“I was really happy with how the vehicle went,” he said.
TNT finished fifth overall.
“Just to drive across the finish line, that was a feat in itself,” Tenheggeler said.
Regular pit stops every few laps to tighten bolts and sort out the fuel filter issues helped, Tenheggeler said.
Over the course of the enduro, which was cut to 6½ hours, they saw plenty of cars fall by the wayside.
“If it wasn't for this, we would have been hanging off to the side of the road,” he said.
Anthony Dow's Nissan Patrol ended up on its back twice, the second time putting his team out of the enduro.
“Everyone enjoyed it, and even the spectators said it was full-on action all the time,” Dow said.
“Only nine cars finished. I predicted that.”
Dow was happy with how his car went.
He said he would return to long nights in the workshop now, in preparation for the next winch truck experience.
“We'll be hard at it now to get it back together,” he said.
Dust was a major impediment, causing safety issues and minor engine difficulties.
The track, which was purpose-built for the enduro, lived up to its expectation.
“It definitely was an endurance track, and not just built for speed,” Tenheggeler said.
“Take the hardest, roughest track you've been on and times it by four.”
Both drivers are looking forward to next year's enduro.
Round three of the Winch Truck Challenge is being held on the last weekend of August at Seeone Park, but it will be run over a different course.
The Gladstone teams thanked Flexihire Gladstone for the use of equipment in the enduro.