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Challenger 4x4 - West Harptree 28th March


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Really good event. Some really gutsy moves by some teams!!

From a marshalling point of view, the only issue we had was dealing with breakages of kit and vehicles.

That mudrun tunnel was superb - great to hear some of the teams really nailing the engines up the hill!

Very impressed with the guys in the Purple pig who were the only ones to tackle the reverse winch drop into the 'pit'.

Was a bloody cold nights camping - glad we brought the fire with us.

I must add at this point that my hangover only finished last night!

Superbly organised as usual!

Anyway - here's some photos

Chris

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Another great event from the Challenger team. Many thanks to all of the organisers and marshalls.

After a frustrating morning where we wrecked the ground anchor and suffered with a knackered split-charge relay, the afternoon went much smoother and saw us rattle through twice as many punches as we managed in the morning.

Special Stage was excellent... More of those, please!!

A very difficult site to master and, I guess, even more difficult to set out to keep all levels of entrants happy, but judging by the smiling faces at the end of the day, the team managed to do that.

Good to see some new trucks and faces around and nice to see some old familiars.

Looking forward to some more pics and Round 2 up at Coney Green Farm.

Cheers

Adrian

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Glad to hear you all enjoyed it, it makes it worthwile!

Many thanks to all the marshalls and helpers without whom we would not be able to run this series.

The general feedback i received was that it was harder than last time but that was the plan, to "up the ante" just a little and West Harptree is quite a hard site anyway particularly in the wet!!. Mainly because we cant really judge the level of entry until the day and i thought last seasons opener was a bit too tame, so now i have a better idea of this years competitors/vehicles skill then i can adjust the punches to suit for the next round....opinions/suggestions always welcomed!

Hopefully Sara will be posting up the final score sheets as soon as she can but she also has a life to get back to on a Monday.

I took quite a few pics myself but i dont have a clue how to upload them here so they will soon be on my facebook page & on our website, also Charlie Thorne from LRM took over 200 pics which he is kindly putting on a CD for us and of course look out for the feature in next months LRM.

Look forward to seeing you all at Coney Green farm for round 2.

Paul

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That was tough???

we trial there and i've driven most of those bits.

Personally saw a lot of unnessary winching because they had a winch. Maybe if it was timed aswell there would be less yacking and winching and more driving?

Lovely day though.

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That was tough???

we trial there and i've driven most of those bits.

Personally saw a lot of unnessary winching because they had a winch. Maybe if it was timed aswell there would be less yacking and winching and more driving?

Lovely day though.

Surely the point of this series is to have fun and learn the ropes. Start timing the stages and you will put off lots of people!

And yes - it was tough. Even the experienced teams were breaking a sweat!

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That was tough???

we trial there and i've driven most of those bits.

Personally saw a lot of unnessary winching because they had a winch. Maybe if it was timed aswell there would be less yacking and winching and more driving?

Lovely day though.

Its not just about driving the bits but being able to stop in the right place, punch your card and then get back out the way you went in.

Glad you had a good time

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Good to see everyone. Most enjoyable as all the Challenger Comps are.

I've put some pictures on a link "xtremelandy" The Site is having work done to it but link works.

And Sorry i know there only of that area but thats where i got banished to for my sins :D

Glad everyone enjoyed themselves and see you all at Coney Green.

Nick

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Results from the first round;

Team-Driver–Co-driver–Handicap–Punch Score(number of punches)–Special Stage Score(Time)–Special Stage Gates Score-Total

Class 1

1st 1-Nick Anderson-Neville Hudd-60%-2220(37)-470(2min58secs)-800-3490

2nd 6-Steve Beck-Adrian Bayley-60%-2160(36)-450(3min7secs)-800-3410

3rd 3-Andy Nash-Dam Elias-60%-2100(35)-370(4min36secs)-800-3270

4th 9-Peter Roberts-Ben Burge-60%-1680(28)-400(3min51secs)800-2880

5th 4-Adrian Catchpole-Mark Catchpole-80%-1600(20)-410(3min49secs)-800-2810

6th 14-Andrew Beck-Dominic Flitney-80%-1680-380(4min21secs)-700-2760

7th 5-Alan Willcocks-Daniel Wilcocks-100%-1200(12)-390(3min54secs)-700-2290

7th 28-Clive Billing-Luke Billing-60%-1140(19)-350(4min45secs)-800-2290

9th 16-Ian Cocks-Richard Bunce-80%-1200(15)-480(2min57secs)-500-2180

10th 20-Mark Sinclair-Roy Elliss-80%-1200(15)-340(5min37secs)-600-2140

11th 3-Barry Benjamin-Steve Law-100%-1000(10)-420(3min43secs)-700-2120

12th 26-Benjamin Wolfe-Will Budden-60%-720(12)-430(3min22secs)-800-1950

13th 25-Matt Squirrell-Tony Mason-100%-800(8)-460(3min3secs)-500-1760

14th 24-Paul Edney-Trevor Thomas-80%-560(7)-n/a-n/a-560

Class 2

1st 22-Jerry Hunt-Ben Hampshire-80%-2080(26)360(4min41secs)-700-3140

2nd 17-Kevin Moss-Tom Fall-60%-1320(22)-490(2min51secs)-800-2610

3rd 2-Sam Coulton-Matthew Martin-60%-1260(21)-500(2min47secs)-700-2460

4th 18-Brad Fox-Nick Gardner-100%-600(6)-440(3min14secs)-800-1840

5th 10-Ben Champion-Martin Champion-100%-700(7)-330(5min45secs)-800-1830

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Results from the first round;

Team-Driver–Co-driver–Handicap–Punch Score(number of punches)–Special Stage Score(Time)–Special Stage Gates Score-Total

Class 1

1st 1-Nick Anderson-Neville Hudd-60%-2220(37)-470(2min58secs)-800-3490

2nd 6-Steve Beck-Adrian Bayley-60%-2160(36)-450(3min7secs)-800-3410

3rd 3-Andy Nash-Dam Elias-60%-2100(35)-370(4min36secs)-800-3270

4th 9-Peter Roberts-Ben Burge-60%-1680(28)-400(3min51secs)800-2880

5th 4-Adrian Catchpole-Mark Catchpole-80%-1600(20)-410(3min49secs)-800-2810

6th 14-Andrew Beck-Dominic Flitney-80%-1680-380(4min21secs)-700-2760

7th 5-Alan Willcocks-Daniel Wilcocks-100%-1200(12)-390(3min54secs)-700-2290

7th 28-Clive Billing-Luke Billing-60%-1140(19)-350(4min45secs)-800-2290

9th 16-Ian Cocks-Richard Bunce-80%-1200(15)-480(2min57secs)-500-2180

10th 20-Mark Sinclair-Roy Elliss-80%-1200(15)-340(5min37secs)-600-2140

11th 3-Barry Benjamin-Steve Law-100%-1000(10)-420(3min43secs)-700-2120

12th 26-Benjamin Wolfe-Will Budden-60%-720(12)-430(3min22secs)-800-1950

13th 25-Matt Squirrell-Tony Mason-100%-800(8)-460(3min3secs)-500-1760

14th 24-Paul Edney-Trevor Thomas-80%-560(7)-n/a-n/a-560

Class 2

1st 22-Jerry Hunt-Ben Hampshire-80%-2080(26)360(4min41secs)-700-3140

2nd 17-Kevin Moss-Tom Fall-60%-1320(22)-490(2min51secs)-800-2610

3rd 2-Sam Coulton-Matthew Martin-60%-1260(21)-500(2min47secs)-700-2460

4th 18-Brad Fox-Nick Gardner-100%-600(6)-440(3min14secs)-800-1840

5th 10-Ben Champion-Martin Champion-100%-700(7)-330(5min45secs)-800-1830

Oh Ye that Dam Elias :lol:

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Excellent little write-up Grim. It's nice to see it from the beginners eyes again as we were in pretty much the same boat last year. We turned up with what we thought would be a fairly competitive truck only to find that even with 2 lockers, 2 winches and 35" Simex, we were well out of the points!!

All we did was treat it as a steep learning curve and amended/modified the truck to suit and, most importantly, had a bl@@dy good time doing it!! We were still laughing at some of the 'episodes' we had on our way to West Harptree!!

Last year's main aim was to get progressively higher points at each round through the year. That happened with the exception of round 4 where we blew a CV and didn't want to risk the spare what with having to drive the truck home again at the end of the day. Our secondary aim was to ensure reliability... We attended all 6 events and only retired early from Round 4, so I think we got there...

I'm sure Paul and Lucy will be glad to read your little report and relish in the fact that the series is doing what it was designed to do. I am also fairly sure that the AWDC team would be interested in it for the next edition of the club magazine...

See you at round 2........with some bigger tyres........maybe!!! :D:D:P

Adrian

Team 4

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Traction wasn't a problem, they're good tyres in the mud (especially when you consider the price - £80 each!), and (to my knowledge) we didn't have to winch parts that other cars drove with ease.

The main problem we found was simply the size - we were catching on rocks due to the lower clearance while other cars were driving straight over.

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Results from the first round;

Team-Driver–Co-driver–Handicap–Punch Score(number of punches)–Special Stage Score(Time)–Special Stage Gates Score-Total

Class 1

1st 1-Nick Anderson-Neville Hudd-60%-2220(37)-470(2min58secs)-800-3490

2nd 6-Steve Beck-Adrian Bayley-60%-2160(36)-450(3min7secs)-800-3410

3rd 3-Andy Nash-Dam Elias-60%-2100(35)-370(4min36secs)-800-3270 :angry:

4th 9-Peter Roberts-Ben Burge-60%-1680(28)-400(3min51secs)800-2880

5th 4-Adrian Catchpole-Mark Catchpole-80%-1600(20)-410(3min49secs)-800-2810

6th 14-Andrew Beck-Dominic Flitney-80%-1680-380(4min21secs)-700-2760

7th 5-Alan Willcocks-Daniel Wilcocks-100%-1200(12)-390(3min54secs)-700-2290

7th 28-Clive Billing-Luke Billing-60%-1140(19)-350(4min45secs)-800-2290

9th 16-Ian Cocks-Richard Bunce-80%-1200(15)-480(2min57secs)-500-2180

10th 20-Mark Sinclair-Roy Elliss-80%-1200(15)-340(5min37secs)-600-2140

11th 3-Barry Benjamin-Steve Law-100%-1000(10)-420(3min43secs)-700-2120

12th 26-Benjamin Wolfe-Will Budden-60%-720(12)-430(3min22secs)-800-1950

13th 25-Matt Squirrell-Tony Mason-100%-800(8)-460(3min3secs)-500-1760

14th 24-Paul Edney-Trevor Thomas-80%-560(7)-n/a-n/a-560

Class 2

1st 22-Jerry Hunt-Ben Hampshire-80%-2080(26)360(4min41secs)-700-3140

2nd 17-Kevin Moss-Tom Fall-60%-1320(22)-490(2min51secs)-800-2610

3rd 2-Sam Coulton-Matthew Martin-60%-1260(21)-500(2min47secs)-700-2460

4th 18-Brad Fox-Nick Gardner-100%-600(6)-440(3min14secs)-800-1840

5th 10-Ben Champion-Martin Champion-100%-700(7)-330(5min45secs)-800-1830

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Hello all! I've lurked a bit whilst looking at what people said, and been looking at other peoples photo's etc.

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone for making my first 'real' challenge an enjoyable one, and a MASSIVE thank you to the two teams that helped us out on the day.

First team allowed us to use the back of their motor to winch out of a pit, rather than getting the ground anchor out.

Second team winched the rock ladder out from our fuel tank... that'll teach me to be mindful of where they are! :blink:

Overall, I really enjoyed it even if it was a steep learning curve for me. Hopefully the next even will see me and Kev doing even better, as I have a better grasp of snatch blocks, ground anchoring etc now.

Once I've got my photos on Flickr, I'll sort a link out.

Thanks again,

Tom

(Co-Driver Team 17 aka The Purple Pig)

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