WEROC Australian Finals brought to you by Mickey Thompson
By Lance Clifford
- 10:34AM Sunday (Yes, it's already Sunday here)
getting ready to kick off day two of the WEROC Australia
finals. Yesterday proved to be a day full of carnage for
many. There were broken axles, transmissions, and more.
Rigs were on their lids, and stuck in holes. When the dust
settled, it wasn't only an American sitting at the top,
but it was a American female. Becca Webster is
sitting in first place after day one with 29 points. Trailing
behind Becca is Jody Everding at 38 points, and sitting
in third place is the Aussies Tom and Roger at 66 points..
Australians are trailing behind the Americans, but they
are far from out of it. There are plenty of bonus lines
available to play catch up. I wish the Aussies luck! We
should be getting started in about an hour, so stay tuned!
Team USA overcome their horrible start on day 2? Bruce
Zellar had a great start on his first obstacle only
to time out 3 feet from the finish line.
Aussies are off to a huge start, and the top 3 Americans
have all 40'd their first obstacle(s)! Bruce Zellar was
off to a great start mastering his first course when he
got within 3 feet of the finish gate and got high centered
and timed out. Becca Webster who was our leader coming into
today, timed out attempting a bonus line on course #4. Jody
Everding battled with his first obstacle in true wild man
style but also ran short on time and received a 40.
Australians are off to a huge start spanking their
Becca and Jody both getting 40's, this puts Tom the Australian
into 1st place. I just watched both Tom and Adrian make
short work of their first obstacles, and both are looking
great. What an exciting turn of events!
Robinson had a great start making his first course
of the day look easy - even with a broken front axle!
Bruce Zellar and George seem to be back on track, and score
a -2 on their second course of the day. Dustin and Becca
are back on their game as well with a negative score on
their second course. Jody Everding's pit crew is working
frantically to get the rig fixed. Apparently they taco'd
a link and toasted a power steering pump on their 1st obstacle.
Jody's wife told me "Our pit crew here is absolutely
amazing! I wish we could bring them all home with us and
use them at competitions at home!" Hopefully they can
get it fixed in time for their next obstacle.
Everding has an army of Aussies as a pit crew. These
two guys are trying to straighten one of Jody's bent
one. No, literally, there's only one Jeep at this competition.
Shane spanked his last course in his Jeep TJ. It's got all
the goodies any Yank would love to have - Dana 60s, Atlas
II, etc. Shane drives his rig in the Super Modified class
instead of the Pro Modified class. He was sitting in 8th
place coming into today.
isn't afraid to get it in his TJ.
made this bonus line look easy, but then couldn't
get back up the dirt hill. Trying to hammer down up
the hill, he broke something in his Toyota front end,
which cost him 40 points.
The plot thickens! Tom broke a rear ring and pinion at the
same spot that Adrian broke a front ring and pinion. It
cost him 40 points, so that puts Becca, Jody, and BZ back
in the game.
Aussies both race to change ring and pinions in both
of their moon buggies.
Becca and Dustin
are still doing great, and are back in the lead. Dustin
just stopped by Pirate headquarters (the Nissan Patrol TD
rental adn the Rhino Toyota) to tell us they are on breakdown
time. They have a severely leaking radiator that needs to
be replaced. They are working on getting a replacement.
It should be ready for their last obstacle.
is back in the game after hammering a link and roasting
a power steering pump.
got his rig fixed, with only minutes of breakdown time to
spare. I just watched him complete his second obstacle of
the day. He hit one cone and had a couple of backups, but
most everyone did the same thing on that obstacle. He's
definitely back in the hunt, and will be nipping at Becca's
heels the rest of the day. I don't know how much power it
has, but Jody is loving the rumbling V8 under the hood of
his Aussie built buggy.
with the cannons for arms George has, BZ still couldn't
get up A3.
was denied on obstacle A3. Despite epic rock stacking by
his spotter George, he couldn't manage to claw his way to
the top of the loose dirt climb.
Ally had a spectacular
finish on obstacle A4. Her spotter Chris told her to hammer
it through the finish gate, and that she did, right onto
her side. She finished the course in style!
that's gettin 'r done, Ally!.
is WAS a perfectly clean Jeep this morning!.
USA WINS FIRST AND SECOND! Becca Webster drives to perfection
in a dramatic finish!
ruled Australia, no doubt about it!
Here are the final official scores.
gave it all he had on his last run, with a two point lead
over Becca Webster. Unfortunately there was a little controversy
over a judge's cone call, so Lil Rich was called over to
rule on the call. The rule book was brought out, and the
judge's call stood - 10 point cone penalty. This call would
allow Becca to take home the title providing she finished
her final obstacle without hitting a cone, and successfully
making the bonus climb. Becca drove flawlessly, only taking
one planned backup on the entire course. This is Becca's
second win in a row, as she just won the women's national
championship last weekend. Way to go, Team Red Bull!
There was a little controversy over a cone on Jody's
final run of the day. Lil Rich Klein was called over
to make sure the rules were being adhered to properly.
This about wraps
up our coverage of the 2005 WEROC Australian finals. The
event was absolutely great, the people here in Australia
have been great, and the overall experience of coming down
here will never be forgotten. I really appreciate the hospitality
of everyone involved. I especially want to thank Sam Overton
from Haultech Engineering for providing the US competitors
with vehicles. Check out Haultech.com here.
Once again I
have hundreds of great photos to upload. I will be uploading
these as soon as I can find a reliable Internet connection.
Most likely when I get home on Wednesday.