WEROC Australian Finals
By Lance Clifford
- 10:46AM Aussie time
in the land down under for the Australian national WEROC
finals. WEROC Australia invited some the top American teams
to compete in this event. Tracy Jordan, Dustin and Becca
Webster, Jody Everding, and Bruce Zellar are here to represent
the USA in what is sure to be an epic battle. The action
begins in about an hour.
Lil Rich Klein,
flew out from the states to assist Sam Overton in setting
up the courses for this event. From what I've seen so far,
the courses look to be pretty tough. Jody Everding is still
scrambling to get his rig finished, and will probably be
turning wrenches till they call him to his first obstacle.
I hope he gets it done!
I had a chance to do a little trail riding in the
Mickey Thompson rock rig. What a blast!
Jordan felt right at home in his Aussie-built moon
The courses haven't been nice to the Americans. Tracy Jordan
is out for the weekend with a blown tranny. Bruce Zellar
40'd his first obstacle, and is in the pits doing some welding.
I'm not certain what he broke, but he looks pretty frustrated.
Jody Everding finished his first obstacle with his rig literally
on fire. Becca Webster is the only American who has had
a smooth first obstacle. She cleaned her first course and
made it look easy.
Everding peeling out and catching on fire!
Adrian Berthsen rolled on his first obstacle, but was in
good spirits. Hopefully his day goes a little better after
that. Pro Modified series leader Tony Robinson pounded his
Toyota buggy through his first obstacle, and put on a hell
of a show. Tony's truck has a 3.9
L Rover V8 with a 2F transmission, 5:1 "Maxi Drive"
transfer case, with Toyota axles, BFG Krawlers, and Sway
Away air shocks.
Modified Series leader Tony Robinson pounded his rig
through obstacle A3 and finished with time to spare.
Tracy "Never Say Die" Jordan isn't calling it
quits. Not one to give up, he replaced the blown birfield
in "homeless" and is going to run it for the rest
of the competition. I got to drive "homeless"
all day yesterday on the trail, and it's a great little
rig. If he can keep the front end in one piece, he should
gets a new birfield. Tracy Jordan will be flogging
ole Homeless the rest of the weekend.
Webster is having a great day. I can't say for sure,
but I'd be willing to bet that she is the leader so
far. I just watched her ace her last obstacle launching
over the top of a huge breakover.
put on a show in "Homeless" on obstacle #1. He
dropped a tire into the bottomless pit and popped a birfield.
He called it quits for the day, but was all smiles nevertheless...
Tony Robinson broke a rear axle shaft and is trying to get
the broken pieces out of th carrier as I type this. He was
having a pretty good day up until the axle failure, so hopefully
he can get it fixed and be back in the game.
he look he's having a good time, or what?
and Tony work frantically to try and fix the broken
rear axle in his buggy.
about fainted when I spotted this awesome Land Cruiser.
I am not even sure what it is, but I wish I had one!
rolling on his first obstacle of the day, Adrian Berthsen
is driving very aggressively to try and make up for
his 40 point deficit.
The day is just about over, and it looks like team USA is
in the lead. This is completely unofficial, but I believe
that Jody Everding is in the lead, with Becca Webster only
trailing by a few points. The Aussies had a rough day, but
I'm sure they will be ready to make up some ground tomorrow.
I talked with Adrian this afternoon about his plan for tomorrow,
and he plans to do as many bonus lines as he can, to try
and narrow the gap in points the Americans have.
has great scenery!
gave this kid a Pirate4x4.com sticker for his cool
Zuk pickup, and low and behold, he aced his next obstacle.
Coincidence? I think not!
stole the show with this sick bonus run. The crowd