For Steve Reid and Cooper Anning in the 100 Series Landcruiser, stage 4 would see them on their roof after trying to climb the big winch wall unassisted. There was plenty a wheel lifting from the front of the Toyota, but gravity would win bringing the big winch truck back down to earth and over on to its roof. It was a soft roll and with virtually no major damage, they finished the day and the entire event without any repairs. Amazingly, they finished the event sixth outright!
There were also several new teams trying their luck at an XWC event including father and son team Peter and Jayden Jilg in a GQ Nissan Patrol. They’d shine on special stage six, winning the stage and taking maximum points.
Previous XWC winners Paul Semmens and Nathan Mills would suffer a transfer case failure in Stage 5, sidelining them for three stages whilst they drove into Tamworth to source a new one. They had it changed over in time to finish the final stage of the day.
Another team to suffer problems were the Rathbone brothers, Rod and Russell. They would break an axle on the same log that had caused them grief at a previous XWC. Despite the breakage and with the axle hanging out the side of the car, they finished the stage and were third outright for the event.
Mechanical issues were the order of the day including the Hilux of Cameron Nixon and Ashley Germon. They had no forward drive in the team stage, SS5, and would be forced to retire.