Ben Boulter and Luke Mackie were another team to lay their GQ Patrol over in the Wombat Holes. They also quickly recovered and had the winch truck back on its wheels and through the stage.
Barker and Milne were quickest in Special Stage 5, but a 30-point penalty would upset their day, handing the win to Clews and Quirk in the GQ Patrol. Right behind them was Ben and Jordy Saunders in the 100 Series Landcruiser, they were very close to a win, only seconds off the top time.
By the end of the 2nd day of Competition, Thomas and Ingram in the GQ were in the lead, holding a 14-point margin over Clews and Quirk in a similar spec GQ Patrol. Third was Nicolas and King.
Sunday was a single super special stage with a split time used as SS9 and the entire course making up SS10. The stage was made up of a very rocky section, a climb over a big log and then a run up and down the creek in a metre-deep water.
Most trucks dealt easily with the water, with only one team struggling, resulting in a wet navi.
This long two stage test would really be the decider, and it was on, like donkey kong for our top three teams. Nicholas in the 80 Series Toyota was fast through the stage and navigator King remained in the cabin the whole time, Nicholas driving the two winch walls to take the fastest time in the combined SS9/SS10 stage.
Could Clews and Quirk in the older GQ maintain their second place? Clews drove the first winch wall and subsequently took the fastest time at the split point making up SS9. In the second half of the stage it was close, but with Quirk having to get out of the truck to winch the final wall out of the water, the Nissan Patrol would still manage to stay in front of Nicholas in the 80 Series behind.
It was now all up to Thomas and Ingram in the GQ Patrol. They were in the lead going into the final two stages, so needed to be fast to win. At the rock ledges, Ingram was out of the cab, ready to winch, but Thomas drove the wall and headed straight into the water to the last winch wall. Thomas was quick out of the water and straight up the winch wall, driving it with determination. Heading back to the finish line, Thomas would pick up a ten-point penalty and possibly his chances of victory.
The scores were close, and after the time-keepers had entered the times into the timing system, the third round of the Comeup Xtreme Winch Challenge Series was won by just one point with Thomas and Ingram victorious in the Swamp Donkez Nissan Patrol GQ.
Second with 918 points was Clews and Quirk in the Dobinsons GQ. Nicholas and King were third in the Landcruiser.
Round 4 of the Comeup Xtreme Winch Challenge Series heads south to the Springs 4WD Park on the 23rd-25th August.