John Adamson in the 80 series Landcruiser would also have a few electrical gremlins. They were doing quite well throughout the day, only to have a fuel pump issue give them a DNF in the same stage where the farm truck struck electrical dramas. But unlike the Farm, Truck, they were able to find the problem and start the final combined stage 9 and 10.
Jason and Peter Christianson in the GQ patrol were another team doing well. There would drive one of the winch walls in the afternoon to give them a great time over the stage, but getting lost in the speed stage would see them record a DNF when they ran out of time on stage. On the final combined 9/10 stage, they would suffer a winch failure. But they’d done enough for 3rd outright.
For Rod and Josh Rathbone, their Saturday morning didn’t go according to plan, rolling the FJ45 Landcruiser. With only 3 minutes of time remaining on the stage, they couldn’t get it back upright and up the winch wall they’d just rolled down so recorded their first stage DNF. This would setup a great battle in the final stages between the Wyong Autos Team and the Rangas, having now both rolled and scored a stage DNF a piece. The Rathbone Father and son team would come back for the afternoon stages, setting good pace and despite a push to win the event, finished 2nd outright.
With every team having a DNF over the weekend, it levelled the playing field somewhat and the Ranga’s team of Paul Semmens and Nathan Mills were now not disadvantaged by their rollover and DNF on Friday night. With consistent driving and winching throughout Saturday, they’d score enough stage wins and point to win the event in the GU Patrol.
The Comeup XWC heads to Limbri on October 25-27 for the final and deciding round. For more info on the Comeup XWC, head over to their Facebook page.