The Centralian advocate Tue 9 Jun 2009
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26 Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, June 9, 2009 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 9 -J U N -2 0 0 9 P A G E : 2 6 C O L O R : C M Y K 3 7 5 0 0 2 /0 9 SPORT Andrew Kittle and David Fellows with their Finke trophy. Picture: JUSTIN BRIERTY Second win for Fellows, Kittle FINKE DESERT RACE Dan Moss DAVID Fellows and Andrew Kittle won the Finke Desert Race in their buggy for the second year in a row. The win was never assured as the lead was lost and won back in the final stages of the race. Brief leaders Chris Coulthard and Rob Hawker succumbed to a broken axle 5km from Deep Well after passing the Fellows/ Kittle car, which had snapped a throttle cable. Fellows and Kittle, Alice Springs locals, recovered and won at one hour 50 minutes, with a three minute 38 second lead over Burrows and Hodge who started fourth from Finke. Mechanical failures from the Coulthard/Hawker team and the Robinson/Currie team took Burrows and Hodge to second place up from their starting position of 4th. They were followed by Robinson and Lukies three minutes 15 seconds later. Andrew Kittle celebrated his last stint as navigator and will move on to driving next year. He said: Id love to give Dave his first drivers (off road) championship as a navigator before I take a few off him. His main competitor was out of the race on the return leg, but Fellows said it was persistence and an awesome machine that took the win. He said: Its definitely a good win for us to take away but very u n f o r t u n a t e f o r C h r i s (Coulthard). You dont want anyone to break down. Youd like to beat everyone on their merits on the day, on the track. Its just unfortunate. Fellows won his fifth Finke yesterday. He said: Next year well be back to try and make it three in a row. Second place winners Mark Burrows and Colin Hodge were just 30 seconds slower than the winners on the second day, making up two positions along the way. Burrows said he blew a head gasket 30km from Finke, then lost power steering coming back. Despite the mechanical problems the car will race again next year. He said: New handle, new head by christ, shes a good axe, is a good way to look at it. We were a little bit worried when the steering went, and I was watching the temperature all the way because I was a bit concerned with the head gasket. But it hung together and we used a little bit less boost on the way home. Grabhams big win Ben Grabham after the race. l From page 28 AFTER a fuel stop and tyre change Billett had already passed him, but Williscroft won the spot back and took the one-two win. He said: I was on a mission. I wanted to get second so bad. Well I wanted to win, but I knew how far ahead Ben (Grabham) was. I wouldnt say it was one of the hardest but its one of the best fields weve ever had. Billett, from Roxby Downs in South Australia, said he was happy to be alive after the race and on the podium. He said: Today my main goal was to try and make up on overall time. A Finke podium is good, its what we train for all year. It would be a bit heartbreaking not getting on the podium. I cant ask for much more than what Ive got today. He said he spent hours training to ride Finke after working 12 hours a day at the Roxby Downs uranium mine.
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