Fun in the mud at Lowmead chal­lenge

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Pulling power brag­ging rights were on the line when the Lowmead 3 Car Chal­lenge was held over the week­end.

Or­gan­iser Nic Dow said the event ran smoothly – de­spite a few tech­ni­cal is­sues which mean re­sults wouldn’t be avail­able un­til the end of the week,

“It wasn’t as hot as it would nor­mally be, which was good and the track was

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great af­ter all the rain and not that dusty,” Dow said.

“I hope to get the lap­top fixed this week which had all the re­sults in it.”

The event, in which points are ac­cu­mu­lated dur­ing 10 stages, at­tracted com­peti­tors from as far north as Townsville, west to Emer­ald and south to Bris­bane.

The prop­erty on Clarkes Road proved chal­leng­ing and, fol­low­ing re­cent rain, cars be­came caked with mud as they crossed creek beds, some with high wa­ter lev­els.

Dow said while com­peti­tor num­bers were down, the de­gree of dif­fi­culty over the three days was up on last year.

“With fewer com­peti­tors, we spent more time to make the stages more chal­leng­ing,” Dow said.

Dow cri­te­ria judges looked for dur­ing the week­end in­cluded winch­ing, driv­ing abil­ity and team-work and first place for each stage re­ceived 300 points, while those who don’t fin­ish a stage got 20 points.

Dow said the event would not hap­pen with­out the efforts of volunteers, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Miriam Vale Touch Foot­ball Club who acted as mar­shals across the three days.

PHOTO: LYN HARMS GLA1311173CAR

STUCK IN THE MUD: A crew needed to re­turn for re­pairs dur­ing the sixth stage.

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