CZCTC RND 4
Round four of the 2016/17 Central Zone Club Truck Challenge was hosted by the Desert Defenders Club near Waiouru over the February 25-26 weekend.
The Waiouru round of the Club Truck Challenge ( CTC) is run as a two-day event to take into account of the distance people have to travel to get there. Stouty and Marty from the Desert Defenders Club supplied a beautiful campsite at the rally site and a good number of us enjoyed the scorching summer evening in our tents and campers. Mark, Brendan, Lee and Ross had pegged out the first set of seven hazards on Saturday morning and we ran them in the afternoon. The first hazard turned out to be a bog even though most of the terrain is volcanic sand which drains well. An early run is the only chance of a good score in these conditions so Shona almost got through for a 20 and Ross was the only person to get right through for a zero. After that everyone needed to be recovered out of the mud, at the cost of two strops, one rope and two PTO winches, the sight of three Nissans roped together and blowing black smoke to extract Steve was like mechanical torture.
Thinking caps required
We had two ungraded hazards on Saturday and they require a lot more thinking and planning. You had the option of leaving the course or running pegs over, at a penalty of 20 points per peg, but still needed to finish the course to get a score less than 100. Judith designed a hazard that got called “the teardrop”, and people who got through generally needed to take two pegs. Marty took one peg earlier than everyone else and managed to clear the hazard without further penalty. Marty had another different co-driver for this round and this brave man, who worked in drains for a living, was happy to strap himself in the Cruiser but was strangely afraid of spiders. At the end of day one Marty was first, Ross was second, and Brendan, Steve and Matthew were third equal.
Variety is the spice...
We pegged out another set of hazards for the next day before returning to camp. Desert Defenders showed us the other cap they wear, they provide catering for functions as another part of the fundraising they do for the Variety Club.
The Saturday night dinner the club provided was excellent with the special ambience of sitting on an old trailer in a Nissen hut. Bruce declared that the broccoli and cashew nut salad was “superb”. On Sunday Dave Hintz was able to join us and co-drive with Judith. He was having a good look at the event in preparation for running Round five on his farm in May. We ran another seven hazards on Sunday that included finishing with a bumpy speed section. Brendan broke his Pajero on a hill climb near the end of the day, it sat at the top of the hill with a major amount of toe in on both front wheels. Stouty didn’t hesitate to pull a steering arm off his similar vehicle but Brendan needed a CV joint as well and called it a day.
Marty Green took another overall win to put him in the prime position to win the series again this year. Two rounds still remain to be run for this year’s series and they are going to be at new sites so nobody will have a home advantage. It will be a perfect time for a newcomer to join the series. See you there.
Here he bends it around a hazard. Marty Green from Capital Cruisers Club drives the FJ40 in Class 3.
Ross Gregory from Wairarapa 4WD club was again the Class 1 winner.
Alan Stone of Mt Egmont club had to push the Land Cruiser hard just to start the hazard.
Lee Turner from Manawatu 4WD Club had an excellent weekend and was very competitive with a Class 2 Pajero.
Shona Stone from Mt Egmont 4WD Club enjoying her turn in the family Land Cruiser.
Steve and Robert Stewart punt the Class 3 Nissan at the hill.