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LAST LAP THRILLER AT PGS INDUSTRIES TOODYAY CHALLENGE

Determining the winner of the 2014 PGS Industries Toodyay Challenge went down to the last lap as Brad Cooper (968) lead Shane Elphinstone (44) as they entered the sixth and final twenty kilometre lap on the Forest Downs Property near Toodyay, Western Australia.  

After the first section of two laps on Saturday morning Brad Cooper (968) in his Bat Pro Buggy lead Shane Elphinstone (44) by 26 seconds, the pair being separated by Troy Schoen (19) in his turbo powered Southern Cross Pro Buggy.   Troy Schoen (19) suffered gearbox issues during the Saturday afternoon section, once again a two lap sprint, which left Brad Cooper (968) with a lead of 28 seconds over Shane Elphinstone (44) in his Holeshot Pro Buggy at end of Saturdays racing.

At the end of Sunday’s racing nine of the nineteen competitors had completed all six 20 kilometre laps.   Leading home the Super 1650 Buggies was Alex Cowan (211) who also finished sixth outright in a consistent drive.   Jason Galea (706) bought his FJ Cruiser home fifth outright and first in the Production 4WD Class.   The Extreme 2WD Class was taken out by Barry Cochrane (414) in his Ford Ranger, this effort also saw Barry finish fourth outright.  

Third outright and first in the Extreme 4WD Class was Frank Galea (806) in his 40 Series Landcruiser.   Max Pilmer (73) in his first outing for nearly two years drove a great race to finish second outright.   But it was the battle for first that held most interest as the cars started their final lap.    Unfortunately for Brad Cooper (968) he had clutch issues with less than five kilometres to go that forced him to retire from the event.   This enabled Shane Elphinstone (44) who had been hot on his heels all weekend to come home and take out first place outright in the inaugural PGS Industries Challenge.

Western Australian Off Road Racing Association would like to thank PGS Industries for their support of the event along with the property owners, who went out of their way to make the race a huge success.