RESULTS: St George 399 race winner announced
The Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 motorsport event was a blast and was a great opportunity for locals to come out to watch some off-road action for this major date in the southwest Queensland racing calendar.
Being the fourth event since joining the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship calendar in 2017, 90 contestants were listed as taking part of the competition.
They raced in a prologue and three sections across March 19, 20 and 21.
And the winner from the event was Josh Howells, pulling off a stunning victory with the total time of
3 hours 48 minutes and 54 seconds across the three races.
“Winning the top 10 was cool. It was all about the win and that’s what I tried focusing on,” Mr Howells said.
“ We got there in the end. It was great.
“There is also something that tests your nerves during racing.
“I thought it was blowing the exhaust off the truck coming out here, but unfortunately we had a little bits and pieces to deal with. It kept me honest, but we got there in the end.”
It was his third time racing in St George and always feels welcome when he rolls into town.
“Enjoyed it and always do enjoy coming out to St George, just find that it’s quite a friendly town,” he said.
“Everyone’s very inviting.”
The Sydney man started racing with his sister when he was 17-years-old and started racing the smaller Class 3 vehicles.
“Only about three years ago when we upgraded to the size cars we got now, we started entered into larger races,” Mr Howells said.
He won the race by putting a good minute and a half on the other races but managing that gap during the race.
“It was the first time I’ve led off a large race like this out the front,” Mr Howells said.
“Last year at the event, I was second off the line and I was catching the guy in first and was feeling comfortable and enjoyed the track out there.
“From the word go, when I won the prologue and the shootout, I thought things should be smooth out from here,” he said about the 2021 St George race.
He had his sights on winning the overall race, not just the prologue and shootout.
“Thanks again for the organisers for the events and the St George community in general.”
Off Road Racing Association president for southeast Queensland Kym Barber thought it would be a wet day, but said the weather treated them kindly.
“We had a lot of happy competitors and spectators and the town was really proud of the whole weekend,” he said.
“All in all, it was a great event and a fantastic day.”
Results (top 5):
1 - Josh Howells, 3:48:54.172
2 - Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings, 3:53:18.984
3 - Michael Spokes and Brad Rogan, 3:55:11.668
4 - Jason Richards and Kristy Richards, 3:56:02.432
5 - Paul Weel and Andrew Reid, 3:56:43.380