Robb Pritchard sent us this great short report about Croatia Trophy day 3:
“It rained in the night but the skies were blue before teams set off into the monster 70km stage, the longest of the whole event. Andrey Ponomarev in his 300TDi, Laplander chassis proto was first past us at the half way point, sliding down a very steep slope on down the creek.
Overall leader Jim Marsden took a more cautious approach and used the rear winch to go down, but was slowed later by co-driver Wayne Smith missing a junction (very easy to do here!) and some overheating issues.
The Belgian Ruel brothers Antoine and Benoit didn’t have issues, they just started way down the order and were taking it easy and were right behind Jim.
Fritz Becker who for some reason is taking an Adventure Class car through the Trophy Class route modified slight today by ripping off most of the front bodywork, Hungary’s Szilard Magyar in his BMW-bodied proto was taking it easy.
And so was Israel’s Ira Avni who had a bit of a disaster yesterday with punctures, winch issues and a brake failure slowing him down… well, speeding him up until he hit a tree at the bottom of a slope. Still smiling though.
Same with Christian Poprask. Missing from the field is Stefan Mallia all the way from Malta. Broken suspension took the oil pump off the engine and they couldn’t get it out of the forest and repaired in time…”
Here’s what Jim from Gigglepin Team said.
“Today was a 72km blast through the forests. Fast hard to find tracks that caused us some trouble. Wayne Smiths navigation is simply the best so when we took a wrong turn and found a large oak tree blocking the route we did not question whether we had gone the right way.
Even the best make mistakes and soon we were back on it. But then trouble struck again when dried leaves blocked the radiator causing us to over heat. Thankfully as friends passed they gave us water to continue.
We received help from, Russains, Hungarians, Germans and Austrians all giving us water. How cool is that!
It’s great to race with such friendly teams. Then it was back on it to the finish. Tomorrow is trophy day. Fingers crossed it all goes well.”
TEXT: Robb Pritchard and Jim Marsden
PHOTO & VIDEO: World4x4