Midday update: Sunday at St George 399

SXS Turbo driver Toby Whateley continues to lead the St George 399 by over two minutes in his Loveday 4×4 Park Can-Am after this morning’s three-lap section.

Whateley and navigator Simon Herrmann lead Phil Lovett and Paul Guenthen, also in a Can-Am, with SR Racing’s Shannon and Ian Rentsch in third in their Jimco pro buggy.

SMU Racing’s Matt Hanson has moved back up the order after a puncture slowed him for the last 10 kilometres of yesterday’s three-lap section, climbing from 11th to be fourth outright at the midday service.

Ryan and Neville Taylor are sitting in fourth outright in the Tatum AK46 pro buggy and Craig McDonald and Lucas Kingston round out the top five in the Macca’s Racing Can-Am.

Section two saw issues for several crews this morning. Josh Howells, in the Howells Motorsport Jimco Aussie Special, broke a steering rack off the start line – the team are replacing the rack and hoping to rejoin the third and final section this afternoon.

The Money Box Racing Prolite of Alan Dixon and Johnny O’Connor had a rollover on the Baker’s Dozen – they were able to continue after some quick roadside mechanics and will make some further repairs to continue this afternoon.

There were also a number of retirements – Chris Mingay in the Raptor tt Trophy Truck collided with a three and tore the front left suspension out and the RSL Raemus Rover of Ian Baker and Ben Whiley returned to the pits minus their front left wheel after also meeting with a tree.

Claytons Towing’s Jodie Allen and Brandon Taylor were forced to call it a day after shearing the bolts off the engine mount.

The third and final section of the BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship continues this afternoon, with heat one kicking off at 12pm and the heat two, with the top-seeded drivers, to follow.