Haby on song with Port Germein win

Aaron Haby’s incredible 2021 form has continued on the weekend after yet another victory in club level motorsport.

It’s been a stellar year for the 48-year-old who has won multiple events and has often won comfortably.

The 2020 Can-Am Loveday 400 winner was one of 39 contesting the Gawler Road Knights Car Club’s Filmer Delivery 200 in Port Germein and was in a league of his own as he led from start to finish.

With crews tasked with completing 12 laps over three sections of the 17km course, Haby and his navigating team of daughter Chelsea and Rowan Eggers enjoyed a 48 second opening section victory before extending that to more than four minutes by the halfway mark of the event.

Another strong showing in the six-lap final section saw the pro buggy driver charge home to an eventual victory of seven and half minutes.

With the event likely to be his last for the year Following on from his victory, Haby was thrilled to add another win for his collection as he is unsure whether he will be able to defend his Can-Am Loveday 400 title later this month.

“This win was pretty awesome. To finish the year off on a high and on a weekend when my daughter drove the car on the Saturday for a separate event, it was just a cool weekend,” Haby said.

“I think a win like this comes down to being able to have had a lot of time in the car. We know the car well and we have prepared it well and now it’s delivering.

“The car is sensational and the control we have on is a great. It’s performing very well so I am really rapt with our little package.

“By the second section, we felt it was ours to lose, but we still kept the game face on and charged pretty hard. I suppose the lap times reflect how we were going.”

“I am not sure about whether I can make Loveday as the schedule conflicts with our harvesting season.

“Whether we go or not, we have all the confidence our performance and have no hesitation of heading to the AORC next year.

“It’s a good feeling to finish 2021 with a series of win, so I’ll soak it up for a bit and then make a final decision about Loveday in a couple of weeks.”

Finishing in second place was BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) star Hayden Bentley and his navigating team of Hannah Viv Coe, who like the leading crew shared navigator duties.

Bentley just couldn’t chase down the last year’s BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Central East Off Road Cup winner and found himself in a thrilling battle with Pro Buggy pilot Adam Bierl in the first six laps.

Only one second separated the two crews after the opening lap, but Bentley had managed to push it out to 10 seconds by the end of the second section.

Unfortunately Bierl and navigator Nyree Burmingham retired from the event early section, which gave Bentley an easy run home to claim a deserving runner-up placing.

In addition to his second place, Bentley also came away with the Extreme 2WD class win.

Photos: Brett Lehmann and Tony Donoghue

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With Haby unsure of the rest of his year, Bentley is confirmed to run at the Can-Am Loveday 400 later this month, which also runs as the BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Cup – Central on 29-31 October.