Off-road bid hit by bad luck

WARRNAMBOOL driver Glenn Owen endured a frustrating weekend contesting round three of the ARB Off-Road Racing Series.

Owen and his Griffith-based navigator Matthew Ryan failed to finish the Griffith 400, damaging a stub axle before their campaign had seriously begun.

They were the fastest in qualifying on Saturday morning, hours after enduring a sleepless night trying to discover the source of an engine misfire problem.

But their bid for a third successive win fell apart when the stub axle failed 12 kilometres into section one, an 80-kilometre loop on Saturday afternoon.

The did-not-finish result has jeopardised Owen and Ryan’s bid for a maiden ARB Off-Road Racing Series triumph.

Victories in rounds one and two had lifted the pair to the top of the standings with 150 points, three clear of their nearest rivals. But they face an uphill battle to recover enough points in the final two rounds at Goondiwindi, Queensland, and Millicent, South Australia.

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