Big AORC hitters Daniel Milner and Daniel Sanders share the overall wins at rounds three and four in prime conditions at Dungog, New South Wales.
Daniel Milner, Luke Styke and Daniel Sanders each continued their 100% winning records at rounds three and four of the Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) in Dungog this weekend – with Milner taking the Saturday overall and Sanders turning the tide on Sunday to record fastest overall time.
In perfect racing conditions at Dungog and, for once very little dust, rounds three and four of AORC ran a timecard enduro format on both days. In actual fact the format seems to matter little to the leading riders though as Daniel’s Sanders and Milner again battled all the weekend for the overall.
Daniel Milner continues his dominance in E2
More than comfortable onboard the KTM 350 EXC-F, Daniel Milner gave no chance to his rivals in E2 class. On both days he won by a clear margin – one minute on day one and 40 seconds on day two. Joshua Green and Scott Keegan completed the podium on Saturday. On Sunday Green stayed second and Jeremy Carpentier made his way up to the last spot in the podium.
“A few mistakes cost me.” Said milner after Dungog. “I didn’t get it together as well today [Sunday] as I did on Saturday. I got caught out on some grass sections but apart from those mistakes I really enjoyed the day. The club here always put on a good event which made for an exciting weekend full of close racing. I am really pleased to finish the weekend here in Dungog with two class wins.
“The hardest thing for me is that I’m the guy who is meant to stay smooth and consistent, but I just made mistakes. So I definitely have a strong drive now to work hard and fix the problems in time for the next rounds.”
Sanders takes no prisoners on Sunday
Winning by a margin of nearly three minutes on Saturday and by two minutes on Sunday, Daniel Sanders had the ride of the weekend in E3. The extra training between the first rounds and Dungog seemed to pay off with consistent speed and a reward of the overall on day two. Sanders was joined in the podium by Beau Ralston and Jesse Lawton on Saturday and Beau Ralston and Andres Wilksch on Sunday.
Dungog left a big smile on Sander’s face: “Sunday was a good day! I came out of Saturday feeling positive, so I wanted to push straight away in round four. I didn’t ride the grassy cross tests as well as I had hoped, so I worked really hard on that all day and finally scored a good run on the last loop.”
“The Enduro test was great. I just had to hit my markers and overall, I was really happy with how I went. There were a lot of positives after Toowoomba, but I still have a lot of work to do before Kyogle.”
“It was an awesome weekend here in Dungog and was without a doubt the best AORC event I have done so far! The AORC Committee and Dungog Motorcycle Club put on an awesome event. If you weren’t here you really missed out!”
Luke Styke makes a step forward in E1
Luke Styke and Lyndon Snodgrass arrived to Dungog drawn on points in the championship but it was Styke who came up with the wins on both days. By contrast Snodgrass struggled during and left Dungog with his worst personal result in three years – a brace of fourth places.
Fraser Higlett was third on Saturday and second on Sunday and home boy Michael Driscoll was second on Saturday and third on Sunday.
Gardiner on top again in the Women’s class
As was the case in the first two AORC rounds, Jessica Gardiner gave no chance to her rivals and won both days in Dungog. Even suffering a mechanical issue on the first test on Saturday didn’t hold her back as she continued to push and take back the lost time. If she keeps this level of performance going it looks like she’ll be able to knock down the current women’s title record.
Junior results are not up yet due to technical issues with timing.
Now the AORC will have a three month break and returns for rounds five and six in Kyogle, New South Wales, in July 20-21.
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