Cody Crocker wins Side-by-Side Rally Challenge
- 7th April 2014, 5:39am
Cody Croker and Greg Foletta (Polaris RZR 1000 XP) have won the Quit Forest Rally Side-by-Side Rally Challenge and Ben Grabham has won the Quit Forest Rally Moto, in Western Australia over the weekend.
Crocker/Foletta led the side-by-side competition from the opening stage of the event winning Heat One and Heat Two by strong margins over their nearest rivals.
“We’ll take the points while we can because I know Guesty (Michael Guest) has a few things up his sleeve so we’ll take them now and he can play catch up,” Crocker said.
“The Polaris is a fantastic machine, we’ve spent a bit of time setting it up and the normal ride height’s pretty high so we’ve squatted it right down and that’s what gives you that traction in the forest and the big wheels just make it go faster,” he continued.
“We chucked it into some corners way too fast and spent a lot of time sideways but there was no issue with it tipping over which gives you more confidence as well,” Crocker added.
Michael Guest/David Green (CanAm Maverick 1000 X RS) finished the event in second and Nathan Chivers/Les Chivers (CanAm Maverick 1000 X RS) took third.
“The shoe is on the other foot this year, last year it was nice to be in a position where we were quicker than the others consistently but Cody’s new car is really, really quick,” Guest said.
“The great thing is we’ve got a fair bit of development left in ours before Adelaide. We haven’t had the side-by-side’s in Adelaide before on the super fast roads so I’m looking forward to that and I’ll be trying to peg these guys back but it’s going to be tough that’s for sure,” he continued.
Ben Grabham (KTM EXC) dominated the Moto field across the weekend winning all but one stage of the event.
“It’s awesome to come over here, I have to say a big thanks to KTM for making it possible for me to cross the country and enter events like this and have fun sliding around,” Grabham said.
“The KTM 500’s been awesome, I’ve raced it here twice and won on it twice and it’s just a lot of fun out there to be honest,” he continued.
“This was a partially new course this year and acing on a rally track behind the cars you are always chasing plenty of traction and doing lots of slides but it was a great event and hopefully I can come back and do it all again next year,” he said.
Graeme McKinley (KTM 505 SX) took the only other stage victory and finished the event in second with Nathan Grech (CanAm RenegadeXXC) third.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be standing on the podium in a home event,” McKinley said.
“I had a very clean run this year, I actually thought this was probably be how the event would unfold if everything went how I planned it to so congratulations to Ben, awesome ride as he always does, and to Nathan as well for keeping me honest over the weekend,” he continued.
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