Officers achieve breakthrough HRA victory

The final results for the 2008 Rich River Trial confirm that Dinta & Kate Officer have finally won their first ever HRA event.

While provisional results saw them with a one point victory, double checking of control cards by meticulous scorer Gary Hodgiss has seen them pegged back that point so that they now share equal first with last year's winners Alan Upton & Mark Laidlay. Third place went to Rick Hartmann and Dave Smith.

These three were also at the head of the field after the first division's touring section with Upton/Laidlay and Hartmann/Smith both 'cleaning' the section with the Officers and Ian Ghiggino/Ian Reddoch in their Peugeot 203 equal third with only 1 point lost. Ghiggino/Reddoch won the award for best placed car on road tryes for that division.

First in Grade B was Roger Lee/Matt Lee (who also scored a class win), followed by Doug Norman/Robert Knight and third was Keith Winter/Peter Maurer (also winners in their class). Best of the Grade C crews was Michael Long/Vaughan Haskett, followed by Alan Hall/James Coyne and third was Peter Otzen/Paul Franklin. In fact these three finished in succession at 9th, 10th and 11th overall.The youngest competitor in the event, Tyler Cuttle achieved an excellent 13th overall with his father Keith in their Holden Commodore.

The 'Canberra Connection' of Stephen Willett/Marc Kelly, Jamie Ericson/Stephen Smith and Fro Horobin/Winton Brocklebank didn't have too much to show for their 15 hour round trip to be part of the event, with a 23rd overall (and 1st in the road car category), a last place and a DNF respectively to show for their efforts. However, we believe a visit to Rutherglen on the return trip may have made the trip well worthwhile after all!

The final division, the optional 'Challenge' section, saw Upton/Laidlay as victors with a 'clean sheet', followed by Hartmann/Smith in second position with 2 points lost and William Pryor/David McKenzie and Roger Lee/Matt Lee equal third on 9 points.

Final results are now available at the Rich River page of the HRA website.