Ryan due for better luck

OFF-ROAD: Tony Fehlhader and Gary Howell compete in last year's event.

OFF-ROAD: Tony Fehlhader and Gary Howell compete in last year's event.

GRIFFITH hosts the third round of the ARB Off Road Racing Series this weekend at Stackpoole.

The ARB Griffith 400 will attract 71 competitors from around Australia.

There are five local racers competing in the 400-kilometre event, including brothers Andy and Mat Ryan.

Andy has had a rough start to the ARB Off Road series failing to finish the first race and plagued with engine issues in the second. 

Along with navigator Ecan Triaca, he is looking to get his season back on track at the local race.

“We’ve had a bit of bad luck with engine trouble at the 

last race and a CV at the first race so we are trying to overcome our blues, I guess,” Andy said.

“We’ve got a new engine so we’re looking forward to having a crack at this one.

“It’s good because you know what’s coming and you know what to expect.”

On the other hand brother Mat, who navigates for driver Glenn Owen, has had the perfect start to the season, recording two wins.

“They’ve (Mat Ryan and Glenn Owen) had a pretty good run, Andy said.

“They’ve won the first two rounds now and hoping to win it again, they’re going really well in the points.”

Despite the good start to the season, Mat is not getting too cocky going into the event.

“You can never be too confident, off road racing is pretty tough its very hard on the cars,” Mat said.

“We know our car’s quick enough but we’ll have to see if we can get through the 400 kilometres without any dramas.”

Stackpoole is on the Mid Western Highway about 23 kilometres east of Goolgowi and camping is offered for people who wish to spend the weekend out there.

There will be helicoptor flights on the Sunday for those wanting to see the racing from a birdseye view and there is a BMX track set up for the kids.

The event will run from  Friday to Sunday and catering will be provided by the Rotary Club of Yenda.

Entry is $10 per person and kids are free.

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