Team Nashua Mobile Racing Tarka 400 summary

One of the two Nashua Mobile Racing crews, namely Terence Marsh and Trevor Ahier competing in the supercharged Mitsubishi powered Jimco, successfully completed the recent Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, the fifth round of the SA National ...

One of the two Nashua Mobile Racing crews, namely Terence Marsh and Trevor Ahier competing in the supercharged Mitsubishi powered Jimco, successfully completed the recent Queen Motor Spares Tarka 400, the fifth round of the SA National Off-road Championship. presented by Absa, in an excellent 3rd place in Class A while finishing 5th overall in the Special Vehicle Category.

What makes this result more significant is the fact that the other team- vehicle consisting of Greg Daus and Archie Rutherford unfortunately could not participate as they had not received the new arms from America for their Mitsubishi powered Chenowoth in time for the event. Bearing in mind this year is scheduled as a year of development, the team has now finished on the podium twice - with Daus and Rutherford having achieved a 2nd place in the Special Vehicle Category during the Nissan Sugarbelt 400 in May.

After the Mitsubishi powered Jimco experienced overheating problems during the prologue, Marsh and Ahier decided to retire to the pits to attend to the problem. Extra cooling systems were installed that evening which led to Marsh and Ahier starting the main event in a lowly 43rd position. They began aggressively making their way through the field, overtaking slower competitors while experiencing rough, dusty conditions.

About 20km before the halfway point, the only service and refuel point on the route, they lost a significant amount of time while replacing a damaged rear rim. A further problem within the cockpit resulted in them spending more time than usual and in the pits.

The supercharged Mitsubishi powered Jimco which is prepared by Greame Thornton, performed faultlessly allowing Marsh and Ahier to finish on the podium for the first time this year. Without the back-up of their teammates, Daus and Rutherford, they were careful with Marsh having a lot of praise for his navigator.

"Fighting our way through the field in these conditions I once again realised how important it is to have a good navigator. Due to excellent navigating by Ahier we did not wrong-slot once in the rough dusty conditions" Marsh commented afterwards. "As this is a year of development for both vehicles we only expected to start competing towards the end of the season " he said.

Marsh and Ahier clocked the 3rd quickest time for the main 380km race but due to their poor time in Fridays prologue they finished 5th overall in the Special Vehicle Category.

If everything goes according to plan, both the Nashua Mobile Racing teams will be a force to be reckoned in the 6th round of the championship at the Sun City 400 to be held on the 26/27 September 2003.

-nmr-

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