Husqvarna Off-Road Team lead rider Lachlan Stanford continued his podium streak in the E3 class of the Australian Off-Road Championship, in extremely challenging conditions at Renmark, SA.
In nasty bulldust that hung in the air or lay concealing shapes in the track surface, Stanford took his Husqvarna FE 501 to second in class on both days, behind KTM‰Ûªs Lyndon Snodgrass.
The two are now locked in a fierce arm-wrestle for big-bore class supremacy with four rounds of the championship yet to run.
Stanford was fifth overall in the company of Australia‰Ûªs fastest off-road racers on Saturday after the intended cross-country round was changed to a ‰Û÷Super Sprint‰Ûª amid safety concerns, and stepped that up to fourth on Sunday after longer exposure to the extremely tricky environment.
‰ÛÏThe dust was pretty tough this weekend," Stanford recalled, "There was no way they could have run a cross-country, so we had a sprint on Saturday and only did three laps on Sunday. I struggled a lot on Saturday, and couldn‰Ûªt find a groove, but Sunday was a little bit better. It was just really rough and dusty and a pretty techo track. Sunday though I started to find a few more seconds and some flow. The bike was awesome - I just need to get it up front and be battling for that win."
"Not the best weekend for the E3 championship; taking two seconds to Lyndon was a pain," Stanford added, "We‰Ûªre just going to have to pull the finger out I guess. The next one is at Kyogle so that will give me a bit of a home track advantage, hopefully.‰Û