Last mud races of year in Port Alberni

The last Island Offroad Racing event for 2016 took place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 at the Alberni Motorsport Park.

Brad Harknett competes in the obstacle race on Saturday

The last Island Offroad Racing event for 2016 took place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25 at the Alberni Motorsport Park.

The offroad races began on Saturday with 22 participants competing on the muddy track.

In the ladies’ class, Jess Senini out drove the rest of the field to take first place with Hailey Mannynvali taking second and Shannon a close third.

For the obstacle course, in the buggie class Arnie Henslow made in through the cones the fastest and David L. Winterburn was second fastest.

In the two-wheel-drive class, Kyle Sanders took the top spot.

The men’s short wheelbase saw Taylor Laflamme with Team beast catching air and floating into first place with Eric Harknett in the green jeep settling for second. Mike Affleck was a close third.

John Nyhuss was first in the long wheelbase trucks class with Brad Harknett placing second and Dave Hamilton in third.

Three teams of three drivers competed in the team relay race. Finishing first was Dave Hamilton, John Nyhuus and Lawrence Ranger.

The second place team was Eric Harknett, Brendyn Deederly and Arnie Henslow, who where within a few feet of the win, and the third place team included Casey Bishop, David L. Winterburn and Steve Kurath.

The first Island Offroad Race for 2017 will be in May.