Howells, Hume go back-to-back in St George 399

Josh Howells and Eric Hume in action. Picture: Terry Hill

Josh Howells and Eric Hume have backed up their 2021 triumph in the Cobb & Co Hotel St George 399 to get their new BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Championship campaign off to the perfect start.

Howells becomes only the second primary driver to twice win the outback Queensland event, joining Shannon Rentsch.

“Back-to-back victories sounds good – I didn’t expect it but it feels good,” Howells said.

“We had little hiccups along the way and that is always a thing, but we were able to get over them and move forward and we were lucky enough to keep the pace when we did have issues.

“Even though kept our cool and pushed through, I have to give a massive shout out to my team who gave me a car that made it possible to race at the pace I needed to race. It was unreal.”

Ryan Taylor and Kye Floyd finished second, with Rentsch rounding out the podium alongside navigator Ian Rentsch in a strong return to the AORC – having last competed at the 2019 Tatts Finke Desert Race.

It wasn’t a straightforward podium result for the Rentsch duo though, having entered the final interval seven seconds down on Greg Gartner/Jamie Jennings in the battle for third – only for the latter combination to be struck down by late mechanical woes.

Gartner/Jennings were forced to stop just 20km from the finish, motor issues the cause.

Michael Spokes/Brad Rogan were fourth outright and first in the Prolite class.

Walkinshaw Performance’s Warren Luff finished second in the Production 4WD class.

New South Wales plays host to Round 2 of the AORC season – the Pooncarie Desert Race – across May 6-8.

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