First timer cleans up the awards at the challenge

Debut: Kempsey's Ian Kenah earned impressive results in his first time competing in an off road challenge, including best place finisher from the Macleay. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Debut: Kempsey's Ian Kenah earned impressive results in his first time competing in an off road challenge, including best place finisher from the Macleay. Photo: Penny Tamblyn.

Kempsey’s Ian Kenah has earned a number of awards at the Scotts Hydraulic Services Dondingalong Off Road Challenge on the weekend.

It was his first time competing in an off road challenge but it didn’t stop him from finishing in fourth position out of a field of 37 competitors.

He was the highest place finisher from the Macleay region, holding off Steven Harris, Desmond Woods, Mathew Morgan, Matt Huxley and Richard Wilton.

He was faced with challenges to his vehicle on Saturday but the terrible conditions played into his favour on Sunday.

"I had tyre issues for most of the day on Saturday,’ Kenah said.

“I was able to get that sorted and still be competitive.

“The rain was pretty heavy on Sunday and it gave me a good advantage because my buggie has 4WD.”

The advantage allowed Kenah to pull away at the beginning of races.

Kenah was glad he was able to fulfil his goal of turning from a spectator to competitor. 

“It was pretty amazing to get out there and go around the track,” he said.

“I plan on competing at every event across New South Wales now, it was great.”

Kenah credits his navigator Wayne Hardie for his success.

Justin Guy was the overall winner for the third time in a row at Dondingalong.

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