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London to Sydney Marathon

5th June - 4th July 2004

Day 25 - Mungerannie to Windorah

STAGES FLOODED - McRAE BLOWS A GASKET

Today's two stages on the Oldfield property alongside the Birdsville Track were cancelled because of recent flooding. "Very sad," said property owner Sharon Oldfield, "we were really looking forward to having the London-Sydney come through."

So the day became a transport section with a lunchtime interlude at the famous Birdsville Pub.

It should have been a day without drama but late on into the afternoon Jimmy McRae stopped to talk to a fellow competitor and when it came to restart his Toyota engine the water temperature gauge shot off the clock and steam filled the engine bay. A blown head gasket!! Not good news since the team is not carrying a spare.

McRae's second place looks to be in jeopardy unless a gasket can be sourced overnight.

With no stages run the results from yesterday remain the same. more...

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