Round 5 Report: NSW Rookie Championship

Marsh's swap the podium in NSW Rookie Championship.

After the climax to the 2016 Pro Tour at Bathurst 1000, race fans also got to see New South Wales' top Rookie STIHL Timbersports athletes in axetion. The field of six battled it out for 2 spots at the Australian Rookie Final to be held in December at Homebush, NSW.

Pre-round favourite Blake Marsh (23), didn't disappoint to take out the top spot with 1st place in the Standing Block and Singlebuck, and 2nd place in Stocksaw and Underhand Chop on the way to 22 points.

In 2nd place was younger brother Brendan (16) who took home the bragging rights in the Marsh family to win the Underhand in the final round against bigger brother Blake on his way to 18 points Brendan also took as 2nd place in his favourite discipline the Single Buck. Brendan showed his cheeky side in his post heat interview. "I might not be David Foster, but I'd say there's a fair bit of wood left in the front' talking about Brother Blake's poor cut in their Underhand battle.

3rd Place went to Mitchell Kirk (24) who just misses out on a spot in the final but looked like one for the future for sure after finishing 3 points of the pace on 15 points. The third of the Marsh brothers Cameron started brightly with a 13.65 stocksaw time to take 1st place in the round, but struggled to get going with his axes. Dylan Smith (24) and Curtis Bennett (16) can go home from the championship with their heads held high securing 3rd spot in the underhand and Standing Block respectively, but slow times in the sawing disciplines condemned them to 5th and 6th.

Blake and Brendan Marsh move into the Rookie Final.

2016 NSW Rookie Championship Amarok Ladder:

Blake Marsh – 22pts
Brendan Marsh – 18pts
Mitchell Kirk – 15pts
Cameron Marsh – 12pts
Dylan Smith – 9pts
Curtis Bennett – 7pts