If there is one class which has experienced massive growth in the past few years in Western Australia it is the Extreme 4wd class. With a whopping 11 entries for Round 1 of the CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC at Perenjori this trend looks set to continue. Not only that, but it is an extremely competitive class with almost every vehicle in class having a shot at class honours. Lets have a run through each of the competitors and how they are shaping up heading into the season opener;
814 – Leigh Cooper has over the past few events been coming to grips with his Pajero. The pace and results from the last few rounds are quite impressive despite a little lay down last run out. Watch out for the green rocket which will be pushing hard against some of the bigger vehicles in the class.
819 – Chris May has made the step up from Production 4wd where he has had great success in the past few years, a trend he will be looking to continue. Followers of Off Road Racing will recall on his last outing Chris launched his old 766 Nissan Patrol sky high over Lochies Knob. All eyes will be watching to see what the 819 Patrol will do at Perenjori
823 – Brad Krepp is one of the fastest and most consistent drivers in the series and last year was very unlucky not to take out the Extreme 4wd class title. The Orange GQ Patrol will quietly smoothly go about its business, but you can guarantee will be in the mix come race end
834 – Daniel Smith – When the turbo winds up on Danny Smiths RB powered patrol look out, because the GQ ute starts to resemble a gravel machine gun! There is no doubting the potential of this combination and Smith will be looking to pilot it all the way to the front of the Extreme 4wd field
848 – Owen Davies big red truck over the past few seasons has proven to be a massively consistent competitor and very fast. You would be marking down the 848 machine as a strong tip for the class podium come Sunday night
850 – Garry Povah’s Holden Colorado is one machine that has some impressive pedigree previously competing in the Australasian Safari. Povah showed off a little of the machines potential at Three Springs in 2015, but our spys tell us that it has been at SS Racetech over the off season and will be one to watch
866 – Mark Murray – Keep your eyes on the turbo diesel powered Nissan Patrol as this thing is an excitement machine! If Mark can hold the vehicle together with a clean run you can expect the G Turbo sponsored patrol to be fighting it out for the class victory
875 – Ash Ryan – To say that the Team Outlaws 4×4 crew have had a hard run in the past year would be an understatement. But with a massive effort over the off season who knows where the big black truck could end up
881 – Dave Fong in the iconic red Land Rover is one of the most experienced drivers in the class. Powered by a thumping V8 and with a strong suspension setup looks can be deceiving and this is one hell of a machine
883 – Russell ‘The Peoples Champ’ Cullen heads into Perenjori with a bit of a dark horse package. After some recent engine developments and off season prep this Nissan Patrol is ready to do some work! Russ will be looking to use his experience in off road racing and 4wding at night to his advantage during Saturday nights section.
888 – Scott Bryce pilots one of the most technologically advanced 4wd vehicles in Australia. This constantly evolving engineering masterpiece is capable of running right at the front of the field. Time will tell if this IFS ans IRS rocket can deliver on its potential???