Round 1 of the 2016 CAMS PGS Industries WAORC is now in the books after an extremely hard fought battle over a grueling 360km race. Harleigh Uren in his Extreme 2wd surprised everybody with a victory in prologue and would start section 1 first. After 2 laps of section 1, Darren Agrela took the lead and despite some electrical issues hampering his night run, Agrela extended his lead over the night lap using the speed of his Jimco and the lighting provided by an Intense LED Lightbar to his advantage to open up a 3 minute gap over the field.
Sundays racing would see 2 sections, each consisting of 2 laps. Agrela lead the field away and looked to extend his lead before a cruel twist where mechanical issues stopped the #39 machine in what had been a dominant display. Whilst Agrela was a DNF, the speed of the Undecided Racing machine will have sent an ominous warning to some of the other competitors. Shane and Curt Elphinstone took over the lead of the race, which they would never relinquish. A smooth, clean drive and the crew were rewarded with 1st in Pro Buggy and 1st Outright. 2nd would be Brad Cooper who put in a huge effort to bring the car home in one piece after a brake issues during section 2. Brett Smith showed why he will yet again be a major challenger for the Outright title as the Pro Lite driver put in a consistent and fast run to punch above his weight and take 3rd outright and 1st in class.
In the Production 4wd class Dirk Van Geest would take the win from Ted Schultz, with Graeme Bentink a DNF early in the event. Garry Povah absolutely stormed home in the final section to take the win from Leigh Cooper who put in an excellent drive in his Pajero. Russell Cullen and Dan ‘Fluffy’ Fahey piloted their Chupa Chup Racing Patrol to 3rd in class only minutes ahead of Owen and Mitchell Davies. Nathaniel Edwards showed that he has what it takes to have a very serious crack at the Super 1650 class crown this year, finishing the event over half an hour ahead of his nearest rival.
Up and down the field their were hard luck stories, with Kiera Mann-Piercy putting in a blinding run on Lap 1 of Section 2, only to roll the #15 Piercy Racing Team Buggy ending the crews event. Marcus Wells who is one of the youngest drivers in the field again showed his potential, but engine issues plagued the number 98 Razorback Pro Buggy all weekend. Adam Trewhella had various mechanical difficulties on Day 1 to be a DNF, before off road veteran and father Craig Trewhella took the wheel and piloted the #52 Rimco for the final 4 laps of the event
The Nissan Car Club would like to thank all of the event sponsors, Carrington’s Traffic Services, Coates Hire, The Shire of Perenjori, Auto One Balcatta and Mount Gibson Iron Ore as well as series naming rights sponsors PGS Industries and Contingency Sponsors Intense LED Australia and Oricom UHF CB.
The WAORC next travels to Carnarvon over the Easter long weekend and if this weekends competition is anything to go by you won’t want to miss it!!! For more information see http://www.waorc or find us on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/westausorc
Story: Jason Galea – Flat Out Off Road Racing Team
Photos: Brett Sandells Photography