The Pro Buggy field have once again entered in the masses, making Round 3 of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship one not to miss! With 14 entries in the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 360, they make up the largest field of entries in 2016
5 – Gary Howe returns to the track after a while out of the sport. The Howe family will be sharing the driving and navigating duties and there is no doubting that they have some experience and talent behind the wheel. Keep an eye out of the #5 Southern Cross buggy because they have the capacity to spring a major upset!
19 – Troy Schoen is debuting a brand new state of the art SS Racetech Pro Buggy. Whilst Schoen will take some time to get used to the new vehicle, there is no doubting that if the big orange buggy is on song that it will be running up front!
21 – Danielle Joyce has endured a tough start to the 2016 season. Mechanical issues kept her out of Perenjori and Carnarvon, but she managed to return for the Narrogin Short Course only to have issues again. The only female driver in the Bencubbin field, Joyce will have her work cut out to chase down some of her more fancied rivals, but don’t count her out, the Enduro format may well suit her driving style and anything can happen!
22 – Grant Payne returns to the WAORC for the first time this season. A strong run at the recent Narrogin Chase Short Course indicates that the CMM Automotive pilot is primed and ready for a big run at Bencubbin. The #22 buggy has good pace, solid reliability and a real shot at taking this event outright!
28 – Shane Yaxley will be looking for a strong run at the Bencubbin 360. This event is probably most suited to the #28 machine and if Yaxley can have a trouble free run he has the ability to go on a giant killing run. If the little 4L V8 powerplant is screaming step back and watch the CBM Motorsport team put on a show!
39 – Darren Agrela will be hoping for a turn around of his fortunes from the first 2 events in 2016. Leading at both Perenjori and Carnarvon the Undecided Racing Team have succumbed to mechanical issues. There is no doubting that the pace is there and the #39 is due a big result, this is one buggy to keep your eyes on
42 -Peter Barrett has made the trek down all the way from Carnarvon. Another with reliability issues hampering his 2016 season, Barrett will be hoping to bring home his Carnarvon Motel sponsored Buggy with a strong result and as he grows in confidence with the new buggy, there is no doubting that a big result isn’t far away
44 – Shane Elphinstone is one of the red hot favorites to take out the Maruse Transport Bencubbin 360. With blistering pace, this well sorted combo is well suited to the Bencubbin track and capable of pulling out a win this weekend
54 – Keith Rance will be hoping that his reliability woes have been sorted. Another who when running at full pace has the ability to light up the time sheets, the #54 buggy will need a trouble free run to push its way onto the class and outright podiums
58 – Robert Collings proved at Round 2 in Carnarvon that he is certainly no slouch behind the wheel. The Ex Rex West Razorback frame was on the pace until gearbox issues put them out of the event. Watch out for the big blue beast as the roaring V8 surges its way through the race track!
68 – Justin Steadman showed his hand at Perenjori in round 1 as he surged into the lead after 1 lap only to strike a tree and be out of the event. Steadman is one of the quickest peddlers in the field and has had strong runs at Bencubbin in the past. If the #68 Bat sees the finish line with a clean run, Steadman will be looking good for a top 3 finish
932 – Mark Cramer is one of the dark horses in the field. Slowly but surely Cramer has been getting more and more comfortable in his Southern Cross Pro Buggy and since the shift to a 6L V8 has been chipping away at the top class runners. Keep and eye on the #932 buggy because it wont be long before Cramer lands himself on the top step of the podium
968 – Brad Cooper is a 2 time winner of this event and a winner in his last start at Round 2 of the WAORC. With that kind of history and form, there is no doubting that Cooper has all the tools at his disposal to put the pressure on the rest of the field. Look out for the Mickey Thompson Bat Buggy because Cooper always puts on a show
971 – Scott Schiller comes into the Bencubbin event in ripping form. After taking out the Narrogin Chase last month and being a former winner of the Bencubbin event, the SS Racetech Buggy would have to be one of the favorites for outright and class victory