The 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries is set for a thrilling finale heading into the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 330. The unique scoring system for the WAORC sees a competitor’s best 5 results of the 6 round series count in the championship class and outright point score. With 5 hotly contested races already run and won let’s take a look at who the contenders are for the class and outright championships
Outright – It’s down to be a straight shootout between multiple times WAORC Champion Brad Cooper and defending WAORC Champion Brett Smith. With Smith currently holding the points advantage the equation is simple. For Cooper to win the championship he must win the event outright and regardless of where Smith finishes he will take the championship. If Cooper finishes 2nd he must hope that Smith finishes 3rd or worse in which case Cooper will take the series on a count back. Smith will claim back to back WAORC titles if Cooper finishes outside of the top 3, or if the Pro lite man finishes 2nd (with Cooper 3rd or worse). But Smith didn’t get to his position on top of the table by settling for second best and he will be gunning for 1st outright which will see him claim the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC outright. The battle to fill the position of 3rd outright is wide open with 10 competitors still in with a mathematical shot at the podium. Russell Cullen currently fills 3rd, but is being hunted down by a big pack including Shane Elphinstone, Dirk Van Geest, Bernie Holt and Grant Payne
In Pro Buggy Brad Cooper and Aaron Smithson have been in devastating form this season and have already sewn up the Pro Buggy class title. Shane Elphinstone, Grant Payne and Darren Agrela are all locked in a dogfight to fill out the remaining podium places. With a big field expected to duke it out at the final round of the season you can expect competitors just outside the top 3 such as Schoen and Schiller to want to join in the battle for the podium places
Pro Lite Buggy has been a one man show in 2016 with the class already wrapped up. Brett Smith has been in impeccable form having won every section of the 2016 season in Prolite, except for section 2 at Badgingarra when Bernie Holt managed to take a section off him. Bernie Holt and brother Wayne Holt lock out the 2 remaining podium places and will be looking to hold off the charge of Yeardley and Metaxas in the final round at Three Springs
Super 1650 looks to be headed the way of Aaron Dark with only 1 competitor able to stop the #293 machine from taking out this year’s WAORC for Super 1650. Nathaniel Edwards will need the perfect event at Three Springs only a win in all sections of the event at a DNF from Dark will see him get over the line. You can expect a red hot battle between the 2 competitors come the last weekend in September
Extreme 2wd is still wide open. Whilst Greg Pickersgill is in the box seat to claim back to back class titles, Peter Doney, Adam Flanagan, Darryl Hardman and Barry Cochrane are all still a mathematical chance of sneaking up on Pickersgill. The one wildcard in this class is Harliegh Uren, whilst he is out of the title hunt, Uren would love nothing more than to throw caution to the wind and take a class win whilst others are playing the championship game. This is one class which will be game on at Three Springs!
Performance 2wd’s current class leader Jordan Russell has had a difficult season. A DNF at Badgingarra means that he hasn’t sewn up the class title for 2016, but with a strong result at Three Springs he can take his maiden WAORC class title
Production 4wd is down to a battle between 3 competitors. Ben Armstrong holds a handy lead, but Dirk Van Geest and Graham Bentink both can steal the championship from underneath him should he falter. For Bentink it will take a win in all sections with a DNF to Armstrong. For Van Geest it will the situation is similar, but you can guarantee that the Bottlefed Racing team will be pulling out all stops to ensure that they can take home their first ever class title in the WAORC
The Extreme 4wd is almost certainly headed the way of Russell Cullen. The only man who can stop him is Leigh Cooper who will need a faultless race. If Cooper can win all sections he may just nab the championship out from underneath Cullens nose!
Brad Close is the only Superlite driver to have put points on the board this season with a great run at the Kalgoorlie 400. If Close can do the same at Three Springs he will take home his first ever WAORC Superlite class title
With most of the class titles and the outright championship still on the line we are set for a grand finish to the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC at the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 330! Get on down to Three Springs for what is sure to be an absolutely massive weekend of racing and find out who will be crowned champions after 6 gruelling rounds of off road racing!
See the points here