Prolite Preview

Posted on Updated on

The Prolite class have again turned out in force, with a very strong field assembled for the final round of the 2016 CAMS, PGS Industries WAORC. With the Carnarvon Motel, Three Springs 330 on the line let’s take a look at the contenders

#115 – Steve Knowles has come to grips with his Nissan powered buggy really well in his debut year. Whilst mechanical and other issues have hampered his progress the pace is there and with a finish will come a good result. Keep your eye on the silver bullet to upset some of the other class contenders

#117 – Bernard Holt has been Mr Consistency this year. At almost every round he attends Bernie pushes his way into the top 3 in class. Don’t underestimate this motorcycle powered pocket rocket as the Goose Racing machine packs one hell of a punch

#119 Jared Percival is back behind the wheel of his SS Racetech Pro Buggy for the first time this year. After a big accident at Kalgoorlie in 2015, Percival and father Dave have been rebuilding the buggy back to its championship winning form of 2014. Whilst you can expect some nerves in his first drive back, Jared’s not the kind of guy to take it easy and is a strong tip for a podium position

#158 – Ashley Ruthers is returning to the series for the first time since Perenjori this year. Whilst back then he was plagued by engine issues before even turning a wheel, the Eurohire Racing team have been hard at work and are looking forward to unleashing their VQ35 powered Bat Buggy on the Three Springs track

#161 – You could forgive Brett Smith for having tunnel vision this weekend. Whilst he is most definitely a red hot favourite for the Prolite class this weekend he will only have his eyes on the big battle looming with Pro Buggy contender Brad Cooper for the outright championship. This is Smiths first drive at the Three Springs track and also his last in his Mark 5 Southern Cross buggy. Will he make it a memorable one and go back to back for the WAORC outright championship

#163 – Wayne Holt is the second of the Goose Racing team to enter the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 330. With an uncharacteristic DNF at the Badgy 250, Holt will be looking to turn his form around at the last race for 2016.

#168 – Epic Racing’s Mark Jarrett is contesting just his second ever WAORC event in his prolite buggy. After debuting it at Bencubbin Jarrett has had to undertake extensive motor work to get back on track for Three Springs. With 330kms ahead of them the #168 machine could be a dark horse lurking in the pack

#171 – If nothing else you can guarantee one thing about Mal Yeardley’s Three Springs campaign. His wheel nuts will be done up tight. After a flat tyre and error with the wheel nuts hampered his Badgingarra event, Yeardley will be focused on redemption. If his pace prior to the DNF at Badgy is anything to go by he very well could be right on the bumper of class favourite Brett Smith

#181 – Stephen Hall is making his return to the WAORC after some time out working on his buggy and also helping some of the other race teams. The experience he has gained in his time crewing means that you can expect a calculated approach to this event which very well could reap rewards come Sunday afternoon

#195 – George Metaxas returns to Three Springs with a different vehicle to the last time he competed hear. His now infamous tree incident will be a distant memory as the immaculate camo coloured SS Racetech Pro Buggy blasts around the shores of the Yarra Yarra Lakes