Kalgoorlie Desert Race – The Grid

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The final Round of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC, the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has a field of 30 competitors ready to do battle. We preview the full grid

19 – Troy Schoen comes into the Kalgoorlie Desert Race as one of the favorites. The CCR Hoses & Fittings pilot has already won a round of the WAORC this year and will be expected to run up front again at Kalgoorlie

70 – Jason Adami has made the trek over from the Northern Territory in his Porter Pro Buggy. This beautifully presented machine will be one to watch as he tackles the red dirt of the Kalgoorlie Desert Race

78 – Warren Fennell is back for another crack in his ex Troy Schoen Southern Cross Pro Buggy. A trouble free run could see Fennell in his Elphinstone Mechanical Services sponsored machine sneak into the top 5 at races end

98 – Richard Crabb from New Zealand is according to our records the first international competitor to race in a WAORC event. Crabb has undoubtedly some of the best equipment in the field at his disposal in the ex Hayden Bentley former Finke Desert Race winning machine

932 – Mark Cramer will be looking to seal the Pro Buggy championship for 2017 with a strong result at Kalgoorlie. The Marsue Transport sponsored Southern Cross is a strong contender and will be one to watch

971 – Scott Schiller is tackling his first event in WA this year, but always runs up the front when he does. The spectacular looking SS Racetech machine is a proven race winner and Schiller will be hoping to finish the season with a strong result

110 – Jake Clucas is coming off the back of his strongest ever race result at the recent Three Springs event. If he can recapture that form, the #110 will be on the hunt for Pro Buggies

119 – Jared Percival will have one eye on the outright championship with the points situation so tight at the top. But experience in a title decider is worth its weight in gold and Percival knows the best way to get the job done is just to go out and run your own race

171 – Mal Yeardley comes into the final event of the season leading the points for the first time all year. For Yeardley its a do or die situation and he has indicated that he will be throwing caution to the wind in order to bring home his first WAORC outright title

175 – David Shea Rowett is making his 2nd event start after his debut at Three Springs. The #175 showed plenty of potential and will definitely get quicker over the course of the weekend

195 – George Metaxas has had a solid season and will again be in the hunt for the class podium. Metaxas camouflage prolite buggy has all the goodies required to get the job done and we think George will be sniffing around the top 10 by race end

1032 – Peter Barrett is back for his second run in his recently converted to Sportslite Bullet Buggy. The Carnarvon Motel man is the only competitor in his class, which means he will be setting his sights on taking down some of the other buggy competitors

220 – Jeremy Lia is one of the most aggressive Super 1650 drivers in the country and the Kalgoorlie local thrives in the red dirt. Keep an eye on this pocket rocket when he launches off the line at full noise

232 – Peter Mellington is another Kalgoorlie local hoping to use his local knowledge to his advantage. The former state class champion will be having a red hot go in his battle with Lia

406 – Colin Doney in his blue beetle will be looking to turn the pressure up a notch in his battle with Pickersgill for the class championship. The Doney boys have shown strong pace all year and will be hoping to cap it off with a strong result

413 – Beau Robinson is a former Kalgoorlie winner. The OBR pilot has his Geiser truck dialled in and will put on a massive show when he stomps on the loud pedal for the first time on Saturday

425 – Greg Pickersgill is making the trek across from Geraldton in his pursuit of the Extreme 2wd class championship. Pickersgill’s trophy truck should be well suited to the conditions and red dirt that Kalgoorlie throws up

426 – Adam Flanagan is another Kalgoorlie local who revels in the red dirt of Kalgoorlie. Last season he ran a very strong race to achieve one of his best results at the Kalgoorlie round and will be hoping history will repeat itself

528 – Mik French has been slowly building towards a big result. Each race he has been dialing his Performance 2wd Celica in and with some changes since the recent Three Springs event, it looks to be going better than ever before

660 – Dean Terry would have to have one of the newest vehicles in the field. Terry has taken one of the first 2018 Can Am X3’s delivered to Western Australia and has wasted no time having it converted to CAMS spec and is ready to rumble for its first run at the KDR

670 – Jason Roberts will be making his WAORC debut. Another Kalgoorlie man who will be ready to make his mark in one of the biggest fields of Superlites that we have seen all year

674 – Chris Unstead showed at Three Springs that he has the pace to trouble the rest of the Superlite field. Unfortunately flat tyres hampered his progress there, but the Can Am X3 has a full new set of boots and is ready to charge

699 – Ashley Sudholz had been running a near perfect season until a collision with a tree at Three Springs. But some swift repairs to the Polaris sees Sudholz back in action and ready to battle the KDR

6654 – Rob Clarke is one of 2 Yamaha’s lined up for the Superlite A field. Clarke will be making his WAORC debut and will be ready for a big battle with Wainwright

6627 – Mark Wainwright is the other Yamaha competitor fresh off of his first run at Three Springs. Wainwright has been hard at work making improvements and will be one to watch when the red dirt flies

704 – Grant Butters will be running a Mitsubishi Evo in the Production 4wd class. The Evo is one of the nicest looking Production 4wds out there and has some strong racing pedigree

790 – Graeme Bentink is back with his all conquering G Turbo powered Toyota Landcruiser. The big diesel has been nearly unstoppable this year and will once again be chasing the Extreme 4wds at Kalgoorlie

828 – Rhys Bentink and Caleb Bradfield made their WAORC debut at Three Springs and showed signs that they will be Extreme 4wd contenders in the future. However with this being their first crack at an event the scale of the Kalgoorlie Desert Race, this will be a massive test for the young guns

848 – Mitchell Davies has got the Valvoline sponsored #848 dialled in and ready to mount a serious challenge during the KDR. Davies has shown just how quick he can be all year and it will be exciting if he can end the season in the same fashion as there is a big championship battle brewing

866 – Mark Murray and navi Jim Ingham have put the disappointment of a broken pitman arm at Three Springs behind them and head to the KDR in an interesting position. Does Murray think about the championship and shelve his flamboyant driving style, or does he attack in his normal style? We are tipping the latter