Birnie extends points lead

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Mat Birnie has extended his lead at the top of the outright standings of the 2019 WAORC after a strong run to 3rd at the recent Cochranes Transport Mid West Challenge. With 2 rounds still to run, the championship is not over by any stretch of the imagination and as we head to Three Springs there are sure to be more movers and shakers throughout the class and outright championships

Outright

Mat Birnie and Rochelle Funneman are clear out in front on 62 points with a season high lead of 7 points back to Darren Agrela. The big mover in the championship picture is Sean Fitzpatrick whose 4th place at Mid West has rocketed him up the ladder to 3rd just ahead of Peter Barrett with Colin Bevan and Gavin Rodgers making it 3 SXS in the top 6. Mal Yeardley sits in 7th just ahead of mutliple times WA champion Brad Cooper whilst Ben Hodge and Mark Murray round out the top 10

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Pro Buggy

Darren Agrela, Troy Schoen and Brad Cooper have put on a show throughout this years championship and rightfully sit in the top 3 positions of the Pro Buggy championship. The chasing pack aren’t far behind and will be hoping to capitalize on a slip up from any of the current front runners

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Prolite

The Prolite class sees Mal Yeardley with a solid lead over Danielle Joyce, with current outright champions Jared Percival siting in 3rd. The Prolite class has been hotly contested and this look sets to continue at Three Springs

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Super 1650

Super 1650 is a battle between 2, with Michael Davis currently holding a strong lead of Kalgoorlie competitor Peter Mellington. Regardless of the points, these two competitors will be sure to crank up the RPM and put on a show

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Sportslite

Peter Barretts consistency and speed sees him with a massive lead in the sportslite class. Mechanical issues and DNF’s have taken their toll on the chasing pack as Hawkins, Schiller and Visagie are closely matched for the remaining podium positions

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Performance 2wd

Mathew Beck has maintained his points lead in the Performance 2wd class once again showing that the WA Junior Development program is doing a fantastic job of preparing the youngsters for the challenges that may face them in the WAORC. Karl Richardson will be looking for a clean finish to the end of the year. He has shown the pace, but results have been hard to come by so far this season

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Extreme 2wd

Phil Shepley has extended his lead at the top of the Extreme 2wd championship, whilst Dan Fahey remains in 2nd. Harleigh Uren looks to be the big mover here after his outright win at the Mid West Challenge and Three Springs will be pivotal in deciding the championship

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Production 4wd

The Diesel powered 200 series of Graeme Bentink holds the Production 4wd lead ahead of rookie Aaron Griffiths who has had a stellar season so far. Gary Kirkwood sits in 3rd whilst Nicholas Van Geest and Ben Armstrong are not far behind in 4th and 5th

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Extreme 4wd

Peer Horn’s victory at the Extreme 4wd class has him in a commanding position in the Extreme 4wd class. Mark Murry, John Pursehouse, Garry Povah and Greg Pickersgill fill out a hotly contested top 5 which is going to go down to the wire

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SXS Turbo

The SXS Turbo class is extremely tight on points and this class is going to go down to Kalgoorlie to decide who takes the win. Mat Birnie leads from Sean Fitzpatrick and Gavin Rodgers all racing in CanAm X3’s with the chasing pack very evenly spread behind. Simon Clifford is the front running Polaris sitting 4th in the points

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SXS Sport

Jason Galea and Kiera Piercy have it all their own way at the moment as the only entrants in the class so far. If no other challengers are forthcoming they will no doubt enjoy trying to match it with the Turbo SXS competitors in their Yamaha YXZ

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Full points can be found here