After 2 rounds of the 2021 WAORC the points are tight at the top, with 3 big races coming up to round out the season. The Mid West Challenge is the next event on the calendar and when it comes to defining points of the season, this race is always one of them. A tough sandy challenge like no other race in the series makes it both a big opportunity to set yourself up for a good second half to the season, but equally a big chance to trip up any title pretenders. Originally scheduled as Round for 2021, Mid West moves up to Round with COVID and torrential rain preventing the running of Bencubbin in early June.
So after 2 rounds of racing, lets take a look at who has put themselves in position to have a crack at the WAORC title. The first 2 are separated by just 1 point. Leading the charge in his Toyota powered Prolite is Jared Percival. Percival knows how to put together a strong season, have won the state championship previously. The #119 machine would have to be one of the favorites for a season long points chase, choosing his moments to strike and knowing when to sit back and let the chaos unfold.
Jayden Grewar has been a surprise packet this season, his first ever crack at off road racing in the WAORC. A good result at Perenjori followed by a giant killing run at the Gascoyne Dash to pilot his CanAm onto the outright podium sees the Raw Racing Team sit 2nd outright by just 1 point behind Percival. Whilst Grewar has shown he has the pace, Mid West has been known to bite and experience may count for a lot here
3rd place is a tie between our 2 race victors, Harleigh Uren and Troy Schoen. Uren is a former race winner at Mid West and the truck is well suited to the race when the going gets tough and the holes get big. Schoen, fresh off a massive win at Carnarvon also has the machinery and the talent to take the top step at Mid West. His Aussie Built Pro Buggy is as tough as they come and will no doubt be ready to tackle what ever the Mid West Challenge can throw at them
Mr Consistency Paul Hutchinson rounds out the top 5, also in his debut WAORC season. With a Polaris Turbo S at his disposal, “Hutchy” has all the tools he needs to unlock this tough sandy course and will be hoping to string together a top 10 run to keep his championship tilt heading in the right direction
In the classes, Schoen leads the Pro Buggy battle, just ahead of Kalgoorlies Paul Nappy. Prolite sees Jared Percival holding off Michael Davis and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall. In Extreme 2wd Harleigh Uren holds a commanding lead whilst the Junior Development Program is holding their own feisty battle in Performance 2wd. Brother Sean Beck and Mathew Beck locked on equal points whilst Jayden Grewar tops the 18 strong field of SXS Turbos. Deon Visagie has a small lead in the Sportslite class as all the teams set their eyes on the run home for the rest of the season. Following the Mid West Challenge is the massively popular Three Springs race which always puts on great racing and has won the Motorsports Australia, State Event of the Year multiple times. Once the crews have picked themselves up of the canvas, its time for one more round and its the big one, the Kalgoorlie Desert Race. Doubling as a round of the Australian Off Road Racing Championship, this event has a rapidly growing reputation as being awesome for spectators, competitors and crews alike
So with 2 races down and 3 to go, its all to play for as we head to the Mid West Challenge. Entries are open and all event information can be found here
For WAORC points after ahead of the Mid West Challenge, see here