With the cancellation of Three Springs for this year, we are down to one final race to decide the championship fight and it is a very tight battle at that! There are only 2 competitors who are in with a mathematical chance of taking out the 2021 WAORC at the final showdown in Kalgoorlie
Jared Percival – The Percival Motorsport team have been here many times before, a final race battle to decide the championship! Cool, calm and quick, Jared by virtue of his experience will be favorite to notch up another WAORC outright title. The Toyota powered Prolite is just the right weapon Percival will need for the gruelling 400km test of the Kalgoorlie Desert Race
Jayden Grewar – To be in just your 4th off road race and be staring down the barrel of a tight championship fight speaks volumes of Jayden and his RAW Racing team. Jayden has pushed his X3 to the limit this year, flying the flag for the SXS competitors to consistently run up the pointy end of the field. Kalgoorlie will be a big test, but Grewar appears to be able to cope with the pressure
Both competitors come into the final race locked on 50 points, but with the WAORC using a drop your worst round system, this slightly tips the scales in favour of Percival. Grewars worst result is a 5th outright, so for him to take out the title, a 4th or better will be required to improve his points haul and hope that Percival cannot improve his. For Percival, his worst result for the season is 6th outright, so 5th or better will increase his points. Should neither driver be able to finish in these positions or higher, Kalgoorlie will be their worst round and they will remain on 50 points. If that happens the drivers will be split by the greater number of higher placings. This would make Jared Percival the 2021 WAORC champion as whilst both have a 3rd placing Percival’s next best result is a 4th placing, whilst for Grewar its a 5th. Whilst the maths may be a little complicated, the situation is simple. Both Grewar and Percival will be pushing it to the limit for a chance at WAORC glory!
Pro Buggy class is lead by Ken Styles, over Troy Schoen and Steven Phillips, however there is a hungry pack where 6 teams are virtually neck and neck for second in the standings. Jared Percival holds a strong lead in Prolite, however Michael Davis and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall lead the chasing group. Harleigh Uren has a strong lead in the Extreme 2wd class, and whilst Brad Krepp will keep him on his toes, one would suspect that the trucks will be hunting for race wins at Kalgoorlie, rather than playing the points game
The Beck brothers are duking it out in the Performance 2wd class, with Mathew Beck in the iconic Kingswood Junior development car leading over Sean Beck. The ever consistent Peer Horn leads the Extreme 4wd class and looks the goods to take home some more silverware whilst in the SXS Turbo class we have seen a massive 20 competitors score points already. Jayden Grewar is currently top of the points, with Mal Yeardley and Richard Batson both trying to hunt him down with Paul Hutchinson flying the flag for Polaris in 4th and ready to pounce if any of the CanAms in front strike trouble. Lastly, in the Sportslite class, Deon Visagie holds the class lead over Joe Hawkins as he looks to seal the class title
It all comes down to the Kalgoorlie Desert Race as the title decider and with a lot still to play for, it only adds to the excitement of what should be an amazing race!
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