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2018 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC Final Points

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The final points have been tallied and we can now crown our class and outright champions for the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC

Full points can be found here

Outright

  1. Jared Percival & Darryn Beckett
  2. Colin Doney & Peter Doney
  3. Shane Elphinstone & Curt Elphinstone

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Pro Buggy

  1. Shane Elphinstone & Curt Elphinstone
  2. Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
  3. Craig Wells & Ashley Ruthers

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Prolite

  1. Jared Percival & Darryn Beckett
  2. Mark Jarret & Glen Humphries
  3. Malcolm Yeardley & Kelly-Sue Debruyn

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Super 1650

  1. Michael Davis & Kerry Yaxley
  2. Aaron Dark & Jerilyn Dark
  3. Jeremy Lia tied with Daniel Allen & Jamie Tilbrook tied with Alf Allen

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Sportslite

  1. Peter Barrett & Craig Carson
  2. Deon Visagie & Craig Rengel
  3. Joe Hawkins & Steve Rawlings

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Extreme 2wd

  1. Colin Doney & Peter Doney
  2. Harleigh Uren & Greg Finlay
  3. Greg Pickersgill & Shane Walsh

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Performance 2wd

  1. Mathew Beck & Jeremy Beck
  2. Russell Cullen & Sean Beck
  3. Daniel Fahey & Daniel Fahey

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Production 4wd

  1. Travis Epis & Asher Hyland
  2. Ben Armstrong & Blake Pugh
  3. Tim Murray & Tyler Armstrong

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Extreme 4wd

  1. Mitchell Davies & Owen Davies
  2. Nick Van Geest & James Eames
  3. Adrian Brestovac & Daniel Jones

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SXS Sport

  1. Mark Wainwright & Kev Dimsdale

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SXS Turbo

  1. Michael Ware & Robert Ansingh
  2. Drew Millar & Hayley Channing
  3. Ashley Sudholz & Nick Scolaro

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Thrilling Finish to Kalgoorlie Desert Race

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The Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has come to a thrilling conclusion with the victory being decided by a tiny margin after a tough 390km slog through the Goldfields desert. Day 2 started with fine conditions and 2 x 130km laps ahead of the competitors who had survived day 1 of the event. With the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC on the line, the scene was set for a terrific days racing

Section 2 would see John Morgan blast away from the line in his #54 Jimco a lead he would never relinquish on road. However the man starting in second place, Raana Horan pushed hard and set the fastest time for the section, meaning that he would start the final lap of the day from 1st. 3rd on road, Shane Elphinstone, like Horan had managed a blisteringly quick time, good enough for second in the section and with just over 50 seconds covering the top 3 it was only a matter of who would blink first. 4th placed Richard Crabb unfortunately had gearbox issues which whilst he would finish, would be troublesome enough to take him out of the event. There was plenty of drama elsewhere during this 130km lap, title contenders Colin and Peter Doney had a flat tyre early in the lap and cut back to the pits to change the tyre, however after leaving the course to do so, they would be unable to finish the section. Mitchell Davies who had changed his gearbox overnight, broke the front diff on his Extreme 4wd, leaving him to finish the race in rear wheel drive but he still finished in a strong position. Jeremy Lia was punching on in his Super 1650, slowed by a flat tyre, but still sitting in a strong position. The SXS contingent were revelling in the tough Kalgoorlie conditions, Brad Close extending his lead and continuing to move forward in the field. Mark Wainwright again brought his Yamaha home as the quickest SXS Sport, mixing it with some of the SXS Turbo competitors

The final section would turn out the be an absolute belter, Raana Horan left the line first and was hard on the gas! The Big Black Motorsport Jimco would strike trouble early with a flat tyre dropping him back through the field. Shane and Curt Elphinstone now had clear air and drove the wheels off the #44 machine to set the quickest time of the section. As they say and waited for John Morgan to finish it became clear that this was going to be a very close race to the line. Ultimately the Kiwi fans would have the last line as the #54 Kaiser Baas Jimco stopped the clocks and recorded the win by just 23 seconds. Horan was left to rue the flat tyre as he crossed the line in 3rd outright. Brad Close again flew the flag for CanAm, piloting his X3 into 4th outright and 1st in SXS Turbo. Jared Percival struck engine issues early in the lap, leaving him running with limited revs and limping to the finish line. As he dropped down the order it appeared as if his hopes of a back to back WAORC title may have been slipping, however he crossed the line in 8th outright and 1st in Prolite to secure his 3rd WAORC crown. Mitchell Davies put in an excellent drive to claim 9th outright and 1st in Extreme 4wd whilst Jeremy Lia clocked in 12th outright and 1st Super 1650. Peter Barrett showed the off road never say die attitude, bringing his Sportslite home on 3 wheels, but still quick enough for 1st in class and good enough to wrap up the Sportslite class title for the WAORC. The 15th and final competitor to finish the full race distance was Russell Cullen and Sean Beck who brought Kinga home as Performance 2wd winners. In doing so, they created a little bit of history, with the WA Off Road Junior Development Car being the only car to finish every km of every race of the season

The crews will now enjoy a hard earned break over the off season after a fantastic finish to a great season of off road racing in Western Australia. A huge thank you must go to the competitors; especially our new Kiwi friends who have added some international flavor to the last race of the year, all of the volunteers, officials as well as all those who come to spectate and follow the racing, the sponsors, Black Diamond Drilling who have been on board with Kalgoorlie Desert Race for a few years now and a massive thanks to Carnarvon Motel for being the naming rights sponsor for of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC

Results are available here

Kiwi’s fly on day 1 of the 2018 KDR

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After a spectacular opening of the 2018 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race in heart of Kalgoorlie with the Friday night Street Party, Saturday morning brought a much more serious tone to the event. Overnight rains had dampened the track, however it wouldn’t take long to see that under the top sail lay that typical goldfields red dirt which with it has the potential to bring dust. With the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC on the line, the crews stepped it up a notch in their pursuit of pole position.

First vehicle on road, Sean Beck and Russell Cullen in the WA Off Road Junior Development Program Kingswood had an eventful run as the youngster had a few moments on his way to the quickest Performance 2wd time. The times continued to tumble as Peter Barrett laid down an early marker with the quickest Sportslite time which would also be good enough for 13th once all times were in. Dean Terry went quickest of the SXS Turbo class and was closely followed by fellow Kalgoorlie local Brad Close. Another local competitor putting on a good show was Jeremy Lia who was fastest in Super 1650, whilst in the Extreme 4wd class, Mitchell and Owen Davies set a competitive time despite blowing up 3rd gear less than 1 km into the prologue. Things were taken up a notch as the prolites hit the track and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall punched in a monster time which would eventually be good enough for 6th outright. Beau Robinson was the next competitor to better that mark, putting himself up into what would be 2nd outright once the Pro buggies had their run. With 2 x V8 and 2 x Turbo powered buggies in the class, it was a fast affair, John and David Morgan coming out on top with the quickest prologue time.

Section 1 would see 1 lap of the 130km track and again a full tilt attack right from the start. John Morgan blasted his #54 Jimco off the line, hoping to build a gap over the rest of the field. With a clean and quick run Morgan would clock in quickest and holds a lead of just over 1 minute. Whilst many expected Beau Robinson to return in the 2nd place he started, he and navigator Jonny French went for a ride on the wild side, rolling the OBR Geiser Truck. Raana Horan who started out of 4th took advantage of the misfortune and charged his way to 2nd on corrected time, making it a kiwi 1-2. Shane and Curt Elphinstone ran 2nd on the road but dropped to 3rd outright on corrected time. Drive of the day has to go to Brad Close, who pushed his CanAm X3 to the limit and charged from 11th on the grid up to 5th outrigh. Jared Percival struck the first blow in the WAORC title race as he slotted into 1st prolite and 6th outright, his main title rival Colin Doney leads Extreme 2wd in 8th outright. Mitchell Davies nursed his Navara to 13th outright and the overnight Extreme 4wd lead and is hoping to find and replace the gearbox in the #848 machine tonight. Jeremy Lia and Peter Barrett are seperated by just 14 seconds as they Super 1650 and Sportslite competitors slug it out, but both are leading their respective classes with 2 laps left to run. Mark Wainwright was the quickest SXS Sport in 16th with Sean Beck continuing his solid drive in the ‘Kinga’ in 22nd outright

There were some hard luck stories out there, Ben Hodge rolled his Polaris Turbo S whilst driveline issues put paid to Jake Clucas run whilst he was sitting in the prolite lead. Deon Visagie failed to finish the first lap, whilst Scott Schiller’s Sportslite debut ended within the first 20kms of the start line. 22 competitors completed the Saturday’s racing and we look set for another awesome day with 2 more laps on Sunday

Section 1 results – https://my3.raceresult.com/108257/results?lang=en#1_E23D68

Street Party kicks off the 2018 KDR with a bang!

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The Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has kicked off with a vibrant and exciting street party in the heart of Kalgoorlie. A field of 32 competitors have parked their vehicles on display as the locals soaked up the atmosphere

Live music, Rusty and Jodie Bell on the mic, street vendors and a bouncy castle were just some of the elements that have added up to a spectacular opening to the event. On top of the field of WAORC competitors there was also a high quality field of bike and quad competitors adding to the atmosphere

Racing kicks off tomorrow morning with a prologue, followed by 1 lap of red hot racing action. With the bikes and quads also getting in on the action, the King of the West startline area is going to be a hive of activity as the final round of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC starts to heat up

KDR 2018 – The Form Guide

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The final round of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC will see a thrilling race through the desert as the red dust flies at the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race. We take a look at who the hot tips are to take out the King of the West title

#44 – Shane and Curt Elphinstone will be one of the favorites to take out the event outright. Their form in the back half of the 2018 season has been outstanding that Turbo powered Jimco has pedigree in the red dirt. If they can stitch together a strong prologue they will be hard

#54 – The Morgan Racing Team have made the trek from New Zealand and wont be here to just make up the numbers. Fresh from a run in their home land last week John and Dave will wind up the LS powered Jimco and are expected to be amongst the top runners

#89 – Raana Horan has had a busy schedule in 2018. Plenty of wheel time between NZ and Australia, Off Road Racing and Rally sees him tuned up and ready to have a big crack. If Horan can get a quick time in on prologue he will be a big chance to go all the way

#98 – Richard Crabb is back for another attack on the KDR. Last year Crabb had mechanical issues which slowed his progress, but if he can have a clean run, the knowledge gained last year will surely see him running right up at the pointy end of the field

#110 – Jake Clucas lives for the big desert races! His Chenowth was specifically imported with races such as the KDR in mind Having worked closely with the OBR team this year, time will tell if that pays off and the Prolite driver can get himself onto the podium

#117 – Bernie Hold in the Goose Racing Prolite is the only motorcycle powered buggy in the field. This will be an advantage through the tight and twisty sections where Holt will hope to make as much time as possible knowing that the bigger buggies will be trying to mow him down out in the open desert

#119 – Jared Percival will have his eyes firmly set on taking out the outright championship for the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC. But don’t let that fool you into thinking he won’t be gunning for the King of the West title. A 2nd place in last years event is a testament as to just how quick this package is

#181 -Stephen Kettereidge Hall and Dylan James will be looking to unleash their N/A powered rocket on the Kalgoorlie goldfields. The #181 machine is a notoriously quick on prologue and with the red dust potentially a major factor in the race, could this crew take some of the bigger trucks and buggies by surprise?

#195 – George Metaxas and Brett Mortimer are primed and ready for a crack at the Kalgoorlie Desert Race. Metaxas have been gaining a wealth of experience racing all over Australia over the past few years and will be looking to bring that home with a strong result

#220 – Jeremy Lia is one of the locals who will be hoping to defend their home turf in 2018. The Liability Motorsport team is one of the quickest Super 1650 crews in Australia and whilst they haven’t had much seat time lately, home town knowledge could see this crew vault their way up the leaderboard

#406 – Colin Doney is the other competitor who is primed for the title fight. Having led the championship for most of the season, Doney will be hoping to bring home the popular blue beetle with a championship win

#413 – Beau Robinson is the defending race winner and one of the favorites to take out the event. The big black Geiser truck is perfectly suited to the dust and desert and Robinson is primed and ready to take on all comers in his efforts to go back to back

#426 – Adam Flanagan is another Kalgoorlie local who will have aspirations of a top 3 finish. Flanagan’s truck is very quick and has the potential to run up front with the best of them. Could home town knowledge be a decisive factor in his run?

#583 – Daniel Fahey and Sean Beck will be piloting the WA Off Road Junior Development Kingswood at this years KDR. This vehicle has completed every KM of the 2018 season so far and will be hoping to keep that streak going in one of the toughest and most gruelling events on the calendar

#609 – Simon Clifford brings his Polaris RZR Turbo to the Kalgoorlie desert for the first time. Clifford has shown strong pace so far in the 2018 season and will be hoping to replicate that form in the red dirt of the goldfields

#611 – Mark Harris will be having his debut run in a CanAm X3 RC at this years event. Whilst Harris may be one of the new competitors, don’t expect that to mean he wont be fighting for a class win. This is a very quick package and could event surprise some of the other classes in the race

#649 – Drew Millar is a local competitor who has been consistently one of the quickest Polaris RZR’s in the 2018 field. An unfortunate DNF at the last round in Three Springs, Millar will be out to make amends has he puts his foot down on his home turf

#660 – If you are looking through the form guide for the competitor most likely to spring a surprise on the field, look no further than the #660 of Dean Terry. The CanAm driver was very strong at the 2017 KDR and was running in the top 5 at Three Springs. Keep an eye on this beautifully presented buggy as he looks for a strong run in his home town

#662 – Ben Hodge is another debutant, bringing to the track one of the first Polaris RZR Turbo S buggies in Australia. This buggy features a whole swag of new tricks in the battle for SXS supremacy and our spies tell us that the BT Racing team know how to put the hammer down.

#670 – Jason Johnson will be another Polaris competitor who will be pushing it the limit in his quest to take out this years KDR. Johnson has had some strong outings in 2018 and will be looking to transfer that form with a strong run in his backyard

#683 – Gavin Rodgers has been hard at work since the Three Springs event to ensure that the X3 is ready for a clean run at the KDR. In his debut season, Rodgers have been getting quicker and quicker as the season has gone on and will be hoping that the red dirt of the Kalgoorlie desert will see a strong finish to the year

#691 – Brad Close is another Kalgoorlie local who will hoping to reign supreme in their home town. Close will be pushing the blue and yellow X3 hard in his pursuit of a strong home result and that local knowledge could prove pivotal to his result

#699 – Ash Sudholz is one of the most consistent competitors in the SXS field and the reigning class champion. The LA Car Carriers Polaris will be a strong contender come race end as he looks to have a strong finish to the 2018 season

#704 – Grant Butters in the Mitsubishi Pajero EVO has had some good form during previous KDR events. Butters will be looking for a reliable and consistent run through the red dirt of the goldfields in his fantastic looking vehicle

#848 – The father and son duo of Mitchell and Owen Davies may be the only Extreme 4wd in their field, but they certainly wont be cruising the finish line. Mitchell revels in the red dirt and desert events and will be trying to hunt down the buggies and trucks

#1010 – Deon Visagie is locked in combat with Peter Barrett for the class title and this will surely spur him on in his first crack at the Kalgoorlie Desert Race. Visagie’s debut year has seen some strong results and he will be a strong contender come Sunday afternoon

#1023 – Joe Hawkins will be piloting his Bandit Off Road Racing Sportslite at the KDR for the first time. Hawkins has had limited seat time in 2018 but will still be a strong contender as the buggy has been quick every time it hits the track

#1032 – Peter Barrett will be hunting gold at this years KDR. The class championship is on the line, but for the Carnarvon Motel Racing crew, there is also a very real chance at a top 10 outright come Sunday afternoon. Barrett showed very strong pace at Three Springs and will be hoping to transfer that to this years season ending race

#1063 – Wayne Holt in his Sollitco Sportslite buggy has had limited running in 2018, but is always a strong competitor. The second of the Holt competitors, Wayne will have one eye on his class battle and another on Bernie Holt in his Prolite buggy. There are bragging rights on the line her

#1071 – The #1071 machine will be having its first run after a ground up rebuild by the SS Racetech crew. Scott Schiller showed in 2017 that he is one of the quickest drivers in the field, but how will he fare stepping out of his high horsepower Pro Buggy and back into the SR20 powered Sportslite?

#6627 – Mark Wainwright is the only SXS Sport competitor in the field, but he only has one thing on his mind. Sticking it to the Turbo powered Polaris and CanAm competitors. Wainwright has strong form in the long desert race events, a 2nd outright on day one of the Gas Dash this year proof that he is no slouch when it comes to the desert races

The Kiwi Invasion hits WA

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The 3 car Kiwi invasion is headed to WA as John Morgan, Raana Horan and Richard Crabb set their sights on the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race.

Crabb is the only competitor with previous KDR experience, having tackled the event in 2017. This time Crabb has updated his Racer buggy to now be V8 buggy, having previously run with V6 turbo power. Crabb will be hoping to improve on his 9th place from last year in a run which was hampered by mechanical dramas

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Horan brings to WA an absolute bullet of a Jimco which punches out some serious horsepower in the #89 buggy. With a wealth of experience in off road and now branching off into rally in his spare time, Raana will be hard to stop as he charges through the red dirt and dust of the goldfields

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The third and final member of the NZ invasion is John Morgan in the Kaiser Bass Jimco. This vehicle was formerly driven by Danny Auricht and is one of the fastest 6L powered buggies in Australia. Morgan will be aiming for a strong result to round out the 2018 season having had a solid season in the ARB series

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Be sure to get your entry in for your chance to take on some NZs finest!

SXS Class Championship

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The growth in the SXS classes in 2018 has led to some of the most exciting races of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC

SXS Sport has been dominated by Mark Wainwright. The Yamaha man putting in some noteable drives so far this season including sitting 2nd outright after a stirling run to the junction at the Gascoyne Dash. Wainwright is ready to have another crack at the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race

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The SXS Turbo class has been a Polaris Vs Can Am duel with competitors for both manufacturers laying it all on the line for bragging rights. Consistency has seen Michael Ware sit at the top of the ladder all year in his Polaris with Chris Unstead flying the flag for CanAm in second place. Drew Millar and Ash Sudholz will be hoping to knock Unstead off the podium to make it a Polaris 1-2-3 in the championship whilst Dean Terry could yet spring a surprise, sitting 5th in the class championship but arguably one of the quickest in the class and a potential top 5 outright threat

The full class championship and outright points are available here