The WAORC is set for a blockbuster finale with 2 of the 3 round being run. With the unique scenario of the 2020 season paying 1.5 times the normal allotment of points at both Three Springs and Kalgoorlie the championship chase is wide open with a massive 13 competitors still in with a chance at wrapping up the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Current leader Jake Clucas will have to go in as favorite having clocked up 3rd outright at Perenjori and 1st outright at Three Springs whilst hot on his heels is the Geraldton SXS Competitor with a 4th and 6th placing so far this season. Behind them the chasing pack of Deon Visagie in his Sportslite, Brad Cooper in his Pro Buggy and Jason Galea, Colin Bevan and Matt Birnie in a trio of SXS Turbo’s will be there to claim the spoils if things fall their way in the red dirt of Kalgoorlie
Throughout the classes every single class championship with the exception of Sportslite which Deon Visagie has already sewn up and Extreme 4wd which Peer Horn has claimed another title are all to play for.
Full pointscore is available here
The 2020 WAORC is set to resume again with what would have been the 5th round, Three Springs now playing host to the 2nd round. The Inland Mechanical Three Springs 360 is always a favorite amongst competitors and this year more than ever teams will be raring to go racing over the September long weekend
With the 2020 season shortened and the Gascoyne Dash, Bencubbin and Mid West Challenge all being cancelled there have been some changes to the WAORC points chase. This will now be a three round series featuring the already run Perenjori, the upcoming Three Springs 360 and the season ending Kalgoorlie Desert Race. To spice things up and bring those who missed round 1 at Perenjori into contention a little more, Three Springs and Kalgoorlie will both be worth 1.5 times the normal point allocation
Already there is a strong field of 30 competitors signed up to tackle the 2nd WAORC event of the season with many more tipped to be adding to what is already a red hot lineup. Pro Buggy, Sportslite , Extreme 2wd and SXS Turbo make up the bulk of the field with many of the sports big names ready to reinvigorate the 2020 season.
With many noteable entries throughout the classes there are a few to keep an eye on. In Pro Buggy, Schoen, Rance, and Trewhella will be locked into battle with Dean Terry who is debuting a new buggy. Extreme 2wd also looks to be a red hot race with Uren, Shepley Cochrane and Worthington ready to tackle the Yarra Lakes track in their Extreme 2wd Trucks. The SXS Turbo Class has a massive 13 entrants and it will be tough to pick a winner from this group.
Entries are closing soon but with a big field expected the track is looking dry and fast race and this is set to be a great race. For more information on the event check here
Day 2 of 2020 GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial has been an exciting one with changes for the lead and close racing on track. Harleigh Uren started as overnight leader however very early on in the mornings section developed brake issues with the Pro 2 hampered to the extent that he dropped out of the top 10 for the section. Colin Doney took over the race lead and pushed his beetle to the fastest section time. Gavin Rodgers was flying in his CanAm X3 until he ran short of fuel just 5kms from the finish line. Jake Clucas was on a mission in his 110 single seat prolite, powering through to 2nd for the section and 3rd outright on corrected times. Jarrad Percival was consistent as ever and moved into 2nd outright clocking in the 3rd quickest time for the section. There was also carnage throughout the field, with WA #2 Mat Birnie breaking a driveshaft, whilst Ben Hodge put his Polaris Turbo S upside down and out of the race. With 2 more laps to run in the afternoon the scene was set for a big finale to the opening race of the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Colin Doney was first off the line, with his clutch all but gone; it was going to be a struggle to retain the lead of the race. Jake Clucas knew that to have any chance of moving up the podium spots he would need to push hard and that he did. Overtaking Doney late on lap 1 and pushing out to a big lead. Doney kept battling on, despite Percival also breathing down his neck. As the crossed the line it was Clucas, Doney and then Percival with small gaps between. Clucas would end up settling for 3rd outright, just 1 minute behind Percival who was the winner in Prolite. Colin Doney took a well deserved 1st outright and the Extreme 2wd class win. Paul Nappy had looked set for 4th outright until engine issues forced the Pro buggy out of the race. Sean Fitzpatrick moving himself up into 4th outright and 1st in the SXS Turbo class. One of the drives of the day went to Harleigh Uren, who blitzed the field in the final section, moving from 15th to 5th on road in an awesome display of pace. Murray Kifer who lost time in section 2 showed just how quick his SXS Turbo is by being 2nd quickest on the final section
Throughout the classes Haydn Hamilton, Karl Richardson and Deon Visage all enjoyed class wins. Aaron Griffiths brought his Toyota Prado home for first in Production 4wd whilst Peer Horn enjoyed a strong win in Extreme 4wd to start his class title defence off the right way. The race was ultimately one of attrition with just 16 competitors finishing all 6 laps and the new Perenjori track has certainly sorted out who has what it takes
Full results available here https://my.raceresult.com/147120/results?lang=en
Attention now turns to the Gascoyne Dash at Easter which is sure to see some fantastic racing as WA’s best duke it out during the 2nd round of the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Day 1 of the Gturbo Rod Hatter Memorial, Perenjori 360 is in the books with Harleigh Uren in his Pro 2 leading the way. With overnight rains dampening the track it didn’t take there were early concerns of it being a wet race. It didn’t take long once prologue got underway for the action to heat up and the dust to fly
Phil Shepley was quickest out of the box on prologue scorching to the quickest time in the immaculate Digrite Pro 2. Harleigh Uren was second fastest making it a 1-2 for the trucks. Colin Doney overcame an early spin on his prologue run to clock in 3rd with Jared Percival the first prolite in 4th. Murray Kifer lit the timing sheets up in his X3 to be 5th quickest with red hot action throughout the field
As the crews prepped for section 1, Shepley was forced to withdraw with a rear main leaking. This would elevate Uren to 1st and a position he would not relinquish. Colin Doney clocked in 2nd quickest whilst Gavin Rodgers was the big mover. Having started 10th after being seeded, he blitzed the 120km section to move into 3rd outright. There is a logjam of competitors between 3rd and 8th with those crews split by less than 1 minute, setting the scene for an exciting Day 2
Paul Nappy holds the lead in Pro Buggy, whilst Deon Visagie is the overnight sportslite leader. Karl Richardson battled issues with his Navara but finished both laps, whilst Haydn Hamilton pushed his naturally aspirated Polaris to the limit to lead SXS Sport. Barry Schultz in his Jeep has a stranglehold over Production 4wd heading Aaron Griffiths in the RCR Prado. Peer Horn had a consistent run to lead Extreme 4wd over Mark Murray who has transmission issues and spent most of the race in 2wd
Tomorrow another gruelling 240kms of racing awaits to see who will lead the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship after Round 1
Results can be found here https://my.raceresult.com/147120/results?lang=en
February 1st at the Crown was the place to be for WA’s 2019 Off Road Racing Champions. With Motorsport Australia hosting a fantastic night celebrating motorsports high achievers
On top of the class winners and the coveted outright champion, there was also a special award which was presented to Sean Beck which was that of Junior Official of the year. It is great to see the hard work and effort rewarded and Sean is certainly a worthy recipient
Thanks to Beardysnaps for providing the photos from a fantastic night. With the 2020 WAORC set to get underway shortly attention will very quickly turn to Round 1 at Perenjori which is just under one month away from kicking the season off
Supplementary Regulations are now available for the 2020 G Turbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360 and entries will be opening shortly. Once again Perenjori will kickstart the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and will be the first chance for competitors to go off road racing in 2020
ORRWA have been hard at work creating an all new track and have laid out approximately a 62km track heading into new properties and new terrain. This looks to have decreased the amount of fenceline running to make a more interesting and exciting race for the competitors
Pre-event scrutineering will once again be held at G Turbo in Balcatta one week prior to the race for all of the Perth based competitors. G Turbo as well as being great competitors in off road racing, have been fantastic supporters of the Perenjori event. We hope that competitors and spectators will once again embrace pre event scrutiny as the racers show off their vehicles, enjoy a sausage sizzle and have some friendly banter about who is the fastest!
Entries will be opening shortly and Supp Regs can be found here
After a fantastic years racing spread across 6 rounds, with varying terrain we can now crown our champions for the 2019 season
Full Points can be found here
- Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
- Mathew Birnie & Rochelle Funneman
- Colin Bevan & Alex Cowan
- Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
- Troy Schoen & Aaron Smithson
- Marcus Wells & Gavin Cullen
- Mal Yeardley & Alex Cowan
- Danielle Joyce & Jake Pugh
- Jared Percival & Brett Mortimer
- Michael Davis & Andrew Kingscott
- Peter Mellington – Rod Barton & Mik French equal 2nd navigator
- Ryan Print & Derrick De Bruyn
- Phil Shepley & Stewart Shepley
- Harleigh Uren & Annie Hosking
- Dan Fahey & Shane Hutt
- Mathew Beck & Todd Klompmaker
- Karl Richardson & Sean Beck
- Dan Fahey & Shane Walsh
- Graeme Bentink & Dylan James
- Aaron Griffiths & Felicia Griffiths
- Gary Kirkwood & Chris Kirkwood
- Peer Horn & Jim Ingham
- Mark Murray – Murray Hynes, Sean Beck & Callum Elson equal 2nd Navigator
- Greg Pickersgill & Dennis Duncan
- Mathew Birnie & Rochelle Funneman
- Colin Bevan & Latia Reeves
- Gavin Rodgers & Brett Funneman
- Peter Barrett & Craig Carson
- Jeremy Lia & Callan Barrett
- Ben Erceg & Jamie Tillbrook
- Jason Galea & Kiera Piercy
Ashley Sudhoz has won the Oricom UHF CB Contingency prize at Round 6 of the 2019 WAORC. Sudholz finished 22nd outright and 9th in a class of 15 SXS’s in his immaculately presented Polaris Turbo S. Sudholz and the team at LA Car Carriers have been great supporters of the WA Off Road Racing Community and as Ash was unable to be at the presentations his award was accepted by Harleigh Uren
Thanks for Oricom UHF Cb for their ongoing support of the WAORC. Oricom UHF’s have a range of products suitable for off road racing through to casual 4wding
Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography & Ted Schultz
The Cagetec Racing entry of Jason Gale and Kiera Piercy have won the Red Arc Contingency Prize at the final round of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship. For their efforts they have picked up a REDARC Smartcharge AC Battery Charger. REDARC’s 6 amp SmartCharge by DEFA is a smart, portable AC battery charger that is an ideal solution for battery maintenance, charging most common 12V automotive batteries that you find around the home and garage.
Galea and Piercy competed in the SXS Sport class at the Kalgoorlie Desert Race and finished 1st in class and 19th outright with a strong run. Their only issues coming when they lost a little over 6 minutes with a broken switch not allowing fuel to transfer into their main tank.
The Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship would like to thank RedArc for supporting the WAORC over the 2019 season. Their generosity has been very much appreciated by the competitors and clubs alike
Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography
The 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has provided an exciting finale to the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship. A high quality field of 43 Trophy Trucks, Buggies, SXS’s and Tin Tops suited up for a blast through the red dirt of the Kalgoorlie Goldfields
Friday night the event kicked off with the Silver Lake Resources KDR Street Party. With all of the vehicles as well as bikes filing through and filling out the main street of town, the atmosphere was one of excitement. It would only take one look down the rows of shining vehicles parked up on Hannan street to see that this field of competitors were going to throw it down hard when prologue came around on Saturday morning. Adding to the Western Australian competitors and WAORC regulars were Ben Erceg in his Sportslite from South Australia as well as Brent Smoothy in his immaculate Geiser Bros Trophy Truck and Corey Howell who was having his first run on Australian soil in the Fast1A Razorback Pro Buggy.
Saturday morning started bright and early with prologue and it was Beau Robinson who landed the first punch, setting a blistering time nearly 20 second clear of the next competitors. 2nd would go to Shane Elphinstone with Scott Schiller less than 1 second behind in 3rd. Some noteable performances in prologue include young gun Stephen Ketteridge-Hall registering a DNF which meant his event would be off to a tough start and would need to be seeded. Mal Yeardley in his final race in the #171 Prolite was 1st in class and 14th outright, just behind the leading SXS teams of #651 Colin Bevan and #683 Gavin Rodgers who qualified in 12th and 13th. Championship protagonists Darren Agrela and Mat Birnie weren’t as high as we have come to expect from them this season with Agrela slotting into 8th and Birnie with a mountain of work to do starting out of 17th
Section 1 comprised of a 120km blast around the Kalgoorlie desert including notable sections such as a high speed run around Lake Perkolilli. Robinson set off first and when Elphinstone and Schiller both lost time he was out in front and clear of traffic behind. The OBR Trophy truck came in quickest, 2 minutes 22 seconds over Harleigh Uren. Troy Schoen was the first buggy across the line moving into 3rd outright, with Brent Smoothy and Phil Shepley making it 4 out of the top 5 positions belonging to the trophy trucks. Kalgoorlie local Dean Terry moved up into 6th outright with Agrela still playing the conservative card moving up into 7th. For his championship rival Mat Birnie, disaster struck with a stick through the radiator causing a DNF. There was also some action for the spectators with both the Elphinstone Racing Jimco and the #616 Polaris of Dylan Nollas rolling onto their sides in the final km through the spectator section. Gavin Rodgers clocked in the quickest SXS time to sit in 9th outright, just ahead of Colin Bevan with Murray Kifer home in 11th.
Sunday was to be a crucial day in the makeup of the event with the task being 2 sections, each 120kms long. Robinson held a lead, but one mistake in the unforgiving terrain and it could be all over. Through the first lap he held his nerve, extending his lead over Uren with Agrela picking up the pace to clock in 3rd quickest. The mornings section would be one of attrition as we lost the #54 of Troy Higgins, #53 of Corey Howell, the class leading #1032 of Peter Barrett was out with gearbox issues as well as Greg Pickersgill, Michael Nollas, Terry Hosking and Gus Lacey all not completing the lap.
The final section saw Beau Robinson and Shane Hutt take off for one final lap and the once again showed they were the class of the field. Extending the lead again to bring home an emphatic victory. The OBR team running out winners by just under 6 minutes. Harleigh Uren took home a strong 2nd outright with Troy Schoen flying the flag for the buggies sealing 3rd outright and 1st in Pro Buggy. Brent Smoothy claimed 4th outright with Darren Agrela and Ryan Barton bringing their Jimco home in 5th to take 2nd in class for the event, but also their maiden WAORC outright championship win!
Mal Yeardley claimed 1st in Prolite and 8th outright whilst Colin Bevan claimed the SXS Turbo victory in 9th outright. The #1050 of Ben and Luke Erceg were the Sportslite class winners in 16th outright whilst Jason Galea and Kiera Piercy were 1st in SXS Sport in 19th. Local competitor Peter Mellington took a popular 1st in Super 1650 whilst Mark Murray and Graeme Bentink won Extreme 4wd and Production 4wd respectively
Full results can be found here
With the season now wrapped up we expect to be announcing the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship calendar soon
Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography