Day 2 of the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360 has been an eventful one, with close racing, difficult weather and some epic duels. The day kicked off with a section of 2 laps in which Darren Agrela would lead out the field. With beautiful clear skies and slight winds, the conditions for racing were perfect. As Agrela lead the chasing pack away he would light up the time sheets, quickest for the section and extending his lead over Beau Robinson. Harleigh Uren had been seeded after his blown diff yesterday and he charged hard, piloting the One Speed Racing Pro Buggy to second quickest time just ahead of Beau Robinson. Stephen Phillips maintained his strong run with 4th quickest and the scene was set for a big scrap heading into the last section. It wasn’t all plain sailing for all though, Mark Murray broke a pitman arm early on whilst flat tyres slowed Chris Unstead in his Westvolt Electrical Can Am.
Between sections there was a deluge of rain in the southern regions of the track which meant that the last section would be cut down by approximately 10kms as conditions were incredibly difficult. As Darren Agrela took off, conditions were like an ice rink, but that didn’t stop Harleigh Uren, who was out of the running for outright from playing some games. He parked his #77 machine 100m after the start line and waited for Beau Robinson to come through. He then took off and chased the OBR driver, the 2 having a good tussle before Uren finally got the better of the #413 and drove away from him. Back through the field, Phillips was still in a strong position, whilst Jake Clucas continued to lead the Prolite field and was knocking on the door of the podium positions. The WA Off Road Junior Development Kingswood would unfortunately develop terminal issues which put Matthew Beck out of the race, however he has already shown that he is able to handle any condition that off road racing can throw at him
The last section was proving to be an absolute corker as the remaining competitors battled it out. Harleigh Uren had caught Darren Agrela and they swapped positions many times, thrilling the crowds who were watching on from many spectator points along Strutton Road. Uren would be first across the line, but Darren Agrela took out a superb 1st outright and 1st in Pro Buggy. This was a huge result for the Undecided Racing Team who have gone so close so many times in the past. Beau Robinson crossed the line to take 2nd outright and first in Extreme 2wd, whilst Steven Phillips rounded out the top 3. Jake Clucas won the Prolite class, beating out Mal Yeardley for 4th outright. Ben Armstrong had been a quiet achiever all weekend, picking off competitors to seal an 8th outright and first in Production 4wd in his Bottlefed Racing Patrol. Garry Povah was first in Extreme 4wd as only 11 competitors completed full race distance.
Once again the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360 has turned it on with great racing and a fantastic reception from the locals. Massive thanks must go to the locals of Three Springs, the organizing clubs, Shire of Three Springs, Carnarvon Motel, ORicom UHF CB and Intense Industries Australia for their support
An eventful Day 1 of racing at Three Springs has seen some top notch off road racing action. With Scrutineering being held on Friday night and early Saturday morning even some rain and winds could not dampen the spirits of the 48 competitors who were ready to tackle Round 5 of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC
Prologue got underway with Mark Wainwright in hi Superlite A class Yamaha leading the field off. As each class took to the track times would tumble and it would be Harleigh Uren who powered his way to the quickest time outright, just 2.3 seconds in front of Undecided Racings Darren Agrela. Nathaniel Edwards rounded out the top 3 in what was a hotly contested field.
The format for section 1 was 1 lap of the long course and one of the shorter course totaling a touch over 120kms. Uren lead the field away and was running away from his rivals clocking the fastest first lap of anybody. The #77 looked in control until a damage diff sidelined the Maxxis shod Pro Buggy. Darren Agrela assumed the lead, whilst behind him Nathaniel Edwards and Beau Robinson were staging an epic battle. Beau passing the youngster, before Edwards charged back in front of the OBR crew. Unfortunately for Edwards his efforts were in vain as his gearbox packed up relegating the #161 crew to spectators. Beau Robinson would eventually cross the line 2nd outright, whilst Steven Phillips moved his way forward after an uncharacteristically slow prologue to move into 3rd outright. Jake Clucas took prolite honors in 4th outright, just in front of Mal Yeardley.
Throughout the remaining classes there were many battles. Garry Povah coming out on top in Extreme 4wd in 8th outright after many of his rivals including Murray, Krepp & Davies were unable to complete the full section distance. Chris Unstead charged his way to the front of the Superlite B field, his Westvolt Electrical Can Am revelling in the tricky conditions. Ben Armstrong would lead the Production 4wd class after both Graeme Bentink and Steven Baxter rolled their Toyota’s. John Flynn holds the overnight lead in the Super 1650 class, however Charlie and Elaine Edwards are sitting just a few minutes off the pace. Mark Wainwright leads Superlite A, whilst Peter Barrett in the Carnarvon Motel Sportslite is also in prime position in class overnight. Mathew Beck brought the WA Off Road Junior Development Program home in 1st in Performance 2wd and was shadowed by fellow Junior Developement Program entry of David and Jaxon Fong in their Extreme 4wd
The field has been well and truly put to the test on day 1 with just 23 of the 48 entries seeing full race distance. The pits and paddock are a buzz with prep work and repairs taking place and Three Springs has once again delivered on its promise of being one of the premiere events on the WA calendar. Results from Day 1 of the 2017 Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360 can be found here
Last but not least we preview the mammoth field of 14 prolites which are saddled up and ready to rock the 2017 Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360
107 – Kevin Holt in the Goose Racing Kawasaki powered buggy is one of the quiet achievers of the Prolite field. Holt’s Goose Racing machine has plenty of pace and has been developed into a strong contender in this big field of prolites
109 – Paul Tognela is back after missing the last event, but is primed and ready to hit the track in his Prime Earthmoving Nissan powered Prolite. The 109 has been given the once over by the guys at SS Racetech and is ready to do battle
110 – Jake Clucas put on a show during his last race at Bencubbin. You can expect to see more of this no fear attack as Clucas looks to take it up to the front runners in the class
115 – Steve Knowles is in strong form with a good hit out at the recent Mid West Challenge. If the Raptor Pro buggy goes the distance he could surprise a few people
119 – Jared Percival will be out to make amends for an off colour run at the Mid West Challenge. They say you can’t keep a good man down and Jared isn’t a former WAORC outright champion and leading the 2017 WAORC for no reason
123 – Chris Thomas in his self built Katana buggy is back for his second run of the 2017 season. The appropriately named Katana buggy is an absolute weapon and Thomas will be looking to unleash it upon the Three Springs course
128 – Shane Yaxley has finally completed the conversion from Pro buggy to Prolite. The Kiwi will be hoping that all the hard work and modifications pay off come Sunday night
161 – Nathaniel Edwards was victorious in his most recent outing at the Mid West Challenge. The Wealth Today sponsored Prolite has been in blistering form lately, running in the top 3 outright every time it has hit the track this season. #161 goes in as the class favorite
168 – Mark Jarrett is another Prolite competitor who is in form at the moment. A strong run at the Mid West Challenge has him lurking ominously in the class championship points should either Yeardley or Percival slip up
171 – Mal Yeardley will be looking to put his last race roll over out of his mind and get back on track so that the results can do the talking. The Westside Insurance Specialists Bat Prolite has been on the pace all year and will be looking to make his move at Three Springs
175 – David Rowett in the #175 Inland Racing Team Prolite buggy will be making their first ever appearance at a WAORC event. The regular crews are always wary when new competitors are thrown into the mix. Expect the unexpected from the #175 machine
181 – Stephen Hall this season has shown that he is one of the quickest cars during prologue. With a little luck, Hall should be able to translate this potential into a full race effort and land a coveted podium place
195 – George Metaxas will be licking his lips at the prospect of racing at Three Springs. The Cottage & Engineering Surveys Sponsored buggy is a specialist when it comes to the tough long events and George will have good memories from his strong run here in 2016. He will also have not so great memories of beaching the buggy halfway up a tree in 2014, but proved in 2016 he has well and truly conquered those demons
198 – Marcus Wells was on the pace in his most recent run in the Prolite at the Mid West Challenge. If the car holds out for the full race distance, Wells could be on the money for a top 3 in class
The big boys of the WAORC have come out to play with 6 Pro Buggies ready to tear up the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360. The form guide shows that this could be anyones race!
32 – Dave Hickey is back with his Porter Pro Buggy after making its debut run at Three Springs in 2016. Hickey has spent plenty of time looking to improve and develop the Porter into a package that contend with the best of them. Three Springs will be the perfect test to see if that has paid off
39 – Darren Agrela is one of the hottest drivers in WA off road at the moment. Fresh off a strong Finke campaign, Agrela blitzed the field at the Mid West Challenge until some small gremlins sidelined the beautifully prepared Undecided Racing Jimco. Keep an eye out for ‘Agro’ as he will be on the charge
77 – Speaking of charging, Harleigh Uren does not know any other way! The One Speed Racing Driver was in the lead of the Mid West Challenge before engine gremlins dropped him to 2nd and prevented him from taking back to back WAORC outright victories. Keep an eye on the #77 Maxxis Tyres machine this weekend!
932 – Mark Cramer showed at the Mid West Challenge that he has what it takes to run with the best of them! A strong 3rd outright in testing conditions proving that his Southern Cross Pro Buggy has the pace to fight for an outright win
968 – Brad Cooper has unfinished business at Three Springs. In 2016 he was on an absolute flyer, charging through the field passing the eventual 2017 outrigh WAORC champion Brett Smith before mechanical issues forced his race to a premature end. If Cooper can find that intensity again he will be a force to be reckoned with
996 – Steven Phillips is one name which should be on the winners list at Three Springs. An inspired run in the 2015 event saw him leading during the final section before being sidelined with engine dramas. Phillips has the speed and the package to contend for the win and will be hoping to make amends for the 2015 heartbreak
A massive 9 Extreme 4wd’s have lined up to tackle the 2017 Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360. This field always throws up spectacular racing with not much splitting the front runners in this field
822 – Dylan James makes his return to racing in the Compound Motorsports Navara. James is one of 3 diesel competitors running in the Extreme 4wd class and has made good use of a winter break making a few more tweaks to the race truck in his bid for Extreme 4wd glory
823 – Brad Krepp is one of the fastest drivers in the sport and make no mistake will be looking for a strong run again in the orange GQ. With Kerry Yaxley alongside, the dynamic duo will go into this event as class favorites and one to watch over the course of the weekend
828 – Caleb Bradfield and Rhys Bentink make their racing debut in the ex Brodie Hayes RB30 powered GQ Patrol. Bradfield and Bentink have had exposure to off road with the Gturbo Racing Team and if they can find their feet quickly they have a very quick package and may surprise some of the regulars
832 – Nicholas Van Geest has been hard at work on his immaculately presented GU Patrol. Engine issues restricted his run at the Mid West Challenge, but if they can be resolved you can expect navigator Daniel Smith will be in for a white knuckle ride along the edge of the Yarra Lakes
848 – Mitchell Davies is one of the class favorites in the #848 Navara. This crew has excellent race pace and all things going well will be pushing hard for a class win. The Pirtek Midland sponsored machine is purpose built for conditions exactly like what Three Springs will throw up
850 – Garry Povah in the Lawn Doctor Racing Holden Colorado has one of the fastest vehicles at his disposal. With V8 supercar pedigree, this V8 rocket will be one to watch over the course of the weekend
853 – Daniel Jones makes his racing debut in the Ex Daniel Fahey TD42 Patrol which won the Extreme 4wd class in its most recent start at the Mid West Challenge. If Jones can come to grips with the vehicle quickly he will be on course for a strong result at the end of his first weekends racing
866 – Mark Murray is one of the most exciting drivers in the class. His spectacular driving style coupled with the unique Turbo Diesel combination under the bonnet means that the blue HP Diesel machine is one to keep an eye on.
881 – Dave Fong and son Jaxon have entered the multiclub section of the Three Springs event, which sees competitors do a reduced number of laps. One of the advantages of this multiclub format is that it enables younger competitors such as Jaxon to get involved with the sport. All things going well the #881 machine should be primed and ready for a strong result over the course of the weekend
The Production 4wd class once again has a highly competitive and evenly matched field ready to take on Round 5 of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC. With 2 Toyota’s and 2 Nissan’s, it is very much a battle of the brands and there will be some red hot racing action to come
727 – Steven Baxter is one of the front runners of the Production 4wd class this season. His beautifully presented 80 series landcruiser with mascot Yoshi on the front bumper will be hoping to continue their strong run of results in 2017 and with a calculated drive could reap the rewards from this demanding track
750 – Chris Dawes returns to action after a short time out of racing. The big purple GU Patrol has a screaming TB48 and is always pushed to the absolute limits every time it hits the track. Watch out for the Roadrunner Off Road team as they will be the dark horse of this field
764 – Ben Armstrong is back behind the wheel in the Bottlefed Racing Nissan and will be excited at the prospect of returning to the scene of his class championship win in 2016. Armstrong isn’t the current class champion for no reason and will be looking to extract all the pace fro, the old GQ in its battle for the class win
790 – Graeme Bentink is the only diesel runner in this class and he will be looking to extract every last bit of torque from the GTurbo enhance VDJ79. Bentink is currently leading the Production 4wd class and is on a strong run of form in 2017 which he will be hoping to continue at Three Springs’
The Extreme 2wd field are ready to turn it on at the 2017 Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360. 1 mental VW Beetle and 5 fire breathing trophy trucks are lined up ready to stomp on the loud pedal and put on a show!
406 – The Doney’s will be out to make amends for a small error at the Mid West Challenge which saw them hit a tree and drop out of the race. The twin turbo v6 powered beetle has an abundance of horsepower and driver Colin will be looking forward to stretching its legs down the fast Yarra lakes run
413 – Beau Robinson is a former winner of this event and comes into Three Springs in strong form after running at the pointy end of the AORC fields at Finke and rainbow. This excitement machine will be one to keep an eye over the weekend
425 – Greg Pickersgill has a love hate relationship with Three Springs. 2015 and 2016 both saw him collect enough points at the final round to take out the class championship. The hate relationship part would have been seeing his regular navigator Greg Finlay roll the 425 machine during the 2014 event (possibly the last time Pickers lets Greg have the wheel) With the championship on the line, expect Pickers to bring his A game in a bid to close the gap on Colin Doney who leads the class championship
444 – Chris Giles and Alex Cowan are ready to tackle the Three Springs 360, a year after making their WAORC debut at this event. With this being the first track that Chris will have run twice, there will be some knowledge of what to expect and the 444 machine should be setup to handle everything the track can throw at it
455 – Luke Worthington will be out to make amends for the mechanical issues which stopped him at the Mid West Challenge. If the #455 is on song he will be holding wide open at every chance he gets. The big Three Springs track features several spectacular jumps and there is nothing Wortho loves more than sending it!
469 – Karl Richardson makes his Three Springs debut in the yellow RB26 powered Navara. With the ongoing development of the vehicle continuing, Richardson has been impressive and looks to be building towards a strong result. If the Bul Racing team can keep it all together, they may just trouble some of the more seasoned competitors