After 4 Rounds of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC there is an intriguing battle developing for the championship and throughout the classes
Outright – Colin Doney leads the way on 67 points, but has finished in the points at all 4 events so far. Behind him, Harleigh Uren, Darren Agrela, Jared Percival and Mark Jarrett all appear to be within striking distance, with most already having a 0 next to one of their points tallies.Three Springs and Kalgoorlie are certainly shaping up to be crucial to the contenders title aspirations
Pro Buggy – Darren Agrela has a commanding lead in the Pro Buggy class with Shane Elphinstone and Craig Wells looking to chase him down. Strong results and consistence at all 4 rounds has seen the #39 machine surge to the class lead, but can they hold on into the back half of the season
Prolite – Jared Percival has a slim lead over Mark Jarrett, with the duo set to duke it out over the remaining rounds. Yeardley, Clucas and Rowett could spoil the party, but would need everything to go their way to mount a charge towards the top of the points
Super 1650 – The 1650 class has seen some close racing this year, with Michael Davis leading the way ahead of Daniel Allen and Aaron Dark who are tied for points in 2nd place. Whilst Davis will be the favorite to go on with it from here, there is still over 800 kms of racing to go this year
Extreme 2wd – Colin Doney in the Blue beetle is the leader of the Extreme 2wd class, however he is steadily being hunted down by the #446 Maxxis Truck of Harleigh Uren. Whilst Doney has competed at every event this season and has been rewarded for his consistency, Uren dropped the Gascoyne Dash earlier this year, but has used his strong pace to close the gap. This class is definitely going to go down to the wire
Performance 2wd – Matthew Beck is the defending Performance 2wd champion and is doing a stellar job so far. He has gapped the rest of the field and is one of the only competitors to be in a comfortable position as we head into the last 2 events
Production 4wd – Travis Epis has dominated this years Production 4wd class of the WAORC. The Blue Thunder GQ Patrol is on a hot streak picking off several wins this season and it would take a miracle for one of the chasers to hunt him down
Extreme 4wd – Mitchell Davies has a slight advantage over Adrian Brestovac who is having a strong first season in the WAORC. Davies has been one of the quickest competitors all year, but the chasing pack will keep him honest all the way to the final chequered flag
SXS Turbo – This class has been hotly contested in 2018 with youngster Michael Ware currently the top points man. Making it a Polaris 1-2 is Drew Millar, with Chris Unstead who missed Round 3 due to competing at Finke sitting in 3rd and flying the flag for CanAm. This tightly contested battle could almost be compared to the old V8 Supercars Holden vs Ford rivalry, with Polaris and CanAm going toe to toe and putting their pride on the line
Sportslite – Peter Barrett has clawed his way into the lead of the Sportslite class after Deon Visagie had jumped out to a big lead. The Carnarvon Motel man leads by just 360 points which means this battle could be turned on its head by just 1 bad section
SXS Sport – Mark Wainwright has taken solid points so far this year to be the top SXS sport competitor. The Yamaha has been so quick that its even upset many of the turbo competitors on his way
Full points are available here
The 4th round of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC was the Cochrane’s Transport Mid West Challenge and not only is it a challenge by name, but this event served up some of the toughest racing in Australia. A field of 44 competitors was reduced to 43 when the Pro buggy of Dave Hickey pulled out pre event, but there was still a stellar line up ready to take do battle around the hills in the Shire of Eganu
Day 1 would see a prologue, followed by 2 laps of the course for section 1. The prologue was a fast and furious affair, with all drivers pushing the limits in their quest for pole position. Nathaniel Edwards in the #160 Prolite showed why he is the reigning event winner, flying on his way to the top spot. Behind him, Harleigh Uren, Darren Agrela and Shane Elphinstone filled out the top 4 spots, setting in motions a line up what would be an awesome spectacle for the afternoons racing. Marcus Wells slotted into 5th outright, a great result for the young charger in his twin turbo pro buggy. Other noteable prologue results included Dean Terry and Chris Unstead who piloted their Can Am X3’s to 9th and 10th outright. Mitchell Davies was top qualifier in Extreme 4wd whilst Peter Barrett piloted his Sportslite buggy to 17th outright
As section 1 got underway it was clear that this race was just starting to heat up. Edwards and Mclean made good of their early lead to set the fastest time, some 18 seconds ahead of the next best competitor. Darren Agrela was on a charge, passing Harleigh Uren as they passed through the spectator area on lap 2 thrilling the crowd with some awesome close racing.Shane Elphinstone slotted into 3rd outright, whilst 2nd place qualifier Uren dropped to 4th after he had some issues late in lap 2 dropping him a few minutes off the pace. Brad Cooper looked quick early until driveline issues sidelined the #968 machine whilst Mark Jarrett was a big mover, up to 6th after qualifying 11th. Event sponsor Barry Cochrane was debuting the ex Kevin Hood Pro Truck, but had a race to forget, power steering issues on prologue and then an oil hose letting go in section 1 put him out of the event The field had already been wittled down with just 24 competitors completing the 2 full 2 laps
Sunday morning would see the race take it up a notch, Edwards again lead the field away but early on lap 2 his charge came to an abrupt halt as he rolled the buggy which then caught fire. Fortunately the fire was put out and the crew were able to restart the final section of the race. Agrela took a well deserved lead with Uren up into 2nd place in his trophy truck as fuel issues put paid to the Elphinstones strong run. Mark Jarret continued his strong drive, setting the the 3rd quickest time ahead of Colin Doney, Chris Unstead and Mitchell Davies who was on a charge in his Navara Extreme 4wd
The final section saw the scene set for a massive battle, however Darren Agrela bolted, seeting the quickest time for the section by some margin. The #39 Jimco had beaten one of the toughest event on the calendar to seal 1st outright for the Undecided Racing Team. In 2nd place on road, Harleigh Uren was pushing hard until he broke an axle with half a lap remaining. The One Speed Racing Team limped home with 1 wheel drive in heavy sand with Mark Jarrett overtaking the #446 machine on road. Jarrett pushed hard all the way to the finish line, but couldn’t quite make up enough time to steal 2nd place, with Uren home in 2nd and Jarrett 3rd. Colin Doney banked strong championship points with a 4th outright and second in Extreme 2wd ahead of Chris Unstead who won the SXS Turbo class despite having turbo dramas late in the race. Mitchell Davies won the Extreme 4wd class wtih Daniel Allen best of the Super 1650’s and Travis Epis first in Production 4wd. Mathew Beck brought the Kingswood home for another popular Performance 2wd win as only 17 cars completed full race distance
Race Results can be found here
The WAORC now turns to its final 2 rounds, with Three Springs and Kalgoorlie playing host to what should be a thrilling end to the championship
As we approach Round 3 of the Carnarvon Motel WAORC – The Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400, make sure you check out the document below that has all the points for each class to date. This is the official CAMS progressive totals for everyone at the end of round 2.
Today marked the official start of the 2018 Carnarvon Motel West Australian Off Road Championship six round series. Remote Imaging Solutions was on hand to capture today’s scrutineering overseen by Off Road Racing WA.
Many of the 47 entrants who are set to compete at Perenjori next weekend made the trip to the GTurbo Workshops to have the officials give the tick of approval to get racing on Saturday 3rd March. With the sun out and sausages sizzling, family and friends enjoyed the afternoon seeing competitors and their teams rock up and show off the hard work that is required to get a car ready to race.
Graeme Bentink from GTurbo Diesel Performance was on hand to offer a free Dyno Tune to competitors, and this proved quite a spectacle as the revs were cranked and the decibels punched out from the amazing racing vehicles.
The WA Off Road Junior Development Program had their race car (#583) at today’s scrutineering event which was expertly managed by Fluffy Fahey to ensure the car is up to the task next week. This is an exciting part of the WAORC as the car is the first of what will be many more in the Junior Program. Mathew Beck will Pilot this car with ‘Fluff’ sitting in as Navigator.
So make no mistake, today’s scrutineering has shown that things are shaping up for the biggest and best series yet! The hard work is done, the boxes are ticked, now it is time for the rubber to hit the road and see what can be done in some amazing vehicles by many amazing people. Standby for updates next weekend!
The 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC is nearly upon us and it’s with great excitement that we can announce a new media partner for the 2018 series. Remote Imaging Solutions has come on board to ensure that in 2018 we will have you covered from every angle. Ben Durnin and the Remote Imaging Solutions team are ready to get out in the dirt and dust to showcase the sport and continue pushing its promotion on to bigger and better things. The comprehensive media package which Remote Imaging Solutions has prepared will see photos, videos and event stories from each event, featuring all competitors and all classes of vehicle.
The WAORC continues to be one of the leading off road racing series in Australia with a 6 round series putting competitors to the test through all types of varying terrains. From tree lined sandy tracks, to fast desert and outback landscapes, it really is a true test across different types of terrain and this series has it all. To help capture all the action and excitement of off road racing, Remote Imaging Solutions have a range of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). With the increased coverage from the air, we look forward to seeing some of the most comprehensive coverage of the series so far.
The season kicks off with the GTurbo, Rod Hatter Memorial, Perenjori 360 which will be run over March 3rd and 4th. But for those who may not be able to head out to Perenjori to spectate, there will be a chance to get up close and personal and check out all the cars at scrutineering which is being held at the GTurbo premises in Balcatta on Saturday February 24th from 1 – 5pm. Be sure to get down and see some of the awesome machinery and meet the drivers before the action starts to heat up!
The WA off road racing community has cleaned up at the CAMS WA awards night. Before we head into the 2018 season it was a great chance to look back and celebrate the successes, class and outright winners of 2017
There were also a few special honours handed out on the night. Firstly the Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360 won back to back CAMS state event of the year. In a fitting touch, the award was presented to representative from all clubs. One of the event organisers Jeremy Beck identifying this team effort of people from all of the clubs is just a small part of what makes this event special. He also paid tribute to the people of Three Springs and the competitors who this year endured one of the wettest events on record
Mathew Beck was the next big winner, taking out the Bursons Auto Parts Future Star award. For Beck it capped off what has been a great debut season for himself personally and also the WA Off Road Junior Development Program. It was a good night for the youngster who also took home the Performance 2wd class championship
In what was a great night all round, Peter Barrett from the Carnarvon Motel was on hand to present a large cheque to the 4 WA clubs for the 2018 season sponsorship. The Carnarvon Motels support of the series is greatly appreciated by all. Unfortunately Hugh Piercy who is the outgoing WA off road panel chair couln’t attend, but was also recognised for his service to the sport
2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
1st Outright Winner – Driver: Jared Percival
1st Outright Winner – Co-Driver: Michael Davis
2nd Outright Winner – Driver: Malcolm Yeardley
2nd Outright Winner – Co-Driver: Sam Cramer
3rd Outright Winner – Driver: Mark Cramer
3rd Outright Winner – Co-Driver: Peter Doney
Driver – Pro Buggy Winner: Mark Cramer
Co-Driver – Pro Buggy Winner: Sam Cramer
Driver – Pro Lite Buggy Winner: Malcolm Yeardley
Co-Driver – Pro Lite Buggy Winner: Michael Davis
Driver – Super 1650 Buggy Winner: John Flynn
Co-Driver – Super 1650 Buggy Winner: Gary Howe
Driver – Extreme 2WD Winner: Colin Doney
Co-Driver – Extreme 2WD Winner: Peter Doney
Driver – Performance 2WD Winner: Mathew Beck
Co-Driver – Performance 2WD Winner: Jeremy Beck
Driver – Superlite A Winner: Mark Wainwright
Driver – Superlite B Winner: Ashley Sudholz
Co-Driver – Superlite B Winner: Nick Scolaro
Driver – Production 4WD: Graeme Bentink
Co-Driver – Production 4WD: Andrew Kingscott
Driver – Extreme 4WD Winner: Mark Murray
Co-Driver – Extreme 4WD Winner: Jim Ingham
Driver – Sportslite Winner: Peter Barrett
Co-Driver – Sportslite Winner: Craig Carson
Certificate of Appreciation
Hugh Piercy: Service as Chair of the Off Road Panel
2017 CAMS WA Annual Awards
CAMS State Event of the Year: The Carnarvon Motel Three Springs 360
Burson Auto Parts CAMS Future Star Award: Mathew Beck