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
Supp regs are available and entries are now open for the 2018 GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. Entries will be taken through the CAMS online entry system and close on Friday 16th of February
A new season, new cars and new sections of track! Round 1 of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC is going to be huge! Don’t miss out
We are pleased to announce the calendar for the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC.
Perenjori 360 – 3rd-4th March
Gas Dash – 30th March – 2nd April
Bencubbin 400 – 2nd – 3rd June
Mid West Challenge – 18th – 19th August
Three Springs 330 – 22nd – 23rd September
Kalgoorlie Desert Race – 27th – 28th October
The series is again being run run by four different clubs over 6 long course events. A competitors best 5 rounds count for the championship and the points system used ensures that outright and class winners are not generally known until the last round is completed. Competitors must also compete in a minimum of 3 events to be eligible to win their class championship
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The 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC is now over and the final points have been tallied. It has been a year of thrilling racing action and we have some very worthy class and outright champions!
Outright Top 3
1st – Jared Percival & Michael Davis
2nd – Mal Yeardley & Sam Cramer
3rd – Mark Cramer & Peter Doney
Mark Cramer & Sam Cramer
Mal Yeardley & Michael Davis
Peter Barrett & Craig Carson
John Flynn & Gary Howe *
Colin Doney & Peter Doney
Matthew Beck & Jeremy Beck
Graeme Bentink & Andrew Kingscott
Mark Murray & Jim Ingham
Ashley Sudholz & Nick Scolaro
Superlite A **
Final Championship points can be found here
* Daniel & Alf Allen were the highest pointscorers in the Super 1650 class, however did not enter 3 events and were therefore not eligible to be class champions as per 2017 WAORC Sporting Regulations
**No Navigator had entered 3 events in Superlite B
The second day of the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has been a dramatic one and has seen some fantastic racing action. The battle for the outright championship in the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC has also been a dramatic one.
There were changes before the days racing even started after Troy Schoen pulled out of the event due to some CV damage at the end of Section 1. With the 3rd placed overnight competitor out of the event, this opened up what was already a wide open race for the podium. Section 2 of the race started at 5:30am this morning as the crews blasted off for a single lap of the course. The event leader Scott Schiller was also out early after succumbing to motion sickness. This meant Beau Robinson took over the lead and the OBR pilot did not waste this opportunity, forging a big gap back to the chasing field. Mal Yeardley sensed that his championship title fight was on the line and drove the wheels off his Westside Insurance Specialists Bat Prolite to take 2nd for the section. Adam Flanagan showed massive pace in his trophy truck to sit 3rd during section 2. Yeardley’s title rival Jared Percival was 4th quickest with Colin Doney rounding out the top 5
During the gap between sections 2 and 3, the pits were a hive of activity as crews worked frantically to get their vehicles in fighting condition for the final section. Greg Pickersgill undertook massive work to the rear diff of his truck after some trackside bush mechanics helped them finish section 2. Graeme Bentink replaced his rear leaf springs after breaking them during section 2 and Chris Unstead replaced a bolt which had sheered in the rear suspension. The biggest story was event leader Beau Robinson performing open heart surgery on the #413 OBR truck after developing engine issues in section 2
As Section 3 got underway Robinson used the advantage of the trophy truck around this Kalgoorlie track to again clear out from the field. Robinson would lap some 10 minutes quicker than any other rival to win the event by over 30 minutes! Mal Yeardley continued his strong pace from section 2 before disaster struck, with a jamming and sticking throttle costing him lots of time. With Yeardley dropping back through the pack, Percival seized the initiative to move up to 2nd outright in the event, a result which would see him take out the outright WAORC championship. Adam Flanagan broke a rear hub whilst running in a podium position, an absolute disaster for the Kalgoorlie local. Mark Cramer in the #932 Pro buggy would take the class win and 3rd outright after a measured drive all weekend. Troy Higgins running in an invitational only class sat 6th, whilst mark Wainwright was the quickest Superlite A in 8th outright. New Zealander Richard Crabb had a disastrous section 2, but made his way back to 9th outright, Jason Johnson rounded out the top 10 and was the fastest Superlite B
Throughout the field there were many hard luck stories, with so many competitors completing 2 of the 3 laps and only 13 successfully going the full race distance. Jeremy Lia won Super 1650 class despite failing to finish the final section, whilst Grant Butter took out the Production 4wd class after Graeme Bentink end for ended his Toyota Landcruiser at high speed. Mark Murray won the Extreme 4wd class in his diesel powered patrol
Whilst it ended in heartbreak for Mal Yeardley, Jared Percivals outright championship win means that he is now a 2 time WAORC champion, a massive and impressive feat for this close family team. The Kalgoorlie Desert Race event whilst incredibly tough for the crews, has certainly made an impression on the field, with the general consensus from competitors being that there is massive potential in this event once all the kinks are ironed out. It has been a fitting finale to the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC and one which looks to have a big future
Thanks must go to the Carnarvon Motel for their support in 2017 as well as Oricom UHF CB and Intense Industries who have been great supporters of the series.