Whilst the 2019 WAORC is just past the halfway mark, preparations for the 2020 season are already well and truly underway. The WA Off Road Panel and clubs which run the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship are looking to continue the series growth as one of the leading Off Road Racing Series in Australia. In order to do this we again need the support of some amazing sponsors and media team.
With the planning of the calendar already underway, the WAORC is anticipating another 6 round series. In order to raise the series to the next level, we have developed 3 tiers of sponsorship packages; Naming Rights, Class Sponsor and Contingency Sponsor. Each have different benefits which are outlined in the Sponsorship Presentation document.
We would like to thank all of our past and continuing sponsors for their support which has been instrumental in the growth and strength of the WAORC as we know it today
Sponsorship EOI and Media position EOI’s close on Thursday 18/10/19 at 5pm. Expressions of Interest must be emailed to email@example.com
Its tight at the top in the WAORC Outright points chase as we have a mix of 3 different classes duking it out in the top 3. First outright with a consistent run so far is Mat Birnie in his SXS Turbo class CanAm X3. Just 2 points behind is Darren Agrela who has taken a pair of wins in his Undecided Racing Jimco. Sitting in third place and ready to pounce on any mistakes is the Carnarvon Motel Racing Sportslite of Peter Barrett.
Throughout the class battles there is plenty more tight points chases with 3 rounds to go. In Pro Buggy Darren Agrela and Brad Cooper are closely matched with Troy Schoen and Marcus Wells snapping at their heels. Prolite sees Mal Yeardley with a strong lead, but he will be wary of the chasing pack of Percival, Metaxas, Knowles and Joyce. Michael Davis has a strong lead over Peter Mellington in Super 1650 as the magic man looks to claim back to back Super 1650 titles. Extreme 2wd is tough to split with Phil Shepley, Daniel Fahey, Russ Cullen and Kent Dunham all evenly matched across the opening three rounds.
Mathew Beck has shown great consistency and pace to lead Performance 2wd over Karl Richardson and Jordan Russell. Production 4wd has the diesel power of Graham Bentink leading the way from Aaron Griffiths who is having a fantastic run in his debut season. In Extreme 4wd Peer Horn holds a slim lead over Mark Murray whilst SXS Sport is a one horse racing with Jason Galea in his Yamaha YXZ. SXS Turbo is very evenly matched with Mat Birnie holding a small lead over Gavin Rodgers with Sean Fitzpatrick in 3rd and Mark Harris at the head of the chasing pack in 4th. Peter Barrett is on one hell of a run in Sportslite with 3 consecutive class wins and leads Joe Hawkins in 2nd with Scott Schiller and Deon Visagie locked on equal points in 3rd
As all eyes turn to the Mid West Challenge the second half of the season is going to see some cracking racing!
Full points are available here
The Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship continues to develop and strengthen its position as one of the leading off road racing series in Australia. Recently a meeting of scrutineers was held to ensure consistency from round to round as well as improve training of scrutineers. The meeting was chaired by the AORC CAMS Technical Delegate, Daniel Rogers and was attended by scrutineers from Off Road Racing WA Inc, WAORRA and Western Desert Racers.
Questions were fielded in relation to specific rule interpretations and with open discussion; all scrutineers were able to find an accurate and consistent ruling. This will see a better scrutiny experience for competitors as well as consistency across all races. Competitors should be reminded that as a condition of entry, they are signing that they have read and understand the rules and class regulations and that their vehicles complies with these regulations
With the success of this meeting, the WA Off Road Advisory Panel has tentatively set out for the scrutineers to meet at the start of every season prior to the first race of the year to recap any rule changes, as well as mid-season to review any scrutiny issues from the first 3 WAORC rounds of the year. This continued push for improvement as well as encouraging and training new scrutineers will continue to see off road racing in Western Australia thrive and grow into the future. Thankyou to all scrutineers who attended
ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? Round 3 of the 2019 WAORRA Championship Series, the Cochranes Transport Mid-West Challenge, is set to make the dirt fly in Eganu on 17-18 August.
Now in its third year, the Cochranes Transport Mid-West Challenge is Round 4 of the 2019 CAMS, Western Australian Off-Road Racing Championship and Round 3 of the WAORRA Club Championship Series. With its tight scrubby sections of bush and short straights, ‘Challenge19’ continues to live up to its name of being one of the toughest events on the Western Australian off-road racing calendar. Event organiser Russ advises competitors to ‘keep all four wheels on the track or you might be dealt a nasty surprise’, due to the amount of tree stumps and rocks that can be found just off-track.
Just north-east of Badgingarra and directly east from Leeman, the location is approximately 295km north of Perth. Our event organising crew have been up at the track preparing sections of what’s shaping up to be a great track. Forget fencelines and crops, this is real off-road racing! But the team needs your help – get a crew together and come along to help track marking on 3-4 August. Contact Russ on 0408 390 289 for all the details.
The event format caters to both State and Multi-Club entrants, with six laps of the 40km circuit for State competitors, and five laps for Multi-Club competitors. Entries are now open and close at 5:00pm on Friday 9 August. Read the supplementary regulations for all the event info for competitors and spectators.
Scrutineering and Documentation is by appointment only on Saturday, so competitors – if you are unable to arrive on Friday evening, please contact us (by email firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an appointment for Saturday morning. Limited places are available so get in quick!
Camping is free and available from Friday 16 to Monday 19 August, with portable toilets available at the track. There will be a canteen on site from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon thanks to Mike and Rachel Henderson from Badgingarra Roadhouse and Tourist Park, and Cappucino Xpress will be serving up strong coffee and hot chocolate all weekend. For consideration of the drivers and co-drivers getting in their race cars early in the mornings, a noise curfew applies at midnight Friday and Saturday nights. No motorbikes. No dogs. No individual camp fires. Read the Supplementary Regulations for all event details for both competitors and spectators. At the request of the property owners, please take all rubbish home with you.
We’d like to thank major sponsor Cochrane’s Transport and the Cochrane family for their continued support of this event and off-road racing in WA. Thanks also to Jim’s Trees Willetton and Remote Plumbing, Gas and Civil for site works. And a big shout out to our amazing team of volunteer event organisers who have been spending their weekends grading the track, clearing trees, building jumps, organising logistics and preparing documentation. It’s going to be a great event!
The Team 92 entry of Terry and Annie Hosking have won the Red Arc Contingency Prize at the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. 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.
Hosking was making his return behind the wheel after several years out and had an up and down event over the gruelling 400km race. Prologue started well with 14th outright and 2nd in class a great result amongst a field of nearly 50 competitors
Section 1 saw trouble strike as damaged front suspension took them out early on lap 1. A big effort overnight saw the #492 Pro Truck fixed and ready to tackle the final 2 sections of the race. The Hosking duo netted 18th outright during the second section and turned it up event more to fire home 14th outright in the final section, both times being the quickest Extreme 2wd competitor
The Kalgoorlie competitors put on a great show of racing and we look forward to seeing more of the bright blue truck during the remainder of the 2019 WAORC. Thanks again to Red Arc for their support of the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and for more information please see http://www.redarc.com.au or find them on Facebook
As we get prepared for Round 3 of the 2019 WAORC at Bencubbin lets take a quick look at the points situation after 2 rounds. With some fantastic racing already seen over the first 2 rounds, it is the competitors who have been most consistent who are occupying the top placings and this championship race is wide open!
In 1st place for the outright points for the first time in WAORC history is a SXS and its a competitor who is in his rookie season. Mat Birnie has had strong run so far with a 5th and a 4th and sits on 33 points holds a 4 point lead. In 2nd place outright is Peter Barrett, the Sportslite competitor from Carnarvon who has been impressive in both outings so far this season. Mark Murray has slotted his Diesel powered Extreme 4wd into 3rd outright and is followed by Mark Harris who sits 4th in his CanAm X3 on 22 points. The round winners from the first 2 races, Darren Agrela and Shane Elphinstone hold down 5th and 6th on 21 points in their twin turbo Jimcos with Sean Fitzpatrick, another rookie who has put in a strong shift early also on 21 points. Gavin Rodgers is 8th with 20 points with Phil Shepley and John Pursehouse rounding out the top 10, both sitting on 19 points. Its tight at the top and as we hit the halfway point in the season, Bencubbin could be a turning point on the race for WA #1
Entries for the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 360, which will be the 10th event to be held at Bencubbin will be opening soon,. Stay tuned as the WAORRA, the event organisers are working on something special!
Progressive points for outright and classes after 2 rounds can be found here
We would like to welcome onboard REDARC as a contingency sponsor for the remainder of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
REDARC has 40 years’ experience in the research, design, development and manufacture of a range of electronic voltage converters and associated products, inverters, power supplies, battery chargers, brake controllers and trailer braking products.
Competitors displaying the REDARC stickers on their vehicle will go into the draw to win 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.
The 6A SmartCharge is so intelligent it automatically recognises the type of battery it is connected to and adjusts its charge process to what charging your battery needs. With an in-built display you can have peace of mind knowing the state of charge and level of your batteries charge.
This is just one of the quality products which they have on offer, so be sure to check out what they have on offer and support those who support our sport. For more information see www.redarc.com.au