The Marsue Transport, Make Tracks WA Bencubbin 2022 has been run and won with Adam Trewhella backing up his early season win at Perenjori by taking another victory at Bencubbin. A strong field of 50 competitors had entered Bencubbin, with cool and clear conditions meaning that there would be some great racing on offer. There was also a unique format ensuring the return to racing at Bencubbin would be one to remember. Day 1 was a Prologue, followed by a 70km dash to the nearby town of Gabbin before being escorted back to Bencubbin. Day 2 would see a dash to Gabbin in the morning, with cars on arrival being held in Parc Ferme and then returning. The final section was held on Sunday afternoon and the cars would be escorted to Gabbin before one last blast back to the finish in Bencubbin
Prologue on Saturday morning was a close affair, with Troy Schoen and Adam Trewhella duking it out for the top spot. Schoen would put the #19 into pole position with a time of 9 minutes, 24.3 seconds which would be 1.6 seconds better than what Trewhella could manage. Jared Percival piloted his prolite to 3rd outright, whilst Jayden Grewar signalled his intentions to be quickest SXS and 5th outright. Just behind him was the quickest Extreme 2wd Trophy Truck of Brad Krepp. Whilst normally the dust free run at the front of the field is seen as a massive advantage, given that this was to be a brand new unseen track on the run to Gabbin, it remained to be seen if anyone could come from back in the field and make their way to the front
Schoen blasted out of the blocks on the way to Gabbin, with Trewhella and Percival on the hunt. Unfortunately for state champion Jayden Grewar, his great prologue would come undone, with clutch issues causing multiple belt failures. There were also some big movers and shakers in the field, Mark Cramer who had a DNF on prologue charged his way to the 4th quickest time, just under 3 seconds ahead of Brad Krepp in 5th and only 7 and a half seconds away from Percival who locked in 3rd. Up the front, Schoen was the first to make it to Gabbin, but Trewhella had charged into town 17.01 seconds quicker, giving him the section win. These tight gaps continued up and down the field with the gap being roughly a minute from Mark Wainwright, the quickest SXS in 6th outright, back to Karl Richardson, the 2nd Extreme 2wd over the line in 16th, This was some seriously even racing!
Sunday morning would have some still conditions and the rising sun causing havoc on visibility with the dust starting to hang. Trewhella would lead the field all the way into Gabbin, with his closest rival Schoen striking engine troubles and not making it to the sections halfway point. Again, Percival, Cramer and Krepp were locked in a tight battle for the podium places would also lock horns on the run home. Trewhella again went quickest for the section, with Percival 2nd, Krepp 3rd and Cramer home in 4th. Aaron Caldwell jumped into the SXS class lead and was sitting just 11 seconds ahead of Mal Yeardley on corrected time. Chris Dawes continued to lead the Extreme 4wd class as Darren Alexander also continued to lead the Sportslite class. Sean Beck in the Junior Development Kingswood a popular class leader in the Performance 2wd class
With it all to play for and just 70kms remaining, Trewhella once again made sure of his win going fastest in the final section to take out his 2nd outright win of the season in the KRT Contracting Pro Buggy. Jared Percival locked up 2nd outright to make it to his 2nd podium of the season whilst Brad Krepp made his way back to the podium in 3rd with another Extreme 2wd class win. Mal Yeardley was the fastest SXS home in 5th outright after a close battle with Caldwell in the final section. Darren Alexander won the Sportslite class in his Voodoo buggy, whilst Daniel Jones in the #883 Patrol would take out the Extreme 4wd class win after class leader Chris Dawes dropped out with broken steering in the final run home. Sean Beck also sealed the Performance 2wd win
Attention now turns to the Gascoyne Dash as the 3rd round of the WAORC on the last weekend in July, but what a fantastic race it has been at Bencubbin, with event organizers WAORRA putting a massive effort in on our first return to Bencubbin since 2019. Thanks must also go to event sponsors Marsue Transport and Make Tracks WA and the WAORC can’t wait to return to Bencubbin again in 2023
Full Results can be found here
The 2022 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship has gotten off to a fantastic start after 2 entertaining days of racing action. A record field of 52 competitors took the start, with a lot of anticipation to see how the championship chase would start. Both of the 2021 title protagonists were there, with current champion Jayden Grewar ready to defend his crown and the runner up Jared Percival looking to go one better. Throw in the spectacular Harleigh Uren, as well as former event winner Shane Elphinstone and front runners Trewhella and Rowett, the field was stacked!
Saturday morning saw a prologue which was run over an 18km course. Harleigh Uren was the victor, setting a scintillating time of 10:42.2, some 32.2 seconds quicker than the next best time of Trewhella. This would net him the Off Road Rush WA Hotlap award for the quickest prologue time. There was a big casualty however, with the #44 of Elphinstone hitting a fence and not finishing his run. Throughout the classes Percival was the quickest prolite, whilst Grewar put the SXS field on notice by going quickest in class by nearly 30 seconds. Nicholas Van Geest was the fastest of the Extreme 4wds whilst Bentink and Holt lead their class battles.
Section 1 on Saturday afternoon was a single 72km lap and with a generous 90 second gap between starters, there was a big chance to make up time on the rest of the field without there being too much dust. Uren backed up his prologue run to storm to away from the field, going quickest by just under a minute ahead of Dave Rowett who leapfrogged Trewhella into 2nd place. Percival held a slim advantage over Ryan Print who was having a stellar run in his prolite. Grewar held the SXS Pro lead, with Matt Dec charging hard and claiming 2nd place in class just over a minute behind with Mal Yeardley lurking a further 5 seconds back in 3rd. Mark Murray resolved his earlier issues from prologue to quickest in Extreme 4wd. Aaron Dark had a good lap in his Super 1650 and he was shadowing the leading Sportslite of Aaron Gates. Graham Bentink was flying the flag for the Production 4wd with Greg Pickersgill having an eventful but successful run in this new Performance 2wd Toyota
Sunday Morning would see some big changes amongst the field as 2 laps of the Perenjori course threw up many challenges. Harleigh Uren blazed through the first lap, but soon saw his race end with transmission issues. Matt Dec also came through lap 1 in the lead of SXS Pro overtaking Grewar who had a flat tyre, but unfortunately for Dec his scintillating run came to an end when he rolled the #611 Canam X3. Mr consistency Jared Percival locked in again as the quickest Prolite whilst his closest rival Print would not finish due to a split fuel tank. In his debut race Jake Montgomery was impressing everyone piloting his SXS Pro to be the quickest in the section and vault himself into contention for a class win. But the main man was Shane Elphinstone who powered through the field passing nearly 10 cars in 1 lap on his way to the quickest time. This also left Elphinstone an outside chance for the race win, being a little over 6 minutes away from the new race leader on corrected time, being Adam Trewhella
There was drama before the final section even started. Whilst gridding up the #44 machine, electrical dramas put the Elphinstone duo out of the race. Trewhella who was now first on the road, took the race by the scruff of the neck and made it his own, powering to the fastest section time and locking in first outright in the process. For the Trewhella team, many years of trying and countless hours in the shed has paid off and few could argue that if he puts together a full season, the man they call Borneo is a real championship contender. Dave Rowett could only go 4th quickest in the section, but still claimed 2nd outright with Jared Percival claiming 3rd outright in his Prolite. Mark Murray put in a very impressive run, 2nd fastest outright time for section 3 leaving him in 4th outright. Jayden Grewar atoned for his earlier flat tyre to seal another SXS Pro class victory, followed by Montgomery and Yeardley. Pickersgill claimed 1st in Performance 2wd and a handy 22nd outright with Aaron Gates also delight to win the Sportslite Class. Aaron Dark brought the #293 Super 1650 home to win the class with Dorian Dark who was the youngest navigator in the field pointing the way home
With the McPhee Freight, Gturbo Perenjori 360 now done and dusted, the scene is set for the Gascoyne Dash to provide some awesome racing action as Round 2 of the 2022 WAORC. If the record field for the largest ever Perenjori event being broken is a sign of anything to come, 2022 is going to be a very exciting one for off road racing in Western Australia
Full event results can be found here
There is just over a week until the 2022 McPhee Transport, GTurbo Perenjori 360 gets the WAORC underway for the year. Entries are still open until Friday, but there are already some heavy hitters lining up for their crack at taking out the PJ 360. A 72km track will be traversed 5 times over the weekend making up 360kms of racing action to sort out the contenders and the pretenders
2021 WAORC Champion Jayden Grewar is back for another attack and will be hoping to get his championship defense off to a strong start. He will be chased by what is currently a 19 strong field of SXS’s with this number also expected to grow in the coming days. The Pro Buggies are headlined by Shane Elphinstone who as a former winner of this event would have to be a favorite, with Adam Trewhella raring and ready to have a crack at the win. Deon Visagie is also set to make his Pro Buggy debut after several strong years running in the Sportslite class
There are some notable entrants in the tin tops, namely the return of Greg Pickersgill to a 2wd truck, looking to debut his Performance 2wd Toyota. Mik French also will be back in action, with the debut run of the Red Back Racing Celica, making for 2 very different vehicles going toe to toe in this class
The current list of 34 entrants is expected to swell to 40+ by the time entries close on Friday meaning that 2022 is going to get underway with a great field of cars and competitors. Further Regulations have just been released by the event organizers to add some licenses and information to key roles as well as change the time of Sundays drivers brief to be before racing gets started for the day
The 2022 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship is set to get the year off to a bang at the McPhee Freight, GTurbo Perenjori 360. The “PJ 360” has been the season opener for many years now and its starting to develop a reputation to be one of the most enjoyable tracks on the calendar. Whilst not being brutally tough on the cars, its still has a lot of challenging sections which doesn’t favor one type of vehicle over another. This will often see a mix of Trophy Truck, Buggy and SXS’s feature on the podium and make for some great racing action
Supplementary Regulations are due out early in the new year, but until then Cagetec Racing have produced this promotional video to help everyone get in the mood and into the shed to get their race cars ready. Off Road Racing WA Incorporated are once again promising to deliver an entertaining weekend of off road racing action to get the season started
The 2021 finale at Kalgoorlie was billed as an epic battle between the rookie and the veteran as Jayden Grewar and Jared Percival were set to lock horns in combat one last time. With the 2021 WAORC on the line, Jayden was chasing a the perfect end to a season of firsts. Could he win the championship at his first ever attempt and in doing so be the first ever outright champion to have competed in the SXS Turbo class. Percival however was looking to add another championship to his tally and to date had put together a strong season with podium finishes and class results. Locked on equal points with 1 round to go, the scene was set for an epic battle
The first blow would go to Percival, the Prolite competitor clocking in 12th outright, whilst Grewar would be starting out of 18th. Section 1 would be a crucial one in the outcome of the championship. The 618 Raw Racing Canam flew up the leader board to 5th outright whilst Percival was down in 18th outright having being dealt a 5 minute penalty for an overtaking infringement
Section 2 would see Percival attempt to tip the scales back in his favour, launching an attack that would see him clock in 5th fastest time for the section, whilst Grewar managed to go 8th quickest. The race was finely in the balance with one final lap to go and one slight slip from either contender would have major championship ramifications
In the end it was elation for Jayden Grewar, who went 7th fastest and locked in the 4th outright he needed to take out the WAORC. Percival put up a valiant effort however had some issues on his way to 15th outright, which would leave him down in 11th outright for the race
Jayden Grewar in turn makes history as the first ever SXS competitor to win the championship outright and if that wasn’t impressive enough has managed to do it in his rookie season. 2 x 5th places, a 4th and an impressive 3rd outright at the Gas Dash underlined the pace and consistency of the CanAm X3.
Our champions for outright and classes are as follows:
Outright – Jayden Grewar & Justyn Grewar
Pro Buggy – Ken Styles & Josh Ellis
Prolite – Jared Percival & Haylee Cowling
Sportslite – Deon Visagie & Jamie Tilbrook
Extreme 2wd – Harleigh Uren & Kerry Yaxley
Performance 2wd – Mathew Beck & Tate Dawson
Production 4wd – Nic Jennings & Sebastian Jennings
Extreme 4wd – Peer Horn & Jim Ingham
SXS Turbo – Jayden Grewar & Justyn Grewar
Full Results can be found here
With the cancellation of Three Springs for this year, we are down to one final race to decide the championship fight and it is a very tight battle at that! There are only 2 competitors who are in with a mathematical chance of taking out the 2021 WAORC at the final showdown in Kalgoorlie
Jared Percival – The Percival Motorsport team have been here many times before, a final race battle to decide the championship! Cool, calm and quick, Jared by virtue of his experience will be favorite to notch up another WAORC outright title. The Toyota powered Prolite is just the right weapon Percival will need for the gruelling 400km test of the Kalgoorlie Desert Race
Jayden Grewar – To be in just your 4th off road race and be staring down the barrel of a tight championship fight speaks volumes of Jayden and his RAW Racing team. Jayden has pushed his X3 to the limit this year, flying the flag for the SXS competitors to consistently run up the pointy end of the field. Kalgoorlie will be a big test, but Grewar appears to be able to cope with the pressure
Both competitors come into the final race locked on 50 points, but with the WAORC using a drop your worst round system, this slightly tips the scales in favour of Percival. Grewars worst result is a 5th outright, so for him to take out the title, a 4th or better will be required to improve his points haul and hope that Percival cannot improve his. For Percival, his worst result for the season is 6th outright, so 5th or better will increase his points. Should neither driver be able to finish in these positions or higher, Kalgoorlie will be their worst round and they will remain on 50 points. If that happens the drivers will be split by the greater number of higher placings. This would make Jared Percival the 2021 WAORC champion as whilst both have a 3rd placing Percival’s next best result is a 4th placing, whilst for Grewar its a 5th. Whilst the maths may be a little complicated, the situation is simple. Both Grewar and Percival will be pushing it to the limit for a chance at WAORC glory!
Pro Buggy class is lead by Ken Styles, over Troy Schoen and Steven Phillips, however there is a hungry pack where 6 teams are virtually neck and neck for second in the standings. Jared Percival holds a strong lead in Prolite, however Michael Davis and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall lead the chasing group. Harleigh Uren has a strong lead in the Extreme 2wd class, and whilst Brad Krepp will keep him on his toes, one would suspect that the trucks will be hunting for race wins at Kalgoorlie, rather than playing the points game
The Beck brothers are duking it out in the Performance 2wd class, with Mathew Beck in the iconic Kingswood Junior development car leading over Sean Beck. The ever consistent Peer Horn leads the Extreme 4wd class and looks the goods to take home some more silverware whilst in the SXS Turbo class we have seen a massive 20 competitors score points already. Jayden Grewar is currently top of the points, with Mal Yeardley and Richard Batson both trying to hunt him down with Paul Hutchinson flying the flag for Polaris in 4th and ready to pounce if any of the CanAms in front strike trouble. Lastly, in the Sportslite class, Deon Visagie holds the class lead over Joe Hawkins as he looks to seal the class title
It all comes down to the Kalgoorlie Desert Race as the title decider and with a lot still to play for, it only adds to the excitement of what should be an amazing race!
For full points, see here
After 2 rounds of the 2021 WAORC the points are tight at the top, with 3 big races coming up to round out the season. The Mid West Challenge is the next event on the calendar and when it comes to defining points of the season, this race is always one of them. A tough sandy challenge like no other race in the series makes it both a big opportunity to set yourself up for a good second half to the season, but equally a big chance to trip up any title pretenders. Originally scheduled as Round for 2021, Mid West moves up to Round with COVID and torrential rain preventing the running of Bencubbin in early June.
So after 2 rounds of racing, lets take a look at who has put themselves in position to have a crack at the WAORC title. The first 2 are separated by just 1 point. Leading the charge in his Toyota powered Prolite is Jared Percival. Percival knows how to put together a strong season, have won the state championship previously. The #119 machine would have to be one of the favorites for a season long points chase, choosing his moments to strike and knowing when to sit back and let the chaos unfold.
Jayden Grewar has been a surprise packet this season, his first ever crack at off road racing in the WAORC. A good result at Perenjori followed by a giant killing run at the Gascoyne Dash to pilot his CanAm onto the outright podium sees the Raw Racing Team sit 2nd outright by just 1 point behind Percival. Whilst Grewar has shown he has the pace, Mid West has been known to bite and experience may count for a lot here
3rd place is a tie between our 2 race victors, Harleigh Uren and Troy Schoen. Uren is a former race winner at Mid West and the truck is well suited to the race when the going gets tough and the holes get big. Schoen, fresh off a massive win at Carnarvon also has the machinery and the talent to take the top step at Mid West. His Aussie Built Pro Buggy is as tough as they come and will no doubt be ready to tackle what ever the Mid West Challenge can throw at them
Mr Consistency Paul Hutchinson rounds out the top 5, also in his debut WAORC season. With a Polaris Turbo S at his disposal, “Hutchy” has all the tools he needs to unlock this tough sandy course and will be hoping to string together a top 10 run to keep his championship tilt heading in the right direction
In the classes, Schoen leads the Pro Buggy battle, just ahead of Kalgoorlies Paul Nappy. Prolite sees Jared Percival holding off Michael Davis and Stephen Ketteridge-Hall. In Extreme 2wd Harleigh Uren holds a commanding lead whilst the Junior Development Program is holding their own feisty battle in Performance 2wd. Brother Sean Beck and Mathew Beck locked on equal points whilst Jayden Grewar tops the 18 strong field of SXS Turbos. Deon Visagie has a small lead in the Sportslite class as all the teams set their eyes on the run home for the rest of the season. Following the Mid West Challenge is the massively popular Three Springs race which always puts on great racing and has won the Motorsports Australia, State Event of the Year multiple times. Once the crews have picked themselves up of the canvas, its time for one more round and its the big one, the Kalgoorlie Desert Race. Doubling as a round of the Australian Off Road Racing Championship, this event has a rapidly growing reputation as being awesome for spectators, competitors and crews alike
So with 2 races down and 3 to go, its all to play for as we head to the Mid West Challenge. Entries are open and all event information can be found here
For WAORC points after ahead of the Mid West Challenge, see here
Due to the recent lockdowns restricting travel and the ability to track mark for the upcoming Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360, Off Road Racing WA Inc. has made some changes to the event format in order to ensure that Round 1 of the 2021 WAORC can kick the season off in style
Unfortunately the Pre event scrutiny which was to be held at the event sponsor Gturbo has had to be cancelled. Scrutiny will now take part on Friday night (26th February) and Saturday morning 27th February. There have also been some changes to the event, with Saturdays schedule slightly pushed back to cater for the additional scrutiny which will now take place. To combat this, the event is now to be held over 5 laps, instead of 6, with section 1 being only a single lap shootout of the approximately 72km course.
Sundays schedule will remain unchanged with 2 sections, each of 2 laps putting competitors through their paces! Further Regulations have been issued and can be found here. Entries are still flowing in and the entry list and link to enter the event can be found here
Track marking will now take place on Saturday 20th February and we are again asking for volunteers to help track mark. If you can make it, the details are to meet at 8.30am at Perenjori Council yards. If you are free to lend a hand to get the Perenjori track marked (and get a sneak peak of the course), Please send an email to email@example.com or contact Danny Smith directly on 0409 689 624
As if there weren’t already enough reasons to be racing at the 20th Rod Hatter Memorial at Perenjori over the labour day long weekend, here are a few thousand more! On offer will be a stack of cash for the winners as well as some other awards
1st Outright – $2000
2nd Outright – $1500
3rd Outright – $1000
Hard Luck/Pus, Pain and Persistence Award – $500
Best Presented Tin Top – $100
Best Presented Buggy – $100
Best Presented SXS – $100
Be sure to get your entries in to help celebrate and commemorate the 20th running of the Rod Hatter Memorial and to be in with a shot at taking home some cash!
Event information is available here
Supplementary Regulations for the 2021 Rod Hatter Memorial, Perenjori 360 are now available and entries will be opening soon. Supp Regs available here
Some key items to note for competitors:
– Pre Event Scrutiny will be held at Gturbo on 20th February
– 360kms of racing action
– Prologue to be held at 11:30 on Saturday
– 1 Section of racing on Saturday
– 2 Sections of racing on Sunday
– Presentations on Sunday night
It is also worth noting that the event organizers will soon be announcing prize money for the event to celebrate the 20th running of the Rod Hatter Memorial. Total prize pool to be over $5000!!!
Entries will be open soon and available via myraceresult