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After 3 of the 6 rounds of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC, Prolite competitor Jared Percival holds a slender lead at the top of the outright standings. With the Mid West Challenge, Three Springs and Kalgoorlie rounds remaining there is still a lot of racing to go and this years series is anything but over!
Percival leads on 56 points, just 4 ahead of Prolite rival Mal Yeardley in his #171 buggy. Colin Doney sits 3rd in his Extreme 2wd beetle with Brad Krepp and George Metaxas making up the top 5
In the class battles Mark Cramer, Harleigh Uren and Marcus Wells are locked in a dogfight for the Pro buggy class lead. Just 148 points separating the leading trio. Percival, Yeardley and Metaxas are the leading trio in Prolite buggy, whilst Daniel Allen has a solid lead in the Super 1650 class. Extreme 2wd looks to be a battle between Colin Doney and reigning champion Greg Pickersgill with a margin back to Hardman and Worthington in the chasing pack. Performance 2wd has unearthed some great young talent this year and WA Off Road Junior Development Program pilot Matt Beck holds a 116 point lead over current class champion Jordan Russell. In Production 4wd Graeme Bentink has his nose in front at the halfway mark, 70 points of the Baxter Racing entry of Steven Baxter. Brad Krepp leads the Extreme 4wd class, however behind him there is a big battle brewing between Mitchell Davies, Russekk Cullen, Mark Murray and Dylan James. In the Superlite B class Ashley Sudholz has a big advantage over the chasing Chris Unstead. The only Sportslite entry so far this season, Wayne Holt has the class lead with 3 races to go
With entries for Round 4, the Cochranes Transport Mid West Challenge now open, this championship is just about to kick into overdrive!
Progressive points scores can be found here
Brad Krepp was the lucky winner of the Intense LED Australia Contingency Prize at the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. On top of a great result in his Orange Extreme 4wd GQ Patrol, Krepp also took out the contingency prize, being an LED Lightbar
Thanks to Intense LED Australia for their ongoing support of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC
Dylan James won the Oricom UHF CB Contingency Prize at Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC. Whilst the event didnt turn out as planned for the Compound Motorsports team with a DNF, the #822 clocked up more competitive kilometers as James develops his diesel powered Extreme 4wd
Thanks for Oricom UHF Cb for their ongoing support of the WAORC and events such as the Marsue Transport, Bencubbin 400
Day 2 of the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 has seen an almighty battle by some of the heavyweights of the sport. With the schedule for the second day of Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC seeing the competitors tackle a 75km loop followed by the ‘enduro’ section of the event there was a lot of racing to go
In Sundays first section Nathaniel Edwards set a blistering pace to overhaul overnight leader Harleigh Uren. With just 0.2 seconds splitting the pair over the 75km loop it set up an enthralling finish to the race Brad Krepp was one of the big movers and shakers, finishing the section in 5th outright and 1st Extreme 4wd. Colin Doney in #406 was just one spot further back and lead the Extreme 2wd class. Ashley Sudholz was the only surviving superlite after a broken seal put Chris Unstead out of the event. Jordan Russell stamped his authority on the Performance 2wd battle with Mik French in 2nd place
The final section was shortened to be just 3 laps and 1 x 30 minute service break and tactics would be one of the big talking points of the race. The top 2 had gapped the field and it became apparent that this would be a battle between Uren and Edwards. A sticky throttle meant Edwards had to alter his strategy and take his service after the first lap. Uren seized the opportunity to stay out in clear air and lay down a time good enough to vault him back in front of Edwards on road after he took his compulsory 30 minute stop. Throughout the field there were many different strategies at play as Mark Cramer in his Marsue Transport sponsored Pro Buggy ran 3 continuous laps to be the first competitor to complete all 3 laps. As the corrected times came through it would be Harleigh Uren who would win the 2017 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. Nathaniel Edwards, still plagued by a sticky throttle was a valiant 2nd outright and 1st in Prolite. Jared Percival and Mal Yeardley continued their year long battle, with Jared Percival getting the upper hand and 3rd outright ahead of Yeardley by just 39 seconds. Brad Krepp took out the Extreme 4wd class win in 5th outright after battling with Mark Murray who was an unfortunate DNF on the final lap. The Extreme 2wd class result is still provisional as it is under investigation, but Colin Doney was first over the line in his #406 Volkswagen Beetle with Greg Pickersgill a strong 2nd. Ashley Sudholz won the Superlite class in his #699 Polaris whilst Jordan Russell powered his way to a commanding Performance 2wd class victory.
Competitors now look forward to Round 4 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC to be held at Badgingarra in August. The inaugural event held in this location in 2016 is run by WAORRA and features one of the most technical and demanding circuits of the season. Thanks to series naming rights sponsor Carnarvon Motel, series contingency sponsors Intense LED Australia and Oricom as well as event naming rights sponsor Marsue Transport and all the event supporters including the Shire of Mount Marshall for their assistance with the event
Race Results can be found here
Day 1 of the Marsue Transport has been run and won, with Harleigh Uren leading both prologue and section 1 of the event. With clear skys and perfect conditions for racing, a field of 39 competitors after a few late withdrawals took to Bencubbin course for Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WAORC.
Prologue saw an intense battle over 25kms, with Harleigh Uren victorious by 26 seconds. The #77 Pro Buggy headed youngster Stephen Hall in his #181 prolite, with Nathaniel Edwards #161 rounding out the top 3. Colin Doney was the quickest Extreme 2wd, whilst Mark Murray punched in a very competitive time to lead Extreme 4wd in 7th outright. Chris Unstead unleashed the potential in his Westvolt Racing Can Am to sit 10th outright and first in Superlite, whilst John Flynn was the early leader of the Super 1650 field. In Performance 2wd the WA Junior Development Program entry of Matt and Jeremy Beck was quickest in class ahead of Mik French and Jordan Russell
The unique format for the Bencubbin 400 saw the crews head out for another blast around the 25km course for Section 1 of the event. Uren again was quickest, this time blazing his way to a 29 second lead. The top 3 remained the same with Stephen Hall beating Nathaniel Edwards by just 5 seconds to hold second place. Jared Percival was a consistent 4th outright, but behind them the top 4 the mother of all battles is evolving. Mark Murray leads the Extreme 4wd class in 5th outright with John Pursehouse just 2 seconds behind in his Ford Ranger. Paul Tognela is 1 second further back with Extreme 2wd leader Colin Doney and Mal Yeardley 0.1 seconds apart in 8th and 9th place. Ashley Sudholz inherited the Superlite class lead after early leader Chris Unstead did a belt and lost time. Peter Mellington is the only remaining Super 1650 after Flynn and Hawkins dropped out of the running. Jordan Russell charged his way to the Performance 2wd lead with Mathew Beck and Mik French locked in a tight tussle
2 sections totaling 375kms of competitive lays ahead on Day 2 of the event. With such small margins splitting the field the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 is living up to its billing as one of the most exciting events on the WAORC calendar. Race results can be found here
The Prolite fields in WA are going from strength to strength in 2017 and easily being the most biggest field for the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. Heading into Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS Carnarvon Motel WAORC its also 2 Prolite competitors battling it out for the outright points race, so there is extra pressure coming from this firebreathing pack of naturally aspirated rockets!
#107 – Kevin Holt in his Goose Racing ZX14 powered buggy will be looking for a strong run at Bencubbin. Holt has previously run comfortable in the top 10 outright at this event and will be looking to repeat this form again in 2017
#109 – Paul Tognela has been growing in confidence throughout the 2017 season and will be hoping for a strong run this weekend. The Prime Earthmoving sponsored buggy has all the right gear and Tognela is starting to push some of the more seasoned veterans of this class
#110 – Jake Clucas is one rookie who if nothing else, loves to put on a show! His Toyota powered Chenowth Millenium presents beautifully and goes hard. All eyes will be on Clucas to see just how far through the field he can push his way in just his 2nd race
#112 – Peter Lindebooms Raptor Prolite is a dark horse amongst this field. Whilst Lindeboom is not a regular competitor, he is one of the quickest. If everything goes his way Lindeboom will be pushing for a class win
#119 – Jared Percival comes into the Bencubbin 400 with a lot of pressure. Currently locked in a tight WAORC outright points tussle with Mal Yeardley, Percival will be looking to keep his head and put in another strong performance
#123 – Chris Thomas will be returning to competition after a lenghty layoff. The Suzuki powered Katana buggy which was handbuilt by Chris was extremely quick last time it hit the track and we are tipping that nothing will have changed when it returns
#161 – Nathaniel Edwards and Luke Mclean will be looking for a faultless run at Bencubbin after a promising start to the season.We expect Edwards to be one of the front runners at Bencubbin after a strong showing at the Narrogin
#168 – Epic Racings Mark Jarret has been gaining pace and confidence throughout this season and is not too far away from latching onto the back of the Percival/Yeardley battle. If everything goes Jarrets way who knows where the #168 machine will end up!
#171 – As with Percival, the pressure of being in a tight tussle for the WAORC outright has to be getting to Mal Yeardley. After just 2 rounds, the pair have been almost inseperable and it most certainly will be game on again at Bencubbin!
#181 – Stephen Hall surprised everyone at Round 1 at Perenjori with a blistering prologue run. Whilst the event was shortlived, young gun Stephen showed that he has the pace to run with the big boys! Slowlite may be the team name, but its certainly not indicative of what the #181 is capable of
#195 – George Metaxas in his SS Racetech Prolite buggy will be hoping he can sneak up on the field in his buggy which features ‘camo’ war paint! Metaxas has shown through the first 2 rounds that as the event wears on, the stronger he gets. Expect Metaxas to be there when it counts in the enduro section of the event
#198 – Craig Wells in the second Wells Racing entry has entered the multi club section of this event. Wells has pedigree in the Prolite class and is a veteran of the sport. Watch out for Craig to spring a few surprises over the course of the weekend
#1163 – Wayne Holts Goose Racing ‘Sollittco’ buggy has been one of the quiet achievers ever since it landed in WA. Wayne Holt will be hoping to get one up on Kevin Holt in the other Goose Racing entry, but will also be looking for a consistent run throughout the weekend