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
The 2020 WAORC has now been run and won with the spectacular Kalgoorlie Desert Race making a fitting final event to the truncated 3 round season.
Whilst Shane Elphinstone took a strong win in the final race, it was Jake Clucas in his single seat prolite buggy who is WA #1 for 2020. His results of 3rd, 1st and battling his way to 9th at Kalgoorlie was enough to sew up his maiden title as well as the Prolite class for the year
2nd outright would go to the consistent Sean Fitzpatrick with navigator Brett Funneman who would also claim the outright navigators title. Sean’s SXS claimed 4th, 4th and 11th to seal an excellent season
3rd outright would go to Jason Galea in his CanAm X3 with his navigator Kiera Mann-Piercy claiming 2nd outright for the season. This duo missed the opening Perenjori race, but finished in 3rd and 6th outright across the final 2 races to rocket up the leaderboard
Rounding out the outright navigators podium is Michael Dodds who sat alongside Colin Bevan with 5th and 7th placed finishes across the final 2 races
Congratulations to all of the competitors and full points results including the class winners can be found here
Photos by Dakar Press Team Australia and Cagetec Racing
The WAORC is set for a blockbuster finale with 2 of the 3 round being run. With the unique scenario of the 2020 season paying 1.5 times the normal allotment of points at both Three Springs and Kalgoorlie the championship chase is wide open with a massive 13 competitors still in with a chance at wrapping up the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Current leader Jake Clucas will have to go in as favorite having clocked up 3rd outright at Perenjori and 1st outright at Three Springs whilst hot on his heels is the Geraldton SXS Competitor with a 4th and 6th placing so far this season. Behind them the chasing pack of Deon Visagie in his Sportslite, Brad Cooper in his Pro Buggy and Jason Galea, Colin Bevan and Matt Birnie in a trio of SXS Turbo’s will be there to claim the spoils if things fall their way in the red dirt of Kalgoorlie
Throughout the classes every single class championship with the exception of Sportslite which Deon Visagie has already sewn up and Extreme 4wd which Peer Horn has claimed another title are all to play for.
Full pointscore is available here
The 2020 WAORC is set to resume again with what would have been the 5th round, Three Springs now playing host to the 2nd round. The Inland Mechanical Three Springs 360 is always a favorite amongst competitors and this year more than ever teams will be raring to go racing over the September long weekend
With the 2020 season shortened and the Gascoyne Dash, Bencubbin and Mid West Challenge all being cancelled there have been some changes to the WAORC points chase. This will now be a three round series featuring the already run Perenjori, the upcoming Three Springs 360 and the season ending Kalgoorlie Desert Race. To spice things up and bring those who missed round 1 at Perenjori into contention a little more, Three Springs and Kalgoorlie will both be worth 1.5 times the normal point allocation
Already there is a strong field of 30 competitors signed up to tackle the 2nd WAORC event of the season with many more tipped to be adding to what is already a red hot lineup. Pro Buggy, Sportslite , Extreme 2wd and SXS Turbo make up the bulk of the field with many of the sports big names ready to reinvigorate the 2020 season.
With many noteable entries throughout the classes there are a few to keep an eye on. In Pro Buggy, Schoen, Rance, and Trewhella will be locked into battle with Dean Terry who is debuting a new buggy. Extreme 2wd also looks to be a red hot race with Uren, Shepley Cochrane and Worthington ready to tackle the Yarra Lakes track in their Extreme 2wd Trucks. The SXS Turbo Class has a massive 13 entrants and it will be tough to pick a winner from this group.
Entries are closing soon but with a big field expected the track is looking dry and fast race and this is set to be a great race. For more information on the event check here
Day 2 of 2020 GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial has been an exciting one with changes for the lead and close racing on track. Harleigh Uren started as overnight leader however very early on in the mornings section developed brake issues with the Pro 2 hampered to the extent that he dropped out of the top 10 for the section. Colin Doney took over the race lead and pushed his beetle to the fastest section time. Gavin Rodgers was flying in his CanAm X3 until he ran short of fuel just 5kms from the finish line. Jake Clucas was on a mission in his 110 single seat prolite, powering through to 2nd for the section and 3rd outright on corrected times. Jarrad Percival was consistent as ever and moved into 2nd outright clocking in the 3rd quickest time for the section. There was also carnage throughout the field, with WA #2 Mat Birnie breaking a driveshaft, whilst Ben Hodge put his Polaris Turbo S upside down and out of the race. With 2 more laps to run in the afternoon the scene was set for a big finale to the opening race of the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Colin Doney was first off the line, with his clutch all but gone; it was going to be a struggle to retain the lead of the race. Jake Clucas knew that to have any chance of moving up the podium spots he would need to push hard and that he did. Overtaking Doney late on lap 1 and pushing out to a big lead. Doney kept battling on, despite Percival also breathing down his neck. As the crossed the line it was Clucas, Doney and then Percival with small gaps between. Clucas would end up settling for 3rd outright, just 1 minute behind Percival who was the winner in Prolite. Colin Doney took a well deserved 1st outright and the Extreme 2wd class win. Paul Nappy had looked set for 4th outright until engine issues forced the Pro buggy out of the race. Sean Fitzpatrick moving himself up into 4th outright and 1st in the SXS Turbo class. One of the drives of the day went to Harleigh Uren, who blitzed the field in the final section, moving from 15th to 5th on road in an awesome display of pace. Murray Kifer who lost time in section 2 showed just how quick his SXS Turbo is by being 2nd quickest on the final section
Throughout the classes Haydn Hamilton, Karl Richardson and Deon Visage all enjoyed class wins. Aaron Griffiths brought his Toyota Prado home for first in Production 4wd whilst Peer Horn enjoyed a strong win in Extreme 4wd to start his class title defence off the right way. The race was ultimately one of attrition with just 16 competitors finishing all 6 laps and the new Perenjori track has certainly sorted out who has what it takes
Full results available here https://my.raceresult.com/147120/results?lang=en
Attention now turns to the Gascoyne Dash at Easter which is sure to see some fantastic racing as WA’s best duke it out during the 2nd round of the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Day 1 of the Gturbo Rod Hatter Memorial, Perenjori 360 is in the books with Harleigh Uren in his Pro 2 leading the way. With overnight rains dampening the track it didn’t take there were early concerns of it being a wet race. It didn’t take long once prologue got underway for the action to heat up and the dust to fly
Phil Shepley was quickest out of the box on prologue scorching to the quickest time in the immaculate Digrite Pro 2. Harleigh Uren was second fastest making it a 1-2 for the trucks. Colin Doney overcame an early spin on his prologue run to clock in 3rd with Jared Percival the first prolite in 4th. Murray Kifer lit the timing sheets up in his X3 to be 5th quickest with red hot action throughout the field
As the crews prepped for section 1, Shepley was forced to withdraw with a rear main leaking. This would elevate Uren to 1st and a position he would not relinquish. Colin Doney clocked in 2nd quickest whilst Gavin Rodgers was the big mover. Having started 10th after being seeded, he blitzed the 120km section to move into 3rd outright. There is a logjam of competitors between 3rd and 8th with those crews split by less than 1 minute, setting the scene for an exciting Day 2
Paul Nappy holds the lead in Pro Buggy, whilst Deon Visagie is the overnight sportslite leader. Karl Richardson battled issues with his Navara but finished both laps, whilst Haydn Hamilton pushed his naturally aspirated Polaris to the limit to lead SXS Sport. Barry Schultz in his Jeep has a stranglehold over Production 4wd heading Aaron Griffiths in the RCR Prado. Peer Horn had a consistent run to lead Extreme 4wd over Mark Murray who has transmission issues and spent most of the race in 2wd
Tomorrow another gruelling 240kms of racing awaits to see who will lead the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship after Round 1
Results can be found here https://my.raceresult.com/147120/results?lang=en
February 1st at the Crown was the place to be for WA’s 2019 Off Road Racing Champions. With Motorsport Australia hosting a fantastic night celebrating motorsports high achievers
On top of the class winners and the coveted outright champion, there was also a special award which was presented to Sean Beck which was that of Junior Official of the year. It is great to see the hard work and effort rewarded and Sean is certainly a worthy recipient
Thanks to Beardysnaps for providing the photos from a fantastic night. With the 2020 WAORC set to get underway shortly attention will very quickly turn to Round 1 at Perenjori which is just under one month away from kicking the season off
Supplementary Regulations are now available for the 2020 G Turbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360 and entries will be opening shortly. Once again Perenjori will kickstart the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and will be the first chance for competitors to go off road racing in 2020
ORRWA have been hard at work creating an all new track and have laid out approximately a 62km track heading into new properties and new terrain. This looks to have decreased the amount of fenceline running to make a more interesting and exciting race for the competitors
Pre-event scrutineering will once again be held at G Turbo in Balcatta one week prior to the race for all of the Perth based competitors. G Turbo as well as being great competitors in off road racing, have been fantastic supporters of the Perenjori event. We hope that competitors and spectators will once again embrace pre event scrutiny as the racers show off their vehicles, enjoy a sausage sizzle and have some friendly banter about who is the fastest!
Entries will be opening shortly and Supp Regs can be found here