2019 Champions Celebrate!

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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

Perenjori 2020 Supp Regs Available

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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

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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

WAORC Standings 2019

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After a fantastic years racing spread across 6 rounds, with varying terrain we can now crown our champions for the 2019 season

Full Points can be found here


  1. Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
  2. Mathew Birnie & Rochelle Funneman
  3. Colin Bevan & Alex Cowan

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

Pro Buggy

  1. Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
  2. Troy Schoen & Aaron Smithson
  3. Marcus Wells & Gavin Cullen

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Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography


  1. Mal Yeardley & Alex Cowan
  2. Danielle Joyce & Jake Pugh
  3. Jared Percival & Brett Mortimer

Photo by Brett Sandells Photography

Super 1650

  1. Michael Davis & Andrew Kingscott
  2. Peter Mellington – Rod Barton & Mik French equal 2nd navigator
  3. Ryan Print & Derrick De Bruyn

Photo by Lensnation Studio

Extreme 2wd

  1. Phil Shepley & Stewart Shepley
  2. Harleigh Uren & Annie Hosking
  3. Dan Fahey & Shane Hutt
    Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

Performance 2wd

  1. Mathew Beck & Todd Klompmaker
  2. Karl Richardson & Sean Beck
  3. Dan Fahey & Shane Walsh

Photo by Dirtcomp Magazine

Production 4wd

  1. Graeme Bentink & Dylan James
  2. Aaron Griffiths & Felicia Griffiths
  3. Gary Kirkwood & Chris Kirkwood

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

Extreme 4wd

  1. Peer Horn & Jim Ingham
  2. Mark Murray – Murray Hynes, Sean Beck & Callum Elson equal 2nd Navigator
  3. Greg Pickersgill & Dennis Duncan

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

SXS Turbo

  1. Mathew Birnie & Rochelle Funneman
  2. Colin Bevan & Latia Reeves
  3. Gavin Rodgers & Brett Funneman

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography


  1. Peter Barrett & Craig Carson
  2. Jeremy Lia & Callan Barrett
  3. Ben Erceg & Jamie Tillbrook

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

SXS Sport

  1. Jason Galea & Kiera Piercy

Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography


Sudholz claims Oricom Contingency Prize

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Ashley Sudhoz has won the Oricom UHF CB Contingency prize at Round 6 of the 2019 WAORC. Sudholz finished 22nd outright and 9th in a class of 15 SXS’s in his immaculately presented Polaris Turbo S. Sudholz and the team at LA Car Carriers have been great supporters of the WA Off Road Racing Community and as Ash was unable to be at the presentations his award was accepted by Harleigh Uren


Thanks for Oricom UHF Cb for their ongoing support of the WAORC. Oricom UHF’s have a range of products suitable for off road racing through to casual 4wding


Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography & Ted Schultz

Galea wins the RedArc Contingency Prize

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The Cagetec Racing entry of Jason Gale and Kiera Piercy have won the Red Arc Contingency Prize at the final round of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship. 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.


Galea and Piercy competed in the SXS Sport class at the Kalgoorlie Desert Race and finished 1st in class and 19th outright with a strong run. Their only issues coming when they lost a little over 6 minutes with a broken switch not allowing fuel to transfer into their main tank.


The Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship would like to thank RedArc for supporting the WAORC over the 2019 season. Their generosity has been very much appreciated by the competitors and clubs alike


Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography

King of the West is crowned

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The 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race has provided an exciting finale to the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship. A high quality field of 43 Trophy Trucks, Buggies, SXS’s and Tin Tops suited up for a blast through the red dirt of the Kalgoorlie Goldfields


Friday night the event kicked off with the Silver Lake Resources KDR Street Party. With all of the vehicles as well as bikes filing through and filling out the main street of town, the atmosphere was one of excitement. It would only take one look down the rows of shining vehicles parked up on Hannan street to see that this field of competitors were going to throw it down hard when prologue came around on Saturday morning. Adding to the Western Australian competitors and WAORC regulars were Ben Erceg in his Sportslite from South Australia as well as Brent Smoothy in his immaculate Geiser Bros Trophy Truck and Corey Howell who was having his first run on Australian soil in the Fast1A Razorback Pro Buggy.74365137_2464437947004656_2431248142927134720_o

Saturday morning started bright and early with prologue and it was Beau Robinson who landed the first punch, setting a blistering time nearly 20 second clear of the next competitors. 2nd would go to Shane Elphinstone with Scott Schiller less than 1 second behind in 3rd. Some noteable performances in prologue include young gun Stephen Ketteridge-Hall registering a DNF which meant his event would be off to a tough start and would need to be seeded. Mal Yeardley in his final race in the #171 Prolite was 1st in class and 14th outright, just behind the leading SXS teams of #651 Colin Bevan and #683 Gavin Rodgers who qualified in 12th and 13th. Championship protagonists Darren Agrela and Mat Birnie weren’t as high as we have come to expect from them this season with Agrela slotting into 8th and Birnie with a mountain of work to do starting out of 17th


Section 1 comprised of a 120km blast around the Kalgoorlie desert including notable sections such as a high speed run around Lake Perkolilli. Robinson set off first and when Elphinstone and Schiller both lost time he was out in front and clear of traffic behind. The OBR Trophy truck came in quickest, 2 minutes 22 seconds over Harleigh Uren. Troy Schoen was the first buggy across the line moving into 3rd outright, with Brent Smoothy and Phil Shepley making it 4 out of the top 5 positions belonging to the trophy trucks. Kalgoorlie local Dean Terry moved up into 6th outright with Agrela still playing the conservative card moving up into 7th. For his championship rival Mat Birnie, disaster struck with a stick through the radiator causing a DNF. There was also some action for the spectators with both the Elphinstone Racing Jimco and the #616 Polaris of Dylan Nollas rolling onto their sides in the final km through the spectator section. Gavin Rodgers clocked in the quickest SXS time to sit in 9th outright, just ahead of Colin Bevan with Murray Kifer home in 11th.


Sunday was to be a crucial day in the makeup of the event with the task being 2 sections, each 120kms long. Robinson held a lead, but one mistake in the unforgiving terrain and it could be all over. Through the first lap he held his nerve, extending his lead over Uren with Agrela picking up the pace to clock in 3rd quickest. The mornings section would be one of attrition as we lost the #54 of Troy Higgins, #53 of Corey Howell, the class leading #1032 of Peter Barrett was out with gearbox issues as well as Greg Pickersgill, Michael Nollas, Terry Hosking and Gus Lacey all not completing the lap.


The final section saw Beau Robinson and Shane Hutt take off for one final lap and the once again showed they were the class of the field. Extending the lead again to bring home an emphatic victory. The OBR team running out winners by just under 6 minutes. Harleigh Uren took home a strong 2nd outright with Troy Schoen flying the flag for the buggies sealing 3rd outright and 1st in Pro Buggy. Brent Smoothy claimed 4th outright with Darren Agrela and Ryan Barton bringing their Jimco home in 5th to take 2nd in class for the event, but also their maiden WAORC outright championship win!


Mal Yeardley claimed 1st in Prolite and 8th outright whilst Colin Bevan claimed the SXS Turbo victory in 9th outright. The #1050 of Ben and Luke Erceg were the Sportslite class winners in 16th outright whilst Jason Galea and Kiera Piercy were 1st in SXS Sport in 19th. Local competitor Peter Mellington took a popular 1st in Super 1650 whilst Mark Murray and Graeme Bentink won Extreme 4wd and Production 4wd respectively


Full results can be found here

With the season now wrapped up we expect to be announcing the 2020 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship calendar soon


Photos by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography


Tin Top Titles to be decided at Kalgoorlie

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The Tin Top Classes have produced great racing all year and with the class championships up for grabs, this is set to contine at the 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race

Extreme 2wd – Phil Shepley holds the points lead whilst Dan Fahey, Harleigh Uren and Russ Cullen all sit within striking distance. The Digrite Racing Pro 2 is in the box seat, but this one is going to be a nail biter


Performance 2wd – Mathew Beck in the iconic WA Off Road Junior Development Program ‘Kinga’ is the class leader and odds on to take the class title out again. Chasing hard is Karl Richardson with Dan Fahey a distant 3rd in the current points standing


Production 4wd – Current championship leader in his debut season is Aaron Griffiths with Graham Bentink ready to pounce in 2nd place. With these 2 competitors the only ones in mathematical contention for the class championship its going to be a tough battle out in the red dirt of Kalgoorlie


Extreme 4wd – Peer Horn has been the class of the field with a commanding points lead. He is followed by Mark Murray, whilst John Pursehouse and Garry Povah are neck and neck in the battle for 3rd


Full championship points can be found here

SXS Class Championship battle a big one!

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The 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race is just over a week away and the SXS classes are set to make up a large portion of the field. With such close racing among a large gaggle of competitors, the points race is wide open

SXS Turbo – Mat Birnie holds the lead in the SXS class with an absolute logjam of competitors fighting for the remaining places. Gavin Rodgers holds second, whilst Sean Fitzpatrick, Colin Bevan, Ben Hodge and Ashley Sudholz are all right behind! Simon Clifford will be hoping for a big points haul to make up for not competing at Three Springs whilst Rob Alford will be hoping for a clean run to finish off his debut season. With 15 competitors having already competed in this class in 2019 and another 2 set to land their first blow at Kalgoorlie, this is going to be some red hot competition


SXS Sport – Jason Galea in the Cagetec Racing Yamaha has been the only non turbo SXS competing in 2019 and will be looking to throw some punches at the turbo powered SXS’s to make up for the lack of competitors in the same class. Keep and eye and an ear out for this N/A pocket rocket


WAORC championship points can be found here

Buggy Class Championship Review

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Ahead of the 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race we have a look through the buggy classes to see who the championship contenders are

Pro Buggy – Darren Agrela in the #39 Undecided Racing Jimco holds a monstrous lead over Marcus Wells, with Troy Schoen, Brad Cooper and Mark Cramer hot on his heals. Paul Nappy in his first season will be hoping a strong run at Kalgoorlie might catapult him into podium contention


Prolite Buggy – Mal Yeardley is the runaway leader with Danielle Joyce, Jared Percival and Steve Knowles left battling it out for the top 3 spots. The #195 of George Metaxas isn’t too far away either and could make a late run at the top 3


Super 1650 – The Magic Man, Michael Davis had an insurmountable lead in Super 1650 over Kalgoorlie local Peter Mellington. For these 2, it will be all about bragging rights after Mellington took the win at Bencubbin earlier this year


Sportslite – Peter Barrett has been the class of the field in the Sportslite class, with a big lead over Chris Thomas. Joe Hawkins and Deon Visagie are tied for 3rd place in class and arent too far behind to steal away 2nd place


Championship points can be found here

The stakes have been raised 2019 KDR!

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If there weren’t already enough reasons to get your entry in for the 2019 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race, then here are 6000 more reasons to hit the red dirt on October 26th and 27thimage004

Further regulations have been released announcing that there will be prize money on offer for the first 3 positions outright. First outright will pocket a cool $3000, 2nd will take home $2000 and 3rd will collect $1000

The further regulations also outline the stewards as being Naomi Jennings and Phil Bolden and that a sponsor ride will be held on the Friday. More information can be found here