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
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It all comes down to this! The final round of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship is going to be an absolute cracker. We will be reviewing all class championship points ahead of the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race, but first up is the outright points
It will be a 2 horse race between the #682 CanAm Maverick X3 of Mat Birnie and Rochelle Funneman and the #39 Undecided Racing Jimco of Darren Agrela and Ryan Barton. There is just 1 point separating the competitors and with the differing results throughout the year its going to be finely poised ahead of the final race. Also set to come into play is the drop your worst result format which could have a big bearing on the end outcome.
For Birnie, consistency has seen him lock in 5 solid points finishes with a worst result of 10th outright being the mark he will want to improve on. If the SXS competitor can finish better than 10th, his old result will be dropped and the new one will takes its place therefore increasing his points haul. However the Geraldton crew will need a slice of luck if they are to take their maiden WAORC crown in their first attempt!
Agrela’s worst result was a DNF at Carnarvon and as such any points he scores at Kalgoorlie will be added to his total. This leaves the #39 team in the driving seat at the pointy end of the season. Any finish in the top 10 will take the title regardless of where Birnie finshes and even finishing outside the top 20 could be enough depending on other results. A result outside of this or a DNF would spell disaster after a stellar year which has netted them wins at Perenjori, Bencubbin and Three Springs
The scrap for 3rd outright will also go down to the wire as Peter Barrett, Colin Bevan, Sean Fitzpatrick and Mal Yeardley are split by just 3 points. Who will take the bragging rights out of the Carnarvon Motel Racing Team? Or can one of the SXS’s punch above their weight to join Mat Birnie and make it a duo of CanAm Maverick X3’s on the outright podium? Entries are still building for the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race as we get set for the red dirt to fly in just a few weeks time! Stay tuned for the class championship summaries in the build up to the final round of the 2019 WAORC. Current championship points can be found here
Entries for the 2019 Prestige Freightlines Three Springs 360 are now open. With a large field expected, competitors are urged to get their entries in early to ensure their place on the grid for Round 5 of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Mat Birnie has extended his lead at the top of the outright standings of the 2019 WAORC after a strong run to 3rd at the recent Cochranes Transport Mid West Challenge. With 2 rounds still to run, the championship is not over by any stretch of the imagination and as we head to Three Springs there are sure to be more movers and shakers throughout the class and outright championships
Mat Birnie and Rochelle Funneman are clear out in front on 62 points with a season high lead of 7 points back to Darren Agrela. The big mover in the championship picture is Sean Fitzpatrick whose 4th place at Mid West has rocketed him up the ladder to 3rd just ahead of Peter Barrett with Colin Bevan and Gavin Rodgers making it 3 SXS in the top 6. Mal Yeardley sits in 7th just ahead of mutliple times WA champion Brad Cooper whilst Ben Hodge and Mark Murray round out the top 10
Darren Agrela, Troy Schoen and Brad Cooper have put on a show throughout this years championship and rightfully sit in the top 3 positions of the Pro Buggy championship. The chasing pack aren’t far behind and will be hoping to capitalize on a slip up from any of the current front runners
The Prolite class sees Mal Yeardley with a solid lead over Danielle Joyce, with current outright champions Jared Percival siting in 3rd. The Prolite class has been hotly contested and this look sets to continue at Three Springs
Super 1650 is a battle between 2, with Michael Davis currently holding a strong lead of Kalgoorlie competitor Peter Mellington. Regardless of the points, these two competitors will be sure to crank up the RPM and put on a show
Peter Barretts consistency and speed sees him with a massive lead in the sportslite class. Mechanical issues and DNF’s have taken their toll on the chasing pack as Hawkins, Schiller and Visagie are closely matched for the remaining podium positions
Mathew Beck has maintained his points lead in the Performance 2wd class once again showing that the WA Junior Development program is doing a fantastic job of preparing the youngsters for the challenges that may face them in the WAORC. Karl Richardson will be looking for a clean finish to the end of the year. He has shown the pace, but results have been hard to come by so far this season
Phil Shepley has extended his lead at the top of the Extreme 2wd championship, whilst Dan Fahey remains in 2nd. Harleigh Uren looks to be the big mover here after his outright win at the Mid West Challenge and Three Springs will be pivotal in deciding the championship
The Diesel powered 200 series of Graeme Bentink holds the Production 4wd lead ahead of rookie Aaron Griffiths who has had a stellar season so far. Gary Kirkwood sits in 3rd whilst Nicholas Van Geest and Ben Armstrong are not far behind in 4th and 5th
Peer Horn’s victory at the Extreme 4wd class has him in a commanding position in the Extreme 4wd class. Mark Murry, John Pursehouse, Garry Povah and Greg Pickersgill fill out a hotly contested top 5 which is going to go down to the wire
The SXS Turbo class is extremely tight on points and this class is going to go down to Kalgoorlie to decide who takes the win. Mat Birnie leads from Sean Fitzpatrick and Gavin Rodgers all racing in CanAm X3’s with the chasing pack very evenly spread behind. Simon Clifford is the front running Polaris sitting 4th in the points
Jason Galea and Kiera Piercy have it all their own way at the moment as the only entrants in the class so far. If no other challengers are forthcoming they will no doubt enjoy trying to match it with the Turbo SXS competitors in their Yamaha YXZ
Full points can be found here
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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