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

Title Showdown is looming!

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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

Three Springs Entries are open!

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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

Birnie extends points lead

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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


Pro Buggy

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

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


Performance 2wd

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


Extreme 2wd

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


Production 4wd

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


Extreme 4wd

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


SXS Turbo

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


SXS Sport

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


2020 Sponsor and Media EOI’s are Open

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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 waorcsponsorship@iinet.net.au

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WAORC Points are tight at the top

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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


Mid Season Scrutiny meeting a success

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The Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship continues to develop and strengthen its position as one of the leading off road racing series in Australia. Recently a meeting of scrutineers was held to ensure consistency from round to round as well as improve training of scrutineers. The meeting was chaired by the AORC CAMS Technical Delegate, Daniel Rogers and was attended by scrutineers from Off Road Racing WA Inc, WAORRA and Western Desert Racers.

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Questions were fielded in relation to specific rule interpretations and with open discussion; all scrutineers were able to find an accurate and consistent ruling. This will see a better scrutiny experience for competitors as well as consistency across all races. Competitors should be reminded that as a condition of entry, they are signing that they have read and understand the rules and class regulations and that their vehicles complies with these regulations


With the success of this meeting, the WA Off Road Advisory Panel has tentatively set out for the scrutineers to meet at the start of every season prior to the first race of the year to recap any rule changes, as well as mid-season to review any scrutiny issues from the first 3 WAORC rounds of the year. This continued push for improvement as well as encouraging and training new scrutineers will continue to see off road racing in Western Australia thrive and grow into the future. Thankyou to all scrutineers who attended


Mid West Challenge – Entries Open

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ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH? Round 3 of the 2019 WAORRA Championship Series, the Cochranes Transport Mid-West Challenge, is set to make the dirt fly in Eganu on 17-18 August.

Now in its third year, the Cochranes Transport Mid-West Challenge is Round 4 of the 2019 CAMS, Western Australian Off-Road Racing Championship and Round 3 of the WAORRA Club Championship Series. With its tight scrubby sections of bush and short straights, ‘Challenge19’ continues to live up to its name of being one of the toughest events on the Western Australian off-road racing calendar. Event organiser Russ advises competitors to ‘keep all four wheels on the track or you might be dealt a nasty surprise’, due to the amount of tree stumps and rocks that can be found just off-track.

Just north-east of Badgingarra and directly east from Leeman, the location is approximately 295km north of Perth. Our event organising crew have been up at the track preparing sections of what’s shaping up to be a great track. Forget fencelines and crops, this is real off-road racing! But the team needs your help – get a crew together and come along to help track marking on 3-4 August. Contact Russ on 0408 390 289 for all the details.

The event format caters to both State and Multi-Club entrants, with six laps of the 40km circuit for State competitors, and five laps for Multi-Club competitors. Entries are now open and close at 5:00pm on Friday 9 August. Read the supplementary regulations for all the event info for competitors and spectators.

Scrutineering and Documentation is by appointment only on Saturday, so competitors – if you are unable to arrive on Friday evening, please contact us (by email president@waorra.com) to make an appointment for Saturday morning. Limited places are available so get in quick!



Camping is free and available from Friday 16 to Monday 19 August, with portable toilets available at the track. There will be a canteen on site from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon thanks to Mike and Rachel Henderson from Badgingarra Roadhouse and Tourist Park, and Cappucino Xpress will be serving up strong coffee and hot chocolate all weekend. For consideration of the drivers and co-drivers getting in their race cars early in the mornings, a noise curfew applies at midnight Friday and Saturday nights.  No motorbikes. No dogs. No individual camp fires. Read the Supplementary Regulations for all event details for both competitors and spectators. At the request of the property owners, please take all rubbish home with you.


Thank you

We’d like to thank major sponsor Cochrane’s Transport and the Cochrane family for their continued support of this event and off-road racing in WA. Thanks also to Jim’s Trees Willetton and Remote Plumbing, Gas and Civil for site works.  And a big shout out to our amazing team of volunteer event organisers who have been spending their weekends grading the track, clearing trees, building jumps, organising logistics and preparing documentation. It’s going to be a great event!


Team 92 Win Red Arc Contingency at Bencubbin

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The Team 92 entry of Terry and Annie Hosking have won the Red Arc Contingency Prize at the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400. 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.


Hosking was making his return behind the wheel after several years out and had an up and down event over the gruelling 400km race. Prologue started well with 14th outright and 2nd in class a great result amongst a field of nearly 50 competitors


Section 1 saw trouble strike as damaged front suspension took them out early on lap 1. A big effort overnight saw the #492 Pro Truck fixed and ready to tackle the final 2 sections of the race. The Hosking duo netted 18th outright during the second section and turned it up event more to fire home 14th outright in the final section, both times being the quickest Extreme 2wd competitor


The Kalgoorlie competitors put on a great show of racing and we look forward to seeing more of the bright blue truck during the remainder of the 2019 WAORC. Thanks again to Red Arc for their support of the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and for more information please see http://www.redarc.com.au or find them on Facebook