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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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!
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
As we get prepared for Round 3 of the 2019 WAORC at Bencubbin lets take a quick look at the points situation after 2 rounds. With some fantastic racing already seen over the first 2 rounds, it is the competitors who have been most consistent who are occupying the top placings and this championship race is wide open!
In 1st place for the outright points for the first time in WAORC history is a SXS and its a competitor who is in his rookie season. Mat Birnie has had strong run so far with a 5th and a 4th and sits on 33 points holds a 4 point lead. In 2nd place outright is Peter Barrett, the Sportslite competitor from Carnarvon who has been impressive in both outings so far this season. Mark Murray has slotted his Diesel powered Extreme 4wd into 3rd outright and is followed by Mark Harris who sits 4th in his CanAm X3 on 22 points. The round winners from the first 2 races, Darren Agrela and Shane Elphinstone hold down 5th and 6th on 21 points in their twin turbo Jimcos with Sean Fitzpatrick, another rookie who has put in a strong shift early also on 21 points. Gavin Rodgers is 8th with 20 points with Phil Shepley and John Pursehouse rounding out the top 10, both sitting on 19 points. Its tight at the top and as we hit the halfway point in the season, Bencubbin could be a turning point on the race for WA #1
Entries for the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 360, which will be the 10th event to be held at Bencubbin will be opening soon,. Stay tuned as the WAORRA, the event organisers are working on something special!
Progressive points for outright and classes after 2 rounds can be found here
We would like to welcome onboard REDARC as a contingency sponsor for the remainder of the 2019 Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship
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Competitors displaying the REDARC stickers on their vehicle will go into the draw to win 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.
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The Buggy classes have come to put on a show at the 2019 Gascoyne Dash as a large field of entrants including some former winners are lined up and ready to go. The Pro Buggy class will be a battle of the heavyweights as some of the sports big names prepare to go toe to toe through the desert.
#19 Troy Schoen had a difficult run in 2018, but is back to make amends this year. Shane Elphinstone has always been strong when the WAORC heads to the north west and will again be one of the front runners. #61 Dean Terry is making his Pro Buggy class debut after previously piloting a Can-Am and will be a dark horse in the Terry Haulage Jimco. Brett Renton will be flying the flag for the locals in his Jimco and David Don will be hoping for a strong run in his #76 ‘Troppy Tavern’ Buggy. Round 1 winners Undecided Racing will be hoping to back up their Perenjori win and taste the champagne again at Round 2, whilst Justin Steadman will be hoping for a better run this round after a broken axle put him out of Round 1 in early March. The #968 of Brad Cooper will be a strong contender again this year and look out for the day 2 charge as this team has been known to lay out all on the line late in the race
In the Prolite class George Metaxas and Mal Yeardley will duke it out for honors, but both will be hoping that they can nail down a few of the higher powered Pro Buggy competitors. In Sportslite Peter Barrett is the only competitor in his Honda powered Bullet, whilst Michael Davis is the only Super 1650 competitor
All eyes will be on this group of competitors to see who can fire the first shot by taking pole position during prologue and if they can then convert the dust free run into a strong day 1 advantage. We are tipping a close race between all of the buggy competitors and cant wait to see the red dirt fly!
The SXS class competitors have once again turned up in very strong numbers with 12 competitors lining up at the 2019 Gascoyne Dash. All 12 are competing in the SXS Turbo class and are split across 3 different manufacturers, Polaris, Yamaha and Can-Am. This battle is going to go right down to the wire at one of the toughest desert events in Australia
Simon Clifford, Rob Alford, Ben Hodge and Brent Fowler make up a quartet of Polaris competitors who are making the trip north. Alford and Hodge are armed with the latest model, the Polaris Turbo S and will be hoping to make their mark. Clifford and Fowler are both running the RZR Turbo model and will be coming into the event having shown some exceptional speed earlier this season
Flying the Flag for CanAm there are 7 x X3’s ready to take on WA’s finest. #611 Mark Harris currently sits 3rd outright in the WAORC after a brilliant opening round at Perenjori and will be one of the favorites. Chris Kounis is making his debut in a brand new X3, whilst Colin Bevan, Mathew Birnie and Sean Fitzpatrick are all back for their second WAORC event. Gavin Rodgers and Brad Close round out the list of Can-Ams and both will be red hot contenders in the class battle
The final competitor in the class and man who laid down a very impressive time in 2018 is Mark Wainwright. The Yamaha pilot has upgraded the #627 machine with the addition of a turbo and will be hoping for a repeat of the 2nd outright that he pulled on the Carnarvon to Gascoyne Junction leg of last years race.
With such a closely matched field, a clean run both ways will be essential in the battle for a podium finish.
The 2019 Coral Coast Helicopters, Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash is set to light up the north west and a strong field of 35 entries are ready to get down to business. The Dash typically has been a favorite amongst the tin top competitors and this year has been no different
In the 2wd classes we see #427 Chris Hill making his debut in the Idlewild Off Road Chevy Silverado. The big truck will start as class favorite, but will be wary of the threat posed by the #455 Trophy Lancer of Russ Cullen and Fluffy Fahey. The final 2wd entrant is the iconic Performance 2wd Kingswood run out of the WA Off Road Junior Development Program stable. Matty Beck is back for another run and will be sure to fly the flag high for the team
In Production 4wd it will be a three-way fight between Barry Schultz, Gary Kirkwood and Chris May. With three different vehicles, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, A Nissan GU Patrol and a Nissan GQ Patrol at the ready its going for an interesting race to Gascoyne Junction and back
The Extreme 4wd class will feature a red hot battle and this one really is anyone’s game! #807 John Pursehouse saddles up in his Ford Ranger and will surely start as one of the class favorites. Peer Horn in his Mercedes G Wagon thrives on this style of event and will be looking to emerge from the desert victorious. Greg Pickersgill fresh from a run at Perenjori is now acclimatized to his GQ Patrol and will be another to watch. The final 2 competitors in the class have gone toe to toe in the north west numerous times and the #848 of Mitchell Davies and #866 of Mark Murray will be in strong contention for a podium finish
With all the action kicking off this week the Round 2 of the 2019 WAORC is going to be another massive event. Stay tuned as we next take a look at the SXS and buggy competitors for this years Gas Dash
Darren Agrela has taken a flag to flag victory as he fires a warning shot to his rivals at the GTurbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. Held in warm conditions it looked like we were set for a tough race right from the outset as there were surprises during the prologue run. 3 times and reigning WAORC champion Jared Percival faltered early with mechanical gremlins making him a DNF on prologue. Agrela sealed his position at the front of the field with a 10.03.9 with the Extreme 2wd of Colin Doney next best clocking a 10.11.0 to apply some pressure the Undecided Racing Team. Justin Steadman shook off the rust to take 3rd outright in his return to racing as Cooper and Hickey rounded out the top 5
Section 1 saw Agrela fly away from the field and was in untouchable form to take a 1 minute 42 second lead over Colin Doney. Justin Steadman rounded out the top 3 as Yeardley, Cooper and Hickey fell out of contention and Percival again did not finish. With the race turning into a battle just to make it to the line the pits were busy on Saturday night as crews rebuilt and prepped their vehicles for the 2 sections on Sunday
Section 2 saw the face of the race change dramatically as Agrela continued to lead unchallenged, but behind him all hell was breaking loose. Colin Doney had a flat tyre to put paid to his challenge, whilst Steadman broke an axle, leaving him stranded at the 40km marker. Shepley rose the occasion and moved into 2nd outright, whilst Mark Harris pushed hard to claim 3rd position. The 4wds of Mark Murray and Garry Povah were having a red hot battle whilst Graeme Bentink was very impressive in making his way into the top 10 in his Production 4wd
The final section was a nervy one for the top 3 runners, particularly Shepley who had a flat tyre early which threatened to derail his podium push. Agrela cruised home out in front to take a popular victory for the 2019 GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. With such a dominant performance in the books this is certainly an ominous sign for his rivals in this years CAMS, Westside Insurance & Carnarvon Motel WAORC. Shepley had dropped a lot of positions on road, but managed to hold onto his 2nd outright and 1st in Extreme 2wd, a result which has been a long time coming for the Digrite crew. 3rd place in one of the drives of the weekend was the #611 of Mark Harris and Gloria Viggiano. Garry Povah had a big last section push to take the Extreme 4wd class, whilst Karl Richardson and Peter Barrett were victorious in Performance 2wd and Sportslite respectively.
Of the original 39 starters, just 19 managed to complete all 6 laps as the 2019 CAMS, Westside Insurance & Carnarvon Motel WAORC got off to a spectacular start. We now look ahead to Easter as the prestigious Gascoyne Dash marks round 2 of the series
The heavy hitters of the 2019 CAMS, Westside Insurance & Carnarvon Motel WAORC have come out to play and its a field of 5 Pro buggies that are ready to raise hell at Perenjori. Its going to be game on when the pro buggies leave the line as all 5 are closely matched and will be sure to put on one hell of a race
32 – David Hickey in his Jungle Motorsport Porter is ready for an assault on the Gturbo Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. Ably assisted by Ashley Ruthers, this duo have shown in the past that they can run at the front and have the pace to push for a podium finish
39 -Darren Agrela in the Undecided Racing Jimco is undoubtedly one of the quickest competitors in the state. The #39 machine is a proven race winner and punches some serious ponies out from its VQ35 twin turbo. Win or lose, this team will put on a show!
68 – Justin Steadman doesn’t compete in WAORC events all that regularly, but when other competitors see his name on the entry list, they take note. Steadman has a lightning quick chev powered BAT at his disposal and if its on song will be aiming for the top spot of the podium
99 – Marcus Wells has tasted success at Perenjori in the past, spraying the champagne in 2017 with a fine 3rd outright. In a tough field, Wells will be a contender as long as he has a clean run to the chequered flag on Sunday afternoon
968 – Brad Cooper needs no introduction when it comes to off road racing in Western Australia. The multiple times Outright champion is race winning threat every time he shows up at the start line. Watch out for a big charge on day 2 as Cooper has been known to finish events off in a blaze of dust and V8 powered fury