2018 Mid-West Challenge

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ARE YOU TOUGH ENOUGH?

The inaugural Mid-West Challenge kicked off last year, and boy, did it live up to its name of being a challenge! Fast forward to August 2018 and it is back, bigger and better.

The Cochrane’s Transport Mid-West Challenge will take place over the weekend of 18-19 August 2018. It will be Round 4 of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel Western Australian Off-Road Racing Championship and Round 3 of the WAORRA Club Championship Series.

Just north-east of Badgingarra and directly east from Leeman, the location is approximately 295km north of Perth. Our event organising crew have been busy clearing trees to squeeze a few extra kilometres out of the track and remove as much of the sandy sections as possible. Forget fencelines and crops, this is real off-road racing!

The event format will cater to both State and Multi-Club entrants, with six laps of the 40km circuit for State competitors, and four laps for Multi-Club competitors. Supplementary Regulations are currently being finalised – entries will open as soon as the regs are published here, so watch this space for updates.

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 17 to Monday 20 August, with portable toilets available at the track. There will be a canteen on site from Friday evening thanks to Mike and Rachel Henderson from Hendo’s Catering, and Graeme from Cafe 2U will be serving up strong coffee and hot chocolate all weekend.

No dogs at this event, as there is livestock on the property. A communal camp fire will be in the camping area for everyone to enjoy. Individual fires will be permitted in safe areas (i.e. no fires near fuel containers). No dirtbikes.

For those with kids – bikes are not recommended at this event due to double gees, and thick-soled shoes are advised. Noise curfew applies from 11:59pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Racing starts at 12:30pm Saturday and 8:30am Sunday.

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 our amazing team of volunteer event organisers who have been spending their weekends grading the track, clearing trees, building a jump for spectators, chatting with the locals and building a huge bonfire! It’s going to be a great event.

What you need to know:

  • When: 18-19 August 2018
  • Where: Tonka’s Farm, Eganu (295km north of Perth), Western Australia. Mobile phone coverage in the area is limited, so we advise you to download and print the map and directions.
  • Follow the Facebook event to be notified of all event updates.
  • Read the Supplementary Regulations (coming soon) – they contain all event information for competitors, pit crew, officials and spectators.
  • Entries will open when Sup Regs are published and are limited to 50.
  • Check out the event poster – print and share with friends and family (PDF 7mb).

Photo: Kiera Piercy

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Extra Kms for Bencubbin 400

If you are heading to the 2018 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400, please note…

There has been a slight change to the event format – laps of the enduro section are now 81km in length (instead of 75km), taking the full competitive distance for State Championship entrants to 430km (349km for Multi-Club entrants).

Why? With seeding in full swing in the wheatbelt, we have made necessary adjustments to the track to better navigate around the freshly cropped paddocks.

Please read the bulletin for more information.

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50 Entries for Benny!

Entries for the 2018 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 close at 5pm Friday 25 May 2018.

With the entries capped 50, you can still put your entry in, but you’re not guaranteed a spot unless someone withdraws or doesn’t pay their entry in full.

If you have already entered on MRR, don’t forget acceptance is determined in order of receipt, and entries are not valid until payment lands in our bank account.

Enter via MyRaceResult now.

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Jared Percival - third outright at the 2017 Bencubbin 400

Bencubbin 400

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Entries are now closed for Round 3 of the 2018 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WA Off-Road Championship, and Round 2 of the 2018 WAORRA Club Championship – the Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400, and we are at capacity with 50 entries! Check out the full entry list on the MyRaceResult website.

–PLEASE NOTE– There has been a slight change to event format – laps of the enduro section are now 81km in length (instead of 75km). Please read the bulletin for more information.

With a mix of fast flowing track through the sandalwood shire, as well as tight twists and turns through scenic bushland, the track offers various terrain including smooth sandy sections, rolling rocky ridges, gravel and dirt tracks. Each class gets its own advantage in different areas of the track – the big engines will gain their time on the open flowing sections, while the small nimble cars will make up time through the twisty bush land.

The track constantly changes throughout the race, with ruts, whoops and wash outs forming during the race, and rocky outcrops that seem to grow larger every lap. Competitors will never know if any of Pedro’s infamous jumps will appear.

Held on the WA Day long weekend in June, Saturday will see teams trying to clock their fastest possible time during prologue, followed by an all-out sprint around the 25km short track of Section 1, where they will jostle for position before the main enduro event the following day. Sunday’s enduro will see teams fighting to complete five laps of the long 75km track… the ability to read the changing conditions each lap will be key to each team’s success during the gruelling 375km, all day event. This is definitely not a race for the faint hearted.

This is a great event for families though, with camping available at the Bencubbin Oval, catering, licensed bar, hot showers, toilets, playground, and multiple spectator points including a run on the road in front of the Bencubbin Primary School.

A huge thank you goes out to our event sponsors:

As well as series sponsor:

Event details

Photo by: Martin Gepperth

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175 David Rowett Lisa Snyman 2018 WAORRA Dryandra Chase

Action Packed Dryandra Chase

The 2018 Duke of York Hotel Dryandra Chase kicked off this year’s club championship in style, with event sponsor Elders Narrogin hosting scrutineering and a static display at their shop in town. Locals, visitors and travellers were treated with a view of 25 of the best off-road racing machines from WA, and bellies were filled with breakfast burgers and coffee thanks to the Narrogin Speedway Quarter Midgets Youth Project.

After a short discussion from the drivers and officials about whether to proceed with the two-at-a-time starts as planned, it was agreed to run single file on the Saturday and racing got underway with Section 1 run with the field split into two heats.

With the track direction in reverse from previous years, the contour bank jump near the finish line had a bit of a kick to it and caught a lot of competitors out on their first lap. Justin Wells (122) and David Rowett/Lisa Snyman (175) were lucky to come back to earth after both experiencing a near flip. Rowett/Snyman continued with consistent lap times for the rest of Section 1, however Wells was unfortunately unable to continue due to losing a wheel shortly after.

Justin Wells (122) got some air time at the 2018 WAORRA Duke of York Hotel Dryandra Chase

David Rowett and Lisa Snyman (175) got some air time at the 2018 WAORRA Duke of York Hotel Dryandra Chase

It seems this same jump caused some damage to a number of race cars, with event sponsor Mick Davis from Westside Insurance Specialists limping home on the first lap with a wheel held together by a piece of fence post and wire.

At the end of the day’s racing on Saturday, 20 cars had completed all three laps and crews started making repairs and preparations for an early start on Sunday morning. They then headed to the canteen area for a delicious dinner put on by the property owners and some live music by Narrogin local Dean. The Patmores kindly put on a huge bonfire which kept the marshmallows flowing and the kids happy.

Section 2 kicked off on Sunday morning with two-at-a-time starts providing plenty of action off the start line for the spectators up on the hill. Ashley Ruthers/Mathew Abbott (158) clocked decent lap times despite having engine issues, but unfortunately could not continue in Section 3 due to gearbox failure. After finishing sixth outright in Section 1, Nathaniel Edwards and first-time navigator Isabella Howe (161) had clutch problems in their first lap, putting them out of the race.

Piloted by Hayden and Alex Cowan, the WA Junior Development Team’s Mitsubishi (555) had some overheating issues but some clever bonnet adjustments kept them in the race.

Section 3 was a battle against the clock for all competitors left circulating. New WAORRA members Shaun Turnor and Peter Harper (297) had a little oopsie just before crossing the timing loop on their last lap when they rolled their Super 1650 in the tight corner of the chicane. With a bit of help they got back onto four wheels, and after being given the all-clear by the ambulance and scrutineer, they finished the section with their fastest lap of the weekend. It wasn’t enough to get on the Super 1650 podium though, with their half hour of lost time pushing them back 19 minutes behind Charlie Edwards/Tyler Armstrong (271).

Mark Murray/Dave Bartlet (866) and Brad Krepp/Blake Pugh (823) both had their Extreme 4WDs flying around the fast sections of the track, but the short course conditions kept them at bay, while the lighter buggies skipped over the tight sections.

Chris Unstead/Nick Scalaro (674) finished the section 29 seconds ahead of Grant Payne/Michael Gullotto (22) and 34 seconds ahead of Stephen and Brin Ketteridge-Hall (181), but it wasn’t enough to bump them out of the top spots, and at the end of the day the outright podium stood as:

First Outright:              Grant Payne/Michael Gullotto (22)
Second Outright:         Stephen and Brin Ketteridge-Hall (181)
Third Outright:            Chris Unstead/Nick Scalaro (674)

Congratulations to the 16 crews that successfully crossed the finish line on Sunday afternoon. Check out the lap times and results on the MyRaceResult website.

Sending a huge thank you out to event organisers Steven Philips, Mick Davis and Glen Humphries and all the volunteers and officials that made this event happen. As always, it takes a huge community to make a racing event work and the team did a fantastic job!

Thanks also to our event sponsors:

Missed out on the action?

We now turn our sights to the next event on the WA off-road racing calendar – our very own Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 will be held in the Wheatbelt town of Bencubbin on the June long weekend (2-3 June 2018). Keep an eye on our website for all the details coming soon!

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Photos by:  Emma Howe and Shelley Howe

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Winner of the 2018 Dryandra Chase - 22 Payne & Gullotto

2018 Dryandra Chase

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Round 1 of the 2018 WAORRA Championship Series, the 2018 Duke of York Hotel Dryandra Chase, was held in Cuballing (near Narrogin) on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April.

In a similar format to previous years, the Dryandra Chase was a multi-club, short-course event that covered approx 135km, consisting of three laps of the 15km course on Saturday and six laps on Sunday. With two-at-a-time starts, the field split into two heats, and a spectator viewing area up on the hill allowing 360 degree views of the race track, this was a great event for spectators and families.

Congratulations to the outright winners:

  • First:  22 Grant Payne and Michael Gullotto
  • Second:  181 Stephen and Brin Ketteridge-Hall
  • Third:  674 Chris Unstead and Nick Scolaro

Missed out on the action?

A huge thanks to all of our event sponsors:

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Photos by: Emma Howe

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2017 WAORRA Club and Buggy Champion - Harleigh Uren - One Speed Off Road Racing

2018 WAORRA Championship Series

The WAORRA Championship Series is back for 2018! Following the same format as last year, we will be running three multi-club events in a championship round – perfect for entry-level racers, people who like to save a few dollars on entry fees, or people who can’t commit to the full State series due to work or family commitments.

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2018 Kids Ride Day

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Our favourite event of the year is back for 2018, and with 100 participants registered, we are now full to capacity!

Now in its eighth year, the annual Kids Ride Day is always a huge hit with both kids and their families alike! Read the write up and check out the photos from the 2017 event.

Held at the Harvey 4WD Club (South West Highway, Harvey) on Sunday 18 March 2018, this is a non-competitive, short-course event, where we invite children from various organisations and charities to have a ride in a race car in a safe and controlled manner, to give them a little taste of the excitement of off-road racing.

This year, we are proud to be partnering with the Durham Road School in Bayswater. Durham Road is an Independent Public School which caters to students with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, sensory impairments (vision and hearing), challenging behaviours and/or autistic spectrum disorders.

We will be using the school’s ethos ‘Kids Come First’ as our guiding principle for this event.

With so many participants, we still need a few more race cars on the track. If you have a current log booked off-road competition vehicle and would like to get involved, please contact Blake Pugh on 0403 579 849 to register ASAP.

One of the great things about this event is that people from all WA clubs get involved and really enjoy giving back to the community. We also get a huge amount of support from local businesses, however we are still seeking donations and volunteers on the day. If you are able to help in any way, or for more information, please contact Blake Pugh.

A massive thanks to our event sponsors:

Event details

  • When: 9:00am – 3:00pm, Sunday 18 March 2018.
  • Where: Harvey 4WD Club (South West Highway, Harvey). See the location on Google Maps.
  • This is a closed event – only invited and registered participants can attend.
  • Join the Kids Ride Day Facebook event to be notified of any updates.
  • For full event details for drivers, families and spectators, make sure you read the supplementary regulations.
  • For participants’ safety, there are specific requirements for apparel. Clothing and socks must be non-synthetic (100% cotton or wool) and cover from neck to wrist to ankle. Footwear must be enclosed and non-synthetic (e.g. with leather upper). Shoes made of synthetic material, thongs, roman sandals and high heels do not comply.
  • All participating drivers must attend the Drivers’ Briefing at the event.
  • All participating families must attend the Passenger Briefing at the event.
  • Gates open at 9:00am and briefings take place at 9:30am.
  • We have reached the maximum number of entries so expressions of interest are now closed.
  • Official entries close at 5pm on Saturday 10 March 2018 and can be made by email to daniellejoyce@live.com.au or blakeandjackie@bigpond.com.

More information

Contact Blake Pugh on 0403 579 849 or Danielle Joyce on 0450 907 021.

Photo: Emma Howe

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2018 Triennial Vehicle Inspections

In accordance with CAMS, Australian Off Road Commission (AORCom) requirements, all competing vehicles are required to have a thorough inspection by a qualified scrutineer once every three years.

We are holding an inspection for all WA competitors on Saturday 3 February 2018 to make sure vehicles are ready to race in time for the first event of the 2018 off-road racing season.
Bookings are essential – please check your log books and let us know if your vehicle is due for an inspection by Thursday 1 Feb. 
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Come along to the WAORRA Club Meeting

First Club Meeting of 2018

Happy new year to all of our members! We hope you had a great xmas and new years, and are back in action ready to start the 2018 racing season.

Our first club meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday 9 January at the Mills Park Centre, 86 Brixton Street, Beckenham.

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