Winners of the 2017 WAORRA, Cochrane's Transport Mid-West Challenge - 151 Nathaniel Edwards and Luke McLean

The Mid-West Challenge Wrap

The WAORRA, Cochrane’s Transport Mid-West Challenge took place over the weekend of 19-20 August 2017 and lived up to its name being a challenge for competitors.

The event was Round 4 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel Western Australian Off-Road Racing Championship and Round 3 of the WAORRA Club Championship Series, catering to both State and Multi-Club entrants.  The brand new track was tough for most competitors, and the hungry, sandy conditions turned the field on its head. There were plenty of dramas with Chris Unstead puncturing a tyre in Section 1, Mal Yeardley rolling his Prolite Buggy in Section 2, and Harleigh Uren having engine troubles in Section 3.

12 competitors managed to complete the event from 32 starters, and although Brad Cooper crossed the line in third place, it wasn’t enough to bump Harleigh Uren off the dirt podium. In the end the top three were:

1st – Nathaniel Edwards and Luke McLean (161)
2nd – Harleigh Uren (77)
3rd – Mark and Sam Cramer (932)

Congratulations Nathaniel and Luke for their first ever State Championship win! For the full race report, check out the WAORC website. You can also check out the full list of results on the My Race Result website.

Our raffle was a big hit, with John Flynn taking home the trolley jack and stands (thanks to Total Tools Rockingham), farm manager Steve “Tonka” Thomas taking home the Kincrome portable speaker (thanks to Auto One Kwinana), and the Doneys taking home the hamper. We hope you enjoy your prizes! Thanks to Blake Pugh, Shelley Howe and Elsie Schoen for helping to put the raffle together and selling the tickets.

As always our events are not possible without the efforts of so many treasured volunteers and we’d like to thank the following people:

Event organisers: Russ Cullen, Dave Cowan, Charlie Edwards and Kim Yaxley.
Stewards: Rod Pearson and Lyndon Sperring.
Officials: Jon Beer, Dave Cowan and Steve Phillips.
Timekeepers: Lachlan Cowan and Barry Doney.
Documentation: Shelley Howe, Kim Yaxley and Danni Joyce.
Scrutineer: Rex West.
Sweep: Kevin Hood.
Rovers: Russ Cullen, Shane Yaxley, Kim Howard and Kelvin Stacey.
SOS/Recovery: Dirk van Geest (without his high-range radios we would not have had communications) and Team Hotel.
Track Marking: Steve Baxter, Shane Yaxley, Mitch Cowan and Harleigh Uren.
Farmers: Property Owner Michael Angi and Farm Manager Steve “Tonka” Thomas.
Canteen: Badgingarra Roadhouse Catering Crew.

Special thanks to Steve and Celeste Baxter, Kevin Hood, Rex West and families for staying overnight and helping with the final pack up. We’d also like to acknowledge the efforts of Charlie Edwards and Mark Jarrett for providing the excavating equipment and the whole track prep crew – these guys put a lot of man hours into making a track out of an unused property and were up at the property for several weekends in the lead up to the event. And last but not least, we’d like to say a huge thank you to event sponsor Cochrane’s Transport and series and contingency sponsors Carnarvon Motel, Oricom and Intense LED Australia.

If you’d like to be an event organiser, official or sponsor at one of our events next year, please come along to a club meeting and let us know you’re interested. We’d love to hear from you and would be more than happy to help with any licencing or enquiries you might have.

Although this was WAORRA’s last event for the year, we’ll be heading to the next event on the WAORC calendar – the Three Springs 360 on the September long weekend. Hope to see you there!

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Photo: Vince Doran

2016 WAORRA Club Champions

Time to Return Perpetual Trophies

Calling all 2016 WAORRA Club Championship winners…

If you were awarded with a perpetual trophy last year, please return it to Sports Director Ben Armstrong so it can be engraved and awarded to the 2017 champion at this year’s awards night.

Trophies can be returned to Ben at the club meeting on Tuesday 12 September or at Three Springs on 23-24 September. If you can’t get along to either of these, call Ben on 0437 789 853 to make alternative arrangements.

Congratulations once again to all who took home a club championship trophy last year. For the full list of winners, see the 2016 WAORRA Club Championship Awards news article.

Sorry, this event has been cancelled

WAORRA Uncorked


Unfortunately due to low numbers, we have had to cancel the wine tour on 22 July. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for future social events. 

2017 WAORRA Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 Outright Winners

The Bencubbin 400 Wrap

The 2017 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400 saw a huge field of 39 starters on the WA Day long weekend (3-4 June 2017). The event was Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel, Western Australian Off-Road Racing Championship, and Round 2 of the 2017 WAORRA Club Championship Series, meaning both State and multi-club entry options were available, opening up options to a wider field of competitors.

Race cars on display at Elders Narrogin prior to the 2017 Narrogin Chase

The 2017 Narrogin Chase Wrap

Round 1 of the WAORRA Club Championship, the 2017 Duke of York Hotel Narrogin Chase, ran like a well-oiled machine in Narrogin on 6-7 May 2017.

Saturday started with scrutineering at Elder’s Narrogin, where competitors parked their race cars in the carpark and put on a display for the locals before taking them to get dirty at the Patmore property in Cuballing.

With a healthy field of 29 entries, Saturday afternoon’s racing started with a very slippery gravel track and lots of dust – a result of no rain being recorded in the area at all during April. Two-at-a-time starts saw some close match-ups and the battles to be first to the corner were entertaining for spectators up on the hill. With the field split into two heats, competitors who would normally race against each other were able to watch their rivals have some fun while they waited for their heat to start.

Section 1 saw only two casualties – Chris Giles and Alex Cowan (444) smashed a front shockie to smithereens, and David and Jaxon Fong (881) had fuel pressure problems. Avid short course fan and event favourite Harleigh Uren (77) quickly took the lead and finished the section a minute ahead of Stephen and Brin Ketteridge-Hall (181). Nathaniel Edwards and Luke McLean (161) rounded out the top three, 30 seconds behind Stephen. Brake issues stopped Shane and Curt Elphinstone (44) from pushing too hard, resulting in fourth place for the section.

Sunday morning started early with Section 2 in the same format, with two-up starts and the field split into two heats. Stephen and Brin Ketteridge-Hall were the first to see misfortune, followed by Steve Knowles (115) who unfortunately did a gearbox on his single seat Prolite buggy. With Ketteridge-Hall out of the race, Shane and Curt Elphinstone moved up to third outright for the section, with newcomers Chris Unstead and Nick Scolaro (674) at their heels in their UTV. Edwards had a change of co-driver for the section with father Charlie, but the dust kept them 22 seconds behind Uren.

Section 3 kicked off just before lunch, again in the same format. The warm weather was unexpected for this time of year and made the trek up the hill challenging for spectators. Luckily the view at the top was worth it. Joe Hawkins and Steve Rawlings (229) didn’t have a great day when the crank shaft bearings let go on their Super 1650 buggy. Uren maintained his lead, and while Elphinstone beat Edwards in the section, it wasn’t enough to bump him out of second place in the outright positions.

At the end of the day, it was Short Course Champion Harleigh Uren who took out first place, Nathaniel Edwards and Luke Mclean second, and Shane and Curt Elphinstone in third.

There were plenty more success stories throughout the field, with 22 competitors finishing the event in full. For the complete report on lap times and results, head to the myraceresult webpage.

We received fantastic feedback from competitors, officials and spectators alike on the family-friendly nature of the event and how smoothly it was run by organisers. Huge thanks goes to all of our event volunteers for making this happen:

  • Mal Yeardley and Dave Cowan – Event Organisers
  • John Beer – Clerk of Course
  • Phil Bolden and Trish Cosh – CAMS Stewards
  • Rex West, Bob Dark and the team at Elders – Scrutineering
  • Dave Cowan and Jenny Honey – Event Secretaries
  • Barry Doney, Lachlan Cowan and Shannon Bottril – Timekeepers
  • Hayden Cowan – Start line
  • Rex West, Hayden Cowan, Dave Cowan, Darren Russell, Kevin Hood, Aaron Dark and Bob Dark – Marshalls
  • Team Hotel and Darren Russell – SOS points
  • Darren Russell, Mal Yeardley, Craig Wells, Marcus Wells,Kerry Yaxley, Lachlan Cowan, John Flynn, Micheal Davis, Ben Armstrong & family – Track marking and de-marking
  • Cuballing Shire – Track Grading
  • Tyler Armstrong and Wayne Panomarenko – Track Sweepers
  • Renae and Ben Armstrong – Trophies
  • Kerry Yaxley, John Flynn, Mal Yeardley and Dave Cowan – towing the timing trailer and equipment trailers
  • Mal Yeardley and Kim Yaxley – for organising the raffle
  • Kim Yaxley and Brianna Holt – camp entry
  • And everyone that helped pack up.

And even bigger thanks go to our event sponsors:

  • Duke of York Hotel
  • Shire of Cuballing
  • Westside Insurance Specialists
  • Smartline Personal Mortgage Advisors
  • Racegear WA
  • Elders Narrogin
  • Narrogin Hire Services and Reticulation

And the best for last – a massive thanks goes to the Narrogin Speedway Club Quarter Midgets crew for providing the delicious catering all weekend, and to the property owners John and Doreen Patmore for letting us tear up your beautiful piece of Western Australia!

Now we turn our sights to our next event – the 2017 Marsue Transport Bencubbin 400, just three weeks away on the WA Day long weekend (3-5 June 2017). This event will be Round 3 of the 2017 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel WA Off-Road Racing Championship, and Round 2 of the 2017 WAORRA Club Championship. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for all the details.

Race cars on display at Elders Narrogin as part of the 2017 Duke of York Hotel Narrogin Chase