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Take 2 for Western Australia
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Tuesday, 03 April 2012
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Western Australian Championship campaigners are gearing up for the first time to don their helmets in the 2012 off road racing season, with the annual running of the ARB - Total Asphalt & Traffic Management Hyden 400.

Round 1 of the Western Australian Off Road Championship, the Rod Hatter Memorial Yealering 300, was cancelled in March due to excessive rain, leaving 40 odd competitors and competition cars all dressed up with nowhere to race.

Nominations for the traditional Easter event have reached 41 with a good cross section of high quality local competitors.

Ken Styles and Josh Ellis will be driving hard, looking for a good start to the season and banking championship points as they defend their 2011 Western Australian Off Road Championship crowns in the Chev LS powered Holeshot #44.

As a sign of the strength of Western Australian Off Road racing, all bar one 2011 class champion has entered this weekend event, set to protect their hard fought battles for the number ones plates of last year.

With Total Asphalt and Traffic management joining ARB as naming rights co-sponsors, and the Government of Western Australia and Eventscorp WA coming on board with funding through the Royalties for Regions Regional Event Scheme, Hyden in the Western Australian south eastern wheat belt will be setting the bench mark for the Western Australian Off Road Championship.

Scrutiny gets underway at Smithy’s Place at 2pm on Good Friday, with reconnaissance of the 15 kilometre prologue will be Saturday morning.

This year the track will be run across two properties giving 67 kilometre laps with two on Saturday afternoon and four laps on Sunday, making the full race distance of 400km. Local competitors are welcoming the opportunity to test their mettle at Hyden in a true endurance race with navigation and tactics being of increased importance.

The competitor list is a story unto itself with new rides being debuted, old ones having a spit and polish and ready for another season and navigators stepping up into the driver’s seat.

Navigator Kiera Mann-Piercy will be swapping seats, taking on the driving duties for her first drive of the teams Mazda RX5 while Dad (Hugh) looks on from the navigator’s seat.

Zeb Casey and the WA Access Hire team have been busy preparing their new Extreme 2WD Ford Ranger, moving from the Nissan Patrol Production 4WD campaigned in 2011.

Kevin Hood is another seasoned racer testing the waters of the Extreme 2WD class. Kevin hung up his buggy helmet a few years ago, making a short return to the track in a Production 4WD, but is now ready to take on the Championship in his new ride, a Ford Protruck.

Jason Galea and the Flat Out Off Road Racing team are back with the Toyota Hilux with Galea taking on the Cars in Schools Program for the Western Desert Racers club. The team will do visits to Corrigin District High School and Hyden Primary School in the lead up to the event.

Regular event updates and results will be available via offroadracing.com.au and remote technology prevailing, the track PA will beam through your computer speakers on Saturday and Sunday.

Event Information, including competitor list, can be found here.