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Hyden Ready to Rock
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Thursday, 05 April 2012
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A light dusting of rain at Smithy’s Place will confront the stellar line up of competitors heading to Hyden for this weekend’s running of the first round of the Western Australian Off Road Championship.

Although not the customary high profile Hyden event of previous years when it was the start to the Australian Off Road Championship season, the event has none the less attracted a field of 41 star studded competitors across all classes, with some fierce rivalries set to continue from where they left off in 2011.

1282b_sm The Western Desert Racers promise the same professional standard that has become synonymous with the Hyden event. Regular updates and results will be available via offroadracing.com.au and, remote technology prevailing, the track PA with Rusty Bell behind the microphone, will be streamed through your computer speakers on Saturday and Sunday; sponsored by Racegear WA.

Ken Styles will be looking to get off to a good start defending his Western Australian Off Road Championship title from the rampaging Pro BATS of Brad Cooper and Justin Steadman. Not to be overlooked, Eric Phillips will be keen to cement his reputation at state level and the super quick Keith Rance will unleash his Slingshot buggy on an unsuspecting line up.

Extreme 4WD, which was dominated by the quickly consistent Peer Horn in 2011 will be hotly contested with the likes of Brad Krepp, who makes a long awaited return after a major altercation with a ditch at Mogumber last season. Danny Smith and Carnarvon’s barn storming Paul Kelly will also be eyeing off Extreme 4WD honours; while the Peoples Champion, Russell Cullen, will hope to carry his 2011 form into 2012, and will be set to pounce in his Chev powered Patrol should any of his rivals falter.

The evergreen Owen Davies is set to charge in his nimble V8 space frame Navara, and is bound to feature at the pointy end. Extreme 4WD also welcomes Terry Sellick in his Chev powered GU Patrol.

1282c_sm The Production 4WD class is set to rock the crop, and what a battle it will be led by Ted Schultz and Jason Galea. Ted makes his long awaited return to his southern fan base of Hyden, and is primed to put it all on the line.

Teds nemesis and reigning champion Jason Galea has tested well in the off season with new a navigator on board. Rounding out the class are Dawes, Panermenko and Flanagan who are more than capable of upsetting Schultz and Galea for a podium spot. New comer Tilley makes his debut and will be a welcome addition to the class.

Two striking rides will debut in Extreme 2WD class this weekend with Kevin Hood and Zeb Casey racing their imported trucks for the first time and, like most imported trucks are bound to draw a crowd. Not to be overlooked is Glen Ward, who will fiercely contest the class he dominated throughout 2011 and won't be letting any foreign raiders hamper his efforts at a 2012 title.

A small field of 1650's feature giant killer Jeremy Lia who defies logic in his rocket like 1650. Maintaining the high standard in the class will be John Flynn up against Harley Obrien in the Tigger buggy.

Photographer: Daniel Ziembinski (Boof), offroadracing.com.au