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All Revved up for Crookwell
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Thursday, 19 April 2012
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The competition is looking strong for the 2012 New South Wales Off Road Championship with a field of 28 racers nominated thus far and all revved up for this weekend’s Crookwell Gravel Pit Challenge, the second of the eight round Championship.

Competitors will converge on Storrier’s Gravel Pit quarry near Crookwell this weekend for the short course event, where they’ll tackle 22 laps of 7.7km quarry race track for a total of 185km of racing.

The club has put a lot of time and effort into this year’s track preparations, with the majority of the work completed last weekend. The course has undergone a major grading and track widening program and with 6mm of light rain over the last few days, the quarry should offer up perfect off road racing conditions. A comfortable 20 degrees with the possibility of light showers is forecast, so a comfortable weekend for crews and spectators alike.

The 2011 outright winner, Garry Simpson and the Alumicraft will not be on the track to defend their Crookwell crown with the #140 ProLite undergoing a rewire, however, Simpson will be trackside helping the club behind the scenes. Other Crookwell regulars not able to compete are Kevin Ottey and Peter Munday both having front end issues with the rides and Adam Ollerton who’s currently on his honeymoon.

The brother and sister team of Josh and Ally Howells team have progressed from a two driver one car team to a two car team with the recent purchase of the #505 beast from Grant Madden out of South Australia. Josh will take on the full time drive of the #305 Rivmasta Sportsman while Ally will step up into the #505 Toyota Hilux Performance 2WD.

The New South Wales point score will be wide open after the Crookwell round with only four out of the top 20 point scores after Round 1 at Warialda entered, and only one of the class leaders taking to the Crookwell track.

Jimbo Kearle, the winner of the Crookwell Off Road Clubs last event, the Ray Vestey Memorial Christmas Cup held in December, was the first to front up for this year’s event, with his car being race ready and stored in Crookwell a full month before the start of the event.

Competition gets underway at with prologue at 9am on Saturday followed by three heats of three laps of the 7.7km course. A further ten lap heat will be on Sunday starting at 8am with a three lap heat to end the weekend’s racing. Competitors will travel a total race distance of 185 km for the weekend.

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