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Wittitrin 300 Ready to Roar
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Saturday, 05 May 2012
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The roar of high performance engines will reverberate through the hills to the west of Kempsey later this month when Off Road Racing returns to the valley in the form of the annual Wittitrin 300.

Now in its eighth year, the Wittitrin 300, with the backing of long time sponsor Scotts Hydraulic Services, continues to grow in status, especially after a major revamp last year.

“This year’s Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 to be held May 26 and 27 promises to be the best yet” said Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club Media Representative Rod Thurgood.

1328b_sm “The race received a major overhaul in 2011, with extra distance added and a brand new format.”

“We are continuing that format in 2012, with two non-stop150 kilometre races each day, and Dallas’s Dash for Cash to wind things up.”

“Last year’s race was filled with drama with Gary and Joshua Hyde getting up for a memorable victory in their Sportsman Buggy. It was the first time a round of the New South Wales Off Road Championship had been won outright by a buggy with a 1300cc engine, a result that will probably stand for a long time.”

“The 2011 Wittitrin 300 is certainly character building and a tough test of competitor and machine. That same toughness is responsible for propelling the Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 into the spotlight, bringing it to the attention of racers as a must win event” Thurgood added.

Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club, via its promotion of the race in its new format, is endeavouring to rekindle the spirit of the major off road races held in the valley over the past 30 years.

“We make no apology for attempting to bring back the excitement generated by those early off road races held in the Macleay Valley” Thurgood said.

“Events like the Macleay 1000, the Bridgestone International and the Powerhouse 500, brought off road racing to the attention of the general public in a massive way, and also attracted a lot of business to the district.”

“If the Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 becomes even half as successful as those races, then our club will be extremely satisfied” concluded Thurgood.

The Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 is held on property owned by the Kemp family, located 20 kilometres west of Kempsey at Dungay Creek.

Event Information, including Supplementary Regulations, can be found here.

Source: Rod Thurgood
Photographer: Rod Thurgood


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