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The Wildest Dash Heats Up
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Tuesday, 08 May 2012
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This weekend Round Two of the Tasmanian Off Road Season fires up in Kempton, 30 minutes north of Hobart on the Midlands Highway.

With light rain forecast the week prior to the event and bright blue skies for race day, the 9kilometres of natural terrain circuit should be dust free and boasts great viewing for spectators. With a new section of track added for this year’s event and a healthy competitor list of 18 cars to date, the Huntington Tavern Wildest Offroad Dash is set to be a fantastic race.

With results still not official from round one, the two drivers at the head of the title chase Rockliff and Payne will once again be locked in a fierce battle.

Rockliff has spent the last few weeks back on the dyno chasing the optimum engine tune in his STI Subaru, now confident he has the power needed for the single seat Rocka to stretch its legs on the longer straights of Kempton.

Payne, on the other hand, happy with his setup has only had normal pre-race maintenance to do and is set to go, confident he can continue his outright success at this event.

1334b_sm Sitting third in the outright standings is the Mopar powered Pro buggy of Luke and Billy Whelan. After spending some long nights in the shed, having to rebuild the diff and gearbox after round one and fitting additional coolers to try and tame the heat produced by the 600 plus horsepower of the Nascar engine, the boys are hoping home track advantage will play into their hands.

Pro buggy has a strong contingent of Southern Off Road Racing Association entries with the return of Dale Newbon, Nick Glover, Chris Wiggins and Stuart Obrien joining Mike Males in the 2012 Tasmanian Off Road Championship. Newbon, absent from racing for over 12 months, will be keen to clean out the cobwebs of his turbo Subaru single seater and claim some silver ware.

Along with Payne in ProLite, Michael Donohoe is heading south in his Hunter Rivmasta to do battle with Jack Radcliffe and Chris Branch. All three cars are powered by Nissan SR20 engines and will provide some close racing.

Super 1650 sees the return of Ian James to the class, after a two year rebuild of his 4AGE powered Verco Hornet.

1334c_sm Troy Mason and Paul Quillam have a new body, paint and engine in their truck and will be keen to take the battle up to Terry Morice in Extreme 2WD. Morice, who battled with overheating issues at Latrobe, is confident those dramas are behind the team and is excited to back at Kempton.

Performance 2WD will be a battle between the Escort of current state class champion Steve Watkins and the wild man Nigel Nugawella in his Datsun 1200 coupe.

After several years of building, Darren Bott and Chris Creely are making their debut in off road racing, entering the teams Gen 3 powered GU patrol in Extreme 4WD. Bott, a former regular competitor in events such as Nav Runs and Cliff Hanger, will be keen to compare his skills against current class champion Dean Maddock in his Rangie.

Gates open early for scrutineering and the flag drops at 9am for two laps of the prologue course. Heat one will start at 10.30 followed by three more heats of twelve laps each.

Breakfast will be available courtesy of the One Stop Food van and will continue catering all day. Spectators are well looked after at this event with the natural velodrome layout of this circuit making most of the track visible from the start finish arena.

Source: Michael Donohoe, offroadracingtasmania.com.au