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The UTV Class Ready for Action
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Thursday, 10 May 2012
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North Queenslanders have lobbied hard for the long awaited introduction of the Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV) class to cater for the ever increasing field of off road racers building up Polaris Recreational Vehicles to compete in.

1337b_sm Effective from a CAMS bulletin released on 14 March 2012 the UTV class is a reality and is described as “Production based 4WD Off Road recreational vehicles (eg Polaris, Can-Am) with engines not exceeding 1200cc”. The UTV class will be identified with numbers in the range of #601 to #699.

Further requirements are that each vehicle must remain in standard specification as produced by the manufacturer, have two side by side crew members and may be either two or four wheel drive with a maximum engine capacity of 1200. The current eligible vehicle manufacturers and models for the newly formed UTV class are the Polaris (Ranger models), Can Am (Commander models), CF Moto (Z6, Z6 Spec R), Yamaha Rhino and Arctic Cat – Wild Cat 1000i H.O.

1337c_sm In true support for the new class, the North Queensland UTV competitors have been busy in the off season, with at least four new vehicles to debut at this weekend’s Burdekin 150 Short Course.

Among those debuting new drives will be the founders of the Polaris movement, Brian and Graham Moohin of Mackay, building up a new Polaris RZR 900’s each. The brothers are fiercely competitive and will be looking to knock each other off the top spot after extensive practice in the off season.

Andrew North, Michael Bryce and Wayne Bussey have also added new Polaris RZR 900’s to their teams and join the ranks of Peter Moohin, who debuted his Polaris RZR 900 at last year’s final round.

1337d_sm Dave Nielsen has kept his Polaris RZR 800 and is out to prove the value of the driver behind the wheel against the new RZR 900 machines.

The UTV competitors will not only be vying for class honours, but will be looking to take out outright event wins from the buggy drivers, following in the footsteps of Peter Moohin's success in his debut run at the Retreat last year.

Following is a table of the Off Road Racing class descriptions.

Pro Buggy

Buggies with engines not exceeding 6000cc for petrol engines or 7200cc for diesel engines

Prolite Buggy

Buggies with engines up to 3500cc, naturally aspirated

Super 1650 Buggy

Buggies with engines between 1330cc and 1650cc

Sportsman Buggy

Buggies with engines not exceeding 1330cc

Performance 2WD

Modified 2WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc for petrol engines or 7200cc for diesel engines

Extreme 2WD

Highly-modified 2WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc for petrol engines or 7200cc for diesel engines

Production 4WD

Production 4WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc for petrol engines or 7200cc for diesel engines

Extreme 4WD

Highly-modified 4WD with engines not exceeding 6000cc for petrol engines or 7200cc for diesel engines

Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTV)

Production based 4WD Off Road recreational vehicles (e.g Polaris, Can-Am) with engines not exceeding 1200cc


Photographer: Wendy Moohin