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Kempsey Chase Big Field for Wittitrin
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Monday, 14 May 2012
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With the Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 date of 26-27 May drawing closer, members of the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club are hoping to attract a strong field for Round 3 of the New South Wales Off Road Championship and Round 2 of the Premier Long Course Series.

The Kempsey club continues to fine tune the Wittitrin race, to make it a challenge to competitors, and appealing to spectators.

“Last year’s race was won in dramatic fashion by the Sportsman team of Gary and Joshua Hyde, and was a real test of competitor and machine. Our club is keen to build on the success of the 2011 race, and maintain the momentum moving forward” said Club Media Representative Rod Thurgood.

1347b_sm “To that end we are encouraging competitors to get their entries in as early as possible. By entering early it helps with the promotion of the race, but there is an added incentive for teams in this year’s race, with those entries received by the close of mail Wednesday May 16 going into a draw that will see one teams full entry fee refunded”.

Official entries for the race close with the last mail Wednesday May 23, and no late entries will be accepted.

In another change to last year, Kempsey scrutiny will be conducted on the Friday evening in the Edinburgh Lane Car Park directly behind the Great Northern Hotel in West Kempsey. Visiting competitors are requested to get their car scrutineered at one of the regional venues (prior to the race) or at the Kempsey scrutiny on the Friday evening, as scrutiny at the track on Saturday involves paying a fee.

“We have fine-tuned the rules, procedures, and format for this year’s race, as we want to adopt a more professional approach towards the event. The Scotts Hydraulic Services Wittitrin 300 will continue to grow in statue so it’s important that our club stays on top of everything associated with the race”.

“We had 30 entries in 2011, and our record is 45 in 2009, so ideally we would like around 50 this year. Anything above that would be a real bonus”.

In other news the Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club has raised its profile on the internet, with two dedicated club pages on social media giant Facebook, one under the club name, and the other simply titled Kempsey off road racing.

Photographer: Sean L'Leary
Source:  Rod Thurgood