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Off Road Masters... Are You Ready
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Wednesday, 25 July 2012
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Off Road Racing returns to the Moorex property owned by the currently #3 Australian Off Road Champion Greg Gartner this weekend with the running of the Glenroy Plains Produce PMD Race Products Off Road Masters.

The event is relatively new to the off road calendar, this its fourth running, on what would have to be one of the most picturesque race tracks with the evergreen paddocks and rolling hills. The heavy sand like soil makes for a pretty much dust free event and fast become a must do event on a lot of off roaders to do list.

Being so close to the Victorian border, the Glenroy Plains Produce PMD Race Products Off Road Masters has the rare opportunity to be part of both the South Australian and Victorian Off Road Championships.

The Limestone Coast Off Road Club rebranded the event for 2012 as The Off Road Masters to make it a popular stand-alone event in its own right. 57 keen off roaders have nominated all vying to be the first name on the one-off custom made trophy.

Off Road Racing Information Services will be trackside providing timing services and therefore live instant results will be streamed through offroadracing.com.au all weekend for those who can’t get to the event.

With the Off Road Masters gaining in popularity, this year’s event has attracted a top field with the 2012 Tatts Finke Desert Race winner Brad Gallard leading the charge. Gallard will be going head to head with fellow Extreme2WD driver Greg Gartner; the two colossal spectacular trophy trucks fighting it out through the grassy Moorex paddocks will be something to see.

A top field of Pro class will see a battle to the finish line with the Jimcos of Mark Burrows #21 and Glenn Owen #30 fighting it out with the Element Racing’s Carl #56 and Aaron #57 Haby, the Southern Cross racers of Bob Strawbridge #16 and Ian Fish #34 and the renowned quick peddler Wally Francombe in the Rids Race Frame Joker #42. Ivan Schmocker #33 and Garry Turnbull #79 are not to be ruled out of the equation.

With the 2010 and 2011 winner Justin Anderson unavailable to race and attempt his trifecta of Moorex wins, the battle lines are drawn to see who will top the time sheets at the end of the 315kilometres of racing through the south east property.

The ProLite class also has a strong showing and in contention for the outright win with David and Alice Middlemiss #117 fresh from their recent Griffith 300 win three weeks ago looking to chase down the more powerful Pro buggies. In a class packed with off road talent, Andrew Mowles #135 has made the trip south from Alice Springs looking for South Australian Off Road Championship points, while Luke Erceg #151, Rod Visser #157, Lindsay Foster #178 and Matt Ryan #184 will be in the mix for outright and ProLite class positions.

13 nominations have been received for Super 1650 class including Ken and Ben Philp #211 who are currently leading the SeaWaiMor Performance Metals Tri Series by one point over Lindsay Foster #178.

The England family heirloom returns to the track with weekend with Jake England behind the wheel of the family #323, which was retired when the new Merco #301 debuted last year. Murray England and daughter Sarah will take charge of the #301 machine and with family honours on the line, it will be a clash of wits between the young charger and more experienced Dad.

A good field of tin top completes the competitor list for the Glenroy Plains Produce PMD Race Products Off Road Masters with a mix of South Australian and Victorian entries.

The confirmed track length is 45km with the course taking a few different lines to previous years with a more flowing approach to some corners. Competitors will do seven laps totalling 315km total race distance.

With some light rain forecast, this won’t be an issue for the track, just more annoying for spectators and crews.

Remember to stay in touch with the happenings at the Off Road Masters via offroadracing.com.au and the live results.

Event Information can be found here.