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Track with a View
Thursday, 03 January 2013
The off road racing off season is almost over with the release of the Harvestco King of the Dunes Supplementary Regulations. Calendared for the 23rd February, the popular sand event will be the first time that southern Australian racers can take to the track in 2013 with engines blazing as they tear through what is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque off road track in the country, the sand dunes of Discovery Bay.

1669b_sm The grapevine is awash with rumours on who will be taking on the dunes, with an expected three nominations of sand racing specialists from Tasmania crossing the waters to get a taste of a different kind of sand track to their St Helens venue.

Will Darren Payne return to back up his 2012 victory and take on the Aus #1 SMU Racing Jimco of Matt Hanson? Local legend and sand racing expert Peter Stevenson is sure to be one to have his nomination in early, looking to go one better than his second outright last year; the Havachat Racing Super 1650 Rivmasta almost able to pilot itself around the 15km track.

1669c_sm After a supreme effort by Sandy Bowman in his first attempt at sand racing and bringing the Nissan Patrol home in third outright in 2012, he is another who will be adding his name to the competitor list. Bowman exclaimed at the end of the 2012 race “best fun I’ve ever had off road racing, ever. The start and being able to race wheel to wheel all day, was an absolute buzz.”

After a hugely successful 2012 race, this year’s event promises to be bigger than ever and with $2,000 first prize up for the taking for the outright win, event organiser Matthew Salt expects an even bigger competitor list than last year.

1669d_sm “Harvestco on board again as the major sponsor and with the great wheel to wheel racing, the mass start and we hope a fantastic list of competitors from all classes, we are looking to make it one of the must do events for the year. We are in the process of sourcing sponsors for a pool of class prize money, so there will be lots of reasons to go racing at Portland in February ”, commented Salt.

With the newly crowned Aus #1 SMU Racing’s Matt Hanson a confirmed starter, the team are hoping to back up their 2012 success with a win. “The Harvestco King of the Dunes is one of the best events in the country. We can’t wait to get out there and mix it through dunes. The close racing, mass start and no dust, makes for great driving and close racing” commented Hanson.

1669e_sm The entire 200km event will be run on Saturday 23 February, made up of two 100km races over an anticipated 15km course. Portland is the only event in the country that has the capacity for a mass start, and it is something that competitors enjoy and is a pivotal part of this unique event.

The Saturday format allows competitors to enjoy each other’s company on the Saturday night before heading home on Sunday. Camping is available at the track, which is at the Swan Lake Discovery Bay National Park.

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

Check out the action from the 2012 Harvestco King of the Dunes in the following YouTube footage.    

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Author: Julie Rogers
Photographer 1: Roman Maximyuk
Photographer 2: Daniel Lamb