2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship
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2018 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship
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The Stage is Set
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Months of preparation, tuning and development was unveiled at ‘Smithy’s Place’ in Hyden, WA today, as the curtain was raised on the first round of the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship, the Komatsu Brooks Hire Hyden 450. Returning to the AORC for a final hurrah, the Hyden 450 has attracted competitors from all corners of the continent to stretch the legs of their offroad race cars in the West Australian wheat belt for the season opener.

1796b_sm The event kicked off with scrutiny on Good Friday in near perfect conditions, providing spectators with the opportunity to check out the impressive offroad racing machinery entered, which ranges from 700+ horsepower twin turbo buggies to 6 litre Chev V8 powered trophy trucks and 4WD’s before the drivers attack the race track over the weekend.

Headlining the field of over 70 offroad race cars is reigning AORC Champions, Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells in the twin turbo V6 powered #1 SMU Jimco. Hanson is ready to hit the ground running after winning the “King of the Dunes” event held in Portland, Victoria a few weeks ago and he has also had a stint behind the wheel of Andy Ryans Alumicraft at the Parker 425 in USA during February.

“2012 was a great year for the team and we are looking forward to doing it all again. We’re aiming for back to back championships but we realise there are a lot of races, a lot of heats and many corners to get through to achieve that again.” Said Hanson

1796c_sm Also targeting a good start to the season and hungry to regain the title this year are two former Australian Champions, Victorians Shannon and Ian Rentsch in the #33 SR Racing Jimco and South Australia’s Hayden Bentley in his #18 Racer Engineering single seat race car. After finishing third outright in 2012, NSW driver Gerald Reid is another on the hunt for a good start to the season in his Gulf Western Oil Pro buggy.

While West Australian pilots Eric Phillips, Brad Cooper and the Robinson brothers, Travis and Beau will be looking to defend their home turf and keep the silverware out of the reach of the East Coast invaders.

Racing commences on Saturday morning at 11.15am with the prologue and hotly contested top ten shoot out before the drivers are unleashed on the first of five laps of the 85km course on Saturday afternoon.

Author: Randall Kilner
Source: Randall Graphics (PR Division) Pty Ltd