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Tasmania Set To Go Racing
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Tuesday, 09 April 2013
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The first round of the 2013 Tasmania Off Road Racing Series is set to fire this weekend at the Latrobe arena short course circuit.

It’s been four months since Tasmanian off road racers has had the opportunity to hit the track with many teams taking the off season to regroup and rebuild after a hectic 2012 season.

Heading the charge will be current state champions Darren Payne and Kerri Wallace in their VQ35 Nissan powered ProLite buggy, the team focused this year on retaining the number one plate. Payne, who is near completing his newest DWP chassis, has elected to return for 2013 in the old car and further develop the team’s new ride for 2014.

1815b_sm Byron Murfet will be back in the Nissan Titan looking to stretch the legs of the truck around the tight 2.6km circuit. Murfet, always spectacular around Latrobe, will be hoping to get miles on the truck and bank some series points.

Another team that’s been working hard in the off season is Dirty Dog Racing from Hobart however, they are electing to enter only one of the teams cars for this event. Stuart Obrien and Wayne Campbell will be behind the wheel of the V6 Pro Buggy hoping to continue their success from 2012. The Pro Buggy has a unique V drive system designed in house by the team and is proving to be not only cost effective, but ultra-reliable coupled to the Holden V6 engine.

Local drivers Brad Rockliff and Chris Boon will continue where 2012 finished for them; locked in battle both behind the wheels of ProLites. Rockliff piloting a Nissan SR20 powered Hunter Rivmasta and Boon slotting into his self-built Hayabusa powered buggy.

The Latrobe track is in great condition and with expected fine weather in the area for the remainder of the week, spectators are in store for some great racing.

Prologue starts at 10.00 am with the first section getting under way at noon followed by two more sections in the afternoon.

The North West Off Road Car Club will be providing a full canteen which will run all day and spectator entry to the venue is free.

Source: Michael Donohoe, offroadracingtasmania.com.au