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Off Road Returning to Coffs Harbour
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014
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Off road racing returns to the Mid North Coast of New South Wales with the much anticipated running of the fourth round of the hotly contested 2014 Australian Off Road Championship from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September.

The Championship, which travels the width and breadth of Australia, attracts teams from across the country, vying for the coveted right to don the Aus #1 plate. The fourth round of the 2014 Australian Off Road Championship will be run in the state forests surrounding Coffs Harbour, just 25km from the bustling CBD.

2626b_sm Attracting a major naming rights sponsor in Pedders Suspension, the Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400 is set to be a showcase for Australian off road racing and the awesome power and brilliance of the machines which go only where the brave of heart dare to venture.

Running in conjunction with the World Rally Championship, the off road machines will add variety to the motorsport extravaganza which overtakes the central New South Wales coast the second week of September.

Motorsport enthusiasts will be spoilt for action, with static displays where they can get up close with the off road buggies and trophy trucks, to seeing them in action at the Friday night World Rally Championship Special Stage where the off road machines will take to the track as a precursor to the WRC Special Stage.

2626c_sm Grid walks on Saturday and Sunday will give the fans the opportunity to see the race cars and crews in race ready mode as they prepare to take on the Lower Bucca State Forest roads and farm lands for eight laps of the 50km track over the course of the weekend.

Great spectating viewing will be available at the start finish venue on Bucca Road along with another designated spectating point on Cottage Road where the speed and extreme capabilities of the off road vehicles will be showcased.

Action at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium precinct when the off road racers will hit the WRC Super Special Stage track gets underway at 3:45pm Friday afternoon where the stadium will rumble as the V8 and V6 turbo charged engines roar into action.

2626d_sm Saturday sees the offroaders undertake their qualifying run, a sprint lap of a10km course to determine their starting order for the afternoons 3 laps of the 50km course, totalling 150km. An early morning start on Sunday as the start lights go green at 8:00am with five laps or 250km of extreme off road racing fills the normally sedate Lower Bucca country side.

20 teams have so far nominated with many more are expected before the close of entries. Current Australian Off Road Championship points leaders and round two winners Shannon and Ian Rentsch will be on the start line come the second week in September, looking to extend their lead in their 2014 campaign. Rentsch, who announced early this year the signing of Hogs Breath Café as a racing partner, is aiming to take out his seventh Australian Off Road Championship title this year; this would be a great feat for the 31year old Victorian driver.

“We’re really looking forward to getting back to Coffs Harbour and seeing the new track. Coffs is a really great city and nice place to spend some time before the event” Shannon Rentsch said.

With three different winners from the first three rounds of the Championship, there will be a host of off road personalities joining Rentsch at Coffs Harbour, including the Western Australian based Outer Bounds Racing teams of Beau Robinson. Robinson, who took outright honours at the first round of Championship at Kalgoorlie in his #402 Tonka supported Geiser Bros Trophy Truck and sits in third on the leaderboard, will be looking to equal his brother Travis' efforts of last year, where he took the outright win at the inaugural Coffs Coast 400.

Round three winners Jack Rhodes and David Pullino have also registered their intention to do battle with the Lower Bucca track come September; the team looking to capitalise on any opportunity to improve on their current second place in the point score.

Bringing their ‘A Game’ to the track will be local racers Tim Baker in his #47 Baker Mark 2 Pro buggy and Chris Browning, both looking to match their wits and skills against the interstate contingent. Browning, who runs Aus #202 currently sits atop the leaderboard in the Super 1650 class, will be aiming to bank maximum points to secure his position going in the final round in October.

The Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400 sees the return of New Zealand racer Raana Horan who last contested the Australian Off Road Championship in 2012. Horan recently took possession of the #89 Jimco Pro buggy for his Australian campaign, planning to test the waters at Coffs before his full on assault of the 2015 Australian Off Road Championship.

Tickets are available for pre purchase at nnratix.com.au or at the Bucca Road gate. Full catering will be available at the start finish venue along with the Tonka Toys sandpit.

Stay up to date with all the happenings via the live times and results on offroadracing.com.au or aorc.com.au

Photographer: HP Sports Management