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Karl Richardson Set for WA Opener
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Wednesday, 27 February 2019
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Source: Toby Cooper
Photographers: Jason Galea and Brett Sandells


This weekend Karl Richardson and navigator Shane Welsh will unleash their Bul Racing Performance 2WD ‘Yellow Banana’ #569 in fury at the opening round of the 2019 CAMS, Carnarvon Motel and Westside Insurance Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship, the GTurbo Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360.

Karl and his wife Helen have been active 4WDers over the past 24 years, competing in many off road events across Western Australia and when an opportunity came to purchase a custom made 1987 Nissan D21 Extra Cab Extreme 2WD off a close friend in 2016 they took it with both hands.

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Saturday will mark Richardson’s third year in off road racing and second start at Perenjori behind an excellent ninth outright and third in class in twelve months ago. Since debuting at the Narrogin Short Course in 2017, Richardson has been campaigning his Mid Mounted Nissan RB25/26T powered Extreme 2WD in WA and club rounds.

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In his maiden season, Richardson set out to finish all events he competed in and this was achieved with an Extreme 2WD club championship his reward – proving the importance of consistency over being the fastest. Unfortunately for Bul Racing, a light roll over at the end of 2018 whilst competing in a speedway mud track slalom event forced the car to be stripped back to the chassis for a rebuild. Though, with the damage came positives, with the team applying for a class change into Performance 2WD - where Richardson believes it should be competing alongside the more traditional tin tops vehicles.

With the car now meeting the new Performance 2WD classifications, Richardson is looking forward to backing off to a speed where the car can be a consistent finisher without causing breakages.

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Prior to the season opener, Richardson would like to extend a large thanks to the team’s major sponsor Mindarie Workshop owned by good friend Dave Durrant for all his mechanical and parts assistance over the past couple of years; to his navigator Shane Walsh of Total Fleet Solutions for his electrical and maintenance support; new sponsor Redline Drill & Blast who have helped in so many ways thus far, and lastly to wife Helen and kids Chloe and Brody for their countless hours spent rebuilding the ‘Yellow Banana’ over the off-season into a formidable Class 5 for 2019.

With the season getting underway at Perenjori this Saturday, you can stay up to date with all team news and results on the Bul Racing 569 face book page. See you at the track!