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2019 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship
St George - April 5-7    |    Finke - June 7-10    |    Rainbow - August 9-11

2019 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Griffith - July 5-7     |     Goondiwindi - Aug 16-18     |     Millicent - Sept 20-22

Schlifelner takes out VORC
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Monday, 14 October 2019
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Source and Photographer: Corey Aldridge, Show 'n' Go Photography

With the running of the Rainbow Desert Enduro in August, the final round of the 2019 CAMS Victorian Off Road Championship, the Championship has a winner. After three hotly contested rounds, Eric Schlifelner came out on top.

Here’s a wrap up of the 2019 CAMS Victorian Off Road Championship.

Round 1 was held at Rainbow for the Rainbow Rises 240 Short Course, held on a slightly modified Prologue track. 24 cars started the day, Eric Schlifelner #1055 capitalised on the conditions, finishing at the top of the timesheets with a total time of 2h29m28.557seconds. Steven (Bowie) Graham #1064 with Dad Daryl in the navigator’s seat slotted into second place 41seconds shy of Schlifelner – 2h30m09.235seconds.

In a stellar effort, the Super 1650 of Peter, Brock and Jake Stevenson #248, took the final place on the inaugural Rainbow Rises 240 podium – 2h45m36.967seconds. Luke Densly and Warren Collins #619 were only a minute off the pace of Stevenson to take fourth outright and first in class, a near perfect debut drive. Hayden and Hannah Bentley #418 were lucky finish after pitting mid race to change an alternator; ultimately claiming fifth place and rounding out the top five

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Regi and Oriola Lumani drove their #680 machine into sixth place edging out Dean Williams and John Huber #357 in seventh place. David Davis was just over half a minute behind Williams and was the last team to complete full race. Eight of the 24 entries recorded 23 laps of the 8.8km course with some big names on the list of none finishers.

Daniel Wells, in the highly anticipated first drive of his new Tatum #1018, saw Wells graduating from the Super 1650 class to SportsLite over the off season. Wells did not disappoint, recording the fastest qualifying/race 1 time by over 2 seconds. Unfortunately for Wells, the Honda SV20 powered Tatum collided with a tree in the second race of the day damaging the back right hub assembly.

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With the demise of Wells, the race lead was handed to the second fastest qualifiers, Kieran Kelly and David Sumak #28. The conditions weren’t kind to Kelly who reportedly ran out of fuel while in the lead

From there on in the race was Eric Schlifelner’s to lose; the quick and nimble Saber, coupled with the dust keeping the competition at arm’s length, saw Schlifelner first to salute the checkered flag.

The DNF list was substantial; Dean Petschel and Jake Stevenson #217 had gearbox issues in the prologue; Craig and Adam Button #469 overheating; Justin and Melissa Watt #420 electrical alternator; Mark Hardman and Mark DeGruchy #88 shifter cable; Nigel and Brock Pendlebury #235 CV boot and jumping out of gear; Jake Freckleton and Toby Hederics #19 engine; Dale Martin and Adrian Rowe #133 Alternator; Joseph and Jourdain Patterson #175 engine; Keith Owers broken rear spring plate bolts; Matt Coleman/Leigh Slorach overheating issues

Round 2 of the Championship headed to Bagshot Eric Schlifelner #1055 claimed outright victory at a shortened Bruce Fiske Memorial Enduro on Sunday after heavy rain called a halt to competition.

16 crews greeted the start line for the second round of the 2019 CAMS Victorian Off Road Championship with Eric Schlifelner #1055 taking top position in the prologue, followed by Brant Knight #1078 and David Davis #1061.

The track condition for the first one hour heat was in great shape with Schlifelner leading from the front, completing 15 laps in a time of 1h03m37seconds

The following five places were separated by only 9 seconds; David Davis #1061 took second ahead of Luke Densley and Warren Collins #619.

At the end of the first heat the heavens opened, soaking the track and with heavy rain forecast for the rest of the day the organisers made the call to stop the event on safety grounds for all crews and officials around the track.

The Final Round of the Championship headed back to Rainbow this time using the full National Circuit, 21 Crews had signed up for the Victorian Championship, however with heavy rain playing havoc on the race cancelling Saturday’s Prologue and 1st heat only 9 crews elected to take to the slippery/muddy rain soaked track when racing eventually got underway on Sunday.

With all 3 Championship contenders still in the hunt the competition was on. After the first lap of the 75km course it was Mark Burrows/Matthew Burrows followed by Brant Knight in his Saber Sportslite, Eric Schlifelner also in a Saber was running in 3rd the only other crews to finish the first lap were Luke Densley/Warren Collins, Brock Pendlebury/Nigel Pendlebury in their Super 1650 who retired at the end of the lap due to conditions and Robert Gossenhoven/Ivan Szkut in the SXS Sports. Unfortunately for Ken Holt/Jeremy Holt they stopped around the 60km mark with throttle concerns after changing from Super 1650 to Sportslite. Other DNF’s after the first lap were Brett Lewis in his Pro Buggy, Lawrie Penpraze/Bryce Hallinan out with clutch issues and Championship contender Peter Stevenson/Brock Stevenson retiring with electrical issues.

Early in the second lap another Championship contender in Luke Densley/Warren Collins retired in their SXS Turbo, shortly after Robert Gossenhoven/Ivan Szkut also retired from the race. It was down to a 3 car race with Mark Burrows comfortably in front closly followed by Brant Knight with Eric not too far from him, unfortunately for Brant Knight he had a bit of a spin out the back of the course causing him to be bogged for an hour allowing Eric Schlifelner to overtake him. With the track drying out times started to get quicker, it was eventual 3rd Outright winner Mark Burrows/Matthew Burrows winning the Victorian side of the Championship with Eric Schlifelner home in 2nd and the only other finisher Brant Knight home in 3rd both in Saber Pro Lites.

At the end of the 3 Rounds and tallying points we have a winner - Eric Schlifelner in his Saber Pro Lite

In Second is Luke Densley in his SXS Turbo and rounding out the Top 3 is Peter Stevenson in his Super 1650, in 4th and only 5 points behind Peter was Brant Knight. 5th was David Davis.

In the Navigators Championship it was Warren Collins in Car 619 taking the win from Brock Stevenson in Car 248, rounding out the Top 3 was Adam Button in Car 469