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2022 ARB Australian Off Road Racing Championship
Rainbow - April 1-3     |     Hillston - July 8-10     |     Goondiwindi - Aug 12-14     |     Millicent - Sept 23-25

2022 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship
St George - March 18-20   |    Pooncarie - May 6-8   |    Finke - June 10-13    |    Loveday - July 30-31   |    Rainbow - September 2-4   |    Kalgoorlie - October 21-23

Wisse Rides A Wave Of Momentum Into Finke
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Tuesday, 17 May 2022
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Source: Toby Cooper - TC Media
Photographers: Lehmann Motorsport Photography, Show n Go Photography, Fossil Fuel Photography, Terry Hill Photography


Following a dream opening to his 2022 Motorsport Australia Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) campaign, including class triumphs at both St George and Pooncarie, John Wisse #6601 of Gecko Racing Australia has now turned his immediate attention onto the biggest challenge of them all, next month’s Tatts Finke Desert Race.

After kickstarting his SXS Sport AORC title defence with a nail-biting victory at Round 1 in the teams Yamaha YXZ, Wisse delivered another strong performance at the recent Pooncarie Desert Dash. The Dutch born Queenslander now finds himself well placed atop his AORC class; he also sits third outright and first in class in the Kincrome SXS Championship, which is an extraordinary achievement considering his significant lack of power and suspension compared to the SXS Pro competitors.

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Before migrating to Australia from Europe in 1992 Wisse had a career in autocross, and it wasn’t until January of 2018 that his love of motorsport was reignited. In only his second season of driving a SXS Yamaha, Wisse delivered a major coup, claiming the 2019 AORC SXS Sport silverware on a wet and cold Victorian afternoon. Since his breakthrough class win at St George and a remarkable ninth outright at Rainbow in extreme conditions, due to the COVID pandemic the charismatic Queenslander hasn’t had the chance to defend his Australian title until now.

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Whilst the border closures were enforced over the past two years, many Queenslanders continued to race. Wisse competed at several local events, with his best finish a 10th outright, first in class at Landcruiser Mountain Park last October prior to an offseason strip down.

Currently in a healthy position to claim back his SXS Sport crown, Wisse knows all too well the importance of next months challenging Finke Desert Race which is yet to bring the team any joy. The famed Alice Springs event is on every off roaders bucket list, and for Wisse he ticked it off in 2019 despite mechanical dramas. Last year’s run was a lot smoother, although a broken axle on the return leg ended any winning hopes, after a quick change trackside, they made it home for a rewarding third.

In 2022, alongside new navigator Emily Brandle, and fresh from a full motor, gearbox and electronics prep from Northstar Yamaha, Wisse is quietly confident of a class win that has eluded him to date in the Red Centre.

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Known for his consistent approach behind the wheel with a knack of finding the finishing line, Wisse is a genuine contender for the six round AORC and Kincrome SXS Championships. With his focus firmly on the Finke Desert Race, Wisse has also committed to the remaining three rounds at Loveday, Rainbow and a maiden trip across the Nullarbor to Kalgoorlie to round out a season, which will see him cover an incredible 23,000 kms from his Brisbane base.

Wisse and his Gecko Racing crew would like to thank their major sponsors, Northstar Yamaha, Tensor Tyres, UTV Surgery and Down South Motorsports for their ongoing support and commitment towards a successful 2022 season.