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  • Snake Racing 4:41 am on 13/08/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Australian Off Road Championship, , , OffRoadracing   

    2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 4 Coffs Harbour – Supp Regs and Entry now available 

    Title: 2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 4 Coffs Harbour
    Location: Coffs Harbour
    Description: Round 4 Australian Off Road Championship

    Contact: Rally Australia
    Phone: +61 2 6648 4972
    Email: services@rallyaustralia.com.au
    PO Box 1234, Coffs Harbour 2450

    Start Date: 14-09-2013
    End Date: 15-09-2013

    DOWNLOAD SUP REGS: CoffHarbourSuppRegs

    DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS: CoffsHarbourEntryForm

  • Snake Racing 2:55 am on 01/06/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Australian Off Road Championship, Australian Off Road Championship Round 3, Baroota   

    2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 3 Flinders 450 – Supp Regs and Entry Now available. 

    Title: 2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 3 Baroota

    Start Date: 27-07-2013
    End Date: 28-07-2013
    Location: Baroota via Port Pirie SA
    Description: Round 3 Australian Off Road Championship

    Contact: Event Secretary
    PO Box 28
    Port Pirie SA 5540

    Mobile 0413 602 354




  • Snake Racing 12:29 am on 28/03/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Australian Off Road Championship, , , Smithy's Place   

    AORC Revs Up 


    The 2013 Australian Off Road Championship revs into action this weekend with the return of the first round to Hyden in the Wave Rock tourist region of Western Australia.

    The Komatsu-Brooks Hire Hyden 450 will see a mixture of 2012 AORC campaigners returning to defend their titles along with those aiming for a higher reward in 2013, new competitors on the AORC block and the return of some regulars to the circuit.

    Reining Aus #1 Champions Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells have a new racing partner on board in Snap Printing for the new season and are ready to hit the ground running in the Snap SMU Racing Jimco, chasing back to back Australian Off Road Championship crowns.

    Aus #3 Gerald Reid has a new navigator for the start of the 2013 racing year in Werner Zettle and has just announced a partnership with Gulf Western Oil for the Springwood Car Care team. Reid is relishing the challenge of running against Hanson after their competitive 2012 season along with the mix of talent on the Hyden competitor list.

    Pro class is always one to watch with the upcoming season offering some talented competitors in the always hard fought class. SR Racing’s Shannon and Ian Rentsch are returning to the championship looking for their sixth crown while Outer Bounds Racing young guns Travis Robinson and Paul Currie will be pulling out all the stops to finish their 2013 campaign with the ultimate prize, the Aus #1 mantle.

    Runamuk Racing have taking on a big challenge this year, planning on presenting three race cars at each round of the Australian Off Road Championship, with team owners Buddy and Kerry Crowe another on the long list chasing their first AORC title. Rhodes Racing have proven they are a team on a mission with Jack Rhodes putting in some impressive times in the ProLite class. With a new navigator in David Pullino on the seat, the team have stepped up from ProLite class to Pro class and have a new Jimco Aussie Special in the stable, and will be one to watch come the Easter weekend.

    Hayden Tatnell has made the trek from Tasmania to compete in his BAT 1 Spec #10 machine and is a consistently fast finisher and could be another one to watch come the checkered flag.

    The ProLite class crown is wide open with 2012 champion Matt Owen selling his Alumi Craft machine at the end of season. RevTech Motorsports Wes Cowie and Travis Milburn #108 are looking to get some runs on the board for their 2013 AORC aspirations and they head into round two at Finke. Fellow Tatts Finke Desert Race local Andrew Mowles has made substantial modifications to his Razorback over the summer break, converting the single seat to a twin seat configuration.

    Driving five days from their Brisbane base to compete at Hyden shows the dedication that the Hartnett Motor Racing team have to their 2013 campaign, aiming to step up from their 2012 #203 plate to the class pinnacle #201 come years end. 2012 Super 1650 class Western Australian Off Road Champions Jeremy Lia and Xavier White will be biting at the heels of the Queenslanders as they take on the seven strong field of Super 1650s.

    Extreme 2WD class will be the class to watch as the Geiser Brothers Trophy Trucks take on the Pro buggies for outright places. Geddit Racing’s Billy Geddes and Jamie Ward are quick peddlers in any language; leading the field at the third round of the 2012 Championship at Goondiwindi before a spectacular rollover ended their weekend. We also haven’t seen the best out of Beau Robinson in his relatively new drive; the Outer Bounds Racing #413 rolling at its maiden run at the 2012 Tatts Finke Desert Race while running at the pointy end of the field. Come the drop of the checkered flag on Sunday, the podium mix is anyone guess.

    Four teams have nominated for Performance 2WD class with South Australian’s Scott Gould and Matt Haywood looking to go one better than their #502 2012 result. A strong field of nine Production 4WD’s has nominated for the opportunity to race at Smith’s Place for the final time with AORC stalwart Geoff Pickering and his young charge Dylan Watson returning to Hyden after their up and down 2012 campaign. With a strong local backing this class will be hotly contested all the way to the finish line.

    The tin top classes are widely supported in Western Australia with 11 nominated for the Extreme 4WD class. Hunter Racing’s Colin Hunter and Simon Campbell will be hoping for a good start to their 2013 campaign, and with the New Zealand team and current class champions not defending this year, the title is wide open. Hunter will be looking for a good points haul this weekend to give the team a head start on the class competition with class nemesis, Clayton Chapman plans a return to the Championship in his new Mitsubishi Triton at round two.

    Being the last time that competition will take place at Smithy Place, a large contingent of Western Australian locals has nominated to pay homage to the Smith family, the infamous course and the Western Desert Races for all their years of service to Western Australia Off Road Racing.

    Who will be the last competitor to write their names in the off road history book, taking the final outright win at Smithy’s?

  • Snake Racing 1:00 am on 20/02/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Australian Off Road Championship, Australian Off Road Championship Round 2, ,   

    2013 Australian Off Road Championship Round 2 Tatts Finke Desert Race 

    Start Date: 2013-06-08
    End Date: 2013-06-09

    Title: 2013 Tatts Finke Desert Race AORC Round 2
    Location: Finke NT
    Description: Australian Off Road Championship Round 2

    The Tatts Finke Desert Race is an off road, multi terrain two-day race for bikes, cars, buggies and quads through desert country from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community. The race is held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June. “Finke” as it is commonly known, is one of the biggest annual sporting events in the Northern Territory and has the reputation of being one of the most difficult offroad courses in one of the most remote places in the world. Finke is unique and the most fun you can have with a helmet on!

    Contacts: Finke Office
    Shop 1/38 Elder Street
    Alice Springs NT 0870
    Office Opening Hours Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 1:00pm
    Postal address PO Box 283
    Alice Springs NT 0871
    Phone 08 8952 8886
    Fax 08 8955 5456
    Email admin@finkedesertrace.com.au


  • Snake Racing 5:27 am on 12/02/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , Australian Off Road Championship, Damien Tomlins, Replay XD   

    Replay XD to partner with AORC 


    The Australian Off Road Championship has announced that extreme camera company Replay XD, will partner with the Championship to provide high definition on board and in-car vision as the official camera supplier for the AORC.

    The partnership sees Replay XD Australia providing, installing and servicing the Replay XD1080 video cameras in a number of competitor vehicles. It is the smallest and lightest full HD video action-camera on the market.

    The strategic relationship is an integral part of the 7Mate broadcast, which will be filmed and screened in HD, and a fundamental component of the social media updates that will be new to the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship.

    Damien Tomlins from Replay said “the XD1080 HD video camera is all about small and simple. It features a water-resistant, hard anodized, rugged aluminium housing for extreme adventures which makes it a perfect fit for the off road buggies and trophy trucks”.

    Damien will be at all AORC events starting at Hyden over Easter, where they will be trialling innovative placements and set ups to provide closer than ever action from angles rarely seen before.

  • Snake Racing 5:16 am on 09/02/2013 Permalink
    Tags: , , Australian Off Road Championship, Bronwyn Humphrey,   

    AORC Broadcast to extend into regional stations 


    With the recent announcement of the Australian Off Road Championship telecast on 7Mate, it has also been confirmed that the program will be screened on 7Prime and Southern Cross regional networks, ensuring a true national audience for 2013.

    Bronwyn Humphrey from HPSM said the 7Mate telecast and the style of AORC program that will be presented is a little different to what’s been produced in the past. As a result we will be working closely with the event organisers to ensure the race format is the best possible to showcase the competitors and the sport.

    The team at Hyden have been extremely understanding and accommodating by agreeing to change the first AORC race format from one section on Sunday, to three sections raced over both Saturday and Sunday.

    This revised format and the proposed changes to the AORC points structure, that will enable all finishers to receive outright points towards the Championship, will ensure a competitive weekend of racing.

    Western Desert Racers are revising supplementary regulations and revised race details will be out as shortly

  • Snake Racing 5:09 am on 19/01/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Australian Off Road Championship, , , , Rpund 4 Australian Off Road Championship   

    Coffs Coast Off Road – Update 1 John Paterson 

    Mr Paterson has committed to providing regular updates on the happenings and progress in relation to Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship at Coffs Harbour.


    Well like the press release said; – I am now on the job organising the Coffs round of the AORC in September.

    Things are happening, but firstly let me apologise for the lack of information so far. I know this has been frustrating and be assured I intend to make this event front page news at least once a month here at offroadracing.com.au and one of my goals is for this Coffs event to be the friendliest of the year.

    Now, the first point I want to hit home and hit it home hard is that Coffs will be a real off road event, for off roaders, run by off roaders.

    But it is true, I am part of the Rally Australia organisation but the off road event to be called Coffs Coast Off Road is not part of the rally competition in anyway.

    Many of you I’m told, have the impression that the event is to be run in sync with the rally and this is not correct. ‘Our’ event is completely stand alone and the only time an off road car might be anywhere near a rally car could be as part of some sort of promo and I do hope to have some of you participate in a demonstration on one night at least, to show these rally guys, and the world, how to really ‘get air’!

    For me, being part of this organisation has incredible advantages and when it comes to safety we will have access, literally minutes away by air, to world class rescue and safety, thanks to the collaboration that exists with Adrian Stafford, Clerk of Course Rally Australia.

    Rally Australia is how I’m resourced, where the budget sits and so there’s no misunderstanding, Adrian is also who I answer to in the big picture. But I have been delegated autonomy and my responsibility is all about looking after your competition, your safety and the fun you should be having whilst making sure the event runs smoothly and of course, without a hitch.

    And whilst on Rally Australia, and Coffs, entering this event also gives you and your family an opportunity to visit an incredible part of Australia’s coastline and at night, the opportunity to be mesmerized by the ‘attack pilots’ of motorsport, as they compete two at a time on the Super Special Stage. WRC drivers really must be seen to be believed and the Rally Hub out near what is known as the Jetty area of Coffs, will be the place to be over the three nights of Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Come day time however, I hope that the thousands and thousands who will flock to the Coffs Harbour region will also take time to see you guys in action as part of their smorgasbord of motor sport. The promotion machine, and this is big, will also be geared up to ensure the hordes of spectators know where to find you!

    Additionally, I’m committed to providing great camping facilities at the track, with security, plenty of space for competitor camping and generous pit and paddock sizes to suit the transporters. More details about this over the next month or so.

    To those who may wish to stay in Coffs, and be close to the ‘Hub’, you should really start planning now as whilst there are literally hundreds of motels and lodgings around Coffs and the region, (up to 5 Stars) – I think you should book early…

    Further on this, the proposed course is maybe 40 minutes north of Coffs and there are several other small towns and villages, including ‘Woopie’ (that’s local talk for Woolgoolga), along the way that you may wish to check out as well.

    Now, I am off to Coffs today, (18 Jan), to check this proposed course, and I’ll let you know how it shapes up. I will be assisted in this task by a retired five times, (I think), Australian Off Road Championship, my fearless son-in-law and Safari partner who can’t decide if he’s a rally driver or an off roader – and some local guys from Coffs, some of whom might hopefully turn into track markers further on?

    Looking to officials, my goal is to achieve a ‘Kempsey quality’ event and I will actually be in Kempsey in February, to see how much of the old team might still be willing – and to talk to the next generation of Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club members.

    It’s then off to Brisbane in maybe March and with the help of long term comrade Laurie Svenson, (and what about you Neville?), I should be able to convince some of the guys up there to be part of this as well. So yes, it really is off roaders, planning for off roaders!

    Now, anyone who is interested in being an official at this event can access http://www.rallyaustralia.com.au and go to Officials. Don’t be intimidated by the form, or some of the rally speak, and it is being redesigned to include those interested in off road shortly.

    And if you’re not already accredited, don’t worry because we’ll train you. Alternatively, give me a call on my soon to be operating ‘bat phone’ 0408 138 313. And whilst many of you have my private mobile, if you want to talks ‘Coffs’ please ring this new number from 19 January…

    So that’s nearly it. My number 2 Update will be out in late February and I’ll be talking about exciting technology that is coming to our sport, maybe this year maybe not, updating you about the course – and heaps more including some tips on how to better enjoy your time at events.

    230 odd days to go and I just can’t wait…


  • Snake Racing 5:01 am on 17/01/2013 Permalink
    Tags: Australian Off Road Championship,   

    John Paterson to head Coffs Harbour Off Road 


    Experienced off road racing official John Paterson will lead the organisation of Coffs Coast Off Road, a key support event of the FIA World Rally Championship Rally Australia round on the New South Wales Coffs Coast in September.

    Coffs Coast Off Road, a round of the 2013 Australian Off Road Championship, is expected to be run on private and forestry tracks north of Coffs Harbour.

    It will be part of a week of motorsport activity around Rally Australia, round 10 of the WRC, on 12-15 September.

    Rally Australia’s sporting chief, Clerk of Course Adrian Stafford, announced Mr Paterson’s appointment to lead the organisation of the subsidiary event and also to serve as its Clerk of Course.

    “John has had many years in senior sporting roles in off road racing, including at the famous Kempsey International, and also serves as a series Steward,” Mr Stafford said.

    “He is highly regarded by competitors and with his experience I’m sure will put together a first-class event on the Coffs Coast.

    “Many fans and intending competitors have been keen to hear about the details of the event. With John now on board we will move as quickly as possible to answer their questions.”

    Mr Stafford said the event was planned to add an extra experience for spectators, who would be given options to attend both the rally and off-road competitions, as well as showcase the excitement of Australia off-road racing scene to international visitors.

    Mr Paterson will make his first reconnaissance of potential locations this week, assessing roads and facilities for their suitability to host a two-day competition on an extended loop course.

    Recruitment of officials for Coffs Cast Off Road will run in conjunction with Rally Australia’s registration process.

    Off road fans are encouraged to register on the Rally Australia website, http://www.rallyaustralia.com.

  • Snake Racing 4:56 am on 13/12/2012 Permalink
    Tags: Australian Off Road Championship, , , ORRInc,   

    ORRInc appoints HPSM for AORC 


    ORRInc has announced today the appointment of HP Sports Management to work with off road racing stakeholders to further the growth of the Australian Off Road Championship.

    Adam Perry and Bronwyn Humphrey of HP Sports Management come with extensive experience in the Motor Sport in Australia, with Bronwyn also previously competing extensively in the Australian Off Road Championship.

    HP Sports Management’s primary focus is working, hands-on, with the competitors and event promoters to maximise the commercial opportunities for the sport to aid further growth. Their background and experience will also be utilised in participating in the development and delivery of the AORC’s future strategic plan.

    “HP Sports Management will be at all AORC events and would welcome any discussion, so please take the opportunity to introduce yourself” extract from official statement.

    Bronwyn Humphrey’s has a strong connection with the Australian Off Road Championship; competing as a navigator for nine years, in addition to numerous Australasian Safari’s, Targa Tasmania and the Queensland Rally Championship. She spent the last few years as General Manager Marketing at V8 Supercars, responsible for promoting the Championship and its events in addition to managing media, sponsorship and all digital communication. Bronwyn’s list of credentials includes a Masters in Marketing, having also worked in senior management positions with Chrysler Jeep Australia, Hyundai and Volvo.

    Adam Perry was most recently the General Manager of Motor Sport at V8 Supercars, responsible for running the V8 Supercar Championship locally and overseas. Before that he managed WPS and Larkham Motor Sport teams for 12 years in both Group A Touring Cars and the V8 Supercars Championship, in addition to time in F3000 and Formula Ford.

    HPSM enquiries can be directed to Bronwyn Humphrey – Bron@hpsm.com.au or Adam Perry – Adam@hpsm.com.au. For ORRInc enquiries please contact Edwin Vandenberg – edberg@internode.on.net

  • Snake Racing 4:43 am on 10/11/2012 Permalink
    Tags: Australian Off Road Championship, , WRC   

    Off Road Championship to Boost Rally Australia 


    Spectacular off road racing cars in a round of the Australian Off Road Championship will boost the excitement for spectators at Rally Australia on the New South Wales Coffs Coast next September.

    The Australian Off Road Championship will be a new feature of the support program for Rally Australia, which will host round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as its headline event on 12-15 September.

    Its addition is part of a plan by organisers to increase the range of attractions and facilities at the Rally Australia festival, adding to the excitement and value for ticket holders.

    While cars in the WRC and Australian Rally Championship – which also will run at Rally Australia – contest relatively short stages on closed shire and forestry roads, the offroaders will tackle longer stages over rougher bush terrain.

    Off road racing machines among the most impressively-engineered machines in motorsport, boasting big horsepower to drive them across rugged tracks at up to 200 km/h, and long suspension travel to handle jumps and other obstacles.

    The course is anticipated to be 300 kms to be completed over two or three days at Rally Australia.

    While the main action is expected to be to the south of Coffs Harbour, near one of the sport’s traditional bases around Kempsey, off road competitors also will tackle the nightly Super Special Stage alongside the WRC and ARC rally cars and share their Service Park facilities.

    Chairman of the Australian Off Road Championship’s commercial entity ORRInc., Edwin Vandenberg, said the event would showcase the extreme nature of the vehicles and their capabilities to an audience across Australia and internationally.

    Marilyn Emmins, Chair of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport’s Australian Off Road Commission, welcomed the innovative link-up of rallying and offroading.

    “This will be a great experience for off road teams and we’re delighted to be joining with Rally Australia,” she said.

    Rally Australia Chairman Ben Rainsford said the off road event would add an exciting new attraction to the September weekend.

    “Spectators will certainly get their thrills with the Australian Off Road Championship. These cars are true crowd-pleasers, they run fast, fly high and sound loud,” he said.

    “It will showcase the sport to a new audience of spectators and television viewers and will be a terrific opportunity for crews who want to compete in the company of the world’s best.

    “As well, the crews, families and supporters who follow the Off Road Championship will add significantly to the local economic benefit generated by more than a week of activity around Rally Australia.”

    Mr Rainsford said the off road round was the first of many additions and refinements organisers expected to announce over the coming months aimed at making Rally Australia one of the country’s greatest annual motorsport events.

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