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  • Snake Racing 5:54 am on 04/12/2012 Permalink
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    Snake Racing Tough Dog XP900 NSW Off Road Championship Colo Park – Video Footage 

    See Michael Smith and Scott Madison in Snake XP900 Car 688 at Colo Park.

    Michael finished 1st in Class. Congratulations and well done Michael on your win at the final round of the NSW Off Road Championship for 2012.

  • Snake Racing 11:38 pm on 21/11/2012 Permalink
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    Coleman makes a splash at Lockyer Valley 


    The final round of the Australian Off Road Championship held in Queensland on the weekend saw Matt Coleman and Shawn Teagle take victory at the Mitsubishi Electric Lockyer Valley 300 in their Chevy powered #55 Alpha Pro Buggy. The rain on Friday night and on Saturday forced the event organizers, the Brisbane Sporting Car Club, to slash the original 80km track to 16.5km and change the race format to eight laps of the new shorter course to ensure the season decider could take place. The result was an exciting short course flavored grand finale to the championship season.

    Starting third on the road, Coleman battled with the Pro buggies of Hanson, Bannan and Prout and the Extreme 4WD Titan of New Zealand’s Raana Horan for the outright lead. But by the half way point the Victorian was out in front and didn’t look back as he threaded the big Alpha through the trees on the way to his first outright AORC victory in a time of 1hr 34min 36.890 sec.

    Heading in to the final round of the championship, Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells were on top of the leaderboard and needed a solid finish in the #7 SMU twin turbo V6 Jimco to take the AORC title. With the cars starting at 15 second intervals and little dust due to Saturdays rain, the pace at the front of field was frantic. However Hanson and Wells kept their eyes on the prize, driving their own race to be rewarded with second outright. An effort which allowed them to bank enough points to remain comfortably at the top of the table and secure their maiden Australian Off Road Championship title.

    Third outright was Gerald Reid and Aaron Saliba in the #39 Later Engineering V8 Probuggy. Reid started his offroad career in the Super1650 class and debuted in the Pro class this year and he was estatic with his podium finish behind Coleman and Hanson, after coming tantalizingly close earlier this season.

    Warialda’s Terry Rose and Shane Egan looked at home on the technical track and kept within striking distance of the leaders in their #11 Jimco. However they were forced to settle with fourth outright, 41 seconds behind Reid.

    Chris Western and Stuey Bishop locked in fifth outright and first in the Extreme 2WD Class in their Mickey Thompson Rush truck, after a tense class battle with the iconic #475 Porsche of Greg Campbell who finished second in the Extreme 2WD class.

    Michael and Jae Collins put a string of recent DNF’s behind them to realize the potential of their #12 Subaru powered Chenowth, finishing sixth outright just 36 seconds in front of the #105 Jimco of Les Marshall and Glennys Rose. Marshall relished the tight flowing track conditions to take the Prolite class win, ahead of the NSW based crews of #104 Kelvin and Michael Hill and #140 Garry Simpson and Kevin Ottey.

    Neville Taylor and Kevin McDonald slotted the Team Taylor #6 twin turbo V6 GET Pro buggy into eighth outright.

    Behind Taylor was New Zealand’s Raana Horan and Mike Connor, who once again put the leading Pro buggies on notice in the #899 Big Black Motorsport Titan. Horan was hovering in outright podium contention until a flat rear tyre on second last lap forced the Extreme 4WD pilot into the pits. He returned to the track in time to hold off the #803 Pajero of Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire by 24 seconds for the Extreme 4WD Class win and ninth outright. Sandy Bowman and Daniel Hardman drew on their Vic high country driving skills to carve up the Lockyer Valley track, until the #833 Chevy powered GQ became stuck in first gear forcing them to settle for third in class.

    The UTV Class was a new addition to the AORC Class line up this year and Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor took the honours of racking up the first victory in the new category in their #666 Snake Racing Polaris RZR XP. The tight conditions mixed with Murphy’s no holds barred driving style, which he has honed on the ARC circuit this year saw them narrowly miss a top ten finish, placing 11th outright and keeping many of their bigger siblings honest in the process. The #688 Snake Polaris of Michael and Darren Smith took second in class, ahead of Andrew and Rhys North from Queensland in the #671 Polaris.

    Only a handful of seconds split the Super 1650 combatants during the first half of the race, with Ian Hill and Nathan Thorton in the #204 Hurricane holding off reigning class champ #201 Darryl Smith and David McGrath. However when Smith lost time with a wet engine in the second creek crossing on lap 5, Hill took the ascendancy and raced away to take the class win by 24 minutes.

    The Production 4WD Class podium became an all Mitsubishi affair with Rob Chapman and Ross Challacombe taking the class win in the trademark red #703 Triton. Michael and Linda Topfer locked their short wheel based #722 Pajero into second, ahead of Evan Burns and Beth McKay who overcame a gentle rollover at the first creek crossing on lap 6 in their #789 Pajero to finish the race and secure a well deserved third in class.

    The #570 V8 Triton of Bernie Clohesy and #522 V8 Rodeo of Scott Gould have gone toe to toe all season in the Performance 2WD class and their close rivalry continued at Mulgowie. After the 8 laps it was Bernie Clohesy and Kim Stacey who made the best of the slippery conditions to take the class win ahead of Scott Gould and Matt Haywood. While local Queensland driver, Paul Youman was lead the Southerners for the first 4 laps of the race which made up the state championship component of the event.

    After a day of close wheel to wheel racing which snaked through the foot hills of the Darling Downs, through flowing creeks and along tree lined farm tracks, twenty-seven of the 63 entries completed the eight laps. The event was capped off with a presentation dinner for the event and AORC at the Mulgowie Hotel on Sunday night, where the 2012 Outright and Class Champions were presented their trophies.

  • Snake Racing 2:19 am on 21/11/2012 Permalink
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    NSW Off Road Championship 2012 Done and Dusted 

    The final round of the NSW Off Road Championship took place last weekend at Colo Park, the home of Sydney Off Road Racing Association just up the Putty Road in the Hawkesbury area.

    It was a great event after the rain settled and 38 competitors were ready to race.

    Snake managed to finish the NSW Off Road season  with a combination of highs and lows.  A fantastic effort by Michael Smith in the Snake XP900 #688 saw him finish the weekend 1st in the UTV class  and an amazing 6th place outright.  A fantastic effort by Mick and his navigator Scott Madison.

    Snake XP900 Car #666 driven by Wayne Murphy did not finish all races over the weekend after damage to the vehicle, however Wayne was still pleased to end up with a trophy for 2nd in class is his and navigator’s Chris Taylor’s hand. Wayne also finished the year winning the UTV class in 1st position. A great result.

    Unfortunately Brendan Flett with wife Rebecca Flett as navi in Snake XP900 car #677 did not finish all races for the weekend due to damage also, but did finish 3rd in class and did have alot of fun doing so. Well done.

    First outright went to Jeff Thomas in Pro Buggy car #51 with David Nikiforoff in Super 1650 car #290 in 2nd and Peter Skaza in another Pro Buggy #83 in 3rd.

    An up date on outright point scorer for the year is still to come.


  • Snake Racing 4:41 am on 20/11/2012 Permalink
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    NSW Off Road Championship Final Round 2012 Colo Park 

    The final round of the NSW Off Road Championship is being run this weekend at Colo Park.

    The boys from Snake are just about set to go and are taking a 3rd Snake XP900 for a bit of extra fun. Joining usual drivers Madman Wayne Murphy and Mick Smith is Brendan Flett.

    Wayne is out to take out the UTV class for the year and Mick 2nd position which should make for an exciting weekend for the team. Wayne is currently sitting in 7th position on the outright points board and will be chuffed if he can move a little further up the ladder by the end of the weekend. It will make it a very successful year for Snake Racing if he does and the win obviously even better.

    Snake has had a very busy year making the rounds of the country at many events such as Condo 750, 8 rounds of NSW Off Road Championship, 4 rounds of ARC Side by Side Championship and recently a round of the Australian Off Road Championship in Qld. Being the naming sponsor at ARC’s Coffs Coast Rally was also a great week back in October. Colo Park will be a nice local way to wrap up the year and to start making plans for 2013 and generally just be together with all the team for a final weekend for the year.

    Look out for results and photos from the event after the weekend on the Snake website.

    Good luck Wayne and Chris, Mick and Scott and Brendan and Rebecca and to all the teams traveling to Colo Park.

    Any interested spectators are more than welcome to travel to Colo Park along the Putty Road at Colo Heights. Racing kicks off on Saturday afternoon with 2 rounds and Sunday at 9am covering a total  of 102 competitive kilometres. It’s a fun day and there is catering available if you have nothing to do and are up for a Sunday drive. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

  • Snake Racing 3:52 am on 13/11/2012 Permalink
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    Mitsubishi Electric Lockyer Valley 300 2012 – What a weekend 

    What was said to be a weekend of dusty to slippery and near perfect conditions turned out to be the complete opposite at this years final round of the Australian Off Road Championship held in the Qld Lockyer Valley region.

    Day one was cancelled due to heavy rain and a damaged track. Saturday night was spent relocating infrastructure to a shorter course 6kms Sth. The whole field was looking forward to some racing by the time Sunday morning came around and thank goodness the sun started to shine through, especially for all those whom traveled interstate and put in a huge effort to be there. Reconnaissance went ahead however prologue did not and all competitors were seeded into a starting order to get the event underway.

    Out of a field of 63 only 27 finished all 8 laps of the much shortened 20km track which was originally 80kms. All competitors were just happy to be running and gave it all they had to make it a successful event with the time that was left of the weekend.

    The boys from Snake Racing finished all 8 laps and Wayne Murphy and Navi Chris Taylor once again brought home the trophies with 1st in class and 11th outright  and Mick Smith teamed with his brother Darren 2nd in class. Wayne was said to be keeping the front runners on their toes with his “No hold barred driving style” that he has displayed throughout the year at events such as the NSW Off Road Championship, Australian Side by Side championship and now this round of the AORC. Wayne just gives it all he has and has pulled off some pretty impressive results throughout the year.  He is currently sitting in 1st place in the UTV class of the NSW Off Road Championship with only 1 round to go next weekend at Colo Park. Overall Wayne is sitting 7th outright for top point scorer for this years NSW Off Round Championship which is pretty amazing considering the field of drivers and class of vehicles he is up against.

    Taking out the Lockyer Valley 300 was first time winners Matt Coleman and Shawn Teagle in their Alpha pro Buggy.

    Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells in their twin turbo V6 Jimco finished the event in 2nd place which secured them outright winners of the 2012 AORC. Congratulations.

    In 3rd place Gerald Reid and Aaron Saliba driving a V8 pro buggy.

    Overall considering the conditions of the weekend everyone was quite happy at the presentation night held at the Mulgowie Hotel. A great time was had by all. A particular thanks and well done should go to the officials for keeping the event running over the weekend and for all the hard work and effort they put in to make sure it happened.

  • Snake Racing 1:32 am on 23/10/2012 Permalink
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    Podium finish for Snake Racing at Nabiac 

    With extreme heat and very dusty conditions Round 7 of the NSW Off Road Championship went ahead last weekend in Nabiac NSW with more than a few big offs to keep the weekend packed with excitement.

    The boys from Snake Racing Car #666 Wayne Murphy and Chris Taylor and Car #688 Michael Smith and Scott Madison stayed in the game and once again managed to pull off 1st and 2nd in class and both finished in the top 15 out of a field of 40 vehicles. Wayne raced in at 8th outright.

    When you consider the field of Extreme 4WD’s, Pro- Buggies, Performance 2WD and the likes it is pretty impressive to see the Snake XP900’s up there with the much more powerful and expensive vehicles in the field. After seeing many vehicles not finish the race due to a combination of heat and terrain the XP900 has the power and performance to get it through some of the toughest conditions and they did just that.

    Congratulations must go to Matt Dunk and Matt Dough in their Extreme 4WD vehicle placing 1st outright, Jeff Thomas and Peter Calvery in their Pro-Buggy for placing 2nd and Jono Patterson and Eden McGlashan in their Prolite vehicle for placing 3rd.

    A great and eventful rally was had by all and even though some of the toughest rallying was experienced by the boys from Snake they look forward to competing in the upcoming Australian Rally Championship round in Lockyer Valley Qld on 10th – 11th Nov. This will be followed by round 8 of the NSW Off Road Championship at Colo Park the following weekend.

    Download results Outright: NabiacResultsOutright2012



  • Snake Racing 4:14 am on 14/10/2012 Permalink
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    Podium finish for Ryan Smart at Coffs Coast Rally 2012 

    Congratulations to the boys and the team at Snake Racing. After a very long week here in Coffs Harbour full of tests days, recce, media days and two days of rallying it was all worth the effort everyone put in with a podium position for the team and 3 out of 4 Snake crews finishing in the top 6.

    Today Ryan Smart and John Allen Car #94 delivered some very impressive times in the Side x Side class of the Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally which saw him claw his way back into 3rd  position. This was very pleasing to all after yesterdays issues with the vehicle. Once the car was up and running again Ryan finished Heat 1 yesterday with a win in SS8 and this certainly gave Ryan the edge he needed as he spent most of today only a second or 2 off the pace and kept the pressure on Cody Crocker who finished in 1st place.

    Congratulations must also go to 2 of our other crews Mick Smith and Michael Sales Car #99 and father and son Nathan and Les Chivers Car #96 who both finished the rally with a great result.

    Mick Smith’s steady approach paid off for him as he just wanted to finish the rally and he managed to do that without any problems over the weekend and placed 5th in the Side X Side class.  Mick was very happy with his result considering this type of event is new to him in 2012.

    Unfortunately Nathan also suffered from some issues with the vehicle on day 1 which saw him miss 2 stages but he managed to give it all he had and finish in 6th outright which was fantastic. Heat 2 SS9 saw Nathan achieve a time just over 1 second behind Cody which was amazing and really goes to show he has the talent needed to keep this rallying interesting.

    It was great to see Snake take out a podium position and as this is the first year Snake has been involved with an ARC event everyone is pretty stoked. After the storm hit and everyone stood in the rain the sun shone through and we were able to enjoy seeing our boys receive their trophy which was a thrill for the whole team.

    Snake Racing is very proud to be part of such a great motoring event and are really happy to see the enthusiasm behind the Side x Side class. We are sure that it will only grow from here.


    ARC- 4WD

    1ST Car#2 Michael Boaden and Helen Cheers –  Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI

    2nd Car#11 Matt Van Tuinen and Erin Kelly – Subaru Impreza WRX Sti

    3rd Car#13 Mick Patton and Bernie Webb – Subaru Impreza WRX Sti

    ARC -2WD

    1st Car#8 Eli Evans and Glen Weston –  Honda Jazz

    equal 2nd Car#12 Mark Pedder and Claire Ryan – Honda Jazz

    equal 2nd Car#23 Matt Amos and Tom Ryan – Holden Commodore VZ Ute


    1st Car#33 Neale Bates and Coral Taylor – Toyota Celica RA40

    2nd Car#37 Clay Badenoch and Luke Bulten – Toyota Corolla

    3rd Car#36 Mal Keough and Pip Bennett – Datsun P510


  • Snake Racing 12:48 pm on 13/10/2012 Permalink
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    Heat 1 highlights – 2012 Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally – Video footage 

    Some huge offs on day 1. Check them out

  • Snake Racing 11:36 am on 12/10/2012 Permalink
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    Coffs Coast Rally 2012 Media Day Highlights – Video footage 

    Check out all the video action from the media day for Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally 2012 right here. ENJOY

  • Snake Racing 7:07 am on 11/10/2012 Permalink
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    Michael Smith and Michael Sales test the Snake XP900 at Coffs Coast Rally 2012 – Video Footage 

    Two good friends, some fun wheels and alot of hard work is all it takes to enjoy a few days at Snake Racing Coffs Coast Rally.

    These two guys have been around in Khanacross,  Motokanas and GoKarts for a few years now and with some help from Snake Racing thought they would try their hand in the Bosch ARC Side x Side Championship this year. “Our main objective is just to bring the Snake XP900 home in one piece and finish the rally. We don’t care where we place” says Mick Smith.

    After meeting Ryan Flanagan and the Snake boys at a local rally and being asked to be part of the team Mick has worked some long hours to get his Snake car #99 ready for the big weekend.

    Check out Michael’s moves here during testing for the big weekend.

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