With Round 1 of the 2020 WAORC just around the corner, Off Road Racing WA Inc are proud to announce that we have already locked in some media for the Rod Hatter Memorial G Turbo Perenjori 360.
Photo by Brett Sandells Photography
Making sure you are covered with some high quality photos will be Brett Sandells Photography. Brett as a former competitors himself knows just how and where to get the money shot and will be covering the Perenjori 360 from lots of angles.
Cagetec Racing will be producing the event video highlights package and many of you will be familiar with Jason Galea’s work having been the WAORC contracted media in 2016 and 2017.
Photo by Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography
We are also very excited to have Andrew Eaton from Peregrine Precision Aerial Photography providing race weekend snaps! Andrew is fresh back in Australia after shooting the 2020 Dakar in Saudi Arabia and will no doubt product some fantastic snaps
The event is still open to more media and if you would like to cover the event, please get in touch so that we can arrange track access for you on race weekend
Supplementary Regulations are now available for the 2020 G Turbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. As with previous years this will be the first round of the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and the first chance for competitors to go off road racing in 2020
ORRWA have been hard at work creating an all new track and have laid out approximately a 62km track heading into new properties and new terrain. This looks to have decreased the amount of fenceline running to make a more interesting and exciting race for the competitors
Pre-event scrutineering will once again be held at G Turbo in Balcatta one week prior to the race for all of the Perth based competitors. G Turbo as well as being great competitors in off road racing, have been fantastic supporters of the Perenjori event. We hope that competitors and spectators will once again embrace pre event scrutiny as the racers show off their vehicles, enjoy a sausage sizzle and have some friendly banter about who is the fastest!
Entries will be opening shortly and Supp Regs can be found here
The Gturbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360 has been run and won for another year with specatcular racing action and excellent hospitality from the town of Perenjori a feature yet again. Off track, the Perenjori pool was a big hit as temperatures soared towards 40 degress across the weekend and the excellent catering from the community groups and the Perenjori Sporting club ensured that this family friendly event retains its status as one of the best on the calendar
On track, the action was red hot! Prologue saw 39 crews blast off for a chance to secure a dust free run, but it was Darren Agrela in the Undecided Racing Jimco who clocked in with the quickest time. #406 Colin Doney and #68 Justin Steadman rounded out the podium, but the big talking point was that 3 time WAORC champion Jared Percival was a DNF with mechanical gremlins threatening to derail his title defence at the first hurdle. Mark Murray in his Diesel powered Patrol put in a sterling performance securing 7th outright and a time identical to that of Phil Shepley in the #411 truck.
Section 1 saw the crews tackle 2 laps of the course totaling 120kms of racing and again it was Agrela who streaked away from the field. Doney chased valiantly to hold onto 2nd with Justin Steadman taking 3rd. Brad Cooper had an alternator failure which stopped his BAT Pro Buggy whilst cooling issues saw Mal Yeardley park his #171 machine. The #32 Jungle Racing Porter of David Hickey was also out of the race with gear selection issues whilst running in a strong 5th outright. The drive of the day award would have to go to Mat Birnie and Rochelle Funneman as the slotted their CanAm X3 into 5th outright however a heavy impact across the finish line meant that the crew had their work cut out for them to be ready to race again on Sunday. Mark Murray lead the Extreme 4wd class with Tim Murray the best of the Production 4wds. Peter Barret held the Sportslite lead as trouble struck his rivals whilst Karl Richardson lead Performance 2wd ahead of Mat Beck whose Kingswood had begun to use a lot of oil and was another that may have been in doubt to run on Sunday
Warmer conditions on Sunday meant the the 2 x 120km sections would be a tough ask for the crews and right off the bat there was drama! Colin Doney was pushing to close the gap to Darren Agrela when he suffered a flat tyre and as the #406 beetle does not carry a spare they were out of the section. Justin Steadman inherited 2nd place, but that did not last long as he broke an axle which elevated Phil Shepley in his Extreme 2wd truck into 2nd Place. Mark Harris charged hard to move up into 3rd outright whilst Garry Povah and Mark Murray went to to toe for Extreme 4wd honours. Rob Alford suffered a gentle roll in his Polaris Turbo S but righted the #661 machine and continued on to finish the section. Graeme Bentink had a flawless run in the GTurbo Landcruiser to move into 1st in Production 4wd as Karl Richardson and Peter Barrett continued to lead their classes respectively
The final 2 laps were a nervy affair as 2nd placed competitor Phil Shepley suffered a puncture dropping him back to 6th on road and facing a massive battle to hold onto 2nd outright. Out in front Darren Agrela was in command and cruised home for his 2nd victory in the Rod Hatter Memorial, having won the event in 2013 when it was held at Yealering. Such was the sheer pace from the #39 Jimco he would take the race with a 14 minute margin over Shepley who wound up the wick on the last lap to hold onto 2nd place. Mark Harris showed strong form as he took 1st in SXS Turbo and 3rd outright in just his 2nd WAORC race. Of the original 39 starters, just 19 managed to complete all 6 laps as the 2019 CAMS, Westside Insurance & Carnarvon Motel WAORC got off to a spectacular start
Pro Buggy – #39 Darren Agrela & Ryan Barton
Prolite – No official finishers
Super 1650 – No official finishers
Sportslite – #1032 Peter Barrett
Extreme 2wd – #411 Phil Shepley
Performance 2wd – Karl Richardson
SXS Turbo – #611 Mark Harris
Production 4wd – #790 Graeme Bentink
Extreme 4wd – #850 Garry Povah
Off Road Racing WA Inc. are proud to announce that thanks to the generous sponsorship from Cagetec there will be a $500 cash prize pool for the SXS class at the 2019 Gturbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360. Cagetec Managing Director Frank Galea has announcd this week that the $500 will be split between 1st, 2nd and 3rd placegetters in the SXS Turbo class. With 11 competitors in in CanAm and Polaris SXS’s racing in this class, it will be a very hotly contested race and is the largest class in the field
The SXS classes have been a strong area of growth throughout recent years and Cagetec have been the manufacturer of choice when it comes to fitting out your SXS for racing as well as a whole range of parts for the recreational user. Throughout the 11 strong field there are many Cagetec parts on show, from door panels, roofs, fuel tanks, roll cages, spare tyre mounts, nerf bars, the list goes on
As if the racing in this class wasn’t going to be hot enough, this little extra incentive is sure to spice things up just a little bit more!
For more information on the 2019 CAMS, Westside Insurance & Carnarvon Motel WAORC visit www.waorc.com
For more information on the Gturbo, Rod Hatter Memorial Perenjori 360 visit www.orrwa.com
For more information on Cagetec, visit www.cagetec.net
Entries for the first round of the 2019 CAMS, Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship are now open. The Rod Hatter Memorial, GTurbo Perenjori 360 is set to kick off the season in spectacular fashion.
Once again pre-event scrutineering will be held at G Turbo in Balcatta one week prior to the race for all of the Perth based competitors. This will give scrutineers a good chance to have a thorough check of the vehicles as well as an opportunity for the racers to show off their vehicles, enjoy a sausage sizzle and some friendly banter about just who will be quickest at Perenjori. G Turbo have been fantastic supporters of this event and pre event scrutineering is a great way to show appreciation for their generosity and support of the sport
Race weekend will feature many of the existing favorite sections of the Perenjori track as well as returning to some areas that havent been used for several years and some new sections to keep competitors on their toes. ORRWA have been hard at work to make sure that the 16th running of the Rod Hatter Memorial will set the tone for a great season of racing