Huge field welcomes Waikeire back to the national AORC calendar

Bumper field for Waikeire
Bumper field for Waikeire

Round 3 of the Australian Off Road Championship gets underway this weekend in South Australia as more than 90 competitors line up for the Toyo Tires Riverland Enduro, which marks the return of the Waikerie-based event to the national Championship.

Waikerie is located in the Riverland of South Australia just two hours east of Adelaide, and a little over two hours west of Mildura on the banks of the Murray River.

After being run as a successful state level event for more than two decades, this year’s event is being embraced by fans and teams alike, including local Trophy Truck icon Brad Gallard (#454).

“It’s my home town, it’s where I grew up,” said Gallard.

“I went out there as a kid watching the legends of the sport racing and I guess that’s part of why I got enthusiastic about the sport.

“The event hasn’t been a national race since the early 90s so we’re looking forward to stepping it up again and we can’t wait to put on a good show!”

The country’s best known Buggy, Trophy Truck and 4WD competitors are entered including reigning champions Shannon and Ian Rentsch (#1), Outer Bounds Racing’s Beau Robinson (#413) and Travis Robinson (#13), Billy Geddes (#401), Clayton Chapman (#871) and Geoff Pickering (#701) who makes his return to the Championship since claiming the Production 4WD class title last year.

Plus a bumper field of SA local competitors are entered including Hayden Bentley (#2), Jack Rhodes (#91), Greg Gartner (#410), Bruce Muir (#422), and the three-car entered Haby family of Phillip (#55), Carl (#56) and Aaron (#57); of which Aaron scored an impressive 10th-placed finish at last month’s Tatts Finke Desert Race.

On Friday afternoon July 4, Official Scrutineering will be held at the Waikerie Oval on Peake Terrace from 4-8pm, where all competitor vehicles will be on display for fans to get up close and to mingle with the drivers.

Saturday July 5 sees full reconnaissance held from 8am before the 6km Prologue kicks off at 12pm, followed by the Top 10 Shootout and Dash for Cash.

LIVE timing and a commentary feed will also be available across the weekend starting on Saturday morning, streamed via official Championship website at http://www.aorc.com.au/live/

Then the competition proper starts at 9am sharp on Sunday morning July 6, consisting of five laps of the 75km track for AORC-entered competitors, and four laps for state-level entries, with a continuation of the live timing and commentary feed.

For more event information about Round 3 for the Championship, including supplementary regulations, entry list, accommodation options, spectator information and more, head to: http://www.aorc.com.au/events/waikerie/

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