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2016 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash

It is with great sorrow that the Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club wishes to inform you that due to low confirmed entries the 2016 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash will not be held as it is not economically viable.

This decision has not been made lightly, however it does give the committee the opportunity to reinvigorate the event.

All entry fees that have been paid will be reimbursed in full. Deb will be in touch to get your bank details and confirm the amounts paid.

Rest assured that this is not the end of the Gascoyne Dash and we will have exciting news for everyone in the near future.

The Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club would like to thank everyone for their support and we look forward to growing the relationship in the years to come.

The ADVENTURE continues!

2013 Gascoyne Dash Fires Up – Day One Scrutineering

Posted on 31.10.2013

• 36 vehicles entered as well as 80 Bikes and Quads
• Excitement about the ‘longest prologue in Australia’
• A moving tribute remembering two iconic Dash identities.

The 2013 Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash up today with the scrutiny and street parade of 36 vehicles and 80 bike riders through the main street of Carnarvon, in the Gascoyne Region of Western Australia.

Competitors from all over Australia have converged on Carnavon, close to the most western point of the continent to start their Dash adventure. Leading the quality list of entrants is last year’s auto category winner, Brad Cooper in his South African built Bat Racing built Pro Buggy. Fresh from Safari Dave McShane is unleashing his masterpiece of 4WD engineering against David Fong’s V8 Defender and a fleet of Nissans and Suzukis. Headlining the Moto’s are last years bike prologue winner, Matt Fish and the 2011 GasDash winner and multiple Finke Desert Race winner Ben Grabham, who is poised to again be odds on favourite to take the “King of the River” title. 2013 sees one of the biggest quad fields assembled for the event, with over 20 riders taking up the challenge. Where Brad Smith and John Iuliano are expected to be amongst those to lead the charge.

This year’s scrutiny and parade was earmarked as a time to reflect on the recent passing of two of Western Australia’s icons. All involved in the event took a moment to pause and consider the lives of Ivan Erceg and Paul Burt.

With scrutiny completed and drivers briefed, the Carnarvon main street came alive, with locals and supporters crowding to vantage points to watch the 100+ entrants parade their way around the Carnarvon town centre. Providing onlookers a spectacular chance to view the bikes, quads, trucks, buggies and 4WD’s up-close before they hit the desert.

Event chief Paul Kelly is excited to see the event unfold this year. After 12 months of planning the Western Australia community has banded together to forge a strong event. Kelly was proud to state that he believes “the Gascoyne Dash now has the longest prologue in Australia”, a 20km circuit at the Carnarvon Race Course featuring compact sand; jumps to huck both bikes and buggies off; loamy corners and straights that will see “the vehicles finding top gear and the bikes throttling out”.

After prologue winds up on Friday in town, competitors, teams and event organizers will pack up and road trip the whole show east to the Gascoyne Junction hub where competitors will set up camp under the stars before racing will commence Saturday morning at 7:00am.

Saturday’s racing will see the CAMS Race cars meet a green flag at 7am, with the bikes and quads leaving a couple of hours later at 10:30am. The top drivers and riders are expected to take around 2 hours to complete the 198km course, which includes short sections of river sand, sand dunes, station tracks and climbs into the harsh Kennedy Ranges. Sunday will see the racing continue at Bidgemia Station, with a second loop of the track, which will be modified overnight to include a whooping 55kms of river to test the metal of man and machine.

With Thursday’s scrutiny and CBD event wrapped up, stay up to date with the 2013 Gascoyne Dash via http://www.gasdash.com/ or on their facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Gascoyne-Dash

The Gascoyne Dash is supported by the Western Australian Government, via Eventscorp, the Department of Regional Development and Lands, and Royalties for Regions.

Media contact: DirtComp Magazine, Randall Kilner (0416 125 564) – www.dirtcomp.com.au
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