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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!

Dash Prologue

Posted on 03.11.2012

GAS DASH HEATS UP AT PROLOGUE

As the sun broke the horizon on the West Australian coastal town of Carnarvon, residents awoke to the sound of over 125 desert racers start their respective machines, all on-route to the prologue circuit centred at the Carnarvon Racecourse. This event unique in many aspects, one of which allows competitors to drive or ride their race machines on public roads over the race weekend.

GAS DASH HEATS UP AT PROLOGUE

As the sun broke the horizon on the West Australian coastal town of Carnarvon, residents awoke to the sound of over 125 desert racers start their respective machines, all on-route to the prologue circuit centred at the Carnarvon Racecourse. This event unique in many aspects, one of which allows competitors to drive or ride their race machines on public roads over the race weekend.

Despite rain in the area preceding the weekend, it was not long before the dust rose from the prologue circuit with the bikes first away on their run at prologue. With last year's champion Ben Grabham not at this year's race; it was the seeded rider and local star Warren Kempton who lead the qualifiers away at 8am sharp. It was obvious from the get go that competitors were keen to get a good starting position with a frantic pace from the front runners. The massive increase in prize money throughout the field, certainly responsible for the all-caution-to-the-wind approach.

Bikes and quads of all makes and models went one by one throughout the hour-long qualifying session. So diverse was the field of machinery, even a 1962 Triumph Trophy lined up, creating much interest through the enthusiastic crowd.

When the dust had cleared it was Victorian speedster Matt Fish who claimed the $1000 Caltex Starmart Carnarvon fuel card for the fastest time in prologue crossing the line in 13 minutes 15 seconds.
Interesting, considering Fish had returned early from his initial run, in aid of fellow competitor Mike Wing, who had a big get off in the early stages of the prologue. Mike was standing but dizzy and was taken to the Carnarvon Hospital for a precautionary check-up. All is said to be ok at time of printing however the same could not be said for his ride, with extensive damage sustained to the two wheeled racing machine.
With this, Matt Fish was given a run proper. The experienced off roader wasted no time to give all behind something to chase; a great run from the first time Gas Dasher. West Australians Terry Crane, Adam Clay and Stephen Mitchell filled the next respective spots with Chris Thomas making the most of the trip over from NSW, rounding out the top five.

With a westerly sea breeze, the dust was still in the sky when it was the cars turn to take to the track in anger. Local Pro Buggy racer Justin Steadman was first off the line with just under 30 cars to follow.
Again in 2012, a diverse range of machinery lined up to attack the Carnarvon prologue. One by one they qualified with the Suzuki field this year larger than ever.

In a time of 13 minutes 17 seconds it was Justin Steadman and navigator Greg Finlay in their Bat Racing/ Mickey Thompson hotrod that took the honours and also the $1000 Caltex Starmart Fuel card for their efforts; a popular win for the local. Another happy team was that of Shane Elphinstone and Warren Fennel, piloting the ex-Ken Styles machine into second place for prologue. Stablemate to Steadman and team principal Brad Cooper, along with navigator Mal Yeardley, struggled with power steering problems in their BAT/ Mickey Thompson machine to claim a creditable third place in prologue.

Tintops fared well with the ever quick Mark Murray/Daniel Smith combination in their Extreme 4wd Nissan Patrol finishing fourth and David McShane/Greg Greentree in the new F150 Protruck rounding out the top five for the car division.

All teams are now making the trek up the Gascoyne River to Coonatha Station and event headquarters for the next two days. Racing will get underway at 8am for Saturday morning's 200km lap at the foot of the breathtaking Kennedy Ranges.

Go to www.myraceresult.com.au for full results of today's prologue and throughout the weekend.

 


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