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Wooramel 300 Done and Dusted

Posted on 10.05.2010

The inaugural Wooramel 300 has been run and won.

Off road racing was back in the North West and event promoter, Gascoyne Offroad Racing Club, was very pleased with the strong field of 42 bikes and quads and 16 cars with most of the field travelling from as far away as Perth.

Wooramel station provided a perfect setting with a very challenging 35 kms race track consisting of sandy river sections, dusty station tracks and some hostile crabhole country. The Wooramel setting also provided perfect viewing opportunities for spectators who were able to sit back in comfort and enjoy some fantastic racing over the weekend.

Technical issues with the new timing system caused a delay to Saturdays racing and after consultation between the promoter and competitors the race distance was reduced to 250 kilometres. The revised format saw the cars/buggies the first out completing 3 laps before the bikes/quads completed their prologue.

Ken Styles tore up the challenging track in his Chevy V8 powered pro buggy beating home multiple time state champion Brad Cooper then Kevin Renton and the first of the “tin tops” with Ted Schultz’s V8 Jeep in 4th place. In a testament to the tough terrain only six of the sixteen starters completed the first heat.

The Sunday organisation went off without a hitch and saw the cars out on the course around 7am to complete their two laps and then followed by four bike laps. The action was fast and furious over the 35 kilometre loop course with the fastest competitors lapping the slower ones. The spectators were treated to competitors passing their vantage point every few minutes. In the cars local Ken Styles maintained his dominance in the pro buggy with Cooper and Renton rounding out the top three positions. Local hero Stephen “Duck” Mitchell continued the form which saw him win the prologue section and he powered to an early lead though an incident on the third lap saw this lead surrendered to wild man Ivan Erceg after Mitchell crashed out.

The event closed out with the car/buggies completing a 2 lap section followed by the bikes running 3 laps. Ken Styles held back all comers to claim the car section of the inaugural Wooramel 300 followed by a hard charging Cooper with Kevin Renton claiming 3rd place. Erceg maintained his first position in the bikes followed home by Russell Scoble and Andrew Somers. Quad racing was very competitive with John Iuliano claiming 1st from Ivan Abreu and Heath Young.

The event promoter, Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club would like to thank the Steadman family for the use of their property and their outstanding hospitality and generosity, Carnarvon School of The Air for the marvellous catering and our team of volunteers who made the weekend possible.

The mighty Gascoyne Dash is being run 28th to 31 October 2010.

Local rider Stephen Mitchell is recovering in a Perth hospital after sustaining several broken bones; our best wishes to Duck and his family on a speedy recovery.

Place and class positions;

Cars

  • Pro buggy: 1st Ken Styles and Josh Ellis, 2nd Brad Cooper, 3rd Ken Renton and Peter Don and 4th David Hickey and Scott Wilde
  • Production 4wd: 1st Ted Schultz and Rick Andreoli and 2nd Greg Pickersgill and Uwe Kreusch
  • The above teams were the only to complete the entire event.

Other class awards;

  • Production 4wd: 3rd Barry and Sandra Mason
  • Extreme 4wd: 1st Trevor and Jane Spencer and 2nd Darryl Hardman
  • Prolite: 1st Nigel Simkin and Trevor Manger
  • Super 1650: 1st Harley O’Brien and Wayne Poletti and 2nd Michael Burnett and Kenneth Parker-Burnett

Bikes

  • Prologue: 1st Stephen “Duck” Mitchell, 2nd Ivan Erceg, 3rd Chad Freeman
  • Outright: 1st Ivan Erceg, 2nd Russell Scoble, and 3rd Andrew Somers
  • Classes
  • Class 1: (Up to 250cc two stroke) 1st Bart Carter, 2nd Joshua Groenenberg
  • Class 1 Veteran (over 35 years): Joshua Groenenberg
  • Class 2 (Up to 250cc four stroke): Annie Salamouris
  • Class 4: (251cc to 450cc four stroke): 1st Ivan Erceg, 2nd Russell Scoble, and 3rd Andrew Somers
  • Class 4 Veteran: 1st Ivan Erceg, 2nd Jon Watts, 3rd Steven Moore
  • Class 4 Masters: 1st Colin Kelly, 2nd John Zadow
  • Class 5: (over 450cc four stroke): 1st Geoff Woods, 2nd Ian Dibben, and 3rd Stephen McKie
  • Class 5 Veterans: 1st Geoff Woods
  • Class 5 Masters: 1st Ian Dibben, 2nd Stephen McKie
  • Quads: 1st John Iuliano, 2nd Ivan Abreu, 3rd Heath Young
  • Quad Veteran: 1st John Iuliano, 2nd Heath Young
  • Quad Masters: 1st Wayne Whitcroft
  • Female: 1st Annie Salamouris

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