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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!

2010 Dash - done and dusted

Posted on 01.11.2010

Such a unique challenge is this event, the competitor list for this year’s Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash included many new names from across Australia and overseas such as India, Holland and South Africa but the coveted “King of the River” title remains on home ground. Perth based Outer Bounds Racing’s (OBR) Travis Robinson along with navigator Keith Rance drove the #3 Pro Class V8 powered Jimco to victory; claiming the title for a second year in a row. Travis completed the 500 plus kilometers in a total time of 4hours 39minutes 30 seconds averaging 111km per hour.

2010 King of the River Crowned

Such a unique challenge is this event, the competitor list for this year’s Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash included many new names from across Australia and overseas such as India, Holland and South Africa but the coveted “King of the River” title remains on home ground. Perth based Outer Bounds Racing’s (OBR) Travis Robinson along with navigator Keith Rance drove the #3 Pro Class V8 powered Jimco to victory; claiming the title for a second year in a row. Travis completed the 500 plus kilometers in a total time of 4hours 39minutes 30 seconds averaging 111km per hour.

Not only was there an international feel this year but a strong celebrity presence as well. Three contestants from the recent season of “Farmer wants a Wife” #7 Jamie Morgan, #447 Shaun Fewson and #509 Charlie Norton all competed and the channel nine TV show “Postcards” was there to catch all the action, also former Australian Cricket Captain Kim Hughes made an appearance to top off a great weekend.

The coastal town of Carnarvon came to a stop last Thursday when registration and scrutiny was held in the town’s civic centre for all 141 entrants - 35 cars and 106 bikes and quads. All were hushed at competitor briefing when the “Welcome to Country” was performed by local Ingarrda men Raymond Edney and Zenith Ahchoo from the group known as “Sundown”. Outside, the then 600 strong crowd marveled at the machinery on show and soaked up the carnival atmosphere in the main street until the sun set over the Indian Ocean.

Prologue (qualifying) was staged on Friday and for the first time, in town, which provided another spectacle for locals and visitors alike; students from St Mary’s and Carnarvon East Primary downed pens to take prime position trackside and loved every minute. Representing one of the major sponsors - Gascoyne Development Commission - Heather Condo enjoyed the view from the film crew helicopter and commented,” This is wonderful for the event, it just gets better and better; I will be doing my utmost to increase support for 2011.”

The bikes prologued first and it was young gun motocross rider and first time desert racer #440 Josh Herbert aboard Vern Strange’s Yamaha 450R who took out the number one spot, completing the 13km circuit in 10 minutes 26 seconds, Vern not riding this year due to injury but keen to notch up another for the mighty blue and Western Australia. Second across the line was Carnarvon local #486 Paul Brown and third, representing “Trailrider Magazine” was #4 Chris Thomas from Moree in NSW. So thirsty to run this race, former Gas Dash top five Ivan Erceg made a record recovery from recent injury at the Australian Safari and was looking super fast before a minor “off” near the finish line; he would have to start thinking about clawing his way back from 25th.

Late morning arrived and it was time for the cars to hit the dirt, fastest to prologue was Perth’s Beau Robinson/ Adam Trewhalla piloting the #85 V6 twin turbo charged OBR Jimco to victory in just 9 minutes 34 seconds. Second was the OBR #3 Travis Robinson/ Keith Rance only four seconds behind then the locals cheered as the #968 of Justin Steadman/ Saxon Boston crossed the line to take third; a great result considering minimal seat time for Justin in the new car.

Teams then tracked inland 270km toward the desert and the Coonatha race complex situated near the town of Gascoyne Junction. Saturday October 30 marked “Day One” a 187km circuit around the base of the Kennedy Ranges, race proper ignited at 7am with the cars first to leave the line at one minute intervals. By the half way mark #3 Travis Robinson had taken the lead but it was close racing; the top five made it to the first checkpoint still one minute apart… freakish. Josh Herbert was riding strong until detonating a motor allowing #4 Chris Thomas to hold the lead at the half way point; he too succumbed to mechanical failure in the next sector. A race incident involving #303 William Ball unfolded not long after, great news to report that he’s recovering in hospital and looks as though he’s going to be OK. The attrition rate was high as always, 12 cars did not finish (DNF) along with 15 bikes/ quads.

Savior to many, the Gascoyne Junction Hotel has accumulated many spare parts over the years, Publican Gene dug deep into his buckets of bits and pieces and… as usual, gave many teams a glimmer of hope; car#440 had a busted diff, Bernie Gwynne and crew found the right bolts, extremely thankful not to “call it a day” having travelled all the way from Alice Springs to compete; nice one Gene!

Saturday night at the Coonatha complex is always entertaining; the huge red crop nets create an atmosphere like no other and this year saw the inaugural Dirt Art and Fire Festival take place. Performers flew in from Perth to join local aerialists on the trapeze and aerial silks before lighting the night sky with a stunning fire show. Those that love to party danced the night away then all fell silent at the 10 000 star hotel in the desert.

Day two dawned and for many, a sleepless night working hard just to meet the green; a defiant field of 26 cars and 88 bikes stood ready to tackle the river head on; this sector being the 315km run back to Carnarvon, most of it along the dry river bed of the mighty Gascoyne River. Again 7am marked the start for the cars with the bikes and quads due to leave at 11am; all were ready for the big day. It didn’t take long before the river claimed its first victims; a string of cars lucked out in succession and as the bikes were released they too fell one by one.

Outright first for the cars as mentioned was #3 Travis Robinson/ Keith Rance in the OBR Jimco. In a brilliant second-ever Dash, second was claimed by #48 Bradley Mudge from Hyden in WA with navigator Brett Beaton in the V8 Razorback Pro Class buggy and third was taken by the three times “King of the River” winner #84 Brian Robinson/ Trent Gilbertson in the V8 OBR Porter.

Locals gave Carnarvon rider #532 Warren Kempton a standing ovation as he crossed the line first in a total time of 5hours 2minutes 37seconds; he’s body barely functioning, on adrenalin alone, it wasn’t until the next day he discovered his wrist was broken following a finish line fall at the racecourse. The crowd remained on their feet as Carnarvon’s #486 Paul Brown claimed second and rounding out the podium was #505 Darren Waters from Tom Price WA. Quickest quad bike home was #621 John Iuliano in 6 hours 7minutes 52 seconds and worth noting was the never-say-die attitude of Ivan Erceg; he kept up his fluids over the weekend to finish seventh overall… incredible.

Past winners Vern Strange (4 times) and Brian Robinson (3 times) were inducted as Dash Legends entitling them to free lifetime entry in their disciplines. Legends need to have won 3 King of the River as either a car or bike.

Thirteen cars (26 spent drivers and navigators) and 74 exhausted bike and quad riders can proudly say they finished the 2010 Gassy Dash. Event Director Paul Kelly stated that by all accounts so far, everybody’s wrapped; competitors and sponsors alike. “There’s a good chance there’ll be at least 40 cars and 200 bikes next year, the Indian’s plan to bring some more curry with another 5 or so cars set to compete so that’s great. On behalf of the organising committee I would like to thank the strong volunteer contingent this year, what an awesome effort; we’ve already started planning for 2011, check points will be reviewed and procedures put in place to ensure the event runs in a timely manner. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”

Story by Jodie Bell - Real Balls Promotions

Provisional Results

Outright King of the River

Travis Robinson and Keith Rance – 4hrs39min30sec

Bikes

King of the River

1st Warren Kempton – 5hrs02mins37sec
Prize $3,000
Sponsors: Carnarvon Toyota and Carnarvon Quality Fruit and Veg
2nd Paul Brown
3rd Darren Waters

Class 1
1st Johannes Marais

Class 2
1st Wade Kempton
2nd Hamish MacTavish

Class 3
1st Matt Toakley
2nd Charlie Ball
3rd Cornel Schneibling

Class 4
1st Paul Brown
2nd Luke Clay
3rd Ivan Erceg

Class 5
1st Warren Kempton
2nd Darren Waters
3rd Chad Freeman

Quads
1st John Iuliano
2nd Will Nyholt
3rd Adam Gilbert

Prologue
Prize $500 fuel cards provided by Caltex Busselton, Kalgoorlie and Norseman
Carnarvon and Karratha
Josh Herbert

Hard Luck Story $500
Sponsor: Junction Hotel
Josh Herbert
Story: First time rider Josh had a mixed Dash; won prologue but failed to finish Day One when he detonated the bike he was borrowing. In all Josh had 3 bikes fail under him in six days; the bikes were owned by supporters Vern Strange and Ivan Erceg.


Cars

King of the River

1st Travis Robinson / Keith Rance
Prize $3,000
Sponsors: Fascine Lodge Carnarvon and Performance Metals Australia P/L
2nd Bradley Mudge /
3rd Brian Robinson and Trent Gilbertson

Pro Buggy
1st Travis Robinson / Keith Rance
Prize $3,000
Sponsors: Fascine Lodge Carnarvon and Performance Metals Australia P/L
2nd Bradley Mudge /
3rd Brian Robinson and Trent Gilbertson

Super 1650
1st Rod Barton and Vinnie Fisher

Class 7
1st Matt Hall / Jason Issac
2nd Brett Young / Daniel Smith
3rd Wayne Reece / Bob Smith

Class 8
1st Khushwant Randhawa / Samrat Yadav
2nd Scott Overstone / Anthony Stampalia

Suzuki Class (Composite Class 7 and Class 8 Suzuki Sierras)
Sponsor: Suzuki Shop – Midland WA
1st Khushwant Randhawa / Samrat Yadav
2nd Scott Overstone / Anthony Stampalia

Prologue
Prize $500 fuel cards provided by Caltex Carnarvon and Karratha
Beau Robinson and Adam Trewhalla

Hard Luck Story
Sponsor: Suspension Man
Bernie Gwynne / Mark Neverov
Story: All the way from the centre of Australia. Bernie and Mark had an unfortunate roll in prologue and broke down both days. Was able to get the car to the line on Day 2 will a part sourced from Junction Hotel. Better luck in 2011 boys.

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