South Aussies Get Ready for Wynarka
Tuesday, 31 July 2018
South Australian off roaders will soon turn their attention to the town of Wynarka in the South Australian Mallee country for Round 5 of the ARB SAORRA Multi Club series on August 11th & 12, the Century Batteries Brian Martin Memorial Wynarka Enduro.

The 2018 event will be held in honour of our long standing landowner Brian Martin, who passed away in mid 2017. Brian and Ruth Martin first put their land in the hands of the Summit Racing Team Car Club back in 1986 for the first staging of the Wynarka Enduro. Brian and his family have allowed the SA off road community to use the land at Wynarka for the past 33 events, and we at Summit RTCC are very grateful.

The 34th running of the Wynarka Enduro will recognise the generosity of the Martin Family, and the place they have in the Summit Racing Team Car Club family, as without their assistance and charitableness, both the Summit RTCC and Karoonda Lions club would not have enjoyed the success this event has brought both groups.

Back in 1986 and for the ensuring 15 years, the track was 15km long, extended to the current 20km track 10 years ago by adding in the large square paddock at the end of implement straight, taking in Strawberry Fields and Power line straight. The track itself is a driver’s technical track on limestone, sand and clay combining tight twisty sections and long straights to stretch the legs of the off road racing machines. The Wynarka Enduro is in its 34th year and is a popular South Australian based event drawing 40plus cars year on year. This event normally attracts a quality outright field, as well as good numbers across all classes.

“We are hoping that our past winners may return this year to chase the title; Aaron and Liz Haby (2011, 2015, 2016), Brenton Forsyth (2014), Carl Haby (2012, 2013) and Ivan Schmocker (2017), we will also see if anyone can top the lap record of 9:45:14 – Jack Rhodes (2015).” Discussions with competitors over the past couple of races, has been promising with a good number of teams showing interest in this year’s race. The track is a favourite with local competitors and spectators.

The course is 20km long with normally 40 plus cars, so there is always action in front of the spectator areas. It passes the main spectator area, (which is also the camp area) 5 times per lap, so following the race / placing’s is quite easy, and the ability to see who is catching up or losing time is noticeable throughout the lap. Also with a race start of two cars every 15 seconds both days, the action is fast and furious from the start of the race. Racing will be both Saturday afternoon and Sunday, so there will be plenty of action for both competitors and spectators all weekend.

Format –
Saturday – 4 Laps / 20Km lap – 1 extra from 2017 format
Sunday – 5 laps – 1hour service – 5 laps / 20Km lap

“We are again this year trying to inject excitement into the event. Competitors will again be receiving a promotional pack from Century Batteries at registration as well as Century Batteries providing Class and Outright prizes.” The spectators, crew and families are not forgotten at Wynarka, as camping facilities are also very good with flushing toilets, hot showers, grassed area camping and a canteen on both Saturday and Sunday operating (no Saturday tea)."

And for those unable to make it to Wynarka, live results will be available across the weekend through

"In 2018 we are hoping again for a strong field to race at Wynarka. We look forward to seeing you and your club members at Wynarka this year and thank you for your support to both SA Off Roading and the sport in general."

Event information, including current competitor list, can be found here.