Nabiac Set for NSW Decider
Tuesday, 09 October 2018
Source: Toby Cooper
Photographer: Gordon Robb

This weekend, the sixth and final round of the Hunter Rivmasta New South Wales Off Road Championship, will be conducted at the Nabiac Motorsport complex.

The final destination on the New South Wales Championship calendar is promoted by the Central North Coast Sporting Car Club, and proudly sponsored by the Nabiac Hotel. The annual Nabiac Airport Challenge, which now presents the winner with the Len Barron Midway Cup, is a tough unique test of man and machine over difficult sand and dirt terrain with plenty of fast sections, including the famous airstrip start/finish straight.

In what is shaping up as the best Nabiac field in the events 23 year history with 48 entries to date, not only will the race itself be vigorously contested for outright honours, headlines by the return of 3 time event champion Justin Guy #919, there are multiple crews who are poised for Championship success.

Joining Guy amongst the front runners for the Nabiac title include recent Kempsey 250 champion and fellow pro buggy competitor Matt Huxley #19, last years third place getter Jeremy Robards #939, hard chargers Peter Skaza #83, Tim Baker #69, Derek Rose #62 and Gary Hardie #86. Prolite campaigner Scott McNeill #122 who has had plenty of success at Nabiac, Kelvin Hill #104, Glenn Spizzo #126 and Jono Patterson #174 are also well placed for an outright placing.
Likewise Paul Grant #405 in the teams Oz truck who claimed second outright at the event in 2013, and Glen Towers #480 who is on track to debut his new Brenthel Industries Trophy Truck, which is certain to entertain the crowds!

Sportslite competitors including Scott Muma #1020, and Anthony Abson #1026 are sure to feature, so to is the ex Matt Dunk hilux now owned by Joshua Nurrish #844 which won the event in 2012. The always entertaining super 1650 class will again be spearheaded by current NSW championship leader Scott Brown #211, as well as position sitters 2-4, including Richard Wilton #206, Warren Barron #258 and Penny Ramsey #247.

XS competitors will be out to spoil the buggy party once again with last year’s runner up Jay Neate #644 looking to go one better in 2018. Last year’s SXS turbo CAMS Australian champion Greg Campbell #601 has entered alongside the dynamic duo of Phil Lovett #696 and Peter Carr #698, Glen Ackroyd #617 and Nathan Chivers #676 will to be out to finish 2018 on a high.

The Hunter Rivmasta New South Wales Off Road Championship battle is another one that will play out this coming weekend. Last year’s runner up Scott Brown #211 is out to go one better in 2018 and currently leads the race by 11 points over fellow super 1650 rival Richard Wilton #206, who extended his lead over third place sitter Warren Barron #258 after a strong showing at Kempsey. Others within striking range of outright silverware and a podium finish are Penny Ramsey #247 who has been superb throughout her first season, whilst Kevin Can’t #6611 and Matt Huxley #19 would need a high finish and results to go there way to be in contention.

In the championship class battles, Matt Huxley #19 holds an unbeatable lead in the Pro class, Justin Guy #919 in third and Paul Allport #28 in 5th looking to improve their standings.

Micheal Keen #108 will secure his position at the top of the Prolite class with a solid result, likewise Anthony Abson #1026 in the Sportslite who both have their work cut out for this weekend in a high quality field.

Addition to the outright honours, Brown #211 and Wilton #206 will go toe to toe for the Super1650 title, with Barron #258 and Ramsey #247 to duel for the final podium spot.

Greg Barron #312 holds a slender 5 point lead over young gun Mathew Nickiforoff #390 in the Sportsman class and is one certain to go down to the wire on Sunday. Cant #6611 and Chisholm #6628 will face the same situation in the battle for the SXS sport class, whilst veteran racer Lucky Mattiussi #831 will secure another NSW Extreme 4WD title at Nabiac. Arguably the most competitive championship class battle for the weekend will unfold in the SXS Turbo class, Alex Grady #696 holds a narrow 5 point lead over Colo Park victor Peter Carr #698 who sits 10 clear of Phil Lovett #696, with others in the class looking to spoil their party.

It is set to be another intriguing Nabiac event, with many outright and championship contenders set to make their mark!

See you all at Nabiac this weekend, where full canteen and camping amenities will be available, the 23rd edition is one not to miss!

Event information can be found here.