Tasmania To Go Racing
Thursday, 14 April 2011
The Tasmanian summer season ends this Saturday with the first round of the 2011 Tasmanian Off Road Series held at the North West Off Road Car Clubs Latrobe circuit in the states north. To date ten nominations are confirmed, with four travelling from the southern end of the Island to test their wits against their counterparts.
Competitors the likes of Scott Rockliff (22), Michael Donohoe (906), Darren Payne (124) and Ian Whelan (78) have all entered. Unfortunately Byron Murfet’s Extreme 2WD truck is undergoing repairs and not ready to race, however Byron will be co-driving in the Performance 2WD of Steve Watkins (505).
Extreme 4WD class will be represented by Dean Maddock (686) with Nigel Nugawela (512) the second of the Performance 2WDs. Terry Morrice (17), Chris Wiggins (20) and Troy Mason (77) will all be racing for class honours in the Pro buggy class.
Like the rest of the state, earlier this week Latrobe had several days of heavy rain, but with the sun shining today and the forecast looking good for Friday and Saturday, add to that the grading of the track in late January, the organisers are confident of perfect racing conditions.
The event is worth double points for the Tasmanian Off Road Championship so it should make for spectacular racing on the 2.6km circuit with competitors wanting to lock down a points haul for the championship leader board.
Vehicles will be scrutinised at 8.30am Saturday morning with the prologue scheduled to commence at 10am. Racing gets underway at 12noon and will comprise four sections of racing on the 2.6km track. Each section will be 30 minutes in time plus one lap. After the leading vehicle completes each section there will be five minutes allowed for the remaining competitors to complete the lap they are on. After a 20 minute break the racing starts again.
The club canteen will operate throughout the day selling hot food, drinks and snacks.
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