The heat is on at the SA Offroad Championships in Auburn this weekend
The Heat is on at Auburn Offroad Sprint
On the 26th of June the Clare Valley is set to dance to the sound of Motorcycles. Most famously known throughout the world for its fine wines, the township of Auburn is playing host to the third round of the Grove Scaff / KTM South Australian Offroad Championships (SAORC)
The terrain the riders will be tackling is nothing short of spectacular with rolling green hills as far as the eye can see overlooking wineries throughout the area which is situated on the southern edge of the Clare Valley. There are plenty of vantage points for spectators to wander through on the 400 acre property and have a look at some fantastic racing.
The Auburn local scenery is stunning and provides the perfect backdrop for some of the best off-road racing in the country. There are plenty of places for spectators to enjoy the sights and sounds.
The Clare round of the championship is set to be run in the always exciting sprint format with around 150 riders lining up for the honours. Sprints are known be the best format for spectators and the Clare Valley always turns out in big numbers to see the riders tackle as many laps as possible.
For people unfamiliar with the sprint format it’s easily broken down
- Riders leave individually in number order at roughly 30sec intervals completing the 5-10min course as fast as possible
- Riders must complete as many heats/laps of the course as indicated by officials (or at the discretion of the Clerk of Course)
- The first lap is an un-timed escorted sighting lap of the course prior to the commencement of the event.
- Times are cumulative, the rider with the least accumulated elapsed time for each class will be the winner.
Raw speed, power and finesse is what it takes to finish at the pointy end of the field. It’s easier said than done and that’s why only the best riders at the peak of their skills will be able to climb atop of the podium as they battle the clock and fellow competitors with the natural terrain becoming the ultimate judge of the day
So far this season after the opening two rounds there are only six points between leader Riley Graham (Yamaha/Ipone/Dunlop/AXO) and second placed Lyndon Snodgrass (Husqvarna/Alpinestar/Bell Helmets). Graham and Snodgrass are set to rekindle the SA Vs VIC rivalry in what is bound to be another brilliant show in round 3 of the series.
The battle at the pointy end of the field between Graham and Snodgrass is set to resume at round 3 of the South Australian Offroad Championships in Auburn this weekend.
We can’t forget about the junior riders either with the J4 class being fought hard so far in the season. With 4 of the top 5 riders coming from the Clare club this round looks like it’ll be a battle, not only for the series win but also clubhouse honours.
Clare local junior riders are going head to head and fill the top 4 of the top 5 J4 Class positions
Racing starts at 8:30am Sunday the 26th of June and will continue throughout the day. As always the Clare club put on a fantastic event and ensure that all people whether they are riders, spectators or officials are well catered for with outstanding canteen facilities
For more information on the 3rd round of the SAORC you can contact the Clare MCC http://claremotorcycleclub.com/ or jump onto https://www.saoffroadchampionships.com/ for all the results so far and upcoming events.
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