SAORC Rnd 3 Preview
ROUND 3; This Sunday, July 22, will see the South Australian Off Road Championship (SAORC) will kick back into gear with Round 3 to happen near the Mid-North town of Crystal Brook, with the event to be run under a Cross-Country format, juniors in the morning and seniors after lunch!
DIRECTIONS; to get to the event, it will be signposted from the southern Adelaide entry into Crystal Brook, turn onto Clare Road, travel 650m then turn right on to Cattle Track (Crystal Brook to Redhill Road). The Event is 4.2km south along Cattle Track, through double gates on the left (Eastern side of Cattle Track), 250m south of Rocky River – and entry to the event is FREE for spectators!
Pre event eating options; For those heading up Saturday, meals on Saturday night are available from both the Crystal Brook Hotel and Royal Hotel, both in the main street of Crystal Brook.
Event day catering; Crystal Brook Apex will be selling bacon and egg sandwiches from 7am Sunday morning, and a food van will sell lunch and drinks from 10.30am, with a coffee van will also attend from 8.00am.
Toilets; Will be available at the venue.
Camping; is available from Saturday either at event site, (5km south of Crystal Brook on Cattle Track) or at C.B.M.C.C. Motocross track where hot showers are available for $5 each.
Camp fires & gas cookers; Are permitted provided they are in a suitable container e.g. brazier or tub. Everyone camping must supply your own wood - do not scrounge property for firewood. Please remove all rubbish, bins will not be provided.
Mobile coverage; Yes – just to keep the kids happy!
JJ & J1 JUNIORS 8.00am – 9.30am
J2, J3 & J4 JUNIORS 9.45am – 11.45am
SENIORS 12.45pm – 3.45pm
The Sunday Cross Country for all senior classes, their course is approximately 14 kms long and consists of open grass sections, scrubby single track a few log crossings, water creek crossings and wet creek beds to negotiate. Detours, or chicken runs will be in place for the more difficult obstacles. The track then makes its way through the pits where riders can leave the race line and enter the pits.
Sunday Cross Country for the junior JJ and J1 classes only, their test is approximately 4 kms long and consists of open grass sections, scrubby single track a few log crossings, water creek crossings and wet creek beds to negotiate. Detours, or chicken runs will be in place for the more difficult obstacles. The track then makes its way through the pits where riders can leave the race line and enter the pits.
Sunday Cross Country for the junior J2, J3 and J4 classes only, their test is approximately 10kms long and consists of open grass sections, scrubby single track a few log crossings, water creek crossings and wet creek beds to negotiate. Detours, or chicken runs will be in place for the more difficult obstacles. The track then makes its way through the pits where riders can leave the race line and enter the pits.
A fantastic entry list of 205 total riders will front the starter this weekend, and in all classes there will be outstanding talent all fighting for class and outright wins throughout the day! It is not often a South Australian motorcycle event hits the magical 200 entry mark, so this is a great effort by the SAORC crew and the Crystal Brook Club for their efforts with this event.
WHO TO WATCH - SENIORS;
Such a high quality field will make for some outstanding racing on the weekend, and quite possibly a continuation from last weekend’s 24 Hour Trial battle as Riley Graham, Todd Barry and Sean Throup will be backing up from the all-nighter last weekend, and then throw Andrew Wilksch, Dale Watson and Jayden Pilgrem into the mix and this will be a battle not to miss!
Two of SA’s outstanding ‘rising stars’ head this class, with, the just out of juniors, Cooper Sheidow and Will Price very quickly making a name for themselves, and they won’t want to let the more experienced riders, like the returning Nick Throup, to spoil their party!
Throw a blanket over this field, as there is so much talent, any number of riders could come out on top, like round 2 winner, Sam Tilbrook (C3) and runner up, Jake Westwood (C3), or the chasing pack including Olly Simpson (C1), Zac Gray (C2), Alex Hage (C1) and Tate Plummer (C2) – plus – you also have the jokers in the pack, like Veterans (and former Pros) Rowan Pumpa, Peter Rudd and Leigh Bentley, as well as non-series regular, Alex Heidenreich!
WHO TO WATCH - JUNIORS;
With the reigning Australian Champion, and 2017 MSA Rising Star, Jayden Rudd, missing due to injury, it means that while there is one less ‘gun’ out there, it gives the chance for a new name to step up and grab the Championship by the horns at this round!
J2, J3 & J4 CLASSES;
These guys, and girls, might just out shine their senior counterparts this Sunday, with the top 20 all with legitimate chances of outright and class placings over the 3 classes!
In the J4 Class, look for Rory Hill and Max Price to light it up again, with Harry Newbold, Mackyle Thomson, Cody Short & Jared Watson looking to join the party, while Victorian Jack Bithell will look to keep Mitchell Stanway, Alex Head, Royden Harrold and Max Liebeknecht at bay in J3, with another Victorian, Max Phillips, looking to repeat his round 2 win in J2 while keeping West Aussie Jethro Carriage and SA’s Taj Gow-Smith and Alex Krieg behind him!
JJ & J1 CLASS;
In the youngest classes, Lachlan Metcalf (J1) and Wil Carpenter (JJ) will look to repeat their round 2 successes, but riders like Davey Gear (J1) and Ollie Gear (JJ) will look to have a brother double, while the Victorian pair of Ethan Alderton & Brannon Chislett (both J1) will look to take the spoils back across the border!
With 97 total junior entries – the future here in SA is certainly looking bright, and again, well done to the SAORC & Crystal Brook Club for their efforts in attaining such a large entry for this round!
LOOK OUT – this may well be the round of the series – so far – and will be well worth the drive up through the Clare Valley, or even through Port Wakefield to witness one of Motorcycling SA’s most prestigious off road racing series.
ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF;
THOMAS WARE PHOTOGRAPHY