THE PENULTIMATE ROUNDS OF THE 2018 SAORC HEAD TO CALLINGTON THIS WEEKEND!
This coming weekend, August 4th & 5th sees the SA Off Road Championship head to Callington, near Murray Bridge, for rounds 4 and 5 of the 2018 Championship, the final rounds before the SAORC joins forces with the AORC to end the SA Championships in September at Kingston in the South East.
There hasn’t been much of a break for riders from the gruelling Round 3 challenge set by the Crystal Brook MCC. All involved in the event, from riders and officials, had their work cut out for them in the trying conditions, but all did a great job for a truly tough event and one that will be remembered.
For rounds 4 & 5, the Velocette MCC have stepped up to run two rounds at a familiar venue at Callington. Thanks to the Rothe family for again offering up their property for Velo’ to use. And a massive thanks to the club for running what will be, 2 days of awesome sprint racing action.
It’s great to see that over 90 seniors have entered this round, with almost as many juniors with 80. There is a diverse range of ages for juniors from 9 to 15yrs and classes from a 65cc – 250cc, and seniors starting at the age of 16 to over 45 in the Masters class allows riders of any age to compete.
The Velocette MCC would like to thank the officials who have given up their time to run this event, the tireless work of their club members who have marked out 2 awesome tracks, time keepers and backup timers, sweep riders, the catering crews, and anyone else involved in the event. These people give up their time to put on a great day for everyone, so please show them your thanks and respect.
Motorcycling SA, the SAORC Committee and the Velocette MCC would also like to thank First Care Medical, for their services and for their attendance on each day and hope you have a quiet and boring weekend!
Each year the SAORC have a chosen charity that they support, and the charity for this year is the local Country Fire Service (CFS), so if you see a Charity bucket please put some coin in.
The SAORC series is now in its 12th year in its current form, and the committee is keen to keep opening doors to new ideas and look for opportunities so they do ask any interested parties to please come forward with any ideas and your help is always appreciated.
THIS WEEKEND’S ROUNDS – A SPRINT FORMAT FOR BOTH DAYS;
A sprint is run on the format of an Enduro special test. Riders complete as many heats of the course as indicated by the organisers on the day.
All riders will get an escorted sighting lap of the course prior to the commencement of the event. Times will be cumulative: so the rider with the least accumulated elapsed time for each class will be the winner on the day, with the fastest being the outright round winner. To be a finisher a rider must start all heats and complete at least 75 percent of the heats. A rider who does not complete a heat will be awarded the slowest heat time in their class plus 100 seconds.
Two separate courses have been marked for these rounds of the Championship. Both tracks are similar in terrain with loamy sand that weaves in and out of scrub, creek beds and the hillsides. Both tracks have technical areas in them with plenty of options for different lines.
All competitors will be required to follow the marked course which is identified by arrows and bunting, with a number of great spectating areas to watch all of the action.
The length of each test is approximately 5.0 kilometres for seniors and J4, J3, J2 Junior class and 4 Kilometres for Juniors JJ, J1 classes. It is anticipated that there will be 20 second intervals between riders
Starting order will be based on outright championship results in the series so far; any new riders will be positioned accordingly. After lap 1, riders may wish to seed themselves in accordance to their 1st lap times
Both tracks have a deviation for the JJ and J1 classes. Deviations will be clearly marked and shown during the sight lap
Catering; The Rollin’ Roast will be catering for the entire weekend. Limited menu will be available from Friday evening with a full menu available for Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Coffee; A coffee van will be onsite both days.
Toilets; Toilets will be spread throughout the venue.
Camping; Camping is available from Friday at event site.
Camp fires: Fires are permitted provided they are in a suitable container e.g. brazier or tub. Gas cookers are allowed.
Rubbish; Please remove all rubbish, bins will not be provided – take it home with you!
Mobile coverage: Yes
DIRECTIONS TO VENUE;
From Murray Bridge; Follow the Melbourne-Adelaide Freeway (South Eastern Freeway - M1) towards Adelaide to the Callington turnoff which is approximately 22ks from Murray Bridge. Exit the freeway at Callington via the freeway exit ramp, at T junction turn right and follow through Callington over a railway line to a T junction turn right onto old Princes Highway , follow for approx. 0.9ks to venue on right. A sign will be on the road pointing into the property.
From Adelaide; Follow the Melbourne-Adelaide Freeway (South Eastern Freeway -M1) towards Melbourne to the Callington turnoff which is approximately 50ks from Adelaide. Exit the freeway at Callington via the freeway exit ramp, at T junction turn Right and follow through Callington over a railway line to a T junction turn right onto old Princes Highway , follow for approx. 0.9ks to venue on right. A sign will be on the road pointing into the property.
ENTRY FOR SPECTATORS; FREE BOTH DAYS!
Event programmes will be available at the event for you to know who is who when the racing is on – they are free to everyone and ask at catering or near the start/finish to grab a copy!
The programme will also give an insight to the different classes, as well as the fantastic support this Championship receives from some great companies, brands and businesses.
WHO TO WATCH;
The usual combatants will again face the starter this weekend, which will make for some outstanding racing on the weekend, as Riley Graham, Todd Barry and Sean Throup again lock horns, 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.
With the reigning Australian Champion, and 2017 MSA Rising Star, Jayden Rudd, still 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!