|AORC 2012: Foursome - A new look for Australian Off Road Championship.|
A new look 2012 Australian Off Road Championship has just been announced by AORC. Featuring four rounds, the fresh approach to the championship sees the existing "Goondiwindi 400" and "Pines Enduro" joined on the national stage by the "Sea Lake Mallee Rally" and an exciting new race at Gatton in Queensland.
The change from the existing five round format was sparked by the organisers of the "Hyden 450", "Finke Desert Race" and "Flinders 450" withdrawing their events from participation in the 2012 AORC.
As a result, the 2012 championship will kick off with the Sea Lake Mallee Rally on the Queens Birthday long weekend in June. After an absense of over ten years from the AORC the popular Victorian state round, which is the second longest running offroad event in Australia, will once again take centre stage when the offroaders race around Lake Tyrell testing course.
With extreme wet weather plaguing the Goondiwindi 400 in recent years, the event has slid forward in the calendar from October to August to become the second round of the championship. With the aim of hunting some more favourable weather patterns, to allow the teams to test the full potential of their suspension on the famous Goondiwindi melon holes.
The Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro at Millicent in South Australia will be the third cab off the rank. It’s exciting race format will see the stadium style arena at Teagles Quarry and Tantanoola Pine Forests come alive. As the Offroad racers blast down the tree lined forestry tracks and let their race cars fly in the arena.
The grand finale of the 2012 season will be a brand new event at Gatton in Queensland. Organised by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club, the race will be held just an hour west of Brisbane in the Lockyear Valley on virgin terrain. Ensuring an exciting conclusion to the 2012 Australian Off Road Championship.
Rd 1: Sealake - VIC 8-10 June
Rd 2: Goondiwindi - Qld 3-5 August
Rd 3: Millicent - SA 7-9 September
Rd 4: Gatton - Qld 10-11 November
For more informations about the series, please visit the official website at [ ABU DHABI DESERT CHALLENGE ].
2012/01/19 | 16:01 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/KILNER | PICS: AORC