Media & Press Releases 2011

SMU Racing bound for the Southern Sands

31 Oct 2011


The countdown is on with just 5 days remaining till the Performance Metals Australia Tas Sand Enduro at St Helens in Tasmania.
A quality field is well prepared to tackle the 500km test of endurance on and around the spectacular Peron Dunes in the states north east.

In a first in recent years the event has attracted a mainland competitor - Victorian Matt Hanson in his 2011 model 2 seat Jimco powered by a Twin turbo V6 Nissan.
Event organiser Cara Tatnell said they are thrilled to welcome Matt and his crew that includes navigator Leigh Wells, Team managers Glenn & Darren Wells, his engine mechanic, Shane Wilson and Shane Cottee from Shane Cottee Desert Prep who maintains the car between races.

Hanson cut his ‘off road teeth' on the sand dunes at Portland learning to drive there at 13 years of age in his father's buggy. With many sand races under his belt the former Australian Super 1650 Champion began in Pro Class in 2007 and his latest race car the 2011 Jimco only landed in Australia in June.

This will be the third outing for the state of the art US import that arrived ‘turnkey' with only the wiring of the engine and engine management system done here in Australia.

The first two outings for the car at the Glenroy Plains Produce Enduro and then the ARB Pines Enduro 400 were hampered by overheating issues which have now been sorted. Matt said the team will use the time and terrain at the Tas Sand Enduro for further testing and fine tuning before their assault on the 2012 Australian Off Road Championship.

"I have always wanted to do this event " Hanson said. With his grass roots in sand racing, the Portland Buggy Club member is keen to join the ranks of fellow Victorians - John Bloem, Rob Lamb, the Finck brothers and the Wells clan who have frequented the event in its long history.

The Tasmanian contingent is well equipped to battle the mainlander with several former Tas Champions and multi event winners among the field.

Hayden Tatnell who has won the event 7 times before will be bringing his old race car out of hiding, a 1989 Single seat Rivmasta powered by a Nissan V6 turbo.
With his current pro class car the Bat Spec 1 undergoing a transmission rebuild following damage at Baroota in July, the former single seat Australian Champion is keen to give the trusty Rivmasta another run at an event it has won twice before. Tatnell will share the drive with Launceston truck driver Corey Saunders.

North West Tasmanian Scott Rockliff who has won the event for the last three years in a row will be gunning for a fourth consecutive win with his overhauled Albins transmission ready for action in his Subura powered single seat probuggy.scottsnap2011

Darren Payne the current Tas Off Road Series leader has won the event 5 times before and after finishing 2 national rounds this year and winning every Tasmanian race for 2011 so far, it is obvious he has his Prolite package well and truly sorted for the task at hand.

Cara Tatnell said the event starts on Saturday at midday with 2 heats and concludes on Sunday with another 3 heats.
Check for race updates and results.

Written by: Cara Tatnell
Pics by: Sun Photo ( top) and Tom West ( bottom)

Performance Metals Australia are Naming Rights Sponsor for Tas Sand Enduro 2011

10 October 2011perfmetalssnap2011

Organisers of the Tas Sand Enduro set to hit the dunes on Tasmania's north east coast next month, are excited to announce that Performance Metals Australia will be the major naming rights sponsor for the 2 day event.

Performance Metals Australia -a Sydney based worldwide distributor of high performance metals, have supported various races on the national off road circuit this year and Cara Tatnell from the TORCC said she is thrilled to see the return of a mainland corporate sponsor to the iconic Tasmanian race now in its 39th year.
"Our sponsorship quest is made easier by the continued support of Southern Cross Media who air a high quality TV commercial for 3 weeks prior to the event across 3 channels statewide", Cara said.

Several Tasmanian businesses are back on board as heat sponsors this year including:
North West Off Road Products; PABS Discount Car Parts; Jailhouse Grill & Levee Food Company and the Hillcrest Tourist Park at St Helens.

With less than a month to go, vehicle preparation in sheds across Tasmania is in full swing for the 2 day beach event which is a favourite on the 6 round circuit for many competitors.

Darren Payne of Ulverstone in his Nissan powered Pro Lite will be set to defend his unbeaten record this year in the Tas off Road Series but he will have his work cut out for him with the return of Scott Rockliff in his single seat pro buggy with a newly repaired Albins transmission.


From the north of the state Corey Saunders will make a comeback to the beach. Hayden Tatnell will co drive with Saunders in a car that has won the event many times before - a single seat Rivmasta powered by a Nissan V6 Turbo.
From the south of the state Luke Whelan will be a definite contender fresh from his 2nd outright at the Kellevie 300, now that driveline issues are well and truly sorted in the V8 powered probuggy.

Event organiser Cara Tatnell said entries are now open and Supplementary Regulations and Entry Form are available onsite now here or under the calendar page.

Payne dominates the Kellevie 300

27 September 2011

Story by: C Tatnell, K Whelan & I James
Pics by: Tim Holmes Productions

Darren Payne has continued his unbeaten record this year in the Tasmanian Off Road Series by taking out the 4th round the Moonah Auto Parts Kellevie 300 on 17&18 September near Hobart.

Organisers say the weather was perfect all weekend for the 2 day annual event apart from a shower of rain at the end of day 1 to settle the dust.

The prologue ran in 2 laps was won by Darren Payne, 2nd was Luke Whelan and 3rd Barry Maxwell.
The traditional Kellevie Top Gun was decided by the split time for the 2nd lap of the prologue and the results were: Darren Payne 1:48:52 , Luke Whelan 1:49:72 and Barry Maxwell 1:59:98.

Current series champion Darren Payne teaming up with Stewart McKenzie for the co drive led the 300km event from start to finish in his Nissan powered Prolite.
Payne & McKenzie had a trouble free run to continue Paynes pleasing track record this year both here and interstate. Usual navigator Kerri Wallace shared the ride with Payne's young daughter Bryden who seems to have caught the bug in this her second stint in the race car in recent months.

Luke Whelan in his V8 powered probuggy has finally sorted driveline issues that have hampered their efforts over the past years with a relatively smooth run that allowed them to stay on the same lap as Payne for the entire event.
Things went slightly ary for the Whelan crew when a shocky broke on day one and they worked long into the night rebuilding all of them. On Day 2 an issue with the carburettor saw Luke have to stop briefly, he held onto 2nd place but it allowed Payne to gain a better lead and finish 5 minutes in front of Whelan at the conclusion of the race.

The super quick & reliable Escort of Stephen Watkins, with Byron Murfett & Briony Chilcott all from the North West of the state,  came in third Outright.


He was closely followed by young southern Pro Lite driver Chris Branch. Chris's navigator Lisa Stalker taking out the Navigators Award.

In the probuggy class, father & daughter team of Mike & Sophie Males were first out with a rear wheel adaptor failing.

Nick Glover in his 2litre Nissan probuggy had electrical problems all weekend.

Chris Wiggins probuggy powered by a Holden V6, suffered front end damage Saturday but was fixed ready for Sunday. His day finished in section 4 with a broken axle.

Stuart O'Brien & Wayne Campbell also in a Holden powered probuggy, retired on Day 1 with drive line issues.

In the Pro Lite class Barry Maxwell and his boys Nathan & Ryan said his bad luck started when his mirror fell out at prologue and he continued having small problems all weekend.

Thomas Jacobson must have thought he was still in his father's bull dozer taking on a tree with his front end, the tree is still there!

In Performance 2WD , Nigel Nugawella & Andrew Bellinger suffered suspension problems on the tough Kellevie track in his Datsun Coup but battled on all weekend.

Extreme 4WD entry of Dean Maddock & John Weston had shocky failure in Dean's V8 powered Range Rover.

Hobart based ‘ No Limits 4WD Club' proved excellent entertainment between racing with their ‘Suspension Ramp Competition'.
Sorra's own official race starter Brodie Blacklow won the leaf spring section and Wayne Campbell won the buggy section.

Other race awards were as follows:
Navigator's Award - Lisa Stalker

Most Spectacular - Luke Whelan

Battler's Award - Barry Maxwell

Best Presented - Thomas Jacobson

The SORRA club would like to thank all its hard working volunteers and the Tasmanian off roaders are looking forward to the 5th round of the TORS at St Helens in November.

Payne /  Wallace at the PINES

1 Sep 2011


Darren Payne and Kerri Wallace will be the only Tasmanian entry in the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro this weekend in South Australia.

Arriving in Millicent today after an overnight ferry trip from Tasmania the Ulverstone duo said they are hopeful of better weather conditions than last year when they competed at this popular event.

It has been a succesful and trouble free run for them so far in 2011, winning all three rounds of the Tasmanian State Series and finishing 18th outright at the Finke Desert race in June.

The Tassie pair are teamed up with their good friends & sponsors Tongs Sheet Metal and Joe Cook Ag and are keen to again showcase their selfbuilt and maintained Prolite buggy on the national circuit.

The prolite, powered by a Nissan SR20 has not let them down this year and Payne said the only modification he needed to make after Finke was the suspension set up which robbed them of speed in the large whoops of the 2 day Desert Race.   paynewallacepeopleshot2011

Payne used the recent sand event (Peron Dunes Sprint) at St Helens on the Tasmanian east coast as an appropriate final test day for the attempt at this weekends national round.

The annual Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro is Round 4 of the Australian Off Road Championship and organisers say whilst entries (51) are down considerably on past years, they are pleased to announce the track has undergone major improvement and can ensure if wet weather does strike, there won't be a repeat of the 2010 mud conditions.

Be sure to follow the event with live commentary and results at


HTM Regroups for Baroota

21 July 2011

Hayden Tatnell Motorsport are headed to the ‘Flinders 450' in Baroota, SA for the 3rd round of the AORC this weekend after recovering from the rigors of Round 2 at the Tattersall's Finke Desert Race last month.

Tatnell has spent the entire month since his return repairing damage from his incident on day one when he miscued the BAT into a tree and tore the front nose off.

Before the half way mark , Hayden recalls he "fed the power back onto it a little quick " and before he knew it was head on into a tree. "I'm just glad the trees up there are not as big as Tassie trees!" he said.       haydentreefinke11big

He managed to complete the run to Finke despite the damage and restart the race on Day 2 , until a power steering servo unit failed only 60kms out of Finke.

The only time he hasn't finished the 2 day event in 9 attempts was obviously disappointing to the Tasmanian who does all his own mechanical preparation on the Bat Spec 1 single seater.

Tatnell says he couldn't stand to look at his car ‘bent up' and set about repairing it back to its original state as soon as he arrived home.
Having no template to work with he has redesigned and rebuilt the nose cone; replaced the power steering servo; revised the front geometry and adjusted the steering on the Chev powered pro buggy.

After his run at Finke was cut short, Hayden is keen for some more drive time and says he finds it hard to test the buggy in Tasmania with a lack of long course tracks in the state.

Having not raced at Baroota before Tatnell is looking forward to a new circuit and being part of the first time staging of an AORC event at the 40 year old venue.

Results and live commentary from the 'Bentley Cabin Park Flinders 450' will be available over the weekend via


Story & pic by: Cara Tatnell
Red Grand Manangement

The Finke is done...

13 June 2011

The Finke Desert Race concluded today with Gartner in the Extreme 2WD taking victory - full details on

In the Tasmanian camp it was a mixed result. Hayden Tatnell made overnight repairs to realign the steering following the tree incident the day before. Starting 30th on the grid this morning he was in 16th outright by the time he went through the first check point at Mt Squires. Shortly after this we have heard his power steering failed when the power steering servo broke and thus prevented him from continuing on. Hayden is still on the way back to Alice with his crew as he was recovered from the Finke end so we have not been able to source any further details.

Darren Payne & Kerri Wallace in their trusty Prolite #124 have finished the event in18th position outright. Darren said he is pleased with the result of the finish and can add it to his other finishing spikes having finished the event 3 times on a bike and now twice in the car

Payne said the only fault with the car is the suspension set up when tackling the biggest of the whoops or corrugates as he had to back off speed to stay online, but everywhere else the car was perfect and he has finished with no incidents or repairs being needed of any kind.

Payne can be pleased also with the fact that he was the first car home of the "self built" chassis (the DWP03) with the 17 cars in front being imports or built by professional manufacturers. Interestingly Paynes previous car he built powered by a chain driven Hyabussa motorbike engine also finished the event today a few spots behind him.


Two Tasmanians Reach the Finkefinkelogogeneric

12 June 2011

Day 1 of the Tattersall's Finke Desert Race saw more than its usual share of carnage and attrition with only 56 cars reaching the Finke Finish Line from a field of 94 starters.

Attrition came early for Byron Murfet and Steve Watkins in the Extreme 2wd entry when the diff failed only 30 kilometers into the race dashing Byrons hopes of finishing the event.

tatnellfinke2011Tatnell started well and things were running sweet with the BAT until disaster struck between the Deep Well & Rodinga checkpoints.

Tatnell says he was put off by an arrow marker for a bike teams fuel stop and mis-cued the BAT and hit a tree  travelling at about 200kms an hour. It damaged the alignment of the wheels & steering significantly which meant he could not travel at full race speed for the remainder of the track. Tatnell managed to cross the line in 33rd position and was able to make repairs to almost fully recover the vehicle to its normal state for the return journey home tomorrow.

Darren Payne and Kerri Wallace who started in 44th position on the grid this morning had an incident free run and crossed the finish line into Finke in 24th position andarrenfinke2011d are relaxed, happy and ready to start the race tomorrow.

For full race results and to follow the progress of the competitors tomorrow follow and for more details on the rest of the field today see or follow the live typed commentary tomorrow as the field of 56 cars make their way back along the 226km track.




Prologue day down - 2 to go...

11 June 2011

The three Tasmanian entrants in the Tattersall's Finke Desert Race have today all completed the 8km prologue free of any complications.

Byron Murfet and Steve Watkins in the Extreme 2WD class, were the first of our locals to get amongst it and secured 30th position outright from a field of 98 cars.
Byron said he was pleased with his run, the truck performed as it should and the crew is set and ready for an early start tomorrow for Race Day 1.

Darren Payne and Kerri Wallace in their Nissan powered prolite entry, managed 44th position outright. Darren said he chose to keep his prologue tidy and straight ensuring he can start the race confidently tomorrow with no damage to the car.

Hayden Tatnell was pleased his performance coming 20th ouright in todays prologue , improving on his 2010 prologue time by 19 seconds. "We did get a bit of wheel spin today so we have regrooved the tyres to get some more grip tomorrow" he said.

Race day 1 starts tomorrow at 0730am when the first car gets away.

 Three Tasmanians at the Finkefinkelogogeneric

8 June 2011

The Tattersalls Finke Desert Race kicks off in Alice Springs, NT this weekend and this year has three Tasmanian entries.

Hayden Tatnell and Byron Murfet and their crews arrvied in Alice yesterday and current Tasmanian Series leader Darren Payne and navigator Kerri Wallace
will shortly join them and the rest of the bumper field of some 100 cars for the 2 day race across the desert.

Stay tuned for full Finke coverage at the weekend on who will provide live typed commentary
and I will be on the ground (and in the air) at the race to keep you fully updated on the Tasmanian's progress.

Payne tames them at the ‘Wildest Off Road Dash'

18 May 2011

Darren Payne of Ulverstone has won the second round of the Tas Off Road Series on Saturday at Kempton near Hobart in the south of the State.
The event known as the ‘Huntington Tavern Wildest Off Road Dash' has been held for the past three years at the private property known as ‘The Wilderness' in the farming belt of the southern midlands.payne

Conditions were slippery in the early part of the day for the prologue. The two lap qualifier saw the Prolite buggy of Darren Payne win by 8 seconds ahead of Byron Murfett in his Nissan powered truck with Murfett spinning out twice. Hobart's Barry Maxwell in his Rover V8 Probuggy came in third.

Hard charger Luke Whelan was disappointed when his day ended early yet again due to axle troubles when the rear stub axle broke upon take off in the prologue.
The power of the V8 Dodge Nascar engine is proving menacing to the drive train of the Mopar Probuggy and the Whelan camp are going to convert to a floater hub system to alleviate the problem in the future.

Darren Payne easily won the first heat in his Nissan V6 Prolite, when his main competition Byron Murfett missed the first heat to change a power steering pump which had struck a leak in prologue.

For the next 2 heats the competition between Payne and Murfett was intense and provided some top spectator viewing with various passing maneuvers and Murfett's aerial displays with the plentiful suspension of his US Corr truck.
Murfett's run was then hampered by 2 flat tyres along the way and then his retirement when a chopper plate on the flywheel damaged a sensor on the Nissan V8.


Byron said he was happy with the overall performance of the truck and it was a great pre run for the Finke Desert next month in Alice Springs. "it also allowed us to test fuel capacity & usage which
you've got to know for the 2 hour nonstop run to Finke" he said.

The new format of 4 sections was stopped half way through, for a regroup and mass start which provided excellent viewing for the spectators.

Barry Maxwell was doing the best for the Southerners until he had front end issues.

Dean Maddock circulated all day to end up 2nd outright in his Extreme 4wd Range Rover, proving that reliability pays off.

In the Performance 2wd's, Stephen Watkins was a clear leader until his day ended with a broken front stub axle, early in section 4.
With Watkins gone from that class, newcomer Nigel Nugawela also from the NW Coast didn't disappoint finishing 3rd outright in his Datsun Coupe despite his car disappearing around him.
Also awarded ‘Battler of the Day" others have touted him ‘Driver of the Day' when he continued on to finish despite missing various panels; a section of one rim missing and completing the last few laps on a rear flat tyre!

Attrition was high across the board in the 230km race with Chris Wiggins breaking a rear axle and
Paul Quilliam & Troy Mason breaking a gear box mount. Chris Branch had electrical problems and Stuart O'Brien & Wayne Campbell had tail shaft issues in his modified V drive V6 adaption. Jack Radcliffe had electrical problems in his ex David Jacobson buggy.

Payne and navigator Kerri Wallace backed up their recent win at Latrobe with yet another trouble free run to easily take the event outright. Also entered in the Finke Desert Race next month, Payne said he enjoyed the close competition with Murfett and the opportunity to triple check things with the car - "apart from detailing the vehicle it is ready for the trailer and its journey to the red centre" Payne said.

Official results are as follows:

1st Outright - Darren Payne
2nd Outright - Dean Maddock
3rd Outright - Nigel Nugawela

1st Pro/Extreme 2WD - Troy Mason/ Paul Quilliam
2nd " " " Nick Glover
3rd " ' " Wayne Campbell

1st Pro Lite/Performance 2WD/Extreme 4WD - Darren Payne
2nd " " " ' " "" Dean Maddock
3rd " "" " ' " Nigel Nugawela.

Best Presented - Wayne Campbell
Most Spectacular - Byron Murfett
Battlers Award- Nigel Nugawela
Navigators Award - Kerri Wallace

The event was filmed by three cameras mounted on vehicles courtesy of Tim Holmes Productions.
Tim has provided us a few still shots as a teaser for the video he hopes to complete in the future. This image below is of the "roost" from Byrons truck.byrokempton2011


By: Cara Tatnell
Red Grand Management







Payne wins First Round Tas Series at Latrobe

20 April 2011                          

Written by: Cara Tatnell       Pics by: Notebook Photography ( Tash Burr)

Darren Payne has taken out the first round of the Tasmanian State Series at Latrobe on Saturday.latrobewindarren2011

The weather was fine and the 2.6 km track was fast when 12 starters from around the state battled it out.

Darren Payne was the fastest qualifier in the 2 lap prologue followed by Chris Boon also from Prolite class and Scott Rockliff was third in his Rocka A Arm pro buggy.

Rockliff's day was short lived when he retired suddenly after only 6 laps when 3rd gear failed.

New comer Chris Boon who is a confirmed entry for the Finke Desert Race retired with engine failure at the half way mark when an oil line blew.

Luke & Ian Whelans V8 sounded terrific as usual and was fast when it was going but their day was hampered by problems starting with fuel filter issues and ending with 2 broken CVs and a damaged axle.

Michael Donohoe's single seat Probuggy was circulating well up in the field for much of the race until the last heat when it developed a fuel leak and caught fire. Competitors and officials were quickly on the scene of the Red Flag incident to offer assistance to Donohoe who was totally unaware of the blaze.

Terry Morice, recently swapping from Pro Buggy to Extreme 2WD class with panel and other modifications had a trouble free run to win his class and came 2nd outright to Payne.

For further pics by Notebook Photography -  see their Facebook Page at this link.



Phil Sulzberger awarded Life Membership of the TOCCphillifemember

4 March 2011

TORCC member of 30 years, Phil Sulzberger has been awarded Life Membership at the clubs annual Summer Family BBQ on Sunday 27th Feb.
Cara Tatnell presented the photo framed memento to Phil and spoke of Phils valued contribution over the past 30 years as a member of the club. Phil joined the club in 1981 and in that time has played the role of competitor, official and committee member. Inparticular cara spoke of Phils last 6 years at the club where Phil has been an integral member of the Tas Sand Enduro Committee and heads up the vital role of Communications Chief over the 2 day event. In Phils 30 years in the club he has only missed 2 Tas Sand Enduro events.. one in 1990 when his son Clinton was born and alos in 1997 when the family moved interstate briefly.  See the photos here in the gallery.


Ian Whelan awarded the Police Comissioners Trophy

4 March 2011


SORRA long time competitor, member and event Director Ian Whelan was recognised for his acheivements in off road not only by receiving the Off Road Person of the Year at the Cams Dinner on Feb 12th, but also Ian was awarded the prestigious POLICE COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY.

The Police Commissioners Trophy recognises a major contribution to motor sport made by an event organiser, a competitor or an officia It was awarded to Off Road stalwart Ian Whelan for his contribution to off roading as a club official, event manager and competitor. Ian, as President of the Southern Off Road Racing Association, met and overcame major problems at the Kellevie circuit where winter floods severely damaged three bridges on the circuit. Ian was also a provider of engineering skills to the Fire and Rescue project, often at short notice and usually on tight time restraints.

Congratulations to Ian from all the Offroad community in Tasmania who are very thankful and appreciative of the roles you fulfil in our sport.



3 March 2011


The 2011 CAMS Awards Dinner was held at Wrest Point Casino, Hobart Saturday 12 Feb.  See pics of offroad attendees here.
Winners of the various State Series were presented with their awards to formally recognise their achievements in competition during the year.

Motorcycling administrator, the late Duncan Ramsay and the holder of the unique Bathurst / Australian Grand Prix double, John Goss, were inducted into the Tasmanian Motor Sport Hall of Fame.
John who is currently based for most of the year in Europe organised a quick trip back to Hobart for the occasion. Never a man short of words John talked about his enjoyable early days racing in Tasmania where he developed the skills that contributed to his later success in National competition.

Winners of major awards presented on the evening were:
2010 AUSTRALIAN COMMODORE CUP was won by Adam Beechey who showed great consistency over the year to take out this highly contested trophy. Never lower than 3rd outright at any of the season's rounds Adam was a clear winner.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR was HQ Holden driver Duanne Preece who demonstrated, over the season, driving skills that attracted the eyes of the course commentators which resulted in Duanne gaining enough points to be a clear cut winner of the award.
OFFICIAL OF THE YEAR: Kate Lucas who has raised the quality of drifting documentation to a high level. Kate has had significant input into generally improving the way drifting is run and managed in the State
Kate was also awarded the PADDY AND ENID BAKER TROPHY which recognises a motor sport administrator who has achieved much during the year and performed at a level that is over and above reasonable expectations. Kate met the requirements for both awards admirably.
The BONDY TROPHY which recognises the achievements of a competitor with limited resources showing a determination to succeed was Farrel White who didn't give up at the last round of the Super Series after breaking an axle and after finding that he couldn't get a replacement made the decision to continue running and managed to complete enough laps in the last two heats to be recorded as a finisher and narrowly won the Series Class Award from other competitors.
The RON & IVY MacDONALD CIRCUIT RACING TROPHY which recognises the achievements of a local circuit racer during the year was won by Shaun Kelly. With words and by example he has played a significant role in raising driving standards in the HQ category. As the mayhem has decreased fields have increased with an influx of new drivers and renewed interest from drivers who previously left the class because of the level of aggression being displayed on the circuit.
The POLICE COMMISSIONER'S TROPHY which recognises a major contribution to motor sport made by an event organiser, a competitor or an official was awarded to Off Road stalwart Ian Whelan for his contribution to off roading as a club official, event manager and competitor. Ian, as President of the Southern Off Road Racing Association, met and overcame major problems at the Kellevie circuit where winter floods severely damaged three bridges on the circuit. Ian was also a provider of engineering skills to the Fire and Rescue project, often at short notice and usually on tight time restraints.
OFF ROAD SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is Ian Whelan whose valued contribution is covered above.
CIRCUIT SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is Adam Beechey, who as mentioned previously won the 2010 Commodore Cup.
The RALLY SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is the highly talented Stephen Turner who over the last couple of seasons has demonstrated great driving skills manoeuvring the ‘red falcon taxi' though the forests. Never flustered, always with a cheeky grin, Stephen is one to watch in future events after he comes to grips with his new 4WD vehicle. The roads will definitely look a lot wider to him!
The MOTOR CYCLE RACING SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is the highly talented Mathew Phillips, a veteran at the age of 17, who represented Australia at two international events in 2010, one of which he was captain of the Australian team and which he won outright. Matthew is a fully funded team rider in both the Australian Off Road and Australian Motorcross Series.
The KARTING SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is Mark Close who is recognised Australian wide for his technical skills as a scrutineer and machine examiner. Mark also takes on a major role as a conductor of training schools for scrutineers and technical inspectors.
The DRAG RACING SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR is Adrian Richardson who, after the sudden death of last year's winner Scott Foster, took on the monumental task of picking up the reins at short notice a matter of days out from the biggest annual Drag Racing meeting. Adrian, at a great detrimental effect to his own competition activities, ensured that Drag Racing was able to continue in a successful manner despite the massive hole left by Scotty's absence.
The SPEEDWAY SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR went to super sedan driver Steve Latham who in 2010 won the Tasmanian Super Sedan championship over an extremely talented field of competitors which included many of the best super sedan drivers in Australia. Winner of three feature races in the last twelve months Steve is a deserving recipient of this award.

Master of ceremonies at the Dinner, Barry Oliver, was pleased to advise guests of the recent announcement of a CAMS Rising Star award to Launceston Karter CALLUM MITCHELL who will, during 2011, compete in four rounds of the Victorian Formula Ford Championship as well as two rounds of the Australian Formula Ford Championship. Callum's father, Mark, would like to pass on his and Callum's thanks to the Formula Vee boys who gave him the opportunity to get some open wheeler experience before his Rising Star test day.

Offroad awards were as follows with all awardees in attendance on the night. See all the pics in the Photo Gallery.

Darren Payne - Winner of Tas Sate Series OUTRIGHT and PROLITE class

Dean Maddock - Winner of Tas State Series EXTREME 4WD class

Kerri Wallace - Winner of Tas State Series NAVIGATOR award ( Kerri navigates for Darren Payne)

Ian Whelan - Winner of the OFF ROAD SPORTS PERSON and the prestigious POLICE COMMISSIONERS TROPHY

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