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Tasmania Finally Goes Green!

Posted Tuesday, 17 July 2018

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After a less than ideal start to the 2018 Tasmanian Off Road Series, racing will finally get underway this weekend at Peron Dunes.

By default, the St Helens Screamer will now kick off the season and with a good field of cars entered for Saturdays quick blast through the dunes the TORCC are expecting some fierce racing.

Class battles will be no hotter than in Sportslite with Giffard, Radcliffe and Shepheard all looking to open their accounts in the super competitive class. This year will be the first time “Sportslites” class will run stand alone in Tasmania and is already becoming a popular class for normally aspirated 2 litre cars to slot into.

Chris Shepheard the latest competitor to make the move from a turbo engine to the super reliable non turbo Nissan SR20 in his Mark 5 Southern Cross.

 Andrew Giffard has moved his seat to the centre of his Rivmasta making the Toyota 20 valve 1600cc powered car a potential weapon on the sand.

Jack Radcliffe from Hobart will be the benchmark in the class, in his ultra-reliable SR20 powered Hornet.

SXS Sport will see Hobart’s Mike Males in his Can Am looking to continue his class dominance from last year after taking out the 2017 class series win.

Michael Stalker, also from Hobart had an impressive debut of his new Yamaha YXZ with a class win at the 2017 Tas Sand Enduro; the expected battle between the two southern teams should be a highlight of the weekend.

The only car entered this weekend that has turned a wheel in 2018 will be Chris Boon in his Pro-Lite; after competing in three ARB rounds, the current state series champion will finally get to start his title defence on home soil. Boon won’t have things all on his own as Hobart’s Chris Branch will, as always, drive with 100% commitment in his V6 Nissan Hornet - the Hobart pilot nearing closer to his first outright win on the sand.

Wayne Campbell makes a welcome return this weekend to the series in his Pro Buggy, the V6 Holden powered machine has undergone major engineering changes in recent years and will not only battle out class honours with Michael Donohoe in car #906 but is also an outright contender.

  With a clearing weather forecast for the region late in the week beach conditions should be looking good for three 40-minute heats of Peron Dunes on Saturday the 21st.  The first car will head into the dunes at 10.30 for reconnaissance with a race start at 11.00am.

Spectators will be looked after Saturday with free entry to the event and hot food available trackside.

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