Offroad Race calendar for 2015

29th November 2014 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 1 at Colin Dale Park

17/18th January 2015 – AORC Club Display at Kumeu Hot Rod Show

31st January 2015 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 2 at Colin Dale Park

28th February 2015 – CMORC Counties Classic Rd 3 at Colin Dale Park

7/8th March 2015 – North Is National Round 1 SC by AORC at TBC

3/5th April 2015 (Easter) – South Is National Round 1 SC & E (Twizel 250) by ORRC at Twizel

17/19th April 2015 – Race to the Sky – by ORRC at Queenstown

30/31st May 2015 (QB Weekend) – Nth Is National Round 2 Enduro (Woodhill 100) by AORC at Woodhill Forest

27th June 2015 – South Is National Round 1 SC by CORC at West Melton

18/19th July 2015 – NZ1000 & AORC Display at CRC Speedshow

25th July 2015 – South Is National Round 3 Enduro (Nelson 250) by NORC at Nelson

Date TBC – North Is National Round 3 SC by ATR at Meremere

24/27th September 2015 – NZ1000 Tokoroa

24/26th October 2015 TBC (Lab Weekend TBC) – NZ National SC & E Finals – HBORC – TBC

Date TBC – NZ Short Course Champs by PNORC at Fielding

2014 Auckland Offroad Racing Club AGM – THIS WEDNESDAY!

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Club Meeting & AGM will be held this Wednesday 12th November at Ponsonby Rugby Clubrooms at Western Springs from 7.30pm.

NZ1000 comes to Tokoroa

The Auckland Offroad Racing Club (AORC) is very pleased to announce that the NZ1000 (formerly Taupo 1000) will be hosted in the Ngatira Forest located between Tokoroa and Putaruru from Thursday 24th September to Sunday 27th September 2015 (race days Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2015).

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South Waikato District Council is excited to host the event in the district and have been incredibly positive with discussions to date. The Council see the event as having a substantial positive impact on the promotion of their district. This event aligns well with our key strategic goal of district promotion and of course our affinity with sport and active living,” said Council’s Communications Manager Kerry Fabrie. “In addition the economic spinoff resulting from hosting this event in our district supports our focus on driving positive growth for our economy.”

The AORC is also working closely with representatives of Hancock Forestry Management to develop a track layout within the Ngatira Forest that will meet Forestry criteria and conditions. The team hope to have this agreed to in the next couple of months.

Accommodation in the area is limited so there will be an emphasis on freedom camping being available at the track with hot showers and toilets available for those camping, as well as the large event marquee setup with tables and chairs.

The AORC have decided that ORANZ (the governing body for offroad racing in NZ) will provide the Chief Steward, Chief Technical Officer and Clerk of the Course roles for the event to ensure the level of compliance in all things racing related is consistent with ORANZ regulations.

The event is currently being managed by Ernie Hogg and the AORC Club Committee but the reins will soon be handed over to a three person NZ1000 committee who will oversee the management of the event and report back to the Committee and Club as planning progresses.

The countdown is on …………………….

Ben Thomasen wins again – King of the 2014 Peter Howell Memorial

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

2014 Peter Howell Memorial – From racer and AORC President Ernie Hogg -

“Well the Peter Howell Memorial is done and dusted for another year. Congratulations to Ben Thomasen who had another outstanding drive, Mike Small and Shaun Russell for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

We started the day well when we qualified 2nd fastest with a good run and even better turn around the cone at the top of the qualifying sprint. Pole went to Richard Crabb and 3rd fastest was Ben Thomasen. There were 22 entries on the day.

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Unfortunately we didn’t do so well in the race, crashing out in the 1st race on lap 3 of 7 sitting in 2nd place behind Ben Thomasen when we backed it into a corner and exited the track backwards down a bank. After several attempts at the impossible we decided to exit the car before it buggered off down the bank further so while we had some spectators put some weight on the front of the car, we climbed out of the buggy. It had been a long time since I’d watched the race from the side of the track, but fortunately it was reasonably warm. We were towed / winched out after the race was finished by Kevin Cooper and were able to drive our way back to the pits.

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

In the 2nd race we were making our way through the field from the back as the track got faster and faster when on lap 5 we lost a steering rod bolt on the hub end resulting in the steering rod being snapped off at the rack end which resulted in us clearing a path through some toitoi’s as the buggy decided to exit the track left. After levelling 30m of toitoi and gorse bushes we came to a rest, backed ourselves out of the toitoi’s, removed a sack full of toitoi’s and gorse from inside the cabin and drove rather drunken like to an area where we could pull over away from the traffic. A message was relayed back to the pits after the race and we were soon delivered a replacement steering arm which we fitted and once again we drove our way back to the pits.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Overall we were pretty happy with the day, in Race 1 it was a fine line between making it or not and we didn’t and in the Race 2, sometimes stuff breaks and there is not much you can do about it – that’s offroad racing!

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

We’d like to thank the organisers, volunteers, marshalls, lap scorers, registrars and scrutineers including the volunteers who helped with track setup on the Saturday for a great relaxed event especially Phil Cameron who was the Event Organiser and Clerk of the Course.

Also like to thank Graeme Sandford who climbed in the co-driver’s seat for the day and to Taine Carrington for helping in the pits and on the radio.”

HAMPTON DOWNS POLARIS OFF ROAD PARK – OPENS IN OCTOBER

Hampton Downs trackmap1Hampton Downs Motor Sport Park will expand activities at its complex this October with the opening of a huge park for casual and competition off road use.

Polaris, the world’s largest off road vehicle producer has taken up naming rights and the new venue will be known as the Hampton Downs Polaris Off Road Park.

The off road park is a new concept for off road motorsports, providing accessibility to a well-established facility on a weekly basis with track hire available all season. It will cater for casual use every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm during a season that will run from October to May and will cater for bikes, ATVs, UTVs and off road race cars. There are plans for regular competitive events and brand new “Skids 4 Kids” days will also be a feature, encouraging younger generations to become involved. Major partner Polaris sees it as a great fit in its drive to increase popularity and sales of its factory-produced range of off road recreation and competition vehicles.

Park Manager Ian Foster believes The Polaris Off Road Park will be significant for the growth and exposure of the sport which is often conducted in remote, one-off, locations. “The aim is to grow the sport by giving anybody and everybody the opportunity to experience off roading in a controlled environment with competitions at the venue to expose the sport of Off Road Racing to the general public,” he explained.

A focus will be on the factory produced class of UTV vehicles, which are fast becoming popular for both recreation and competition. The first UTV Championship will be a feature of the season and will be staged in conjunction with a revived Off Road Grand Prix Series. Auckland Off Road Racing Club has booked eight dates to run Off Road Association of New Zealand (ORANZ) sanctioned events at the park over next summer, which will include a National Championship round.

Hampton Downs circuit is already popular amongst the country’s car brands and the new facility will also be available for dealer demonstration days, corporate ride days and track hire during weekends and week days by appointment. The public will also be welcome to hire an off road vehicle on offer or bring their own, trailered, machine to any of the public weekends scheduled throughout the summer season.

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Further information is available at www.hamptondownsoffroadpark.co.nz and you can follow latest updates at www.facebook.com/hamptondownsoffroadpark

2014 Peter Howell Memorial – ENDURO

Peter Howell Memorial header2014 Peter Howell Memorial – ENDURO – SUNDAY 17 AUGUST – MARAMARUA – DOUBLE MINI ENDURO

This year’s Peter Howell Memorial Double Enduro will consist of two 90KM (approximately) Enduro Races run in the Maramarua Forest run on a lap consisting 80% of gravel and 20% clay. 

Programme: Sunday 17th August

7.30am Gates Open – Signposted from Kopuku Road – Start / Finish / Pits at Forest HQ

8.00am to 9.00am Registration & Scrutineering

8.00am to 9.30am Qualifying Sprints for Race 1

9.45am Drivers Briefing

10.15am Race 1 Start

Race 2 Start is 1 hour after Race 1 finishes

Kiwi Truck Race held between race 1 and Race 2

Prizegiving on Completion of Race at the Race venue.

Entry Fee: The entry fee for the Peter Howell is $180.00. Kiwitruck entry fee is $25.00. Entries will be accepted on the day at $200.00 or $30.00 respectively.

Main Race Location: Signposted from Kopuku Road which is 3km past Maramarua Golf Course on SH 2. Start / Finish / Pits at Forest HQ.

Scrutineering: Please park as directed and register at AORC trailer taking your safety gear and your passenger safety gear for inspection. This gear includes race overalls, race helmet, neck brace, race boots and race gloves. Once you have registered and then had your safety gear inspected you are able to proceed to scrutineering. You must take scrutineering form to scrutineering. To streamline the qualifying sprints process, please proceed directly from scrutineering to queue for sprint (i.e. take or wear all your gear to scrutineering).

Qualifying Sprints: Once you have completed scrutineering please proceed to queue for the qualifying sprint. You will undergo a belt, neck brace and helmet check, and be briefed on the qualifying lap.

Fuelling: Fuelling must be completed in the pit area only. There is a designated fuel bay inside the entry to the pits monitored by the Fire Brigade.

Gate Entry: Competitors and crew towing a race car will be given free entry. Spectators (anyone not towing a race vehicle) will be charged $10 per car.

Food: BBQ Sausage Sizzle by Nicole & Shane Wilson with all proceeds going towards KidsCan Charity and food will include sausages, bacon & egg rolls, cold drinks etc

Race Car Pit Parking: On arrival please obey the signs and the parking marshal.

Driver Briefing: This will be held at 9.45am. All drivers must attend.

Grid Line Up:

Race 1 start is at 10.15am – the grid positions will be available at the conclusion of the drivers briefing.

Race 2 will commence 1 hour after Race 1 is completed – the grid positions will be determined by the finishing order of the first race.

Race Start: The green flag will drop at 11.00am. It is your responsibility to be on the grid and ready.

Kiwitruck Race: A Kiwitruck race will be held between Race 1 and Race 2 and will consist of a 30 minute enduro race held in the quarry.

Forest Check Out: Once your race vehicle and crew are back in the pits please head to Race Control to check out and collect your log book. This is for safety to ensure nobody is left in the forest.

Any queries please contact Ernie Hogg on 021 515 854 or Gregg Carrington Hogg on 0274 736 640

Click on this link to download your Entry Form:

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KING OF THE ‘HILL

Woodhill 100 winners - From Right Rene Sciarone (2nd), Clim Lammers (1st), Ernie Hogg (3rd) and his co-pilot Mike Fraser

Woodhill 100 winners – From Right Rene Sciarone (2nd), Clim Lammers (1st), Ernie Hogg (3rd) and his co-pilot Mike Fraser

Hikurangi racer Clim Lammers has won his second Woodhill 100 title in a dominant driver through 250 km of the roughest and fastest roads and tracks Woodhill Forest, hitting speeds of up to 200 km/h on his way to victory.

Lammers, one of the sport’s toughest drivers, is an enduro specialist, and also won last year’s gruelling two-day Taupo 1000.
He had to fight for the 2014 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 win against the massive Nissan Titan V8 truck of Albany racer Raana Horan. Horan was aiming to add a third Woodhill title to his trophy cabinet, and had qualified on pole for the race against 71 other entries. A flamboyant and spectacular driver, Horan was crowd favourite to take the win.
The race entry was studded with former winners: Horan’s pole start lined him up alongside 2009 winner Alan Butler; 2003 winner Lammers had qualified ninth and would line up alongside multiple Woodhill 100 WINNer Tony McCall. Missing was west Auckland racer James Buchanan, who has won the race for the past two years but has a new American car being prepared for next season.
From the green flag it was Horan who dominated, powering away into the forest with only Alan Butler able to match the big Nissan’s speed. Before that start, Butler had set out his strategy: to let Horan lead, and stay in touch though not so close that his Millennium Evo turbo race car was pelted with rocks thrown up by the Horan truck.
For the first three laps of the nine-lap race the battle for the lead was between these two as Richard Crabb, Mal Langley, Lammers and McCall fought their way up through the pack. Horan and Butler eked out a gap of almost two minutes on the field, setting lap times in the 22-minute bracket for the punishing 27 km of logging roads and sand tracks.
Of the new championship class for ‘side by side’ or UTV four wheel drive cars only Tauranga’s Ben Thomasen ha d managed to qualify in the top ten, lining up on the second row at the start, but he was now fighting for position as the faster unlimited class cars forged their way to the front. Paeroa’s Mike Small and Dave Boniface were second and third in the class. As became evident in the 2013 race, the Achilles Heel of the UTVs is their limited range, with the little cars forced to pit for fuel regularly throughout the punishing enduro. These stops would push all the UTV entries down the race order as the day progressed.
Then on lap four, Raana Horan was out of the race. From the previous lap he and Butler had caught up to stragglers in the field and had been weaving their way through the slower traffic. Tryining to overtake a four wheel drive truck the big Nissan had tangled with the other vehicle, damaging the front end of Horan’s truck. Shortly after that Horan pulled off and out of the race with damage to his truck’s alternator.
Alan Butler then swept into the lead, chased hard by a throng of unlimited-class cars: Lammers was now second, McCall third but coming under intense pressure from Ernie Hogg in his Scorpion Chev two-seater.
Almost unnoticed by this high speed lead group, Woodhill regular Rene Sciarone had put in a gritty drive in his less powerful 1600-class car, coming through from 12th at the start to hold fifth. Many of the more powerful and more fancied entries were now behind the Toyota-powered single seater of Sciarone, who was putting in the drive of his career.
The experienced racer said afterward the key to the race is to know the character of the deep sand tracks, whether the car can ‘float’ over the worst of the holes and bumps or whether it will dig in; and to learn where to go fast and where to hold back and preserve the car.
As the race progressed through half distance there was heartbreak for Alan Butler, who disappeared from the lead with mechanical issues. This put Lammers into the lead with four laps to run. Tony McCall’s BSL Terra had fallen out of contention with a persistent misfire and then a flat rear tyre, which put him back in fifth overall under challenge from the first unlimited class race truck, the four wheel drive turbocharged V8 Toyota of Jono Climo.
Climo and Colin Sandford, both in unlimited-class Toyota Hilux trucks, and Wellington’s Justin Leonard in a Chev Colorado were battling for the class lead, Climo forcing through as high as fifth briefly and pushing McCall to sixth overall before almost running out of fuel on the last lap. The deep, cloying sand of Woodhill meant Climo’s turbocharged V8 engine had been using more fuel than expected.
“It spluttered on a long sandy uphill and the engine died and I thought we were done! But we rolled her back down the hill to the flat and got some fuel through then nursed her round to the finish,” he said afterward.
The delay had allowed Tony McCall back into fifth and Gregg Carrington-Hogg into sixth place.
At the front Lammers had made closing laps of the race look easy, short-shifting his car’s big Nissan V6 to save fuel and picking the best lines through the now deeply-rutted sand tracks. He took the chequered flag with a race time of three hours and 20 minutes for the 250 km distance.
Rene Sciarone was a clear and creditable second overall; Ernie Hogg third. Capping a memorable weekend for the Lammers family, son Clim Tristan Lammers came home fourth overall.
“This race is the one everyone wants to win and it’s always a huge challenge but the car never missed a beat. The sand tracks are probably harder on the driver than the car if you know what you are doing. But now I need to have a relax under a hot shower!”

 

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woodhill class places - Double click this link to view the results by racing class

 

The biggest field for a Woodhill 100 in a decade

2014 Woodhill100_AORC_ForestMapFour days out from the Woodhill 100 Qualifying Sprints and we have hit 70 entries! Outstanding! Last additions have been Jasper Ryder in his Kiwitruck J22 (great to have another KT out on a new 3km course for them this year); Jimmy Green in 330 and Steve Green in 500, awesome to have you all onboard.

That brings Class 3 entries to 15 which is going to be a massive battle within class with even a chance at the big prize ….. you never know how the Woodhill 100 will pan out …..
1. 100 Richard Crabb
2. 101 Rob Ryan
3. 109 Alan Hilliam
4. 110 Alan Butler
5. 115 Clim Lammers
6. 117 Murray Kitt
7. 120 Gregg Carrington Hogg
8. 128 Clim Tristam Lammers
9. 154 Alan Pilgrim
10. 157 Tony McCall
11. 169 Paul Eayrs
12. 171 Paul Smith
13. 190 Ernie Hogg
14. 193 Mal Langley

15. 205 Lucinda Maynard

16. 303 Greg Mullins
17. 305 Devlin Hill
18. 306 Kohl Midgley
19. 307 Dean Graham
20. 322 Steven Stokes
21. 323 Peter Hogg
22. 324 Brendan Midgley
23. 330 Jimmy Green
24. 333 Brendan Old
25. 351 Matt Ryan
26. 366 Marcel Parmentier
27. 369 Tony Marwood
28. 388 Andrew Gate
29. 395 Rene Sciarone
30. 396 Rick Sciarone

31. 450 Rex Croskery
32. 457 Glen Turvey

33. 500 Steve Green
34. 517 Nick Magness
35. 530 Taine Carrington
36. 535 Greg Lang
37. 544 Ivan Booth

38. 615 Darrin Neely
39. 680 Keri Louis

40. 714 Tyler Castle
41. 724 Ollie McCall
42. 730 Jaden Carrington
43. 777 Dyson Delahunty

44. 806 Colin Sandford
45. 869 Jono Climo
46. 875 Mike Cox
47. 882 Justin Leonard
48. 899 Raana Horan

49. 900 Maurice Bain
50. 991 Mike Konings

51. 1009 Colin Buckley
52. 1069 Rosco Gaudin

53. C01 Ricky May
54. C09 Steve Pacey
55. C75 Campbell Witheford
56. C76 Ricki Jessen
57. C83 Louis Carlyle
58. C84 Ash Carlyle
59. C91 Glen Houghton

60. U08 Phill Smart
61. U11 Ron Kirkman
62. U17 Paul Sutton
63. U20 Ben Thomasen
64. U69 Tony Radisich
65. U77 Dave Boniface
66. U88 Mike Small

67. J03 Trae Carrington
68. J05 Marcus Runciman
69. J22 Jasper Ryder
70. M95 Fergus Crabb

TV Coverage confirmed for 2014 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100

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AORC are pleased to announce that with the support of Stihl Shop, Polaris and ORANZ that we are filming this years Woodhill 100 to be shown on TV3′s CRC Motorsport show later this year. Make some note that it would not have been possible without the special assistance of Polaris and ORANZ.
It will be a half hour show and we have a new production company from within the sport with multiple cameras who will ensure that the sport is shown in the very Best light and make sure it looks as exciting as it actually is.

2014 Woodhill 100 entries

The following racers are first to enter the 2014 ORANZ North Island Round 2 – The 2014 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100. Enter Now by downloading this Entry Form: 2014 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 – Full Adult Entry Form

109 Alan Hilliam, in the 6 cylinder, twin spark Porsche 911 powered single seater, in action at the first North Island ORANZ round of 2013 at Meremere

109 Alan Hilliam, in the 6 cylinder, twin spark Porsche 911 powered single seater, in action at the first North Island ORANZ round of 2013 at Meremere

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Class 5 racer Ivan Booth in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

Class 5 racer Ivan Booth in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

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Class 8 racer, Raana Horan in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

Class 8 racer, Raana Horan in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

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C09 Steve Pacey
U08 Phil Smart
U17 Paul Sutton

UTV racer Tony Radisich in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

UTV racer Tony Radisich in action at the 2013 ENZED Taupo 1000

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