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Jono Climo's new ProLite Race Truck ready for the forest

Jono Climo’s new ProLite Race Truck ready for the forest


Story by Mark Baker

  • New trucks, new race cars to challenge the champions
  • Massive field for 33rd Woodhill 100
  • Million dollar racer title chase

Fast five: race watchers are saying the first five rows of the grid for this weekend’s Stihl Woodhill 100 will probably include the eventual winner as the most competitive field in many years heads for the forest.
That first fast five rows will also have a net worth of somewhere in excess of one million dollars.
With Lotto millionnaire Trevor Cooper expected to front with his new US-built Jimco desert car, two-times winner Raana Horan of Paremoremo returning to shoot for a ‘three-peat’ in his V8 Nissan Titan, five-times winner Tony McCall (Manukau) looking for title number six in his BSL Terra Chev, west Auckland’s Jono Climo making his debut in an all-new Toyota Hilux with V8 turbo power and Gregg Carrington Hogg bringing out his Blue Thunder Chev-powered two-seater race car for its debut, there are no shortage of top-dollar race cars lining up for the 33rd running of this legendary offroad race.
In all, there are likely to be six former and current Woodhill champions contesting the race this year – most of them in cars with V8 power.
These leading competitors may well have a message for those in the smaller-engined classes who hope for an upset win: if you don’t have a V8 engine in a high spec truck or race car you are going to have a hard time making the pace.
But hovering behind the thundering V8s are the likes of James Buchanan, who won last year in his class 3 Cougar Evo Suzuki, Troy Tuffnell in a class three Cougar with Toyota power, and John van Dyk, the sole South Island racer, also in class three.
This year’s race is the longest yet, up from 246 km in 2012 to 252 km on a 28 km lap that mixes flat-out forest racing on logging roads with deeply-rutted sand tracks with massive holes that threaten to swallow the smaller race cars and four wheel drives.
It offers race fans a rare chance to see top-level race action in the vast pine forests of the northwest, up close and personal with the fastest offroad race drivers in New Zealand.
A West Harbour team entry gives the race a true family feel this year: in addition to Gregg Carrington-Hogg’s new unlimited class car, while in the next generation of the family double national class 7 champion Taine steps up to class five, and his youngest brother Trae will race in the Kiwitruck youth category.
The new ‘side-by-side’ UTV class will race at Woodhill, with current joint leader of the national championship Ben Thomasen of Tauranga heading up the entries of the small but deceptively fast motorcycle-engined race cars along with Mike Small of Manukau.
Now in its 33nd year, the Woodhill 100 is the oldest event in New Zealand offroad racing. It is the toughest one-day enduro in the sport in this country, and is the longest continually-running endurance race of any type in New Zealand motorsport.
Racing starts on Sunday 2 June with a separate event for the Kiwitruck youth category at 9.00 am on race morning using part of the main event race course, followed by the main race at 11.00 am. Organisers expect the race to be run and won by 3.00 pm.
Though it is a forest endurance race, spectators turn out in significant numbers to catch the action – more than 2500 race fans through the gate in 2012 – with plentiful vantage points close to the start-finish area and the leading racers topping 220km/h on the faster sections of the course.
The forest access for the race will be signposted for northern and southern traffic at the roundabout on SH16 near Parakai. Admission is $10/adult, children under 15 are free.

The Woodhill 100 winners: 32 years of the toughest race in New Zealand

1981 Daryll Carson
1982 Emil Versalko
1983 Daryll Carson
1984 Nigel Barton
1985 Ian Foster
1986 Emil Versalko
1987 Lindsay Pointon
1988 Des Warrington
1989 Ian Foster
1990 Ian Foster
1991 Ian Foster
1992 Ian Foster
1993 Trevor Hackett
1994 Emil Versalko
1995 Daynom Templeman
1996 Mike Cameron
1997 Daynom Templeman
1998 Ian Foster
1999 Tony McCall
2000 Grant Ferguson
2001 Trevor Hackett
2002 Lindsay Pointon
2003 Clim Lammers
2004 Tony McCall
2005 Tony McCall
2006 Tony McCall
2007 Tony McCall
2008 Clive Thornton
2009 Alan Butler
2010 Raana Horan
2011 Raana Horan
2012 James Buchanan


2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 – Track Map & Spectator Information

2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 - Race Track Map - Please note: track layout may differ at discretion of race officials. Map accurate at 25/5/13.

2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 – Race Track Map – Please note: track layout may differ at discretion of race officials. Map accurate at 25/5/13.

Welcome to the Auckland Offroad Racing Club’s 33rd running of the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100. The above track map shows the race track at South Head. It also shows what to expect on your journey to the track and what you will find in the main spectator area at the track.

Competitors that have raced Woodhill in the last few years will be familiar with the area. But, please note the new PIT area. This Pit will be controlled and your parking area will be allocated to your race vehicles only. If your race crew arrive in extra vehicles they wil be required to park in the public parking area detailed on the map.

Spectators wanting to attend should drive to Parakai (follow Highway 16 and turn off to Parakai). Drive through Parakai and travel North on South Head Road. Turn left off South Head Road onto Trig Road (25 minutes approx. north of Parakai) and follow signs to race venue in Woodhill Forest.

Scrutineering & Qualifying Sprints:
Saturday 1st June from 1.00pm to 4.00pm
Pulpit Rock Road, Waimauku.
Follow the signs from Kumeu heading North on State Highway 16.
Approximately 5 minutes drive after Waimauku; Pulpit Rock Road is on the left.
Will be signposted at the gate.
Please park as directed and register at AORC registration. Once registered, please proceed with your vehicle through to scrutineering. Please ensure you are wearing race overalls, and have with you, your helmet, neck brace and gloves with you as once you have completed scrutineering you will immediately proceed to queue up for qualifying sprint.
Qualifying Sprints:
Once you have completed scrutineering, please put on helmet, neck brace and belt yourself in and proceed directly to the queue for the qualifying sprint. You will undergo a belt, neck brace and helmet check, and be briefed on the qualifying lap.
Sunday Scrutineering & Qualifying:
If you are unable to make the Saturday scrutineering, you can be scrutineered on the Sunday morning at the track, but your grid position will be immediately behind the last placed vehicle in your class – no exceptions.

2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 Sprint Track layout

2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 Sprint Track layout

Location of Saturday's Scrutineering and Sprint Track venue

Location of Saturday’s Scrutineering and Sprint Track venue

 Woodhill 100 History

A History of Woodhill 100 Winners

A History of Woodhill 100 Winners

2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 entrys – so far – Lunchtime Friday 24/5/13

  1. Van der Wall PNORC 808
  2. Dave Bonniface AORC U77
  3. Tony Marwood Day Licence 367
  4. James Buchanan AORC 397
  5. Trevor Cooper AORC 189
  6. Dale Buckley AORC 852
  7. Raana Horan AORC 899
  8. Derek Cecil AORC 671
  9. Michael Mabille AORC 614
  10. Ben Thomasen Waikato U20
  11. Clive Thornton Bay 150
  12. Steven Stokes AORC 322
  13. Gregg Winn Nelson 371
  14. Travis Buckley ATR J77
  15. Lance Cargill AORC 126
  16. Alan Butler AORC 110
  17. Glen Houghton AORC C91
  18. Marcus Runciman ATR J05
  19. Mike Cox CPORC 875
  20. Craig Patterson AORC 214
  21. Lucinda Maynard AORC 205
  22. Mike Konings Whangar 991
  23. Melvin Rouse WORC 135
  24. Keri Louie AORC 680
  25. Maurice Bain Waikato 900
  26. Phil Findlay 569
  27. John Van Dyk 372
  28. Trae Carrington J03
  29. Taine Carrington 530
  30. Gregg Carrington Hogg 120

Just over a week to go. Get your entry in! Entry forms available at www.aucklandoffroadracing.co.nz and www.oranz.co.nz

Sealegs Baja to line up for Woodhill 100

 Lance Cargill will be racing the ex. Mike Cox - Class 1 - Jimco Baja at the Woodhill 100

Lance Cargill will be racing the ex. Mike Cox – Class 1 – Jimco Baja at the Woodhill 100

The Sealegs Jimco Class 1 Baja is to run in the 2013 Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 on June 2 at South Head. Driver Lance Cargill has not competed in this event for at least 10 years and co-driver George Murphy is making his debut race as they prepare and hope to bring the Sealegs Jimco to a good result. This is their shakedown for the Taupo 1000 in September.

#157 Tony McCall

Offroad Racing History is written on Golden Trophies at Tony's place.

Offroad Racing History is written on Golden Trophies at Tony’s place.

Auckland Offroad Racer, Tony McCall, has been collecting Offroad victories since 1980. In this time he has won 50 Enduros, he holds 8 NZ Shortcourse Overall Championship titles, 10 times NZ National Champion. Won 2 Leadfoot 100′s, 2 Tall Timbers, 3 Wild 300′s, a couple of Taupo 1000′s and 5 Woodhill 100′s.

Apart from the Offroad Racing titles, Tony has also raced 5 seasons at Speedway in a Sprint Car.

#157 Tony McCall takes advantage of Pole Position to clear out at the start of the 2012 Woodhill 100 - Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

#157 Tony McCall takes advantage of Pole Position to clear out at the start of the 2012 Woodhill 100 – Photo courtesy of Philip Hagan

“My current racing ambition is to equal Ian Foster’s 6 Woodhill 100 Victories. If I can get level with Ian I’ll be happy.” says Tony.

The Trophy wall only has the 1st place victories. “There’s no space for the minor place trophies. If I get a second or a third, I give them to Gary, my crew chief, to look after”.

Tony’s current car is the mid-mounted, LS2 V8, Speed Sequential Transaxle, A-Arm, Single Seat BSL Terra that Tony helped design. “This is the best race car so far. It handles fantastic, the gearbox reacts fast, Its point and shoot.” says Tony.