SUNRAYSIA 600 SET FOR AORC RETURN
THE iconic Sunraysia 600 (formerly the Sunraysia 500) may have been missing from the Australian Off Road Championship for several years, but is now firmly back on the national calendar after its popular return last year.
The sport’s governing body recently announced the event would once again be included in this year’s national series and will launch the championship on the weekend of April 8 - 10.
Based once again at Keera Station, near Lake Cullulleraine, the Sunraysia 600 will be staged over three days, starting with the popular show and shine/scrutineering on the Friday night.
Last year’s show and shine/scrutineering was held at the SuniTAFE ovals, however organisers this year plan to move the event much closer to the city centre at a yet-to-be-confirmed location.
The first of the on-track racing will take place the following morning with the prologue and top 10 shootout, which will decided the starting order for the first of six laps of the 100-kilometre Keera Station course.
National competitors will complete two laps on the Saturday, returning the following morning to complete the remaining four laps.
Organisers are expecting a jump in competitor numbers this year due to the popularity of last year’s event, as well as a shortened national calendar this year, which should lower the budget required to compete in the series.
This year’s championship will see competitors race in the Sunraysia 600, Finke Desert Race and Riverland Enduro at Waikerie.
At least three Sunraysia-based competitors are expected to enter this year’s national titles, pitting their skills and machinery against the likes of multiple national champion Shannon Rentsch, Brad Gallard and a host of nationally recognised racers.