Gympie Braces for AORC Action

Gympie Braces for AORC Action

Author: Media/Wednesday, February 07, 2018/Categories: State News

Gympie will play host to the nation's fastest off-road motorcycle riders as this year's Australian Off-Road Championship blasts into life with a double-header round at Miva, 35 minutes north of Gympie, on March 10-11.

Situated 160km north of Brisbane in the Wide Bay-Burnett district, Gympie has hosted a round of Australia's most prestigious off-road racing series for the last four years.

More than 200 competitors from all corners of the country will converge to take part in the event, which this year will utilise the "Sprint" AORC format, in which riders will give it 100% over a number of heats on a short course between 9-12 minutes in length.

Starting 15-30 seconds apart, competitors will race this track several times over the course of the day, pushing the limits of tyres, suspension and engines, and eagerly searching for any unnoticed or forming race lines that might offer an advantage over the competition.

Event Promoter Peter Allan is focused on ensuring spectators experience this intensity first hand, as he promotes his fourth consecutive AORC event at in the region.

"It's a very exciting form of motorsport," said Allan, "that we're making an even more accessible one, and the layout of our course will provide exceptional spectator viewing points.

"With flowing grass-track and tight and technical rocky creek sections running alongside about a kilometre of the main property driveway, it's easy for spectators to get straight to the action."

"According to council this is the only national sporting event they can recall, and it tends to attract 500-800 people to the area, so local people, government and media are getting behind it, which is great to see."

The event will also have plenty of local flavour, as local brothers and Kawasaki Factory Team racers PD and Lachlan Allan take on the nation's best, including nationally-ranked fellow Queensland-based Husqvarna duo Lachy Stanford and Fraser Higlett.

Gold Coast-based former motocross pro turned Active8 Yamaha Off-Road Team racer Luke Styke will also enter the fray, taking on the powerhouse KTM team of Daniel Milner and Lyndon Snodgrass, who dominated the 2017 series.

Throwing another wildcard into the mix, the AORC's 2016 Champion Daniel "Chucky" Sanders is back from Europe and will be determined to try to re-establish himself at the top.

Pic: Lachlan Allan will be one of the local hopes when the country's most important off-road racing series - the AORC - kicks off at Gympie next month

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