More than 70 crews from around Australia will venture out to the sunshine state for the highly anticipated season opener with both the national championship and the CAMS Queensland Off Road Championship taking place. Headlining the record field is nine-time
AORC champion Shannon Rentsch who will be looking to start his title defence on a high and claim back-to-back St George 399 wins.
His closest competitor comes in the form of Toby Whateley, who leads the 24-car SXS Turbo class. Whateley had a breakout year in 2018 and it all started in Queensland when he shot out of the blocks to claim the first two sections.
Other notable drivers taking part in the AORC season opener are five-time Australian champion Mark Burrows, Extreme 2WD stars Brett Taylor, Greg Gartner and Beau Robinson and 13-time Production 4WD Champion Geoff Pickering.
The family combination of Howells Motorsport will once again be in the forefront of their respective classes as Josh and Ally Howells look to challenge the top drivers in 2019 after brilliant debuts in 2018.
“Like last year we are planning to treat it as a bit of a preparation and shakedown for Finke. I recently purchased a new car and it’s my first time in it, so I am really looking forward to getting out there and giving the car a real test.”
The changes to the event also included an extension of 20km to the course and track widening in different sections as a way to boost racing and improve the entertainment for the fans.
“We’re really looking forward to getting up there. It’s a great challenging track and one of the tightest ones on the calendar for us, which is a little bit different.”