Counting down to the Dash

The dirt will fly in WA’s North West region over the Easter long weekend, with off road racing competitors taking on Round 2 of the Carnarvon Motel Western Australian Off Road Championship – the 2018 Coral Coast Helicopters Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash.

For the first time, this iconic off road race will be run in a point-to-point format from the town of Carnarvon, inland to Gascoyne Junction, and return. Each leg will consist of approximately 200km of station tracks, open clay pans and red sand dunes and will feature off road buggies, trophy trucks, 4wds and SxSs. The ‘Dash’ also incorporates motorbikes and quads.

Gascoyne Off Road Racing Club President Ted Schultz said the brand new race track had been designed with both the competitor and spectator in mind.

“You are never far from the Carnarvon Gascoyne Junction road (sealed) which makes recovery and access to checkpoints easy for crews, while also allowing spectators to set up along the track at various points,” Schultz said.

Competitors will receive their final scrutineering checks in Carnarvon on Thursday 29 March, before showing their off road racing machines to the public with a static display in the town centre.

Friday will see the action start and the scene set for the remainder of the weekend with the prologue. Hosted at the Carnarvon Speedway Complex, the prologue will determine the start order for the race proper.

On Saturday, competitors set out from Carnarvon for Gascoyne Junction, with the return leg taking place on Sunday.

A camping complex provided by the Junction Race Club will host the large contingent of competitors, volunteers and spectators on the Saturday night. There will be plenty of warm showers, toilets, food and a bar available enabling those who attend to experience a mixture of high end racing and outback camping.

The event will conclude with a presentation function at the Carnarvon Civic Centre on Sunday night.

Entries are now open and more information can be found at