Entries for the final round of the Polaris Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) season are rolling in, with less than one month to go until the action kicks off at the 2023 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race.
More than 70 eager crews have already registered their place for the popular West Australian event, which will take place in mid-October.
Many AORC outright and class contenders have wasted no time in signing up their crew for the fifth and final round of the season, including 2023 champions-elect Travis Robinson and Andrew Pinto who will round out their championship-winning year in their home state.
While the race for outright honours is done and dusted, Mel Brandle will return alongside Emily Brandle in search of redemption after a disappointing DNF in the 2022 edition of the event.
Brandle sits in a favourable position to finish second in the outright standings, while Kalgoorlie provides a great opportunity to take home the chocolates in the Prolite class.
Brandle is looking forward to returning to Kalgoorlie and is confident he can put last year’s disappointment behind him, as he attempts to take honours in the Prolite class.
“I am very keen to go to Kalgoorlie, we raced it last year and it’s a very well-run event, a great racetrack, and there are some really nice people involved,” Brandle said.
“We had a really good time last year, we had a few mechanical issues, but that’s racing. It was never going to stop us from coming back.
“We want to do a bit of everything, last year we went in and we were competitive in both outright and class, but then we broke both axles and came away with nothing.
“This year we go over there second outright and first in class, it would be great to hold on to both, but we all know anything can happen.
“I think I’m going to drop what happened last time out, put my helmet on and keep it on the wheels and out of the trees.”
There are numerous other notable crews’ who have locked in their place for October, including Extreme 2WD leaders Nick Commins and Ryan Galvin. Paul Tuck Lee and Ivan Schmocker will continue their respective quests for Pro Buggy glory.
The final round of the 2023 Polaris Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship will take place at the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race on 19-22 October.