Spectators can expect to see some action packed off road racing at the Scott’s Hydraulics Dondingalong Off Road Challenge, where competitors will complete up to four laps on a 44km a circuit across five rounds.
CAMS caught up with David Chandler from the event’s organising club, Kempsey Macleay Off Road Club, to find out what makes this event one of the highlights for the NSW off road community.
How long has the club been involved in organising this event?
DC: The Dondingalong Off Road Challenge event has been running for 35 years
What are some of your favourite elements of this event?
DC: The Dondingalong venue is one of the best facilities in the state, with spectators getting up close to the action all weekend. The track is very challenging – it will come down to driver ability and not the biggest or most powerful car. Camping is also available and permitted at the Track.
What is the terrain like, and does the course present any particular challenges that competitors need to keep in mind?
DC: The Dondingalong Short Course is a driver’s track. It’s a very flowing high speed short track with drivers leaving the line two abreast. With several cars in each heat, it makes for action packed close racing.
Who are some of the competitors to watch?
DC: We have two competitors who are competing in their very first off road event – Arron May ( from Kempsey NSW Local KMORC member) in Pro Buggy #34 which is a Raceco buggy running a Honda engine. Also, Jamie Turner (from Tamworth NSW, Warialda car club member) in his Super 1650 Rivmasta Buggy #276 running a Toyota engine.
Is there spectating opportunities?
DC: Spectators will have an amazing view of more than half the track from the elevated viewing area, and welcome to bring a chair or picnic rug to sit on and enjoy the action. Also a fully catered Canteen is open all weekend. We also have a massive sand pit for the kits to entertain themselves while the others enjoy the racing.
Are there any supporters the organising team would like to thank?
DC: KMORC would like to make special thanks to our major sponsor Scott’s Hydraulic Services.