Car entries for the third round of the 2021 BFGoodrich Motorsport Australia Off Road Championship (AORC) season are now being accepted.
Heralded as one of the largest off road events in Australia, the Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race will see Australia’s best crews tackle a challenging course across a variety of terrains.
From dry salt lakes, sandy wooded sections and lots of dusty areas, the event will join the national stage for the first time since being announced as an AORC round in 2019.
Crews have until 11:59pm AWST on 27 September to enter the event or when the 100 entry capacity is met, so interested participants are encouraged to get in early in order to avoid disappointment.
With the course marked at 135 kilometres, crews will complete three laps throughout the weekend, taking the total race distance to more than 400 competitive kilometres.
Starting with the popular street party on the Thursday, Friday will see cars undergo prologue before the top 10 fast cars battle it out in a shootout under lights.
The official race then gets underway on the Saturday morning with cars to complete just one lap, before running the remaining two laps on Sunday.
Like the Tatts Finke Desert Race, the event also hosts bikes with the two-wheeled competitors to run two laps on the Saturday and one on the Sunday.
As the event is also hosting a round of the Motorsport Australia West Australian Off Road Championship, event secretary Jeremy Beck was looking forward to a big weekend.
“We have already had a lot of interest from many crews about competing so we’re hopeful for a huge entry list this year,” Beck said.
“Kalgoorlie has proved to be quite popular amongst crews and spectators and we’re looking forward to potentially getting an opportunity of showcasing our event on the national stage.
“Obviously there is still a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and mid October, but it’s still quite some time until the event so hopefully things have calmed down a bit by then.
“Everything is on track for this to be a great event and we’re excited to welcome the best crews from around the country.”
As part of recent calendar adjustments, the West Australian round will form part of back-to-back weekends with the Can-Am Loveday 400 to take place the following weekend.
The 2021 Black Diamond Drilling Kalgoorlie Desert Race takes place in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region on 21-24 October. ]
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