Rentsch committed to 2018 AORC

Shannon Rentsch has confirmed that he will compete in all three rounds of the 2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Off Road Championship, starting with the St George 399 this weekend.

The eight-time Australian Champion missed last year’s season opener to attend fellow off road driver Jack Rhodes’ wedding, which took place on the same weekend.

While Rentsch will be a good chance to add a ninth title to his belt after committing to the whole championship, the 2015 champion is more concerned about getting a result at this weekend’s 399.

“It would be nice to get a ninth title, but I guess in motor sport anything can happen,” Rentsch said.

“The aim is to get off to a good start this weekend and to get a finish.

“While a win would be a ideal, a finish is more important so we can get some points.

“We haven’t got long until Finke either so I hope I don’t have to do too much to the car leading into Finke.”

As with a few other competitors making their debut at St George, Rentsch will be going into Friday’s reconnaissance without any knowledge of the track, which he hopes isn’t too much of disadvantage.

“I haven’t heard a real lot about it. Obviously it looks like a bit of a tighter track and a lot of trees,” Rentsch added.

“It looks they’ve opened up the tracks a bit longer from last year now. It definitely seems like a challenging track.

“I’ve had a bit of a look but the best indication will probably be the reconnaissance and I am really hanging out to have a look.

“While it may be a little bit of an advantage for other competitors going on the track last year, there are a couple of other guys like Matt Hanson who didn’t do it, so I guess there is probably not too much of a disadvantage.”

Shannon will once again team up with father Ian as the duo begin their 2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Off Road Championship at the St George 399 on 4 – 6 May.