Season wrap: Tucker and Corrigan share Super 1650 Buggy spoils

The Super 1650 Buggy class was once again in action during the 2022 the BF Goodrich Motorsport Australia off Road Championship (AORC) season with Simon Tucker and Connor Corrigan sharing the top honours.

Both drivers finished the season on 630 points courtesy of a single victory at their respective events,

The Tatts Finke Desert Race featured the most entries of the season with four taking the track throughout the iconic event, however it was Tucker in his 1587cc Toyota Ratbagz who took out the win.

As one of the most difficult events on the calendar,  the South Australian was the only entrant in the class to finish – thus giving him and co-driver Kyle Tucker the event win.

Although neither crews finished the event, Timothy and Elizabeth Button took out second place, while Peter and Michelle Baulch finished behind in third.

Competing as one of the two entries in the Can-Am Loveday 400 event were Connor Corrigan and Ryder Taylor, the duo ended up taking out top honours after a thrilling back-and-forth encounter with Doug Carthew.

Mechanical issues in the fourth heat would then go on to force Carthew into retirement  – ending his day and championship charge..

Despite being the lone finisher for the event, Corrigan was excited at the opportunity to take the track and was thrilled with a 29th outright finish.

“I had no mechanical issues, which is great when I am self-funding the car, everybody was saying the track was tough, but I thought the track was like driving in a highway it was good fun,” Corrigan said.

“I tried to get to rainbow but couldn’t because of mechanical issues, and I would love to be able to have a go at Finke.”

“Hopefully we can get some more competitors, the more we get the better but at end of the day I just see how many I can get passed in the bigger classes, it is satisfying working your way up the order.”

Unfortunately no one in the class was able to score points for the rest of the year – handing Tucker and Corrigan the joint class win.

2022 Driver Standings:

Simon Tucker – 630 points
Connor Corrigan – 630 points
Timothy Button – 285 points
Peter Baulch – 270 points

2022 Co-Driver Standings

1. Kyle Tucker – 630 points
1. Ryder Taylor – 630 points
2. Elizabeth Button – 285 points
3. Michelle Baulch – 270 points

Photo: Dakar Press Team Australia