The Year That Was: Thirteenth class title for Pickering

There aren’t many people in the off road racing world who can boast about holding more than a dozen class titles – but Geoff Pickering can.

Before the 2018 BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship’s opening round, the off road stalwart vowed to add another class title to his already decorated trophy cabinet.

The Queenslander’s goal of winning the Australian Production 4WD Class Championship started off with a bang, claiming the class win at St George 399.

The win made it two from two at his home round since its elevation to a national level event in 2017, giving Pickering the perfect start to his 2018 campaign.

Pickering was full of confidence following the Queensland event and needed every bit of it ahead of the Tatts Finke Desert Race after not winning the iconic race since 2015.

Pickering’s form in the big race held up, the Mitsubishi Pajero pilot winning his class on both days to secure his 13th Finke victory.

All Pickering had to do for his 13th Australian title was turn up to the Rainbow Desert Enduro and he did just that, although he sustained some complications on the final day.

Like a host of other drivers, the veteran was unable to finish the final day due to event’s brutal conditions, but thanks to his previous two results, he had enough points to secure the title.

After setting the goal at the start of the year, the Townsville racer had achieved his 13th class title in the Production 4WD category.

There is also no sign of Pickering taking it easy in the future, with plans to debut a new Production 4WD vehicle in 2019 as embarks on the battle for a 14th class title.


This memorable moment is part of a special BFGoodrich CAMS Australian Off Road Championship series recapping an entertaining 2018 season.