In just a matter of days, engines will be firing up and spectators will flock to Monomeeth as drivers take to the start line of the Warialda Off Road 200.
This weekend marks the 25th anniversary of the highly anticipated annual event, and it is set to be the best yet, with huge cash prizes on offer and team nominations rolling in every day.
One of the biggest sporting events on the local calendar, the Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200 is set to bring in a large crowd of both competitors and spectators, with both travelling from near and far to catch a glimpse of the racing action. Dubbed the ‘unofficial heart of off road racing’ by offroadracing.com.au, Warialda has a reputation for putting on an excellent weekend of racing and entertainment.
The Warialda Off Road is an all-terrain race, known for its exciting track that allows spectators a front row seat to the action. Warialda is home to some of the most passionate off road racers, with more race cars per capita than anywhere else in the world (approximately one registered race car per 100 people).
The Warialda track winds through a number of properties, with the race made possible by generous landowners Bryan and Bev Basham, Col McQueen and Stephen and Kerry O’Rourke who allowed the club to use their land for the event.
For keen spectators, the festivities will kick off at the end of the working week, with entertainment right through until late Sunday afternoon.
Friday night’s scrutineering will be held at the Warialda Recreation Ground, with a range of food stalls and live music to entertain the crowds. The Friday night event is a great opportunity for spectators to get up close to the vehicles before they hit the track early on Saturday morning. Drivers and team members will also be around for the public to meet and have a chat to.
At the time of print, the entry list for the Warialda Off Road was at 60 cars, with the Warialda Motor Sports Club believing they will see a capacity field of 80 vehicles hit the track this weekend.
Hunter Rivmasta is a long-time supporter of the Warialda event, and to help the event celebrate the events quarter of a century milestone, Hunter Rivmasta is offering a prize money pool of $6,000.
Fighting it out for a share of the cash prize will be a number of local cars, as they take on visitors to impress their home crowds. Currently, around ten local cars have been nominated, a great portion of the field for a town this size.
Many late nights will be spent this week as racers prepare their cars in time for Friday night’s vehicle inspection. Local team Frogs Hollow Racing have been plagued with engine troubles but will burn the midnight oil throughout the week to ensure their car is at the line come Saturday morning.
Action gets underway at 9:30am on Saturday, September 19 with the running of the Prologue and then Section 1 which is three laps of the short course scheduled to start at noon and Section 2 another three laps at 1:45pm.
Sunday’s day of short and long course racing commences at 8:30am, with the weekend finishing off with the highly anticipated Dash for Cash, this year sponsored by Somerset Engineering.
2015 will also see live times and results via offroadracing.com.au over the Saturday and Sunday. For those that are unable to attend you will be able to keep up to date of all the happenings at the Hunter Rivmasta Warialda Off Road 200.
Be sure to get down to the Warialda Recreation Ground this Friday night at 5:00om sharp to see the weekend’s events kick off.