The CAMS Australian Off Road Championship has announced that the St George 399 is joining the 2017 championship season.
The St George 399 will run from the 28th-30th April and is proudly organised by the SEQORRA (South East Queensland Off Road Racing Association).
The town of St. George is 500km west of Brisbane near the QLD/NSW border, with a variety of accommodation to suit every taste. While nominally famous for its cotton, sheep and wheat, the St George 399 will bring the full AORC category list. The race will consist of 11 laps of a 35 kilometre loop delivering 400 competition kilometres in total.
For pro buggy driver, local business owner and event track designer Trent Challenger, the St George 399 is a satisfying pay off after years of effort to get the event going: “This track should suit all racers – straights for the big boys, with flowing sections that all will enjoy, also a couple of tight bits for the little guy to make up some time on. I’m excited”.
For SEQORRA president Anthony Brose, the St George 399 is a great opportunity for the club and the South East Queensland region: “The club is really excited to be the first round in the 2017 AORC. I cannot speak more highly of the St George residents and the helpful staff and councillors of the Shire of Balonne. They can see the benefit our event will bring to the region. There’s a few farms along the course and the farmers have been amazing – offering to help prepare the course and be a part of the event- and they are not even club members!”
The St George 399 is the 2017 Australian Off Road Championship’s first round and this will dovetail neatly with the St George show, which follows a week later. Local interest will be bolstered by incoming show attendees and exhibitors. Further, the St George 399 will also be Round 1 of the Queensland State Championship.
For CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca, the announcement is a satisfying outcome as the St George 399 event takes the AORC to three rounds for 2017. “I want to offer a huge thanks to the South East Queensland Off Road Association for stepping up and taking on a round of the AORC. They’ve put together a professional and locally beneficial event that enjoys the full support of the community and local shire. The St George 399 will be great for the sport of off road racing and offers unmatched certainty and security for CAMS competitors in season 2017.”
“We’ve confirmed series regulations, local permits and event permits for all three rounds and we have more exciting announcements for off road coming shortly. We’ve thrown the full support of the CAMS organisation behind off road and we think that we’ll offer the best championship possible.”
2017 Australian Off Road Championship
• Round One: St George 399, Queensland. 28th-30th April
• Round Two: Tatts Finke Desert Race, Northern Territory. 9th-12th June
• Round Three: Rainbow Desert Enduro, Victoria. 4th-6th of August