Nirimba motorkhana good prep for national stage
Friday 13 May, 2022
Photo: NSW Motorkhana
The Motorsport Australia NSW Motorkhana Championship reaches its fifth round of the 2022 season this weekend with the Renault Club of Australia to host the event.
Taking place at Nirimba Education Precinct, 24 entrants will contest the Sydney based club run motorkhana where they will get two attempts at the nine features tests.
Making up the entry list will be some of the country’s best motorkhana drivers headlined by Corrine East-Johnson and Aaron Wuillemin – both having won the most recent national champions.
Despite the two having dominated the NSW and Australian motorkhana scene in recent times, the state championship had a different winner at the previous round with Andrew Collier edging out Wuillemin.
All three drivers will again be in action on Sunday with East-Johnson to return to the fold after missing out on the last round.
While the club has not released any information about what the specific tests will be, Clerk of Course Bob Sprague believed the tests they were planning to run would help with preparing for the national championship event later this year.
“The plan is to run nine tests where they will get two goes at each and we have tried to make them a bit interesting,” Sprague said.
“There are a good variety of tests with some that may be familiar and some that haven’t been done for a while.
“It will offer quite a challenge to the field but of course it will be good preparation for the national round because if they don’t practice these sorts of tests, it could have an impact on their results on the national stage.
“We have a good spread of classes and a really good field made up of current and former national state champions. And although it should be the usual suspects who dominate, I think there will be some good competition amongst the top contenders.”
The club also enters the event with a large amount of experience in running motorkhanas and this weekend will be no different – despite being one of the first times it has used Motorsport Australia’s new event entry portal.
“The club secretaries have put in a heap amount of work to get this event off the ground – especially since we haven’t used the entry system before,” Sprague explained.
“Even though it's been a massive job, we are really looking forward to this weekend because the club has a rich history in motorkhanas and we have been doing the state round for a long time.
“We have been doing it for almost 40 years so it's always special to run a round of the NSW Championship.
“Outside of doing it for so long, we’re also a successful club in motorkhanas and have a lot of state and national champions who are part of our club.”
The fifth round of the Motorsport Australia NSW Motorkhana Championship takes place at Nirimba Education Precinct on 15 May.