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Waikerie Riverland Off Road
Association (WRORA) members
competed well in this year’s Toyo Tires
Riverland Enduro (July 4-6).
Off roaders from across the country gath-
ered at the Waikerie Enduro track to compete
at national, state and club levels.
Top-performing WRORA member James
Lochert placed 11th outright.
He was joined by James Copeland, who
competed on a state level and placed 15th.
Wallace ‘Toby’ Francombe placed 25th
outright, while fellow local Anthony Devito
placed 29th and completed four laps.
Joining the list of locals who success-
fully competed at the Enduro was Michael
The Sunlands man placed second in his
Super 1650 Class and was competing in the
South Australian Off Road Racing Associa-
tion Multi Club Series.
Mr Surfield said he made alterations to
the vehicle to improve his racing perfor-
“We put in a stronger diff in the gear box,
and changed fourth gear and made altera-
tions to the suspension,” he said.
“It made a big improvement during the
“It made us very competitive in our class
and we were happy with where we placed.”
Mr Surfield and his wife Lisa are
WRORA members and have been racing for
Mr Surfield said the Enduro track at Wai-
kerie was one of the best in the country.
“The track is one of our favourites – it has
everything,” he said.
“It was hard and fast but had sandy bits
as well. I think it is one of the best tracks in
“The club as a whole has done really well.
“The local support was fantastic.”
Sunlands man Michael Surfield and wife Lisa finished second in their class during the Toyo Tires Riverland Enduro recently.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
The Toyo Tires Riverland
Enduro saw the Riverland region
of South Australia become the
epicentre of Australian off-road
racing at the weekend as it hosted
the third round of the Australian
Off Road Championship.
Normally known for its pristine
vineyards and orange orchards, it was
the first time a round of the national
competition had been held at Waikerie
The race attracted a field of over
90 competitors from all over the coun-
try and the specially designed buggies
and trophy trucks tore up the 80km
course over five intense laps.
First place honours were claimed
by Jack Rhodes who clocked a blister-
ing 3h 23m 57s in the #91 Pro Buggy.
Current series champ Shannon
Rentsch pulled in second, with Team
Toyo’s own Brad Gallard collecting
third place, and first in the Extreme
Many Riverland Enduro specta-
tors travelled great distances to attend
one of the fastest and most specta-
tor-friendly events on the off-road cal-
Event organiser and president of
the Waikerie Off-Roaders Association,
James Lochert, thanked Toyo for its
sponsorship and assistance in hosting
the race weekend.
“The Riverland Enduro was big-
ger, more spectacular and packed
with faster cars than ever before. The
drivers put on a great show with high
horsepower, which is what everyone
likes to see,” he said.
“We had massive crowds for both
days all around the road sections.
“From a spectator point of view it
was the most people we have ever had
out here. I can’t recall seeing anything
like this,” he said.
“It was great to have Toyo on
board this year. We had a short time-
frame between finding out we were
going to be a national round and put-
ting on the event.
“Toyo provided great support and
did a wonderful job helping push the
event and make it into a great specta-
cle for the public.”
Toyo Tires marketing manager
Jose Angeles was thrilled with the
“Off-road racing is an engrossing
and growing sport. Toyo is excited
to be involved not only with the race
events, but also with the most exciting
and engaging teams, cars and drivers
in the series,” Mr Angeles said.
“To see Toyo’s naming rights spon-
sorship bringing attention back to the
Riverland round is an incredible feel-
“There was electricity in the air all
weekend and we can’t wait until next
“Off road racing is here to stay...”
Toyo Tires Waikerie Enduro wrap
TOP LOCAL: Top-performing WRORA member James Lochert placed 11th outright, with wife
Tanya Lochert as co-driver/navigator in car 171.
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
Locals excel at Enduro
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