Westlakes to get NSW Motorkhana season underway

Friday 11 February, 2022
Photos: Gears and Wheels Photography
The 2022 Motorsport Australia NSW Motorkhana Championship gets underway this weekend with a number of the country’s best motorkhana drivers confirmed to run in the event.
With a healthy entry list of more than 30 competitors taking part in the motorkhana, the main attraction will certainly be Corrine East-Johnston.
Boasting an impressive record of multiple state and national championship titles, East-Johnston enters the round as the NSW reigning champion thanks to another impressive season behind the wheel in 2021.
Despite enjoying a fruitful period in her career, East-Johnston will still have her work cut out for with the likes of her father Phil Johnston and Westlakes Automobile Club  President Ben Semple also entered in the round.
While there is plenty of star power locked into the state championship season opener line up, there are a handful of club members who will be making their debuts.
Regardless of experience in the championship, all 35 competitors will be having quite a busy day on Sunday with the schedule to have them get two runs for between six and nine tests.
Hosted by the Westlakes Automobile Club, Semple was looking forward to welcoming the state’s best motorkhana competitors and starting what would be a big year.

“We’re actually really looking forward to this weekend because it would be our first event since July last year, so it’s exciting to be doing an event not ruined by COVID,” Semple said.
“It’s been a tough two years, with only half of our scheduled events being able to be run, but we’re optimistic that 2022 will be a big year and we can actually run our full calendar.

“The club wanted to start our year off with a bang and we’re rapt with the great entry list for the first event for the year, as well as some of the names competing.
“It’s amazing to have someone like Corrine attending the event and both her and her dad have supported this club for a long time, so we’re happy.
“It’s also great to see so many new people taking part in the event, who are looking to make their first step in the sport, so we welcome them with open arms.
“Hopefully the weather doesn’t play too much of a role on Sunday and we can give the state championship the start it deserves.”
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The Motorsport Australia NSW Motorkhana Championship gets underway at Awaba on Sunday 13 February.
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