National Motorkhana celebrates 50 years of competition

Thursday 28 September, 2023
Photos: Australian Motorkhana Championship and CH Images
Competitors from all over the country will unite at the Nirimba Education Precinct this weekend when the location hosts the 50th edition of the Motorsport Australia Motorkhana Championship.  

Hosted by Hills District Car Club & Thornleigh Car Club, the event will welcome more than 55 competitors from all corners of Australia for an epic weekend of action.  

Taking place just 30 kilometres north-west of Sydney, entered participants will tackle 12 tests involving plenty of twists and turns designed to challenge even the best of the best in attendance.

Competitors will attempt to post the fastest possible time in each test, while the driver with the fastest cumulative time at the end of the final run is crowned national champion.

230928_motorkhanaausWhile the event will run in similar fashion to previous years, it will be a momentous occasion off the track with the event celebrating 50 years since its inaugural event. 

Nobody will be celebrating harder than Phillip East, who will continue his impressive run of featuring in each event since the championship was formed.  

This year's occasion also anticipates heightened competitiveness, as three-time national champion and East’s daughter, Corinne East-Johnston absent due to her Asia Pacific Motorsport Championship commitments in Malaysia on the same weekend.  

230928_corrinemotorkhanaMaking the trip with East-Johnston will be another multi-time champion, Aaron Wuillemin, meaning the fight for top honours in 2023 will be as wide open as ever.  

While the primary focus will naturally be on the pursuit of overall victory, participants will also have the chance to compete fiercely for class distinctions. A diverse range of up to 11 distinct classes is anticipated, encompassing various vehicle regulations and driver categories.

Clerk of Course, Peter Batt was looking forward to the event getting underway and celebrating its 50-year milestone.  

“I’m very excited to get the event underway, it's my fourth go at doing the national championship so I am really looking forward to it,” Batt said.

“It is going to be very competitive, the two hot favourites won't be there, so I expect everyone else to lift and put on a good show.  

“Celebrating 50 years is a great feat, we will have our celebrations after the event, and it will be good.  

“It is great to have our sponsor, CAPS Australia on board to give us support and be our major sponsor for the event.  

“We are welcoming all spectators to come and get involved, we have an area designated for anybody who wants to come along for a great day of action.”

Get more information on CAPS Australia. 

The 50th running of the Motorsport Australia Motorkhana Championship will take place at Nirimba Education Precinct on 30 September – 1 October.  
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