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Off Road PreviewThe Australian Off Road Championships head to Millicent, South Australia this weekend for the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro.

Over 80 cars will race through the pine trees of the Tantanoola State Forrest, from their base in the Teagle Quarry, to contest what will be round three of the Championship.

The Quarry provides a stadium atmosphere for the off roaders and is a hit with spectators and competitors alike.

With Brad Prout taking the outright win at the season opening MBL SeaLake Mallee Rally, and Brad Gallard taking the honours at the Albins Goodndiwindi 400 in August, the Championship is still wide open in Millicent.

They will have stiff competition from the likes of Matt Hanson and Leigh Wells, who will be eager to make up for their DNF in 2011 when an overheating engine saw them retire from the lead.

On Saturday, the Teagle Quarry will host both the prologue and the “Top Ten Shootout”.

The “Top Ten Shootout” will see the outright contenders hit the track once again to determine the final grid positions. On its completion, the fastest four cars from each class (excluding those in the top ten) roll onto the starting grid for a two lap, door to door blast around the arena in the “Dash for Cash”.

Sunday will see the crew take to the 65km course, completing six laps, in two lap sections, through the heavily wooded forestry tracks. The course is littered with obstacles, and the race for victory will be gruelling.

Image courtesy of Randal Kilner