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ARB National Series Rd.1
Tough weekend at theARB Town & Country Tyres Stackpoole 400for the team. A good result from prologue saw Clayton and Larissa in the 803 Pajero taking out 1st place in Extreme 4WD. Stuart and Ross in their 501 Triton taking out 3rd in the Performance 2WD class.
The main race was 7 laps of a tough 65km course broken up into 3 sections.
Stuart and Ross had a bad start to their race at the 10km mark a faulty starter motor stopped them after an engine stall. Getting towed back
to the pits a new starter was fitted and back out they went, only to stop at the 60km point with loss of drive in the transmission putting them out of the event.
Clayton and Larissa had an eventful race day. First section was loss of front drive and fuel pump strainer blockage, pulling in mid section to clean the fuel pump the crew headed back out into dusty race conditions chasing and passing vehicles on their way. Second section they suffered from a broken rear CV, getting a tow back to the pits the crew quickly fitted a spare drive shaft and once again they took to the track. Pushing hard they finished 5 out of the 7 laps to bring the Pajero home in 2nd place. A good result from a tough day.

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Huge thanks to our team sponsorsChapmans Auto Repairs, Performance Dyno Tuning and Electrical,Penrite Oil,Allied Wheels,Modena Engineering (Aust) Pty LTDandLink ECU.
Also thanks to the great team that help prep the cars and keep them going at the event. Last but far from least to the club and volunteers fromGriffith Off Road Clubwho ran a faultless event with a great format and fantastic atmosphere. We will be back!

AORC Rd.2 Finke Desert Race

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Finke 2016 is over for team COR.
With the Extreme 4WD Triton crewed by Clayton and Adam and the Performance 2WD Triton of Stuart and Ross loaded, the team headed to Alice Springs with the want to get their 2 cars "There and Back".
Pre event testing went well with some minor suspension changes on both cars leaving the team feeling confident for the challenge ahead.
A huge turnout Friday night at scrutineering was great, talking to keen supporters of our teams and giving awaymany team stickers and posters.
Saturdays prologue saw Clayton and Adam placing 1st in class and 11th outright finishing within the same second as the next 4 place getters. Stuart and Ross placed 4th in class after a clean first Finke drive for Stuart.
Sundays first leg of the race would not be a good one for the team with Clayton and Adam in the Extreme 4WD Triton having to retire at 75km due to a broken suspension arm bolt and turbo dump pipe. Stuart and Ross also retired at 57km due to a shock hose coming loose and dumping the oil.
Both cars were recovered and taken back to Alice, Stuart and Ross's Triton was able to be repaired and then taken to Finke Sunday night to race the return leg on Monday.

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Being seeded back in the field Stuart had to work hard passing many cars in the way back to Alice Spring. All was going well until wiht 70km to go the top four link suspension mount had broken out and cause the rear shock to bend its shaft. Limping their way back Stuart and Ross brought the 514 Performance 2WD Triton across the line earning valuable championship points.
Huge thanks from the team to those who help us prep before the event and those who help us during, along with our awesome sponsors VT Industrial Coating, Penrite Oils, Modena Engineering we are able to tackle these mammoth events.
We are looking forward to the final race of the Australian Off Road Championship in 4 weeks time at Waikerie SA.

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AORC Rd.1 BFG Sunraysia 600, Stuarts First 1st
The Chapmans Offroad Racing team headed south to the town of Mildura for the first round of the Australian Off Road Championship, the BFG Tires Sunraysia 600. Clayton and Adamcrewing the teams Extreme 4WD Triton were excited to compete coming from their outright win at the Thornton Short Course. Stuart would be competeing in his first national and long course event ever, with long time team member Ross by his side they would tackle the 600 gruiling kms together in the Performance 2WD Triton.
Scutineering was held Friday night in the township of Mildura on the Murray River, it was a fantastic turnout with all the cars on display and the pubilc able to walk and see the amazing machinery first hand and talk to the teams.

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Saturdays Prolougue would decide the start order for the afternoons section of 2 laps, of the 100km demading course that was made up of power sucking sandy straights, square edged rutted tracks and high speed treed sections. Clayton and Adam had a great run in Prologue missing out on a top ten position by 2seconds leaving them in 11thoutright of the 80 strong field and first in class. Stuart and Ross also had a clean run for a 4th in class finish. After Saturday afternoons racing Stuart and Ross drove very well and had moved up into 2nd in class after the 200km, only minor issues to the Triton the were repaired ready for tomorrowsracing. Clayton and Adam did not have the same success with the intercooler failing after 7km on the first lap the boys got back to the pits and with the help of the great pit crew and other competitors they got the intercooler repaired and headed back onto the track only to make it 50km when the diffs overheated and forced them to DNF this section.
Sunday morning was an early start for the team as 2 sections of 200km lay ahead of them. With new diff seals and oil in the Triton of Clayton and Adam the boys headed in the day aiming to gather some points for the championship, taking it easy all was going well untill a brokenexhaust led to melted radiator fans and possible fire danger causing them to retire early again, still managing 2nd in class and a handful ofpoints for the championship. Stuart and Ross battled thier way through the ever worsening track, having to pit multipul times to make repairs to a suspension limit strap and the gear shifter the boys keep pushing and were able to take out the class win. A huge effort for Stuart being only 15 years old this was a biglearning curve for him and a real feather in his cap.

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Huge thanks from the team to the eventorganisers and property owners for the event. Thanks again to our amazing team sponsors and supporters, without you we can not compete at the level we do. To ourfamily and friends we are very thankful that we can compete and battle our way through these events with you and enjoy everymoment.
Back to the shed were some major works will be happening in preperation for the Finke Desert Race in June.

Rd.2 A Great Success for Team COR

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German Autos Thornton short course is all wrapped up! It was a great weekend for the team with Clayton and Adam taking out the outright win in the Triton which ran fantastic all weekend proving the off seaon changes are working well.

Leila and Larissa finished 3rd and 4th respectfully in Extreme 4WD driving Robs Pajero, a new fuel pump fixed the teams Saturday issues allowing both girls to drive an awesome race and finshing off strong on Sunday. Stuart took the class 5 Triton out on Sunday only as he had prior comitments on Saturday, with Ross by his side they setting some great times and really learning how to steer the 2wd car in the trees, taking home 2nd in class.

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The team would love to thank our sponsors, VT Industrial Coatings, Chapmans Performance Dyno, Penrite Oils and all that helped get the car ready. Also huge thanks to all the team of BSCC for running a great event and thanks to the property owners for the use of their land for a very very spectator friendly track.

2016 Season Opener 1,2&3 for COR


The Moonshine Run 180 was the first event in the QLD race calender for 2016, being held at Benaraby in was a great opener for the great year ahead. What a great weekend, the track was tight andchallenging, bringing the real driver out in everyone. The team finished on a high, with Stuart taking 1st in class 5 and 11th outright, Larissa 2nd in class 7, and Emma 3rd in class 7. A huge thankyou to our sponsors VT Industrial Coatings, Cooper Tyres, Penrite Oils, and Chapmans Performance Dyno Tuning, your support is highly appreciated! Also a special thanks to Ross for navigating for Stuart, and Rob for navigating for both Emma & Larissa.

Event video can be found here

2015 Come and Gone with some highs and lows...

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Chapmans Offroad Racing team finished the year on a high at the Stanthorpe Kalbarrie 202 with Leila taking out the outright event win and Extreme 4wd class win in the Twin turbo Pajero with Amy sitting in the navi seat for the weekend. Stuart had his first event finish with a 3rd outright and 1st in Performance 2wd class with Rob by his side. The Production 4wd Triton was double entered with Larissa taking 1st in class and Emma bringing it home in 3rd out of the 30 entries for the event.
2015 was a year of mixed emotions for the team with the highs of the year including winning Champion Driver and Team at Landcruiser Park Offroad Expo, Top ten Prologue finish at AORC event Waikerie, top 20 finish first leg of Finke Desert Race and great success at all Queensland level races. With the broken rack and diff problems sorted the team are enthusiatic about the upcoming racing season with the possibility of having 2 cars competing in the complete AORC.
The team would like to thank the major support we get from our sponsors, VT Industrial Coatings, Cooper Tires and Penrite Oils without this support our racing would not be possible. To all our supports who help the team get to races by donating their time, skills and resources we are very grateful. Last but not least to all that follow and support us at the events and online, we are blown away with the response and support we receive for our family based team.
See you all at the track in 2016.

Goondiwindi 400 good for some not for others

Goondiwindi 400 all over for this year, it was a disappointing race for
Claytonand Larissa in the Extreme Triton with only one decent lap after a huge late night effort by the team to get the car running for Sunday. 2 rear cv boots letting the crew down this time. Still able to set the class quickest lap with their one lap being the highlight for the weekend.
On the flip side Rob and Stuart on the Performance 2WD Triton had a relatively smooth run all weekend with only a small leak in the fuel tank their one concern. First long course for this car brought home a great class win for the boys.
Huge thanks once again to all the people that help at the event, Dave and Anne fromVT Industrial Coatingswere helping in the pits all weekend.Cooper Tires Australianew STT Pro tyres worked amazing on the 2WD Triton definitely pushing the car towards the win.Penrite Oil,V-Sport

Offroad Expo Red Team takes the Winnings

With three cars heading to the Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 this weekend, family bragging rights are on the line at the Chapman Offf Road and Perrett Racing Teams.

Fresh from a successful weekend of racing at the Off Road Expo at Landcruiser Mountain Park two weeks ago, the teams are ready and rearing to go. “We had a great run at the Expo” explained Rob Chapman, team Dad. “We were called the red team, which had Clayton in his Extreme 4WD Triton, Leila in her Extreme 4WD Pajero and me in the Production 4WD Triton and making up the four member team was George Knight in his Polaris SuperLite.”

The Off Road Expo included a 9km short course, rally cross, barrel race and pursuit race of three laps and with 8 teams, each of four cars per team, across a variety of classes entered, it was certainly a spectacle for the large crowd.

After a fun weekend of competition, the ‘red’ team took home the Team Champions trophy and Clayton won the male champion driver award for the weekend. Adding to the family trophy cabinet, the latest addition to the family, Amy Chapman, who was running in the opposing ‘blue’ team, won the lady champion driver award with her blue team coming in second place.

The two teams are now busy preparing for this weekend Albins ARB Goondiwindi 400 where Amy Chapman will campaign her #770 Nissan Patrol with Lincoln Staude undertaking the navigating duties, Clayton Chapman with sister Larissa in the navigator’s seat of the #801 Mitsubishi Triton and Dad Rob Chapman driving youngest son’s Stuart’s Performance 2WD Triton, will do battle for family bragging rights. “We’ve built Stuart a Performance 2WD Triton. He’s been in the workshop helping out and done a lot of the work himself. Unfortunately, he’s only 15 and can only drive at a multiclub event, so I’m going to jump into the driver’s seat and Stuart’s going to navigate” added Rob.

“I guess you could say we’ve got four cars running at Gundy; Amy’s brother and sister in law Brent and Arlene Perrett are racing in their Polaris SuperLite. It’s going to be a huge weekend for our extended family”.

“We’d couldn’t go racing without the support of our great racing partners, VT Industrial Coatings, Cooper Tires Australia and Penrite Oils. Also huge thanks to all the event sponsors and the team at Landcruiser Mountain Park for putting on a great weekend of racing” added Rob Chapman.

Federal Short Course

A great weekend at Federal short course! Stuart in his class 5 triton was doing fast lap times until an oil leak from the cam seal put him out of the race. Leila in her class 8 Pajero had a consistent weekend winning the ladies class. Emma & Larissa double entered the class 7 triton, had a faultless weekend with Larissa piping Emma to the post and claiming 3rd in ladies class. Rob had a great weekend naving for the youngsters and scoring a ride with Billy Geddes in his trophy truck. Thanks to the Gympie Auto Sports club for putting on another great event, and thanks Craig Houston for all of the fabulous photos from the weekend!

Chapmans Offroad Finke Adventure

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In what is becoming a June ritual for Queensland based Chapmans Offroad Racing team, they headed from Brisbane to the centre of Australia to contest the Tatts Finke Desert Race over the Queen’s Birthday June Long Weekend. The Chapman’s are no strangers to the Finke track, having raced the event six previous time to varying levels of success across both Production and Extreme 4WD classes.

This year team driver Clayton Chapman and navigator Adam McGuire took on the gruelling event in the team’s Extreme 4WD Mitsubishi Triton. With the past two years events not going to plan, the family run team were hoping for a better showing this time around. “I would be ecstatic if we got past the 50km mark. Two years in a row we’ve broken on the same jump at 50km mark. We’ve made a lot of changes in an attempt to reach the finish line of the ‘greatest desert race in Australia’” explained Clayton Chapman.

Prologue was the hurdle to overcome for their 2015 Tatts Finke Desert Race campaign. Adam McGuire added “we prologued reasonably well Saturday morning, although there was air in the brakes which caused Clayton to drive slightly off his usual pace, but we were still able to finish with a 14th outright, which in a field of 140 strong competitors, was pretty good.”

14th on the start grid for Sunday’s put the team in a good position and laid the foundations for a good sprint run to Finke. The first leg to Finke was going great guns for the Clayton and Adam as the rest of the crew and Chapman family made their way to Finke in anticipation of seeing the fire engine red Triton take the final jump at Finke.

With the dreaded 50km mark well behind them and the team’s spirits high, 80km into the race front drive was lost in the Triton. Clayton and Adam kept pushing hard while trying to preserve the Triton and still make a decent section time for their run to Finke. Clayton continued “we had no other issues until the final crest into the Finke finish line when a rear drive flange broke leaving only one wheel drive in the rear. We still managed a time of 2h22m into Finke and, seriously, we were stoked with that.”

Team manager and Dad Rob Chapman added “the team could not be happier just to have gotten the last two years of issues off our back and to actually cross the finish line at Finke in the new Triton was a great feeling for us all”.

Once the Triton was fully assessed at the teams Finke pits, the damage to the drive train revealed it was too serious and could not be repaired with the equipment and parts they had with them, and ending the 2015 Finke dream for the team.

Clayton finished with “the improvement in the car was great and a massive thanks to our great racing partners for their support and help in getting us to this year’s Australian Off Road Championship events; VT Industrial Coatings, Cooper Tires, Penrite Oils and Chapmans Performance Dyno. We’re confident we can sort out these issues and be ready to take on the third round of the AORC round at Waikerie at the end of July.

Team COR Looking forward to AORC Opener

Getting a little more power out of the little 4cyl turbo engine

After a successful ending to the 2014 AORC with Clayton and Adam taking out the Extreme 4WD class win in the AORC the Chapman’s Offroad Racing team are excited to take the 801 numbered Mitsubishi Triton to Rd.1 of the 2015 AORC the BFGoodrich Tires Sunraysia 600.

We think this is a perfect venue to kick off the season with the advancements in both social media and television coverage.
The professionalism of the teams competing makes for an exciting and challenging year of competition.

This event holds good memories for the team as it was the first AORC class win for Clayton and Adam in 2008 in their Production 4WD Triton against long time great driver Geoff Pickering.

After 2 top 5 prologue finishes in last year’s AORC and with some good improvements and testing in the off season the team is very keen to take on the AORC this year.

With the exciting support of the teams new sponsor VT Industrial Coatings and also the continued support of long term sponsors Cooper Tires and Penrite Oils, we are ready to defend our 801 title and look forward to the camaraderie and competition of all the AORC competitors.

Final Mud, Bulls and Music

The 14th and final Mud Bulls and Music is all finished. Chapmans offroad racing took out their now 5 car team to compete in the short events at the festival. Clayton in the teams Extreme 4WD Triton alongside Billy Geddes in his Trophy Truck wowed the crowd in their demonstration laps of the courses, throwing hinges rocks and getting some big air showing the amazing ability of the offroad racing cars.


Leila in her twin turbo Pajero, Rob in the Production 4WD Triton and Ross in the partially finished new Performance 2WD Triton all competed on the Super Rally X and the Pursuit races. With the 40+ field of strong competitors only Clayton made the top ten in both e enter driving the teams Extreme 4WD Pajero, taking home 2nd in the Rally Cross and 1st in the Pursuit.


A great weekend was had by all and the event will be sadly missed as It is always great to race in front of a large crowd and show what our sport is about. Huge thanks to Helen and Alben Perrett for all ways putting on a great weekend and all the sponsors that make it possible.

Final AORC rd for 2014 TJM Lockyer Valley 300
The final round of the 2014 AORC the TJM Lockyer Valley 300 is all done and dusted and this years champions have been decided.

Track conditions were tight and loose, Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire in the teams Extreme 4WD Triton were looking forward to the challenging weekend ahead.

The boys had a good prologue run Saturday morning and put down a first in class and a very exciting 4th outright.

First lap of the race proper saw a driving error by Clayton and a flat tyre the result, they changed the tyre and were back and racing, passing cars and having a good finish after one error.


Sunday was not the best day for the whole team. First lap of Sunday's racing the Triton broke a rear drive flange. A super fast swap of the drive flange by the teams awesome pit crew saw the boys back on track. However this would not be the end of the teams issues, with the other rear drive flange breaking with 20km to go, the boys limped home on font wheel drive. A team decision was made to retire and not compete in the last section.

A disappointed end to the weekend for the team, however the team is showing great speed with the 4th outright in prologue. Also a win in the first section secured the national championship class wins for Clayton and Adam.

Huge thanks to all our fantastic sponsors in Cooper Tires, Penrite Oils, Chapmans Dyno Tuning and Mitsubishi.
A huge thanks to the great crew of family and friends that support us, and all the teams that lend a hand when it is needed and always make for a great weekend of racing and friendship.

Rd.4 AORC Coffs Rally Good Weekend for the Sport
The 4th round of the Australian Off Road Racing Championship, the Pedders Suspension Coffs Coast 400 was held on the weekend of 12-14 September in conjunction with Rally Australia, a round of the World Rally Championship.

The Chapmans Offroad Racing team was asked along with a few other race teams to promote the sport and show case their teams.

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On the Thursday before the race, Chapmans took the Triton to a local school, where Clayton and Adam talked about the race cars and the sport. They both signed posters and took photos with the students and teachers.

On Thursday night the Chapmans took part in the WRC street display in the main street of Coffs Harbour where the drivers were interviewed on main stage. This display allowed the public to get close to the cars. They also gave away countless team posters and stickers. Even international rally teams and drivers were interested in the teams Extreme 4WD Triton. Clayton and Adam met with Dakar Rally winning driver Nasser Al-Attiyah and other WRC drivers.

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On Friday night Clayton & Adam took part in the driving display held in conjunction with the WRC Super Special Stage in Coffs Harbour showing off the cars capabilities to the crowds.

Saturday was race day and after rain on Friday night the 50 km track was looking very slippery in sections. While in the lineup for prologue the Triton developed an air lock in the fuel system causing the boys to pull out and miss their prologue run. Being seeded into 22nd position for the start of the main race, Clayton and Adam started their 3 lap section well. Part way into the first lap a rock broke off a brake caliper bleeder and caused a loss in brakes. Pulling into the pits at the end of their first lap the pit crew quickly repaired the fault and Clayton & Adam went back out and were able to complete the remaining 2 laps of the 1st section.

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Sunday was planned to run with a 3 lap section followed by a 2 lap section to finish the event. The boys were feeling very good in the car and were setting a good pace passing many cars in the first lap. Half way through the 50km lap the front diff failed so they continued in rear wheel drive. Even with this handicap they managed to set the 9th fastest time for that lap showing the great potential of the car. Due to the extra workload the rear diff began to overheat, so Clayton and Adam made the decision to retire from the event and hopefully save the rear diff.

Although it was a disappointing end for the team, it is great to have no other issues with the car and the team is back in the shed sorting out the diff failures and prepping the car ready for the final round of the AORC on the 17th of October the TJM Lockyer 300.

Huge thanks to the teams sponsors Cooper Tires, Penrite Oil, Chapmans Dyno Tuning and Mitsubishi.

Rd.3 AORC Challenging Weekend for COR

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The third round of the AORC, the Riverland Enduro held at Waikerie last weekend was looking to be a promising event for the COR team as the technical track suited the Extreme 4WD Triton.
During Clayton and Adams prologue run on Saturday they experienced boost issues. Still finishing 1st in class and 19th outright saw them lining up to compete in the dash for cash against fellow Queensland competitors Michael Marson and Steve Gates in their Pro buggy. A stuck throttle cable forced an early retirement from the dash.
The team removed the throttle cable and repaired it and solved the boost issues from prologue ready for the main race on Sunday.
The two at a time starting format, saw Clayton and Adam start alongside Greg Gartner in his Extreme 2WD Truck. The boys started well just ahead of Greg at the first corner when as all races do, they pushed each other, Clayton turned the car into the inside line of the corner sliding into a large rut and rolled the Triton. Clayton and Adam were both unharmed during the rollover. Once the car was back in the pits the team's awesome pit crew along with many other people helped get the Triton's broken windscreen removed and perform temporary panel repairs.

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After a quick check over and a nod from the scrutineer, the boys put on their goggles and lined up to continue the race.
Running the rest of the event with only minor issues they completed three laps, which was enough to finish first in Extreme 4WD classand receive valuable points towards the championship.
The team would like to thank their sponsors of Mitsubishi Australia, Cooper Tires, Penrite Oils and Peak Lighting. They would also like to offer a huge thanks to all that helped the team get the car back onto the track and helped keep it going, including the guys from Hillbilly Racing and PMD Race Products to name a few. The car is slowly getting sorted and showed great potential during the 3 laps completed.

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So for now it is back to the shed to repair it ready for Rd. 4 at Coffs Harbour. The COR team plan to have some cars compete in the next two QLD off road races at Esk and Goondiwindi.

Finke Finished for COR

The Chapmans Offroad Racing team have their Extreme 4WD Mitsubishi Triton back in the shed after a disappointing finish to what looked to be a promising Finke Desert Race.
The team were out at Alice Springs for pre event track testing in the race car, the week before the event and were very happy with the setup of the vehicle and the way it handled the infamous Finke whoops.
Clayton and Adam piloted the Triton to a 1
st in class and 5th outright in Saturdays prologue, a very surprising result for the team placing above all the Trucks and Pro Light Buggies. The car is showing great speed and the team is coming to terms with the cars capabilities.
Clayton and Adam took off from the start line Sunday morning for the race to Finke, behind the probuggy of Jack Rohdes and in front of Brad Gallard’s trophy truck. The car was feeling great and handling the Finke track well, until deja vu hit the boys at the 45km mark with a rear shock failing and putting an end to this years Finke campaign.
With the shock fault being rectified, the COR team are very excited to take on the 3
rd round of the AORC at Wakerie in July.

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Team COR Finke Ready

The Chapmans Offroad Racing team arrived in Alice springs ahead of the Finke Desert Race the weekend before the event for testing of the Teams Extreme 4WD Triton on the testing Sunday. The team also towed out the Polaris RZR1000 of Aaron Phillis and Brett Morgan who will be running the events along side the team.

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Testing Sunday went very well with Murray Coote from MCA Suspension coming out to help set up the two cars ready to take on the infamous Finke whoops. Thanks to the Alice Spring Off Road Club for allowing the team to use their facilities to test the cars.

With no faults found the cars have been fully checked over and prepared for Friday nights Scrutineering.

“As my first time at Finke I am looking forward to the challenge that this iconic race brings, being a true test of ourselves and our Polaris” said Aaron as he preps for his first Finke in his new Polaris.

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The whole team is very excited for a big weekend of racing hoping to place well in prologue on Saturday and to make it to Finke and back

Link to your testing video is here

And a video about what Finke means to us

Kalgoorlie 400 on 7 Mate



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COR Top Team at Off Road 2014

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The Chapmans Offroad Racing team entered the 2 Pajeros and the Production Triton alongside Aaron Phillis in his Polaris to take on the team challenge at this years Off Road event held at Landcruiser Mountain Park. The competitors took part in 4 seperate events then the results are added together to determine the champion team for the weekend.
The first event was the Super Rally Cross, Leila placed 2nd in ladies, Rob 2nd in petrol, Aaron 1st in UTV and Clayton 1st petrol modified and 1st outright.
The second event the Hill Drags saw Aaron win UTV and Leila 1st in ladies and 1st outright.
The final event on Saturday was the Pursuit. Leila finished 3rd in ladies, Rob 1st in petrol, Aaron 2nd in UTV and Clayton 2nd in petrol modified.
The Sunday was a 8km Coopers Rally run 3 times. Leila took out 2nd in ladies and Aaron 2nd in UTV.
With all the scores added together the Chapmans Offroad Racing team took home the Champion Team prize and trophies.
Thanks to Alben and Helen Perrett from Landcruiser Mountian Park for a great weekend and all the event sponsors and our own personal team sponsors for their support.

Weekend of firsts for COR at AORC Rd.1

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The Chapmans Offroad Racing team headed across the Nullarbor to Kalgoorlie WA over the Easter weekend for the first of five rounds of the 2014 Australian Offroad Racing Championship. The Extreme 4WD Triton wasprepped with a new motor, larger diffs and various other improvements.
The team poilished the race car on the Thursday prior to the event for the street parade held in town. The publicinterest was great with anyone allowed to get up close to the teams and their cars. Clayton and Adam even had the chance to sign a few posters for some keen fans.
For this round Clayton’s long time navigator Adam McGuire stepped out of the car to allow model, Kate Peckfrom the upcoming TV series, A Model Adventure to experience offroad racing from the navi seat. Adam showed Kate the ins and outs of navigating in the very limited time available, which she picked up easily and slid into the role very well. Prologue Saturday morning was Kate’s first run in the race car at competition speed. There were no screams from the navigator seat and they finished prologue - 2nd in class by 1 sec and came 11th outright.

Section 1 Saturday afternoon was 1 lap of the 80km course.With Clayton still learning the vehicle and Kate her role as navi, the first lap went well. They maintainedtheir position of 2nd in class, having only a minor issue with the blow off valve sticking open and causing power loss for 30km. All issues were addressed Saturday night and the car was ready to run for the 4gruelinglaps on Sunday.

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With the first section on Sunday consisting of 2 consecutive laps, the team watched as the Triton lined up to tackle the course. Clayton and Kate had a great problem free first lap with both settling into their roles. Having the quickest lap time for their class and the 9th fastest time of that lap the car was looking good. Clayton pulled into the pits with front drive issues, and unable to repair the fault they headed back out in rear wheel drive to complete the 2nd lap of that section. Not long into the lap the rear diff failed and they were left with only front wheel drive to complete the 80km sandy course. After about 40kms the rear brakes developed a leak and stopped working. With a slower track pace Clayton pulled over to allow the faster cars to pass, but in doing so they bogged the Triton and at the same time as Murphy’s law would have it, the starter motor failed. Once they had been pulled out by recovery they were able to make it back to finish the section with 10min to spare before late time. The awesome pit crew with the help of crew members from other Qld teams, the team was able to replace the rear diff, starter motor and repair the rear brake leak.

The 3rd and final section was another 2 laps of the now heavily deteriorated race track. Clayton and Kate left in rear wheel drive aiming to finish the event as they were in a good position in class. During thebeginning of the 2nd lap the gearbox jammed in 2nd gear due to a dislodged reverse gear tooth. Pushing through the tough conditions Clayton and Kate brought the Triton home in onepiece to take out 1st in Extreme 4WD. Kate certainly got a real taste of offroad racing both on the track and in the pits.

Huge thanks to our fantastic pit crew of Rob, Leila, Emma, Larissa, Stuart, Amy, Adam and Lincoln. All these people as well as the family and friends who helped prepare the car before the event made this first finish and first win for this carpossible. All the support and effort is greatly appreciated. Also thanks to our sponsors who make it possible for us to travel across the country to compete in this awesome sport.

2014 Season Start for team COR

The Chapmans Offroad Racing team are excited for the 2014 AORC. The team have rebuilt the Extreme 4WD Triton after its first year of competition, sorting out issues and making many improvements to the vehicle. Along with some much needed panel work after Clayton’s Coffs Harbour incident at the WRC, the Triton has also got new diffs and a rebuilt engine aiming for reliability.

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For the 2014 season the team have retained many previous sponsors including Mitsubishi, Cooper Tires and Penrite Oils. Along with these sponsors the team is excited to have the backing of Peak Lighting for 2014. Having the Peak Lighting Hornet LED light bars fitted to the race car adds a new level of safety during racing as they make the car very easily seen. The teams transporter truck has also been kitted out with many Peak driving LED lights as well as LED work lights making the drive to and from events both enjoyable and safe.
With the help from Haltech the team’s Triton now runs the Haltech Platnium Sport ECU and IQ3 Race dash and data logging system, having these in the car give the team the confidence of not having an issue with electronic components during the tough racing conditions the cars are pout through.

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For the first round of the championship Adam, Clayton’s normal navigator has been replaced with guest navigator Kate Peck from the upcoming television series A Model Adventure. Kate will be taking Adam’s position for the entire event with Adam showing her the ropes of navigating. This is a huge opportunity for the team and also great exposure for the sport of off road racing.

There has been many people who have helped to get the team ready for this event, and without their help none of this would be possible and is all greatly appreciated.

2014 Season is underway for COR.

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The first two events for the year have been run. With both events being short courses it was a good way to get back into the swing of things. The first event was the Moore Classic held in Febuary. The team entered three cars in the event with Larissa Chapman having her first competitive drive in the Production 4WD Triton. Rob and Clayton double entered Robs Extreme 4WD Pajero. It had been a while since Rob has driven the Pajero, in ajudgement error he clipped a tree on hisfirst lap and lay the Pajero on its side. No major damage was done, the team cut out the windscreen and found some full faced helmets and continued to compete. Clayton set some of the fastest heat times but unfotunately was slowed down by someelectrical issues. Leila had a few issues with her Pajero but managed to complete all bar one section of the event. Larissa finished up the weekend taking home 3rd in Production 4WD class.
The second event for the team was the Sexton short course in March. This event was the first drive for Emma Chapman who double entered the Production 4WD Triton with her sister Larissa. The girls were very competitive and drove very well inproving with each lap, with only 1secseparating them after the wholeweekend. It is great to see them really enjoying the sport. Leila had a relatively trouble free run and took home 2nd in ladies class. Clayton was unable to compete in Saturdays heats but set the fastest heat times for Sunday. Rob ran the weekend well, setting the fastest heat time on Saturday. But was unfortunatly hindered by an electrical fault in one heat. Rob took home first in Extreme 4WD class and 2nd outright for the event.

Chapmans Offroad Racing 2013 Wrap Up.

For the team at Chapmans Offroad Racing, 2013 started off as a very exciting year with the build completion of the teams new Extreme 4WD Triton, however as many people have experianced teething promblems will always put a dampener on theexcitementon the first few events for a new car. First event for the car was the Finke desert race, the car showed great potential with a 1st in class and 16th outright of 100 vehicles in Prologue, for the first drive this was a fantasticresult. The rest of the event didnt go as well as the boys only completed 50km pulling out with a shock failure. Rd.3 of the AORC Flinders 450, the team once again had a goodprologue run with a 1st in class how ever an ECU failure caused the team to once again retire disapointingly early. What would turn out to be the last AORC event for the new car was the 4th rd of the AORC held at Coffs Harbour. Clayton and Adam were chosen with a few other select teams to promote the sport at the World RallyChampionship special stage held at the cities show grounds. They put on quite a show when they rolled the Triton infront of the packed arena. The youtube video has had over 7,100 views and is the most viewed video on the AORC channel. The team worked all through the day and night to repair the Triton for the weekendsracing, the team managed with the help of many others to get it to the start line of saturdays event.

The new Triton was also used in the promotion of otherevents such as a segment on Creek to Coast for the Lockyer Valley round of the AORC. One local short course event was entered with the new Triton and Clayton placed 1st in class and 3rd outright for theevent held at Hervey Bay.

The teams other three carsincluding Robs Extreme 4WD Pajero, Leilas Extreme 4WD turbo Pajero and the teams Production 4WD Triton competed in many local events through out the year. Included in these events was Mud, Bulls and Mucis held at Landcruiser Mountain Park, were Clayton filmed a segment for Creek to Coast about the event and the teams racing.

Clayton finished the 2013 QLD offroad drivers series 2nd in Production 4WD and 3rd outright for the years local events.

Final 2 Events for Chapmans Offroad Racing 2013

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The team headed to the final round of the AORC the Lockyer 300, Clayton and Adam took to the event in the teams Production 4WD Triton as the new Extreme 4WD Triton was out with engine problems. The boys entered the Production car in the Extreme 4WD class in hope to gain class points for the championship. They topped prolouge being first car back with a 40sec lead to the nearest class competitor and being 18th outright. After the first section on Saturday they had a comfortable lead and where driving to finish the event. Sunday was not as succsesful for the team as old age and fatigue took its toll and the Triton broke an axel and put the team out of the event.

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The following weekend saw the team enter the teams two Pajeros in the racing events at Mud Bulls and Music. Clayton driving the twin turbo Pajero placed 4th in the hill drags. Clayton then topped the heats in the Super Rally X and ended up 2nd in the finals. In the Pursuit race Clayton was able to top both the heats and the finals in the teams other Pajero with a fresh engine.

Huge thanks to all the sponsors and all those that help to make it possible for us to compete.

Team to Last Round of the AORC Lockyer 300

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It has been a busy few weeks at the Chapman Off Road Racing workshop with both the Mitsubishi machines entered at this weekend’s TJM Pro Locker - Lockyer 300 requiring engine repairs.

Unfortunately parts did not arrive in time for Rob Chapman to repair the engine damage sustained at the Coates Hire Rally Australia Off Road event, resulting in the Mitsubishi Pajero #871 having to withdraw.

“While I am very disappointed not be running this weekend, it has given the team extra time to work on Clayton’s Triton” commented Rob Chapman.

The Mitsubishi Triton #803 driven by Clayton Chapman, underwent a massive repair schedule after its spectacular rollover at the Coates Hire Rally Australia Off Road Thursday night demonstration run, the team pulling out all the stops to get the machine back on the track for Saturday’s prologue.

It would seem that Thursday’s mishap set the scene for Clayton’s Coffs Harbour campaign. After hitting a tree in his prologue run a bent arm tracksided the Triton for the day. A tie rod bolt let go on Sunday after glancing a stump, the Triton unable to be recovered and repaired in time for the final section, resulting in a nil points tally from round four.

Although Clayton with navigator Adam McGuire failed to record a section finish, the data gathered from the track time in the new machine was invaluable.

In the weeks following Coffs Harbour, the #803 greeted the green flag at the Fraser Coast Off Road Event, a local Queensland round, recording the first event finish for the new machine. A credible effort, Chapman and McGuire taking home the third outright silverware for their weekend of off road racing.

Unfortunately the high of the event finish was soon dampened, when, after cleaning the Triton post event, a conrod bolt broke while driving down the road to the shed. The Chapman Off Rood Team went into overdrive to repair the engine to enable Clayton Chapman with navigator Adam McGuire s to take to the Lockyer Valley track, looking to record a haul of Australian Off Road Championship points.

Rob Chapman continued “the panels are all fixed, although still bare battle scars from the Coffs Harbour misadventure. We’re really happy with the way its running and the whole family are looking forward to Lockyer Valley. Last year’s event and AORC presentation nights was one of the best we’ve been to”.

Clayton Chapman has now entered three Australian Off Road Championship events in the new Mitsubishi Triton and yet to bank any points. Rob Chapman added “We’re still in with a chance to take out the class win if Clayton and Adam can have a good run at Lockyer Valley and get some decent points by the end of the weekend”.

“Clayton also gave rides at the media and promotion day last month in the Triton and was really excited with the track”.

The action for the TJM Pro Locker – Lockyer 300 gets underway from 5:30pm on Friday afternoon at the Gatton Showgrounds with scrutiny, demonstration runs by speedway cars and promotion rides and display by the off road machines. This is an ideal opportunity for the public to get up close and check out the machinery and meet the crews.

The event kicks up a notch with racing proper opposite the Mulgowie Hotel with prologue and section one on Saturday followed by two more sections of the 50km course on Sunday, culminating with the event and 2013 Australian Off Road Championship presentations at the Mulgowie Hotel Sunday evening.

Lockyer Valley 300 Ride Day

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The team attended the TJM Pro Locker Lockyer Valley 300 ride day, where event sponsors,property owners andvolunteerswere able to have a ride in a race car or buggy. It was great to give the people that make it possible for us to race and enjoy our sport a taste of what we do. The team are now back in the shed prepping the Extreme 4WD Triton and Pajero for the next round of the AORC at Coffs Harbour September 14th.

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While the Flinders 450 was a great event as a whole, the result for the Chapmans Offroad Racing team was dissapointing. The team are back in the shed fixing the issues found after an ECU failure and suspension arm failure caused the team toretire from the Filnders 450. Before the issues arose the car was perfoming very well and is showing greatpotential. Vern from Kadco Offroad will have a new set of redesigned top arms for the Triton and a new ECU will be fitted along with some shock valving changes before the team take the car to the 4th round of the AORC at Coffs Harbour on the 14th September.Clayton with his dad Rob navigating will enter the teams Production 4WD Triton in the Goondiwindi 400 this coming weekend. The boys are looking forward to getting back in the ute to have an awesome weekend of racing.


New Triton First Events Report

The teams new Triton had its debut AORC run at the Finke Desert Race, the car went well in prologue with Clayton and Adam still findingouthow to drive the car. They managed to finish prologue first in Extreme 4WD and 16th outright of the 99 entries in this iconic event. Taking off the line Sunday the boys were keeping a level head wanting to finish the event more than anything. Unfortunatly 45km into the massive race a shock failure sidelined the team for this event.With the shocks repaired and the car all good to go, the team headed to Mackay for the Retreat 200. With some more time behind the wheel, Clayton and Adam had a good crack at the prologue run. Even after limping the last 1km with tailshaft issues still manged to set a minute quicker time than the nextcompetitor over the 8km track.Temporarily repairing the tailshaft hoping to last the event the boys set off. They only managed to finish just under half the event when the shaft failed again.The Triton has spent a week at Kadco Offroad to recheck the geometry and arms. With the tailshaft issues corrected and car all prepped the team will head off to take on Rd.3 of the AORC the Flinders 450 in SA the 27-28 July.

Lockyer Valley 300


The “Lockyer Valley 300”, the final round of the AORC and QORC which was held last weekend has finished up the racing year for the Chapmans Offroad Racing team. Scrutineering was held Friday night at Plainlands on the Warrego Highway. Many locals made their way to have a look at the race cars and the racing teams that had come from all over Australia. Rain started to fall on the area Friday night and continued Saturday. This was the cause of the postponement of Saturdays racing, as the steep tight track became unsafe in the wet conditions. The event organisers and officials worked tirelessly to mark out a new track that would be used for competition on Sunday. The track was a 17km course with rocks, black soil, water crossings and treed hilly sections, making it a great drivers track. The teams would run 2 heats of 4 continuous laps of the track. Clayton and Adam in the extreme 4WD Pajero broke a front CV on the first lap, leaving them to run in 2WD for the rest of the event. Despite this and having intercom issues they had a trouble free run to finish the event 2nd in class and 9th outright in the AORC and 3rd outright in the QORC competition. Rob and Ross in the Production 4WD Triton drove a clean race to have no trouble and finished 1st in class. Leila and Larissa in the teams other Extreme 4WD Pajero had a boost pipe come off the engine in the final heat, however they still finished the entire event in 5th place in their class.

The team had a great weekend of racing and would like to thank Cooper Tires, Penrite Oils, Chapmans Performance Dyno Tuning and Sunshine Coast Mitsubishi groups for all their support. The Chapmans would also like to thank the event organizers, all the officials and the land owners who worked together to make it possible to race.

Pines Enduro

The Teagle Excavations Pines Enduro is all finished up. After an enjoyable weekend with some great competitive racing the Chapmans Offroad racing team had some mixed results, Clayton and Adam in the Extreme 4WD Pajero who were running 3rd in class were sidelined due to driveline failure. Not all was lost for the weekend as Rob and Ross were able to work their way up the field to take a convincingwin in Production 4WD in their Mitsubishi Triton. Although it was not all plain sailing for the Production 4WD team, during the half hour routine service a broken rear spring had to be replaced, luckily with a great pit crew no time was wasted in the replacement.
The team would like to thank all the organizes and volunteers that make the event possible, also the the Chapmans Offroad Racing teams sponsors Mitsubishi, Coopers Tires, Penrites Oils, PMD Race Products and the pit crew of Darren, Lincoln and Marina.

Goondiwindi 400 video featuring Chapmans Offroad Racing

Goondiwindi 400

The Chapmans Offroad Racing team had their ups and downs at the Albins Off Road Gear Goondiwindi 400 last weekend. Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire in the 803 Extreme 4WD Pajero, finished prologue 2nd in the 11 strong class. In the first section they suffered from a broken disc brake rotor, this caused them to hit one of the many infamous melon holes too hard and broke the front diff. With the help of Cameron Winter they replaced the front diff and the broken rotor. Starting Sunday well down the field the boys worked their way back up the field of cars in the process they were in another vehicles dust and hit a tree causing a water hose to rub through putting them out of the race. They had finished enough of the event for the Queensland section and placed first.

Rob Chapman and Ross Challacombe were having a great run all weekend leading the Production 4WD class in the Triton until their tray mounting bolts came loose and forced them to stop and use their spares tyre straps to hold the tray in place for the remainder of the section. While still maintaining the win in the Queensland section of the event, the time they lost put them back into third in the National section.

Leila Chapman and daughter Larissa raced their turbo charged Extreme 4WD Pajero all weekend only breaking a front diff and a windscreen on the first section on Saturday. The windscreen was replaced Saturday night for the second and third sections that they drove with only two wheel drive. The girls finished up the event third in Extreme 4WD in the National section.

The team is always thankful for the continued backing of sponsors Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Mitsubishi groups, Cooper Tires, Penrite Oils and Chapmans Performance Dyno Tuning. The boys will be back in the shed straight away to get the Pajero straight again and the tray rejoined with the Triton all ready to tackle the Pines Enduro at Millicent in September.

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