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Kalgoorlie Desert Race Recap

The 2020 season has come to a close with a fantastic race at the Kalgoorlie Desert Race. The race week started early at Kalgoorlie with the team travelling on Thursday ahead of Thursday nights street party. A large crowd was on hand to check out the vehicles as well as a freestyle motocross show which really set the tone for an exciting event.

Friday lunch time was the prologue and the #606 Canam was on the charge, setting the 12th quickest time outright and 2nd in SXS Turbo, just 3 seconds behind the #639 of Friday Boyce. Friday night was to be a top 10 shootout under lights and with a few of the cars who had qualified ahead having issues, we were bumped up into the Dash for Cash. With the prologue track being shortened, light towers firing up and a large crowd assembling, there was a buzz around the King of the West venue. Jason and Kiera pushed to the limit, setting at the time they finished the quickest time. As a few of the big guns set their times, we were knocked off top spot, eventually finishing 8th outright in the dash, fastest SXS and less than 5 seconds off the quickest time

Saturday was the first race day with a single lap of the Kalgoorlie track the task. The team held a consistent pace to sit 2nd in the SXS class and moving up into 8th outright. After checking over the X3 the team checked in for an early nights sleep as Sunday was going to be a big day with 2 more sections, each 1 lap of the Kalgoorlie track.

Sunday mornings section was more of the same as Saturday, a consistent and clean run. The team stayed 8th outright, but dropped to 3rd in class. Most importantly there was not a scratch on the car, with only precautionary checks required in the gap between sections. It was still a close battle with any of the top 5 SXS’s in the hunt to take the class win.

Sunday afternoon’s section would see a lot of change on the leaderboard. The section started well for the #606 machine, on the charge early, passing a some cars and looking good to be in hunt for a class podium. as the kilometers wound down, a faulty switch meant the transfer pump for the fuel wasn’t transferring the fuel to the main tank. In an attempt to make the fuel last the distance, Jason backed down to half throttle to try and cruise home, whilst Kiera tried to play with the wires under the switch to get the pump working again. With around 20kms to go and almost out of fuel, the pump started transferring again and the team picked up the pace again. A hard charge across the final km’s paid off as we crossed the line to discover we had snuck into 2nd in class by just 12 seconds and claimed 6th outright

This result also sealed some major achievements for the season with Jason Galea taking 3rd outright driver in the Western Australian Off Road Racing Championship and 2nd in SXS Turbo class, whilst Kiera Mann-Piercy takes home 2nd outright navigator in the WAORC and 2nd in the SXS Turbo class. This is a massive achievement for the team who missed the season opening Perenjori race

Cagetec Racing would like to thank all of its customers and supporters throughout the 2020 season, especially Maglock Air Australia and Penrite Oil

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Three Springs 360 – Race Recap

Cagetec Racing has returned from its 2nd race of the 2020 season being the Inland Mechanical Three Springs 360. With a massive 46 entrants, it was going to be a tough and gruelling race around the Three Springs area. The team arrived on Friday afternoon, set up camp and then passed through scrutiny without issue.

Saturdays schedule was for reconnaissance, followed by Prologue and Section 1 of the race. After completing reconnaissance, there was some discussion around what ride height to run for the race, but the team opted to keep the X3 low for prologue. This gamble paid off with Jason and Kiera setting the fastest time in SXS Turbo and 5th outright. This was a massive surprise for the team, but was a good reward for all the hard work in the lead up to the event.

Saturday afternoons racing was to be 2 laps of the Three Springs track totalling 130kms. Having raised the ride height to cope with the demands of the ever changing Three Springs track Jason and Kiera settled into a rythm and suddenly found them selves right at the pointy end of the race. Whilst Jake Clucas in his prolite had caught and passed the #606 X3, the 4 cars which started at the front of the field all had issues and either dropped out or lost time. At the end of the section the team would now sit 2nd in class and still 5th outright as some of the competitors who started behind had made up time

Sunday would see 2 more sections of racing, each 130kms long. The plan was to pick up the pace a little and see if we could reel in the leading SXS. Unfortunately for Colin Bevan, he was sidelined with a broken belt, allowing the #606 to move up into 4th outright and 1st in class at the end of the section. With a small lead over the chasing contenders, the plan for the final section was a smooth clean run and try to consolidate on our position. With 2 good laps in the books, the team brought it home 1st in SXS Turbo and 3rd outright, meaning a first trip to the podium for Cagetec whilst campaigning SXS’s

Cagetec Racing now turns its focus to the final race of 2020, the Kalgoorlie Desert Race which should be another great event. A massive thanks must go out to all of our supporters;
Cagetec Racing
Maglock Air Australia
Penrite Oils

Images by Dakar Press Team Australia

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Woodstock 100 – Race Recap

Cagetec Racing has taken to the race track for the first time in 2020 at the Aus 4wd Equipment Woodstock 100. This short course event was being held for the first time around the Kellerberrin Region. The event format was to be a 2 lap dash around a 12km course on Saturday afternoon, followed by another 3 lap section. The event would be completed on Sunday morning with another 3 lap section to round out the 100kms of racing

After the sighting lap on Saturday morning the sections were split up into heats and we lined up the #606 Canam for its first competitive kilometres. As section 1 got underway we settled into a groove, learning on the fly and gradually increasing the pace. We were pleasantly surprised to have come in 6th outright and 2nd in SXS turbo, much higher than we had expected

Whilst we waited to start section 2, we saw the leading X3 blow a belt and drop time in the heat prior to us. We opted to be a little cautious, not wanting to suffer the same fate. This time we recorded the 3rd quickest SXS time and 8th outright for the section, but had dropped a fair amount of time and a few outright positions.

Overnight the heavens opened, drenching the track and providing some very different conditions from the previous days racing. Having always enjoyed these challenging conditions we decided to push and try to make up some time. With three quick laps we managed to pass and overtake both the cars which started in front of us, to finish first on road in our heat. We managed to be 3rd quickest outright for the section, just 51 seconds off the leader and quickest of the SXS Turbo class

Outright the combined section times were good enough for 5th outright as well as 2nd in the SXS Turbo class, a great result in the CanAm X3’s first race. A massive thanks must go to everyone who put on the event as well as Cagtec Racing, Maglock Air Australia and Penrite Oil for their support in Season 2020. We now look forward to the next event on the calendar which should be at Three Springs, another favorite event for the team and one of the best on the WA calendar.

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Recreational X3 Build

We have just finished taking this recreational X3 to the next level with a heap of awesome parts supplied and installed by Cagetec Racing to make a very capable SXS. This Canam is running:
Recreational Cage with wheel carrier
Custom Roof
Cagetec High Doors
Evolution Powersports 3R tune
Rear High Clearance billet arms
Exhaust – cat delete
Seizmik mirrors
Cagetec Mud deflectors
Cagetec CVT quick release pin kit
Cagetec Lift door handles
Razorback belt temp gauge