Andy Wilksch has kicked off his 2018 South Australian Off-Road Championship campaign with a solid second place on his Motul Pirelli Sherco 300 SE-R. Staged in Auburn on the scenic southern edge of the Clare Valley, the race was scheduled to be a three-hour cross country before dry conditions forced a change of format to super sprints.
Wilksch fired the first shot by dominating the opening sprint, winning by a healthy 6-second margin. The two remaining sprints saw a tight battle between Wilksch and 2017 South Australian Off-Road Champion, Riley Graham, with Wilksch completing the dry and dusty event a mere 2-seconds off the top step of the podium.
“I was definitely having the most fun out there yesterday,” said Wilksch. “The 300 SE-R didn’t miss a beat in the brutally-dry and rocky conditions. I was able to hold the 300 wedged with both wheels in controlled power-slides in 4th and 5th gear, feet up on the pegs.”
The 10km course included undulating red clay, rocky hills and big, dry creek beds.
“I kept the Sherco upright all day and worked hard at minimizing mistakes,” Wilksch continued. “I’m happy with the way I rode. I went extremely close to cracking that top step of the podium and I’ll be doing all I can to get there at the next round.”
Round-2 of the 2018 South Australian Off-Road championship will be staged at Wanbi, June 3.
Wilksch will line up with the Motul Pirelli Sherco Team this coming weekend for rounds 3 and 4 of the Australian Off-Road Championship at Hedley, Victoria on May 5-6, 2018.