Q&A with Off-Road Champion Chris Western

Jay talks to Australian off-road champion Chris Western about his first car, career highlights and why people should get in an off-road buggy.

Jay: What was your first car?

Chris: Black Baja which I bought for $100 bucks and a carton of beer.

Jay: How did you get into racing?

Chris: Rhyce (Dad) was the Event Director of the Waikerie Enduro in the 1980′s when it was an Australian Off-Road Championship event and South Australian State round. The family have always been extensively involved in the off-road racing scene.

Australian Off-Road Champion Chris Western

Australian Off-Road Champion Chris Western

Jay: Why did you choose off-road racing and not another form of motorsport?

Chris: This is the most extreme motorsport there is and off-road racing is such a family sport.

Jay: What are your career highlights to date?

Chris: Australian Championship winners in 2009/2010. Runner up in 2011.

Getting off road with Chris Western

Getting off road with Chris Western

Jay: What are your future racing plans?

Chris: Finish of this year’s Championship, we are currently 200 points behind in second place so hopefully I can have a win at our next event in 4 weeks to reclaim the Championship Title. Run the Baja 1000 in conjunction with Mickey Thompson Tires in Australia and the US.

Jay: Why should people come out and get in an off-road buggy, either to drive or just ride?

Chris: Because it is different to any other car out there, and these do jumps, plus they are real Race Cars that we compete with in Australia, and it’s just a heap of fun!!

Check out one of RedBalloon’s favourite off-road buggy driving experiences here.

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