Sarah Burgess gears up for another Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship with the help of Davies Craig!
Motorsport in Australia is still largely seen as a male dominated sport yet behind and, indeed, in front of the scene are plenty of women.
Yes, there's Simona de Silvestro, Leanne Tander in circuit racing and Rachel Splatt in drag racing, but what about the dirty and labour intensive sport of Off-Road racing?
Davies Craig is a proud sponsor of Aussie born, California based, Sarah Burgess, a regular off road racing competitor. Our Thermatic fans play a big part in helping Sarah keep her cool when out in the dirt surface race circuits, and with a new season which started on St Patrick's Day 2018, for what promises to be a tough yet exhilarating Off-Road season.
Sarah is very hands on when it comes to the building and repairing of her #97 Gear Alloy Pro Lite truck, and with remote locations such as Arizona, Utah, and California in the racing schedule, being a driver and engineer in the one go could prove crucial.
Hailing from Brisbane, Sarah was captivated by motorsport during a visit to the US in 2000. Sarah and her soon to be husband Adam started their own business importing engine components into Australia and she herself worked as a CNC application engineer.
In 2014 Sarah competed in rally cross events before moving to the highly visible Lucas Oil Off Road racing in the Pro Lite Class.
Such is her innate ability that in 2017, just her third season, she finished tenth overall. Driving her Davies Craig Thermatic fan equipped 700 horsepower beast.
With such a busy year of racing, somehow Sarah manages to shoehorn in being a brand ambassador, a mentor to up and coming racers, and working with aftermarket supply companies.
Her 2018 season kicks off at the Glen Helen circuit in San Bernadino, California, before heading to Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsport Park on April 14, with round three being run at Mexico’s Estero Beach Resort for May 19.
Bolstering Sarah’s credentials in 2018 is a new sponsorship deal with BF Goodrich® Tires. “Being a part of the BFGoodrich® Tires family this year is a great asset for our team, the technical resources they provide at LOORRS events will help us get to the next level”.
Her 2017 season was very competitive however not without the occasional gremlin. Race one in the first round at Wild Horse Pass had a tenth against her name but race two had her fall to 14 and not complete the scheduled thirteen laps.
Races three and four were held in Mexico and eleventh and thirteenth places were the results. Up to Tooele in Utah in June, the American summer, and the Davies Craig equipped machine finished eighth and seventh in these fourteen lap sprints, with Sarah clearly getting more comfortable as the season progressed.
Round four had the series head to the Lucas Oil Speedway in Missouri, for eleventh and ninth.
The second half of the season started at the Wild West Motorsports Park in North Virginia on August 25 and saw a speedbump for the team with just one lap managed in the first race. Some frantic work had the #97 out for all fourteen laps and an eleventh place.
With three rounds to go Sarah was well placed in the points. September’s race weekend at Glen Helen had a ninth and eleventh, and then a pair of ninths at the final round at Wild Horse Pass in late October sealed the season.
Keep an eye on the Davies Craig blog as we track this remarkable Aussie lady through the 2018 season.