ON THE UP: Gladstone rider Zac Perry has had placings at the recent AORC in Dungog, NSW.
ON THE UP: Gladstone rider Zac Perry has had placings at the recent AORC in Dungog, NSW. Troy Pears GLA310718PERRY

Zac is building for the final few rounds in the AORC Champs

MOTORSPORT: With five more rounds of the Australian Off-Road Championship to go, emerging Gladstone rider Zac Perry hopes to build on his successes last weekend.

Zac finished rounds five and six in Dungog, in the Hunter Valley region of NSW, in sixth place overall in the J2 class on his KX85 two-stroke bike.

"I was sitting seventh on the championship board," he said.

"I'm hoping this will put me into fifth or sixth overall with five more rounds still to go."

Zac did manage a podium finish last weekend on what was a challenging track.

"The track was 22km long, with sections of trail riding time and two test sections which were timed so you had to go as fast as you could within the timed sections," he said.

"In the trail time, you could slow down and recover and you just had to make sure you made it back to the start before your allotted start time and also to take into account you also needed to refuel before the next run."

Zac explained that a late gate start could be costly, with riders receiving a time penalty in a weekend that was made up of 4.5 hours of racing on Saturday and 3.5 hours on Sunday.

"The junior track had plenty of rocks, which was to my advantage," he said.

"There were also plenty of really tight bush sections, logs and off-camber sections.

"I really enjoyed the track and catching up with my Queensland mates."

Zac's next AORC challenge will be in Broken Hill on September 1-2, followed by South Australia on September 22-23 and the closing rounds in Victoria on October 6-7.

The youngster will be back in town to watch Sunday's round nine of the Pirelli MX Nationals at the newly revamped track at the Benaraby Motorsport Complex.

"Unfortunately the MX National in Gladdy are for the seniors only," he said.

"They are running a 125cc junior class, however I do not have a 125cc so am unable to compete but am looking forward to going and watching the pros race."