A pair of Aussies will cross the Pacific Ocean to tackle North American deserts later this yr. On Monday, Toby Value and Paul Weel introduced they’ll run three main desert occasions within the continent: the Finest In The Desert‘s Vegas to Reno on 10–13 August, SCORE Worldwide‘s Baja 400 on 13/14 September, and the legendary Baja 1000 on 15–20 November. The trouble, underneath the Crew Australia title, will see them compete within the Trophy Truck class in Weel’s Geiser Brothers truck.
“Very excited to have the ability to announce I’ll be driving with Paul Weel for Crew Australia in Baja 400, Vegas to Reno and Baja 1000 this yr,” Value posted on social media. “Weely has put a heap of labor into establishing this program so I’m wanting ahead to getting over there to point out everybody what the Aussies can do…”
Value is without doubt one of the greatest names in Australian off-road racing, profitable the Dakar Rally‘s Bikes class in 2016 and 2019 and the Finke Desert Race seven instances. He’s the one particular person to win the latter’s total in each the Bikes and Vehicles divisions. For his accomplishments, he acquired the Order of Australia in 2021.
Whereas Value has predominantly been on grime his complete life, Weel is a longtime veteran of pavement racing as he competed within the Supercars Championship from 1998 to 2008, although he loved success within the Australian Stadium Off Street Championship earlier than transferring to Supercars. Severe accidents in a follow crash main as much as the 2008 Bathurst 1000 ended his driving profession and he shifted in the direction of specializing in his household enterprise for the subsequent decade.
In 2020, Weel made his racing return within the Increase Cellular Tremendous Vans (the Australian counterpart of the Stadium Tremendous Vans) in addition to desert racing in Australia and America just like the Motorsport Australia Off Street Championship and Finest In The Desert. Weel acquired his trophy truck from Value for his rally raid adventures. He overcame mechanical points to complete tenth at school in his Mint 400 début, whereas his maiden Finke begin noticed him place twelfth.
Value and Weel crossed paths in SST once they raced towards one another on the 2021 Darwin and Townsville rounds. The three-race Townsville weekend noticed Price win the first earlier than Weel claimed the next two, they usually finished 1–2 in Races #1 and #2.
Whereas Weel has by no means raced within the Vegas to Reno nor SCORE, Value has dabbled within the latter since 2012. He has served as Trophy Truck co-driver to Jesse Jones and Bryce Menzies in numerous SCORE occasions just like the San Felipe 250 and Baja 1000. In 2019, he joined forces with fellow Dakar star Nasser Al-Attiyah for the Baja 1000, the place they piloted Jones’ truck to a second-place total end. Value entered the 2021 1000 in a Trophy Truck Spec for Thunderstruck Motorsports, however didn’t end.