Calder Park Raceway
The Power Tour, the creation of the Motorsports Promoters Group (MGP) comes to its 2001 conclusion at Calder Park on November 23-25. This final round is a rarity in national championship events with two layouts being utilized. Trucks and V8 Stock Cars use the shorter Club circuit while Super Tourers, Future Tourers and Commodore Cup cars will race the National circuit encompassing Mount Jane.
The bold plan to provide a race package centred on the Australian Super Truck Racing Championship and the resurrection of NASCAR in Australia as V8 Stock Cars, appears to have paid dividends in terms of public interest and spectator appeal.
Trucks - power the key
For the Super Trucks, the shorter Calder layout will suit those with the most power. Out of contention for this year's Continental Tyres title, five-times champ Rodney Crick reckons that this year's champion Inky Tulloch will be as dominant at this round as he was at Winton. There he claimed maximum points, "Tulloch's Frieghtliner has got the most power and he should win," he said last week.
As for the race for second in the championship there is little between the MANs of Glen Dobson and Luke Sieders. Brothers Albert and Bill Sieders run the teams, and family ties will be severed on the weekend as Dobson and young Luke square off for runner-up honours. Crick suggests that Dobson will safeguard his narrow advantage over Sieders to claim second for the round and also in the championship. "His MAN has a power advantage over Luke's and I can't see any of the Kenworths getting near them," he added, despite good showings from John Bomberle, Joe Scarcella and Daniel Bajema at recent outings.
The Super Truck title may be decided but the Light Trucks crown is anything but resolved with Ken Bedggood and Graham Spencer barely separable. Interestingly whilst the Isuzu numbers have been down this year, all the class have posted wins throughout the season. Albert and Bill Sieders will also do battle with each other on the track as they take each other on in the Co-Drivers Cup. They contest two races, the second of which is a reverse grid affair.
The championship finale will see Super Trucks and Light Trucks start with a Dash for the fastest. After two sprint races, the season concludes with the Superprix reverse grid event where the Light Trucks start behind a separate pace car and well ahead of the rest.
Healthy crowd roll-ups to the five previous rounds have justified the MPG's backing the categories even if participant numbers could have been better. Whilst the Trucks and Stock Cars headlined the program, the MPG realized early on that just two categories do not make a whole show, therefore the group enforced its presentation with the Kumho Tyres Daewoo Challenge and the HQ Holdens, a guaranteed grid filler and crowd pleaser.