AUSTRALIA'S QUICKEST TRUCKS AT MALLALA CAVPOWER SUPERTRUCK NATIONALS SUPERTRUCK RACING IS BACK AT THE MALLALA NEXT WEEKEND, THE MAIN DAY BEING SUNDAY 22ND, WITH ROUND TWO OF SIX ROUNDS TO DECIDE THE FASTEST TRUCK IN AUSTRALIA. Once ...
AUSTRALIA'S QUICKEST TRUCKS AT MALLALA
CAVPOWER SUPERTRUCK NATIONALS
SUPERTRUCK RACING IS BACK AT THE MALLALA NEXT WEEKEND, THE MAIN DAY BEING SUNDAY 22ND, WITH ROUND TWO OF SIX ROUNDS TO DECIDE THE FASTEST TRUCK IN AUSTRALIA.
Once considered a novelty, the sport of racing powerful prime mover trucks flat-out has become serious business. The excitement and visual impact of SuperTruck racing has led to a growing number of loyal and enthusiastic fans around the country.
These lumbering road warriors defy gravity at breath-taking speed. The characteristic deep rumble of powerful engines, shuddering brakes and the squeal of racing tyres are all part of the excitement, especially when they are three abreast around a corner.
SuperTrucks in their current form have diesel engines with around 10,000 cc, averaging horsepower in excess of 1200hp and weighing around 5 tonnes. They are capable of times between 11-13 seconds over a quarter mile.
This year sees the return of several multi trophy-winning trucks. Rodney Crick is back in his well-credentialed White GMC with a win under his belt from the first round at Victoria's Winton Raceway last month. Col Lovett is in his 12000 cc Volvo is also back at Mallala anxious to take on Crick, his former teammate.
Sharing the track with the SuperTrucks, are the equally exciting 6000cc/3 tonne Super Light Trucks. Michael Seton, Stan Seton and Doug Little will be out to show the SuperTrucks just what they are capable of, and Jeff Mackin, the goliath killer will have no trouble mixing it with the SuperTrucks.
Adelaide motor racing and trucking identity Bob Middleton is the local favourite. After winning New Zealand's Trans Tasman Series earlier this year, Middleton was narrowly beaten by Rodney Crick at the first round and is anxious to get back in front. "The truck is running well and we are back on our home track, so we are looking forward to a good result", said Middleton.
Popular local truck racer John 'the Bomber' Bomberle is also back in his distinctive blue Kenworth. Sidelined for last years event with an injured shoulder, the Bomber is keen regain his championship form from a few years ago.
The event will also feature a support race program including Saloon Cars, Formula Vee, HQ Holdens and SuperKarts. The annual Ute Parade will also be there, along with other track demonstrations.
The Saloon Cars will have some added interest thanks to the Monterosso family. Multiple Australian Sports Sedan Champion, Mick Monterosso, will be racing against his 22-year-old daughter Grace. This is the first time the father and daughter racers have raced against each other. "I'm more nervous about racing against my dad than all of the other blokes out there", said Grace. "He has been racing for 30 years and he is still very competitive."