Patient Pittman Wins On Debut 2001 World Of Outlaws Gumout Champion Daryn Pittman and the King Of Californian sprintcar racing Brent Kaeding went head to head at Brisbane International Speedway on January 2 and despite the best efforts...
Patient Pittman Wins On Debut
2001 World Of Outlaws Gumout Champion Daryn Pittman and the King Of Californian sprintcar racing Brent Kaeding went head to head at Brisbane International Speedway on January 2 and despite the best efforts of Kaeding, it was the patience of Pittman while in lapped traffic that earned him a debut victory in Round 7 of the Kratzmann Caravans Sprintcar Series. Pittman, piloting the Sidchrome Tools Stealth #9 normally driven by Kathy Kelly, was under enormous pressure from the big Californian throughout the 25 lap event and lost the lead on a couple of occasions only to gain it back again as the two American stars fought their way through the backmarkers, both running high and low on the racetrack looking for any possible advantage they could find.
The event was marred however by a sickening crash by Rob Kyle on lap seven, the Nth Qld Engine Reconditioners #8 rolling in turns three and four with Kyle slow to exit the racer and the medical staff in attendance. To the crowd's relief, Kyle was eventually able to walk unaided from his upturned car. On the restart, "Flyin" Ryan Flynn bounced his USA 1 Maxim over the turn one cushion into the wall, ending his night after some spectacular driving in the Heat races and Trophy Dash, the young American quickly becoming a favourite with the crowd with his all-out style of racing.
From the ensuing restart, all eyes were on the leaders as they battled for the lead, while Peter Thorley held down third position comfortably from Phil Foster and Destiney Hays, these positions remaining unchanged till the chequered flag flew. Up front, Kaeding was not yet done with Pittman, Kaeding taking the lead in turn one by running around the outside of Pittman and a lapped car only to brush the wall on the back straight and allowing Pittman back by into the lead. Kaeding would have another chance in lapped traffic with a handful of laps remaining, but this time he jumped the right rear wheel of Alan Woods coming off of turn four and Pittman swept back by on the bottom and hung on for a much deserved win.
Hard luck stories of the night belong to Tony Bridge and Brent Kratzmann. Bridge was troubled by fuel problems throughout the evening and Kratzmann bicyled and flipped the #18 Maxim during the Dash after topping the qualifying points. Heat races were won by Ryan Flynn, Daryn Pittman, Brent Kaeding and Kratzmann. Pittman also won the six lap Trophy Dash from Kaeding to set up an American front row for the Feature event.
1. Ryan Flynn 2. Peter Thorley 3. Adam Mackenzie 4. Destiney Hays 5. Adam Tulloch 6. Ross Tulloch 7. Jason Botton
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Phil Foster 3. Brent Kratzmann 4. Brent Kaeding
1. Brent Kaeding 2. Phil Foster 3. Adam Mackenzie 4. Destiney Hays 5. Brock Dean 6. Ross Tulloch 7. Jason Botton
1. Brent Kratzmann 2. Rob Kyle 3. Daryn Pittman 4. Peter Thorley 5. Ryan Flynn 6. Adam Tulloch
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Phil Foster 4. Peter Thorley 5. Ryan Flynn
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Peter Thorley 4. Phil Foster 5. Destiney Hays 6. Brock Dean 7. Adam Tulloch 8. Ross Tulloch 9. Doug Cavill 10. Jason Botton