ASTRC: Mallala race one report

2002 Power Tour Australian Super Truck Racing Championship Rd 2 - Mallala Raceway - April 19-21 Top Gun/Race One Report Champ continues in winning vein. New Zealander Ian "Inky" Tulloch and his CAT Freightliner continue their stranglehold on...

2002 Power Tour
Australian Super Truck Racing Championship Rd 2 - Mallala Raceway - April 19-21

Top Gun/Race One Report

Champ continues in winning vein.

New Zealander Ian "Inky" Tulloch and his CAT Freightliner continue their stranglehold on the 2002 Australian Super Truck Racing Championship by taking the points in both the Top Gun and Race One. But the former was a narrow half point victory over arch-rival Rodney Crick with the win more defined in the second.

Top Gun Tulloch started off on the right note winning the first of the three-part Top Gun two lap sprints for the fastest six qualifiers. But the opposition toughtened up for the ensuing two quick races as he and Crick started off the second row.

Through the jostling and congestion of the first corner Crick emerged with the lead while Tulloch had to pass a couple to at least be second after the first lap. He finished a close second behind Crick and the pair started the third sprint off the back.

John Bomberle went straight to the lead from the outset with Sieders chasing while CAT team drivers Tulloch and Bob "teamed" to keep Crick out of immediate calculations. However Crick was a man on a mission for he passed Rob Russell then Tulloch. Together with Sieders the three battled hard for the remainder with Crick holding off Tulloch for third.

Top Gun (3 x 2 laps)

1- Inky Tulloch NZ (Freightliner) 2:55.4071, 2- Rodney Crick NSW (Volvo) 2:56.1369, 3- Luke Sieders NSW (MAN) 2:59.4656, 4- John Bomberle SA (Kenworth) 3:00.2123, 5- Bob Middleton SA (White) 3:03.9109, 6- Rob Russell NSW (Kenworth) 3:05.6725,

1- Rodney Crick NSW (Volvo) 2:58.6640, 2- Inky Tulloch NZ (Freightliner) 2:59.3880, 3- Luke Sieders NSW (MAN) 3:03.6710, 4- Rob Russell NSW (Kenworth) 3:07.2718, 5- Bob Middleton SA (White) 3:07.8705, 6- John Bomberle SA (Kenworth) 3:08.9143,

1- John Bomberle SA (Kenworth) 2:58.4212, 2- Luke Sieders NSW (MAN) 3:02.9991, 3- Rodney Crick NSW (Volvo) 3:03.8965, 4- Inky Tulloch NZ (Freightliner) 3:04.2546, 5- Rob Russell NSW (Kenworth) 3:06.9858, 6- Bob Middleton SA (White) 3:08.2793,

Points:
Tulloch 23, Crick 22.5, Sieders 19, Bomberle 15, Middleton 9, Russell 9.

From the pole Tulloch shot to an immediate lead in the first of the main heat races, leading from Crick and Sieders together. Then followed Bomberle ahead of Middleton, Russell, Frank Amoroso and Col Lovett.

In the first couple of laps Tulloch was able to draw clear as Crick distanced himself ahead of Sieders who was slowed by brake problems when he applied the water cooling. Yet in the second half of the race Crick was able to reduce the gap to the leader.

But on the last Crick's Volvo spluttered to a halt, a wire had come adrift of the fuel pump. Tulloch was a comfortable winner from Sieders while Bomberle held off the late charge of Middleton. Sieders was later penalised for exceeding the 160 kmh speed limit. In the Light Trucks class Graham Spencer's Isuzu SBR finished ahead of Ken Lusty's Isuzu FSR.

Race One (6 laps)
1- Inky Tulloch NZ (Freightliner) 8:45.7489,
2- John Bomberle SA (Kenworth) 8:58.1000,
3- Bob Middleton SA (White) 8:58.9409,
4- Rob Russell NSW (Kenworth) 9:09.2306,
5- Frank Amoroso VIC (Isuzu) 9:22.8912,
6- Colin Lovett NSW (Volvo) 9:23.6870,
7- David Pitman VIC (Mack) 9:46.2340,
8- Graham Spencer NSW (Isuzu) 9:49.5451,
9- Luke Sieders NSW (MAN) 9:51.2461,
10- Ken Lusty VIC (Isuzu) 10:00.1843.

Points: Tulloch 18, Bomberle 15, Crick 12, Middleton 12, Russell 10, Amoroso 8.

Upcoming rounds:
Queensland Raceway June 21-13, Calder Park July 19-21, Barbagello August 23-25,
Wakefield Park September 27-29, Winton October 25-27, Oran Park November 23-24.

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