ASTRC: Power Tour round one Truck race report

Champ looks to three in a row after sub-record pole for round one. Round One of the Australian Super Truck Racing Championship belonged to 2000 and 2001 champion Ian "Inky" Tulloch who dominated by winning the Top Gun shootout overall as well as...

Champ looks to three in a row after sub-record pole for round one.

Round One of the Australian Super Truck Racing Championship belonged to 2000 and 2001 champion Ian "Inky" Tulloch who dominated by winning the Top Gun shootout overall as well as taking all three ensuing races. His nearest rival was Luke Sieders in the MAN while arch rival and five times champion had a horror mechanical troubled weekend, similar to last season. Meanwhile Ken Lusty took out the Light Truck honours from Graham Spencer and Matt Aaron.

Super Trucks Top Gun

The top six from qualifying lined up for three two lap races where reigning champ Inky Tulloch stormed off to a clear-cut win in the first. Rodney Crick's Volvo made a good start and held off the MAN of Luke Sieders to the flag while the Kenworth of Frank Amoroso and Barry Butwell in a Scania followed.

Tulloch came from the second row at the start of race two to grab the lead into the first corner and not be challenged from that point. Sieders shot down the inside of the leading bunch to assume second and then held off a determined Crick for the remainder.

Crick was off the front for the third encounter and led comfortably at the end of lap one as Tulloch battled through to second. The Kiwi challenged for the lead in the closing stages but fell short by two tenths of a second.

Australian Super Truck Racing Championship, Race One

Two time Australian Super Truck Racing Champion, New Zealand's Ian "Inky" Tulloch was an easy winner of the first heat of round one at Oran Park. His job became much easier when arch rival Rodney Crick had a turbo hose let go as his Volvo left the start line.

Luke Sieders took up the forlorn chase, not able to make an impression and took second place. The Kenworth of Frank Amoroso and Tulloch's team mate Bob Middleton (White Aero) battle for third throughout the race with Amoroso taking it narrow.

Behind them came Nigel Valois in a Kenworth and Dave Pitman's new Mack. Leading the Light Trucks home was Matt Aaron from class competitors Ken Lusty and Graham Spencer, all in Isuzus.

Australian Super Truck Racing Championship, Race Two

Despite starting from the back of the Super Truck field Inky Tulloch has won the second part of the opening round. While Rodney Crick's Volvo headed the field from the end of the opening lap, Tulloch was hindered in his bid to catch the leader as he had to battle past Luke Sieders in his MAN.

It took six laps for Tulloch to win that battle, which by that stage was the lead decider, as Crick was forced out of winning contention with problems.

Tulloch took a decisive win with Sieders a comfortable second ahead of a fierce duel for third where the Kenworth of Frank Amoroso held off Bob Middleton in the White Aero. Next was Nigel Valois, his Kenworth clear of the Ford Cargo of Gavin Manning, the Light Truck winning Isuzu of Ken Lusty, the new Mack of Barry Butwell and Graham Spencer's Isuzu.

Australian Super Truck Racing Championship, Superprix

The final part of the opening round of the ASTRC was again a Inky Tulloch benefit. Whilst he spent most of the race trying to pass the MAN of Luke Sieders, once he did so, he cruised on to take a handy lead in his bid for a third title in a row.

With local favourite Rodney Crick falling out of points contention early, Sieders was left to carry the flag and take second position as Tulloch team mate Bob Middleton finished third ahead of the Kenworth of Bob Middleton and the Light Truck Isuzus of Ken Lusty and Graham Spencer.

Results Race One (10 laps)
1 Inky Tulloch (CAT Freightliner) 9:00.0690, 2 Luke Sieders (MAN) 9:04.0542, 3 Frank Amoroso (Kenworth W900) 9:21.6750, 4 Bob Middleton White Aero 9:22.1624, 5 Nigel Valois (Kenworth W925) 9:29.0905, 6 Dave Pitman (Mack CHR) 9:50.8949, 7 Matt Aaron (Isuzu SBR) 9:51.7850, 8 Gavin Manning (Ford Cargo) 9:52.5582, 9 Ken Lusty (Isuzu SBR) 9:53.9191, 10 Graham Spencer (Isuzu SBR) 9:57.9224.

Results Race Two (10 laps) Reverse Grid
1 Inky Tulloch (CAT Freightliner) 9:07.0564, 2 Luke Sieders (MAN) 9:09.2990, 3 Frank Amoroso (Kenworth W900) 9:25.8218, 4 Bob Middleton (White Aero) 9:26.3023, 5 Gavin Manning (Ford Cargo) 9:50.9871, 6 Ken Lusty (Isuzu SBR) 9:58.0314, 7 Dave Pitman (Mack CHR) 9:59.1989, 8 Graham Spencer (Isuzu SBR) 9:08.1409, 9 Rodney Crick (Volvo) 9 laps, DNF Matt Aaron (Isuzu SBR) 9 laps.

Results Race Three (13 laps) Superprix Reverse Grid
1 Inky Tulloch (CAT Freightliner) 12:09.3750, 2 Luke Sieders (MAN) 12:13.2184, 3 Bob Middleton (White Aero) 12:25.9163, 4 Frank Amoroso (Kenworth W900) 12:35.6769, 5 Ken Lusty (Isuzu SBR) 12:47.9565, 6 Graham Spencer (Isuzu SBR) 12:50.1736, 7 Gavin Manning (Ford Cargo) 13:08.2051, 8 Dave Pitman (Mack CHR) 12:10.8728, 9 Nigel Valois (Kenworth W925) 12 laps.

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