AUS: SuperTruck Nationals Mallala preview

SUPERTRUCKS BACK AT MALLALA Adelaide, South Australia, May 5th 2005 -- The big-banger SuperTrucks are back at Mallala. Once considered a novelty, racing trucks have developed into a popular, hotly contested motorsport category. Following ...

SUPERTRUCKS BACK AT MALLALA

Adelaide, South Australia, May 5th 2005 -- The big-banger SuperTrucks are back at Mallala. Once considered a novelty, racing trucks have developed into a popular, hotly contested motorsport category. Following Round one at Victoria's Winton Raceway, the SuperTruck Nationals move to Mallala for Round 2 on Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd May.

These lumbering giants of the road defy gravity at breath-taking speed. The characteristic deep rumble of powerful engines, shuddering brakes and the unforgettable sight of 5 tonnes of prime-mover launching itself from a cloud of smoke are all part of the excitement when they take to the racetrack.

The SuperTrucks have earned their legitimacy among the various forms of motorsport categories in Australia, and they enjoy a loyal and increasing number of followers. Crowd numbers in New Zealand and Western Australia can exceed 30,000 people.

Adelaide motor racing and trucking identity Bob Middleton is the local favourite.

After competing strongly in the New Zealand earlier in the year, he returned home with the Trans Tasman SuperTruck Trophy in his luggage.

Following success in New Zealand, Round One of the Australian SuperTruck Nationals proved to be a tough one for Middleton and he was narrowly beaten in three races by veteran truck racer, Rodney Crick.

"Mallala will be great. We will definitely have a home track advantage", said Middleton. "We definitely want to keep in front of Cricky".

"There are some difficult corners at Mallala and five tonne trucks side-by-side under heavy brakes can be a hair-raising experience."

For the mechanically minded, Bob Middleton's SuperTruck is a Freightliner C112, with a CAT C12, twin turbocharged engine, creating 1600 horsepower.

A full race programme will also include Saloon Cars, Formula Vee, Super Karts and the evergreen crowd pleasers, the HQ Holdens.

The annual Ute Parade is now synonymous with the SuperTruck event. Ute owners who enter the event can park in an exclusive 'ute park' and will be able to run around Mallala for a few parade laps.

"Last year we had more than 80 utes, and this year we expect a lot more. The Ute Parade fits well with our event." said promoter Clem Smith. "Modified utes are enjoying a huge increase in popularity and we are excited about them coming back to Mallala."

-www.mallala.com

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