The heart of South Australian motorsport still beats as strong as ever at Mallala. The Victorian State Championships' surrogate appearance at Mallala this year and the traditional Easter Historic Races have already attracted hundreds of interstate...
The heart of South Australian motorsport still beats as strong as ever at Mallala. The Victorian State Championships' surrogate appearance at Mallala this year and the traditional Easter Historic Races have already attracted hundreds of interstate race cars to the circuit on the outskirts of the Mallala, north of Adelaide.
Big event number three for the year is the Mallala Power Surge which will take place over three days from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th May. Following the instant success of the newly branded event in 2003, it has returned with the same exciting mix of big-banger Supertrucks, very fast tin-tops and zippy open wheel racecars.
Headlining the event are the Supertrucks contesting Round One of their 2004 Nationals. Once considered somewhat of a novelty, 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.
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 the big guns take to the racetrack.
Adelaide motor racing and trucking identity Bob Middleton is the local favourite. After competing strongly in the New Zealand Supertruck Series he is back home to take on the Aussie series as well.
"We will definitely have a home track advantage", said Middleton.
"There are some difficult corners at Mallala and five tonne trucks side-by-side under heavy brakes can be a hair-raising experience."
Sharing the limelight as one of the main attractions is an exciting new international series known as the Trans Tasman GT Sports Series. In a bold move, the New Zealand based Trans Am category have joined forces with Australia's fastest tin-tops, the mighty Sports Sedans.
Both versions are stripped-down muscle cars, pushing the limits of innovation and power-to-weight technology; these lightweight racers are very quick indeed.
The roar of big-block Chev and Ford V8 engines are unmistakable, but may seem odd under the shell of an Alfa Romeo, Nissan ZX, Mustang or Jaguar. The relative freedom to innovate and the diversity of equipment make an exciting class of racecar.
A full race programme will also include Australia's fastest racecars, Formula 4000 (formerly Formula Holden), as well as Formula Vee, Super Karts and the evergreen crowd pleasers, the HQ Holdens.
The Mallala Motorsport management will also put on a Ute Parade. 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."