A host of big rigs rolled into Winton Motor Raceway for the second round of the 2012 Super Truck Nationals Series, blowing
plenty of smoke and blowing away an appreciative crowd with a spectacular display of ‘cab-to-cab’ racing. There was also plenty to see off the track, with several superbly presented vehicles on display around the spectator areas.
A field of six Super Trucks and two Light Trucks hit the original Winton short track for six races of six laps each, including two co-driver-only sessions. The short sessions delivered a very close competition and some fierce rivalry within and between the two classes, with no surety of the podium until the very last corner of the weekend.
Consistency for Beau Hewat in the #1 Team Skitzo Kenworth paid dividends with two wins and two second place finishes handing him the round win, ten points ahead of the rest of the field.
The minor placings were a tightly contested battle, with just one point denying series leader Steven Zammit of second place, who had to settle for third behind Paul Reyntjes.
Series President Rob Waters had been on track for second place until a wild first corner of the final, Superprix race on Sunday afternoon saw him retire to pit lane and take fourth for the weekend.
‘We can’t wait to race at Winton again, hopefully with some of our truck racing mates from across the Tasman. The rivalry over the weekend was good, but it’s nothing compared to the Boxing Kangaroo versus the Silver Fern!’ exclaimed Waters. ‘Next time we will have an even bigger display area as well, with plenty of the vintage and new trucks on the way.’
The feature support category was the Production Touring Car Series, which made its first appearance at Winton. Bob Pearson was too good for the rest of the field, taking comprehensive wins in both 50-minute enduros.
Other round winners over the weekend were Alan Saint (BMW E30 Series), Robert Free (Miniature Race Cars), Spencer Rice (Alfa Romeo East Coast Challenge) and Corey Gooch (Super TT).
The Super Trucks return to Winton Motor Raceway November 10-11, as a part of the action packed Winton 300 weekend. Check out www.wintonraceway.com.au for more information.