The SRZ Racing Kenworth of Steven Zammit has prevailed in the opening round of the Australian Super Truck Championship at Wakefield Park on the weekend, taking the overall round win with victories in five of the six races.
The only driver to defeat Zammit over the course of the weekend was Shannon Smith, also in a Kenworth, who won Race 3.
Third place overall went to Marcus Prillwitz (Mack Superliner), who was unlucky to miss out on a win in Race 5, held in wet weather conditions, leading for most of the race before he was overtaken by Zammit in a drag race to the finish line.
The trucks were supported by an assortment of support categories, which put on an entertaining show especially in Sunday’s wet weather conditions.
In Formula Vee, Dylan Thomas looked set to dominate the weekend after qualifying on pole position and winning both Saturday races in the dry. However, Sunday’s wet weather worked to the advantage of Daniel Stein, who claimed victory in Races 3 and 4.
The stage was set for a showdown between Thomas and Stein in Race 5 and Thomas led initially, but an electrical problem ended his day at the half-way point, clearing the way for Stein to take the overall round win ahead of the consistent Craig Sparke and Darren Williams.
Chad Cotton was the overall round winner of the Miniature Race Cars with four race wins; the other victory went to Jase Collins (second overall) while Scott Molloy completed the podium.
In the Legend Cars, Kyle Angel dominated most of the weekend but scored a DNF in Race 2 when his bonnet came loose, handing the win to Greg Davis. The battle for the minor places was enthralling, with Mick Hebditch, Rick Christy, Glenn Mitchell and Clinton McKenzie involved in close dices across all five races.
Chris Barry won the first PRB Clubman race and worked his way to the front in the second, reverse-grid race but spun on the last lap and was collected by Malcolm Lee, gifting John Moyes the win.
Barry redeemed himself in Race 3, winning after an amazing recovery from a spin in Turn 10, before Stuart Shirvington produced one of the drives of the weekend to take out Race 4. Shirvington lost around 30 seconds with an off-track excursion early in the race, but fought his way back to the front with blistering lap times in the tricky conditions.
The event also featured the Combined TT category, with a mix of MX5 Cup and Super TT cars. The MX5 wins were shared between Rob Hay, Verne Johnson and Cameron McArthur, with Johnson taking overall honours, while Jac Cousin (Jaguar E Type) took the overall win in the Super TT class ahead of Bill Kinnane in his new BMW 135i.
Racing continues at Wakefield Park with the Independent Race Series this Saturday (14 May) followed by Round 2 of the MRA on Sunday, 22 May.