FROM EAST TO WEST
The 2017 motorsport season is now in full swing for Greg Gartner Motorsport with the roost from the #410 Trophy Truck at the ARB Sunraysia 400 just settling in time for this weekends return to the R&J Batteries Super Stadium Truck hot seat in Perth.
It will be the Stadium Super Trucks debut in the West at the Perth Supersprint and Greg Gartner is looking forward to the challenge ahead. “Barbagallo Raceway is another new track for us and I’m pretty excited about getting back behind the wheel of the R&J Batteries SST and bringing this no-holds-barred sport to a brand new audience. Wherever we have been to date the crowd has loved the huge jumps and close racing and Perth won’t be any different.”
Racing kicks off on Friday morning with Practice and Qualifying at 10.50am, before the gloves come off and the Stadium Super Trucks are unleashed on the 2.423km track for an 11 lap race at 3.35pm. Saturday sees another practice at 10:15am, followed by race 2 at 1:40pm just ahead of the Supercars. On Sunday morning the SST’s open proceedings with practice at 9:20 before their final race at 1:10pm. (*Local WA Time)
After a summer of Stadium Super Trucks and Speedway cars, Greg Gartner’s return to the dirt with navigator Jamie Jennings at the ARB Sunraysia 400 on Keera Station proved to be a rollercoaster ride on many fronts. Firing up the Craig Carrison prepared Ford V8 under the hood of the #410 Trophy Truck, Gartner’s first crack at the prologue was halted after coming across Class 4 rival, Brad Gallard upside down. On the rerun, a similar fate struck Gartner when the R&J Batteries Trophy Truck rolled on the final set of whoops. While on the surface the truck appeared to have escaped largely unscathed, a cracked rear suspension link would reveal itself on Sunday as Gartner charged from 17th on the grid to as high as second before he was forced to the pits for repairs. Returning to the track Gartner once again wound up the wick until the link broke again ending their race on lap from the finish.
“It was disappointing to end the Sunraysia race like that, the engine built by Craig Carrison, the Albins transmission and suspension package were all sweet and the truck was on the pace. Plus the conditions on Keera Station were the best they have ever been after the rain in the lead up to the event. We’ll put that one behind us and focus on our next two events, the Stadium Super Trucks this weekend and what we have in store for Finke in a months time.”
“A big thanks goes out to our sponsors R&J Batteries, Fuchs, Toyo Tyres Australia, CASE IH Agriculture, Hage Tractors, ATI Industrial, Craig Carrison Race Engines, JB Irrigation, CJM Attachments, Millicent Tyre Centre, CAPPA Motorbodies, Dirtcomp and Albins for their continued support.”