Supertrucks set for 2018 opener
The first round of the 2018 Australian Super Truck Nationals will be contested at Wakefield Park Raceway this weekend.
The 2.2-kilometre circuit south of Goulburn will welcome a healthy field of nine trucks steered by both new names and old hands in the first of four championship rounds for 2018.
Trackside fans will be treated to six races in total across the weekend including a qualifying session and two challenge races on Saturday followed by four championship races on Sunday.
Many of the established teams have been busy rebuilding their trucks over the off-season in the wake of a wet and wild season finale at the country New South Wales venue last December.
Now four-time champion, Steven Zammit, came out on top despite sustaining damage in a nasty qualifying incident at the last meeting which called for plenty of repair work to the SRZ Racing Kenworth over summer.
The truck racing world will also welcome back John Bomberle this weekend in the ex-Kara Kar Racing Isuzu SBR.
Australian National Truck Racing Organisation (ANTRO) President, Charlie Zammit, is looking forward to 2018 after a strong resurgence for the sport last year.
“In 2017, we went all out to bring truck racing back to the fans and we have done exactly what we set out to do,” explained Zammit. “All of the teams have embraced the move forward.”
“We are expanding our website and our social media and this year, we are expecting over 10 trucks on the grid when the Winton meeting comes around in early July.”
According to Zammit, the off-season has been a balancing act between repairs and improvements for a number of teams.
“As soon as the 2017 season was over, all of the teams already had plans for what they were going to do in the off-season. Most of the work was to fix damage from the last round including bent and broken chassis and engine rebuilds.”
“Of course, there is also the secret stuff that only the teams know of. They are all out to get the top spot and everyone keeps things close to their chests. That’s the way we all like it.”
Admission is just $20 for adults while children under the age of 16 are welcome through the gates free of charge. There is also the option of camping at the circuit for $20 per night.