Chapman goes back to back at Warialda

FIRST PUBLISHED  Offroad 25th Sept 2013


The Runamuk team have pulled off back to back wins at the Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200; the father and son team shaving 3minutes off their 2012 outright time. Sharing the driving duties of the Runamuk Jimco #58, Bruce and Bryce Chapman, with Peter Vial in the navigators seat, eclipsed the 60 plus strong field to finish the 15 lap event with over a minute and a half lead to Warialda legend Terry Rose and grandson Justin Taylor.

Rounding out the 2013 Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200 podium was Dale and Mal Chadburn #32, three minutes off the pace of Chapman.

The first ProLite home and a very credible fourth outright was Les Marshall and Glennys Rose #105, crossing the line with a minute lead over fifth outright and the first Super 1650 of Werner and Sue Zettl #232.

Jamie and Symon Knight are finding their feet in their new #439 Richard Bennet Truck, clocking in 16th outright and first in Extreme 2WD class. UTV class honours went to Phil and Adam Swindale, securing 22nd outright in the #619 machine.

There was a battle in the Hedweld Engineering team with daughter Rikky Hedley taking class honours for Extreme 4WD and pippin Mum Jan Hedley by hundredths of a second to finish 26 and 27 outright respectively; Jan and Daniel Gardner walked away with the silverware for Performance 2WD class.

38 teams completed the full race distance, leaving a long and interesting failure list. Glen Towers and Jamie Adams put the #80 on the front row of the grid heading into the long course section of the event; Towers unable to capitalise on the position with gearbox failure.

Damien Penfold and Mark Eveleigh #929 were pushing hard, chasing the Chapman Jimco #58 when they rolled the #929 machine, ending their Warialda weekend.

Andy Ryan and Dave Smith were making their presence felt, running at the front of the field, until a flat tyre on lap 13 added 11 minutes to their time, relegating the #50 Alumi Craft to 11th outright.

Lady Luck wasn’t on the side of the second Runamuk team cars with Buddy and Kerry Crowe #4 unable to take to the track on Sunday with engine dramas. Buddy Crowe Jnr and Oliver Holmes clocked in a few more laps, their weekend on lap 10 in the #144 ProLite. The fourth Runamuk Pro buggy with Alisha Crowe behind the wheel and Lachlan Andrews navigating recorded a 14th outright, putting down consistent laps times for the weekend and taking out the prized Dash for Cash.

Ashley Mowbray was having a triumphant weekend, sitting in third outright going into the last lap when axle failure left the #20 Pro buggy one laps shy of full race distance. Glenn Spizzo and Anthony Lia were also running in the top ten when their power plant let go on lap 12.

The three teams currently sitting atop of the New South Wales Off Road Championship point score all finished the Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200 and banking valuable points. It will be a hectic time as we head into the business end of the season for Glen Hoffman, Craig Anderson and Derek Rose.

The volunteers and members of the Warialda Off Road Club have once again staged a successful Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200; will Runamuk be back in 2014 to take out the hat trick.