Peter Kittle Motor Sports take out the Sunraysia 600 on legendary Mickey Thompson tyres
To start our weekend our goal was to be in the top ten after prologue to give us the best chance of getting through the dusty conditions. We managed to do this by finishing 9th fastest. In the top 10 shootout we had a couple of issues handling the dust which pushed us back into 10th place. At the end of it we were still happy with this result.
Starting in 10th place for Section 1 we were behind two of the trophy trucks and knew it was going to be a struggle to get past them with the dust. We paced ourselves around the track pushing where we could and just staying smart through the tree sections. The Mickey T’s really picked up well and helped put our power down when needed but what really impressed me was how quick they stopped in the tight sections.
We ended up making 5 positions up after Section 1.
Starting Section 2 we knew we had a long day ahead so Jordon and I both wanted to keep a steady consistent pace as we knew out of the Top 5 not all of us would finish.
After a couple of the cars in front of us dropped out we managed to get some clean air and this helped us lift our lap times. In the final lap (last 30 kms) we lost 4th gear and had to struggle through the rest of the race relying heavily on 3rd and 5th. With pressure coming behind from Aaron it was a stressful 20 minutes. We managed to hold on in the end taking the chequered flag by about 1 minute 20 seconds. Being my first national event win it was a very proud moment. Making the change to Mickey Thompson tyres has definitely helped improve my pace and the handling they provide around the corners is second to none.
Thanks to Peter Kittle Motor Company, Peter Kittle Collision, Toyota Financial Service and Valvoline.