Make or break weekend for some as Nationals heads south to Mallala
25/06/2007 at 2:06:43 PM:

Several Championship Battles have the potential to be either blown wide open or become even more competitive when the Shannons Nationals heads to Mallala Raceway, near Adelaide, this weekend.

The fourth of a ten-round series, the Nationals action will be headlined by the impressive Biodiesel Supertruck Nationals championship as well as the high-speed action of the closest Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship battle in years.

Meanwhile, the Empire Trade Exchange Commodore Cup and Supaloc Australian Saloon Car Championship title battles will be fought out with high levels of intensity as many of the respective championships come closer to their half-way mark.

A packed program that also includes 30-car fields of Historic Touring Cars and Formula Vee Open Wheelers is set to make this weekend’s Nationals program one of the best seen at the 2.6km Mallala circuit for some time.

16 Supertrucks have entered for their second round of their revitalised season, headed up by class stalwart Bob Middleton – the round one winner – in his 12-liter CAT Diesel powered Freightliner.

With a field evenly split between the heavy-hitting Supertrucks and the smaller, more nimble Light-class entries the field should put on its usual competitive showing at a circuit that in the past has produced some of the category’s best races.

A tight battle for the Australian drivers’ championship between Australia and the United Kingdom will be just one of the stories worth following when the super quick Formula 3 cars hit the track for their fourth of eight rounds.

The series is currently lead by Victorian Tim Macrow but British ace Charlie Hollings is just eight points behind. The emergence of Leanne Tander as a race winner – she took her first F3 race win at Phillip Island in May – and the strong form of Brit James Winslow, Perth’s Stuart Kostera and Italian ace Marco Mapelli make this year’s Formula 3 field one of the vert best.

It won’t be without local attention, either – Kersbrook (Adelaide Hills) driver Jesse Wakeman will make his debut at the weekend whilst both R-Tek F3 (Mat Sofi) and Team BRM (Mapelli) are Adelaide based teams.

The Supaloc Australian Saloon Car Championship heads to one of its strongholds – the class has several leading drivers that hail from South Australia – with the local driver on the back foot after recent domination by Queenslander Kris Walton.

Walton leads reigning champion Bruce Heinrich by a massive 54-point margin after three rounds with the local hope looking to claw the margin back thanks to a strong performance at Mallala.

South Aussie driver fill five positions within the championship top ten, Heinrich (2nd) leading John Goodacre (3rd), Mat Lovell (4th), Steve Kwiatkowski (7th) and Scott Nicholas (10th) in the six-cylinder Holden v Ford battle.

The bellow of 4.2-litre V8 Commodores will return to Mallala thanks to the Empire Trade Exchange Commodore Cup, a heated championship battle between multiple series champion Geoff Emery and young gun Daniel Richert currently being fought out.

The pair is split by just nine points as they enter a round that could do wonders – or put a major dent in – either drivers championship hopes. A strong field of the sweet sounding Holden’s will be present at Mallala to sustain their reputation for producing close, hard racing.

A massive field of over 30 cars has entered for the annual running of the THR Developments South Australian Historic Touring Car Cup, the long-running South Australian event joining the Nationals schedule for the first time this year.

With representation from Holden Torana’s, Ford Falcons, Mustangs and Cortina’s, Morris Coopers, BMWs, Chrysler Chargers and many more cars from Australia’s racing past this field is set to thrill.

27 South Australian local cars have entered for the event – the most ever for this kind of race in the state.

The 21-event program will be capped off by the close racing of the Formula Vee Interstate challenge – another field of over 30 cars looking to do their regular slipstreaming battles on Mallala’s many straights.

The Fourth round of the Shannons Nationals – featuring the Biodiesel Supertruck Nationals – will be held between June 30 and July 1 at Mallala Motorsport Park, just 50 minutes from the Adelaide CBD.

Tickets are available for $30 for a weekend pass or $25 for Sunday only. Kids under 14 are free.

A club cruise offer – for members of local car clubs – is also available for a two-day cost of $25, including free pit / paddock entry and grandstand seating. For more information please visit www.mallala.com

For more information head to www.thenationals.com.au

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