Payoff for big effort for Troy Wheeler

JACOB PAGE
Last updated 05:00 21/01/2013
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BURNING RUBBER: Troy Wheeler in control in Super Truck Racing at Timaru International Raceway in 2011.

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Auckland supertruck driver Troy Wheeler celebrated an unlikely race win at Timaru's International Motor Raceway with a well deserved sleep yesterday afternoon.

He and his team "pulled an all-nighter" on Saturday to rebuild their motor which blew up in the early stages of race two that afternoon.

After winning their race against time, Wheeler then used his pole position for the reverse grid race yesterday morning to lead from start-to-finish and claim an unlikely win from fast-finishing Australian Steve Zammit, who had to weave his way through the field but ran out of laps when he trailed by less than a second.

Wheeler said it was a credit to how hard his team had worked that they were able to make the race.

"We've probably got the smallest engine out there and we always push it to the limit."

Wheeler said his team had worked from 5pm Saturday just so they could get on the starting grid yesterday.

"We arrived back at the track at 9am and there were still nine guys working on it, so there has probably been 150 man hours put in on it."

Wheeler said without the dedication of his crew and the instant support of South Canterbury business', he would have had to pull out of the weekend.

Zammit still dominated the class. The defending champion won the first two races to go with his second in the final event.

Timaru's John Hepburn earned two seconds and a fourth to move in to second on the championship, 27 points behind runaway leader Zammit.

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- The Timaru Herald

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