Words by Paul Griffin
By now, if you are a regular reader of Torque Tube you will be aware from the prior post that Ryan Farrell blitzed the opposition and won convincingly Round 14 of the Hi-Tec Oils World Series Sprintcars Series at Coates Hire Bunbury City Speedway.
In the end, Farrell “Checked Out” and crossed the line half a straightaway ahead of his nearest rival.
Farrell starting from pole and driving for Trucking Magnate Brian Hall in the #5 KPC – Hall’s Haulage/Bridgestone Tyre Centre Albany entry gave everyone a Sprintcar Lesson as he sped around the Bunbury Bullring for 30 laps to take victory honours. He endured a handfull of yellows and was simply invincible on the restarts. No one had an answer for Ryan Farrell at Bunbury !
Drivers following him home in order were Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Robbie Farr, Brook Tatnell, Kaley Gharst, James McFadden (Series Points Leader), Jason Kendrick, Grant Anderson, Camerson Gessner, Tyler Walker and Carl Dowling. All other cars were unable to complete the distance.
Crowd favorite Max Dumesny was denied a restart opportunity after spinning the V5 Maxim at the start of the race – the car allegedly falling out of gear. The officials view was that he stalled intentionally to force a restart so Max was sent to the grass. The crowd was quite vocal and mixed in reaction to the situation.
Farrell has been seat hopping a bit this summer and landed the #5 KPC for this important race. He’s raced the car on a couple of occasions and the Team has been trying hard to get the car to work. Finally they struck it sweet and “zeroed” in on the perfect set-up. Team Owner Brian Hall summed it up perfectly – “Ryan drove fantastically tonight – the Car was a Rocket Ship !”
Farrell had started 7th on points going into the shootout and simply pushed the boundaries of Sprintcar Racing – through calculated driving and controlled aggression he took the #5 KPC all the way to number 1 starting spot.
Shane Stewart’s performance driving the Monte Motorsport #17 J&J was similar, but fell short of Farrell’s lap time in the shootout and he had to settle for 2nd pole. Stewart had come from 8th overall on points to improve his starting position to the front row.
Brian Hall was simply delighted after the crushing victory, praising the entire Hall’s Haulage Team – Keith Giles (Crew Chief), David Hall, Greg Flynn, Brenton “Jesus” Puddey and Rob “Robbo” Sieber .
Brian said “We started this Team 6 years ago and this is the best feeling of all time. The Team has been working hard the last couple of weeks, searching for new approaches and ways to make the car work – and work it did ! Bunbury put on a great track for us this weekend – to see cars lapping in the 12 seconds was awesome”
Brian Hall added “The Hall’s Haulage Team is supported by some very valued Marketing Partners including:
- Hall’s Haulage
- Bridgestone Tyre Centre – Albany
- CJD Equipment
Without their ongoing support and encouragement, this fantastic victory would not have been possible.”
Torque Tube Media caught up with Ryan Farrell after the race. Farrell reflected on the great victory and when asked about his emotions after the race win he said “All of us in the Hall’s Haulage Team have been trying so hard to get the car where we wanted it. After trying to get our head around it for a few days, we found the sweet spot !
Farrell continued “We use Morrison Engines from The States (Pennsylvania) – they are a great power plant – a good strong and reliable engine. I was so happy after we brought it home that I went up to Team Owner Brian Hall on the infield and gave him a massive hug and kiss on the cheek. We have had a tough few weeks and we were all pretty happy to bag this one.”
“The Team Plan for Bunbury was to run the high-line. Keith Giles puposely set up the car to perform close to the fence, and that is exactly what it did. It’s a reverse arm car and it reacts quicker and hooks up harder. The KPC requires a different technique” said Farrell.
Now the Hall’s Haulage Team sets it’s sights on the high banks of Kwinana (Perth Motorplex) for the double header this Friday (17th) and Saturday night (18th Feb) – The finale: Round 15 of the Hi-Tec Oils World Series Sprintcars Series to decide the Champion of 2012.
Who will be crowned the Champ?
At this juncture James McFadden leads the points on 4053, with Jason Johnson and his 3rd place at Bunbury elevating him to 2nd on 3669, Brooke Tatnell on 3569, Robbie Farr on 3521 and David Murcott on 3428.