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BUSY ON THE ROAD
Green Brothers Racing has enjoyed a busy schedule over the past few weeks of the 2015-16 sprintcar racing calendar.
The team enjoyed the opportunity of engaging past Knoxville Nationals champion Kraig Kinser to handle the driving chores in the Natrad S#4 Maxim for a number of international meetings.
Kinser’s opening run was at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Boxing Day where the contested the Australian sprintcar grand prix.
After failing to finish his initial heat, Kinser grabbed third place in the B-main to transfer to the A-main, where after starting from P22, he recorded a credible sixth place.
Two nights later in the USC NSW Round 10 meeting, he flipped the car in qualifying, but again managed to work his way through the C and B mains to earn a start in the A-main where he finished 18th.
The NSW title on December 30 provided the best result of the campaign as Kinser won his heat and then grabbed third place on the podium in the championship final.
The first two days of 2016 featured consecutive USC rounds at Valvoline Raceway with Kinser qualifying for the A-main at both meetings, recording fifth and 13th placings.
The Peter Murphy Appreciation Night on January 10 found Kinser registering second place in his heat before moving forward from P17 in the A-main to finish 11th.
After consecutive wins in the prestigious Scott Darley Memorial event, Green Brothers Racing unfortunately fell short of a three-peat this year.
On the opening night, Kinser won a heat and finished fourth in the preliminary main after starting from P10.
The following evening featured a third placing in his heat, but unfortunately a blown motor in the final forced Kinser out of the race for the major spoils.
The team then journeyed to Avalon Raceway in Victoria for the President’s Cup event on January 20, where after a third place in his heat, Kinser grabbed 16th place in the final.
Kinser was again consistent the following night at Mt Gambier’s Borderline Speedway in the annual Kings Challenge.
He claimed a third and a second in his heat outings, before eventually finishing seventh in the A-main.
The team then moved to Warrnambool for the time-honored Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic and Kinser’s final races of his whirlwind visit.
On the second qualifying night he grabbed a seventh and second in his heats, while finishing third in the B-main before working his way from P19 in the A-main to an impressive fifth place at the chequered flag.
The Classic final night supplied a fifth placing in his only heat which led to a seventh place in the B-main.
Past Australian sprintcar champion Phil March then took over duties behind the wheel for the remainder of a hectic racing schedule at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
In the prelude to the championship on Australia Day, March finished seventh in the non-qualifiers feature event, before taking part in a test and practice day at Mt Gambier.
Unfortunately luck was against the team during the Australian titles with March unluckily crashing out in his opening heat, finishing ninth in the next outing and concluding the meeting with a sixth placing in the C-main after starting from P12.
Team chief Trevor Green found some positives from a busy month which provided its share of challenges.
“We really enjoyed our time with Kraig Kinser driving our car,” reflected Green.
“It was a bit like we were playing catch up all season after we flipped second night out, junking a lot of gear.
“We also struggled to time well on a lot of occasions, hence we came from deep a lot of the nights.
“It seemed that each night what we used with last season’s cars just did not seem to work this time, and then throughout the nights we would have to continue to throw different set ups at the car until we found out what it liked.
“Once we found the right set up, Kraig constantly charged his way through the fields.
“With such huge car counts you have to be on the money from lap one every time you hit the track, otherwise you are left chasing your tail most nights.
“All of us at Green Brothers Racing can not thank Kraig enough for coming to race for us this season ... he really gave his all every night and it was a most enjoyable time.
“We also offer a huge shout out to Matt Lepe, Paul Flatman, Mally Walters, Rich Wyatt and Lyndsy Love for all their help during Kraig’s tour.
“Thanks also to Scott Cameron and Phil March for their efforts at the Aussie title which unfortunately did not go to plan after crashing out in the first heat race.”
The team will return to closer native home pastures this weekend with events in SA, having secured the services of young NSW charger Matt Dumesny to drive at the WSS round at Murray Bridge on Friday night, and then in the George Tatnell Cup event at Virginia on Saturday evening.
Green Brothers Racing would like to thank the support of sponsors Natrad Radiators & Auto Air, Maxwill Racing Engines, Freightmaster, Adelaide Mini Buses, Green Welding, Slapps Jap Imports, Hoosier Tire, Blackshaws, SKS Contractors, Weld Wheels, Goldstar Transport and Pinnacle Graphix.