With Rose briefly sidelined with a problem on lap 4, Chapman moved the #58 Jimco into second on the road. Bryce passed leader Brad Prout with only a few kilometres of the event remaining, setting the quickest time on four of the six mountain laps, to take the heat win.
Needing to make up a few more seconds to ensure a win, the crew “went for it” in what must be one of the most exciting finishes at Milbrodale. With only a hundred meters to go, Chapman got out of shape on a series of whoops and spun. They passed the finish flag first but on total elapsed time, the event win went to Prout by a slender .46 of a second.
“No regrets, we gave it our best. I hope the crowd enjoyed it, but that’s racing” added Chapman.
“For a driver in only his second event, Bryce showed great ability to be running at this level and had not put a wheel wrong until the spectacular spin at whoops. Thanks to the Chapman family and all involved with organising the event for such a great weekend” commented Campbell.
The next event for the Runamuk crew will be the Hunter Rivmaster Warialda 200 at Warialda September 24 and 25.
Source: Fair Play Sporting Promotions
Photographer: Chantall O’Dell – www.chantallphotographix.com.au