Engine blows Sinkins' chances
THE glorious uncertainty of motor sport was to the fore at the Sandy Creek Raceway yesterday when a likely top-five finish for Warwick driver Brett Sinkins was ruined by engine trouble.
At the end of the meet, Sinkins said he was fifth or six halfway through the final of the heavy class of the Rotax Pro Tour round when his engine blew up.
“I don’t yet know what happened, the motor could have boiled but the temperature light didn’t show it was hot,” Sinkins said.
“I expect it will cost $1000 to fix, could be more. I hope to be back at the raceway for the next meeting in Warwick.
Sinkins was in a field of 20 with the Australian, New Zealand and eight or nine state championship winners.
He was fastest in qualifying and then fifth in the first race, fourth in the second race and third in the third race.
Sinkins started the pre final third and the final fifth.
“I was competed against the nation’s best drivers and was aiming for the top three,” he said.
Canberra driver Bruce Otter won the super heavy class and reckoned the weather was better in Warwick than the zero temperatures in his home city.
“We went out every night, ate your food and drank your beer,” Otter said.
Otter operates a kart shop in Canberra and brought a group of five drivers to Warwick for the fourth round of the Rotax Pro Tour.
Gladstone driver David Roberts was second in Rotax super heavy to Otter.
The event attracted 120 drivers.
Tour co-organiser Samantha Coghlan said rounds of the series attracted between 120 and 170 drivers.
“We have a five round series on the east coast of Australia and go to different tracks in each state each year,” Coghlan said.
“There were drivers from all eastern states and South Australia but none this time from Perth and New Zealand.”
In true motor racing style, the wine “exploded” after each podium presentation yesterday.