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Tough day at the office for Runamuk
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Sunday, 31 March 2013
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Sunday morning update ...   Alisha Crowe has been unable to source a stub axle for her #44 Jimco so will not be taking to the track today, however, Buddy Junior has found an axle and will now be racing today in the #144 ProLite Jimco. 

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It was always going to be a tough task, campaigning three cars at an Australian Off Road Championship round, with two of those three having their first run under the Runamuk Racing banner; and a tough task it was today, but they are regrouping and preparing for tomorrow.

Buddy and Kerry Crowe in the #4 Jimco suffered power steering failure during today’s 85km lap, although Buddy commented that they were running really well until then. The #4 had a good start to the day qualifying in seventh and dropping back to eighth in the top ten shoot out.

The #4 Jimco has been repaired and ready to take to the track tomorrow. Unfortunately, Buddy Junior’s day was not so bright, breaking an axle in reconnaissance at the 65km mark.

Not to be deterred, the team pulled out the stops to fix the broken machine to enable Buddy Junior, with Peter Vial in the navigator’s seat, a chance to hit the track for section one. Buddy Junior added “we caught cars in the short tight stuff, but they overtook us on the long straights. I did overshoot a few corners, just a few, but then we broke the axle again. I did get the furthest in the family today though.”

The #144 Jimco will not be starting Sunday’s four laps with the team wanting to figure out what’s causing the axle issue.

The third Jimco in the Runamuk Racing stable had daughter Alisha behind the wheel with Lachlan Andrews navigating. Unfortunately for Alisha, her debut drive in the new Jimco was not as positive as she’d hoped. “I hit a tractor tyre. It’s my first real drive in the new car and it’s left hand drive. We were in the dust and I tried to dodge the tyres, but I misjudged it and ripped the stub axle off. Apart from that, I was having the time of my life” exclaimed Alisha.

The Runamuk team is now looking for parts to fix the tractor tyre damage to enable Alisha to continue racing for Sundays four laps.

Author: Julie Rogers - offroadracing.com.au Media Desk