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Chapman to take on Baroota Berms
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Monday, 22 July 2013
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After a disappointing return to the Australian Off Road Championship at the Tatts Finke Desert Race in June, the Chapman Off Road team are quietly confident that they have sorted out the teething gremlins in the new Extreme 4WD Mitsubishi Triton as they head into round 3, the Bentley’s Cabin Park – Flinders 450.

“We’ve had little issues with the new Triton; the usual story, 10c parts that have failed” explained team owner Rob Chapman. “Clayton prologued 16th outright at Finke, which was just extraordinary, considering he was in a new car and in a field of 99”.

2067b_sm Shock shaft failure on the run from Alice Springs to Finke ultimately ended the Finke campaign for Clayton Chapman and Adam McGuire in what was the second competitive run for the teams new Mitsubishi Triton.

With the shock problems solved, the Chapman Off Road team headed north to Mackay for a round of the Queensland Off Road Championship. The young guns blitzed the competition with a qualifying time over a minute faster than the rest of the field over the 8km course.

“After fixing our shock issues from Finke, Clayton was having a great run at the Retreat. Unfortunately, it threw a cir-clip out of the uni-joint in the tail shaft, and then it was back on the trailer” added Rob Chapman.

“We’ve replaced the tail shaft, put in a fresh diff, given the Triton a complete once over and we just hope that a 10c part doesn’t let us down again.”

The Chapman Off Road team a quietly confident as they head to Baroota for this weekend’s round 3 that the new Mitsubishi Triton and Clayton’s driving style will be well suited to twisty turns and berms at Baroota.

“I’m looking forward to getting some more seat time in the Triton. I’m getting used to the feel of the new car and really enjoyed the racing we’ve done so far” added Clayton Chapman.

Rob continued “The whole team are excited about the year ahead. If all goes well at Baroota we will take three cars to Goondiwindi, and then plan to have two cars on the start line at Coffs Harbour. Clayton will drive the new Triton and I’ll step back in to the Extreme 4WD Pajero that Clayton campaigned last year”.

Author: Julie Rogers - offroadracing.com.au Media Desk
Photographer: Wendy Moohin