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Runamuk Continue Warialda Success
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Friday, 22 September 2017
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Source: Toby Cooper | Images: Dymity Logan

Sharing the driving duties, Runamuk Racings father and son combination of Bryce and Bruce Chapman have overcome a quality field and 213km of the finest off-road conditions to claim back to back Hunter Rivmasta Warialda 200s; their 9th overall.

After a washed out 2016, Runamuk arrived at Warialda’s Mount Monomeeth, primed with their Chev V8 powered #58 Jimco Champion as defending champions –and they did not disappoint.

Bruce returned to the seat Saturday morning for the first time in 2 years, and quickly found his groove – closing out the prologue run in 11th position. The first section got underway as Bruce cruised around for a 7th place alongside sponsor and good friend Robert Warren who sat tight for the ride of his life, adding ‘it was quite the experience’. Coming off a disappointing Milbrodale Mountain Classic campaign Bryce ‘Maddog’ Chapman was back in the saddle for the next heat with regular nav Mitch Warren alongside - 3 laps of the famous short course complete and Runamuk began to make their move.

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A quick check over of the Jimco and a few quiet refreshments Saturday evening were enjoyed before getting back to business. Runamuk started from P6 on Sunday with only seconds between the top cars; the frantic short course action was all about positioning for the challenging long course section. Bryce maintained his place in the field after a faultless heat though the pressure was on, starting from the 3rd row of the grid, dust was going to play a major factor.

Bryce got the jump and never looked back in true Runamuk style; later describing the section as ‘by far the hardest I’ve ever had to drive, that was 110% - I left nothing in the tank’. After working his way through traffic, fighting the dust, passing Michael Napier early on lap 3 and the unfortunate retirement of Josh Howells, Chapman at heat end was in the race lead.

Lining up beside Naps, a Warialda champion himself for the final 3 laps, the teams 9th outright win was well within reach. Bryce and Mitch swiftly found their groove, setting the fastest time of the heat on their way to claiming back to back Runamuk victories at Warialda for a 3rd time.

Bryce was delighted with the team’s victory, commending his Dad for getting them off to a great start on Saturday, ‘he was superb for someone who hadn’t been in the car for two years, after all the upgrades and to go out and put it in 11th was very impressive’. He also praised the latest developments made to the car, and how the improved suspension and break setup contributed to the car running faultlessly, his famous last words ‘bring on next year’.

The win at Warialda was the perfect conclusion in what has been an up and down 2017 for the team, from success at St. George to the heartache of Finke and Milbrodale – may many more victories lie ahead for Runamuk.

Runamuk would like to thank Warialda Club for holding another superb event and all their supportive sponsors including; TPE, BCE, Rabbit Electrical, GRC Motorsport, RaceTrans, BN Motorsport and BF Goodrich Tyres.