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Gartner Revs Up The Riverland
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
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Twelve months after debuting the #410 R&J Batteries Geiser Bros Trophy Truck at the Waikerie Hotel ARB Riverland Enduro 300, Greg Gartner and Jamie Jennings returned to take the outright win at the 40th edition of the race. In the hunt from the outset, Gartner battled with the buggies of #93 Aaron James and #971 Scott Schiller before stepping in to the outright lead on lap 4. Aaron James then charged back on the final lap, before tangling with another buggy just a few kilometres from the finish, to leave Gartner to power home for the outright win in an overall time of 3hr 7min 33 seconds.

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“We are really happy to be back on top of the podium, the Geiser Bros truck is just powering from strength to strength. We didn’t have any major issues or problems, apart from the dust, which goes with the territory. We only got the engine back the Tuesday before Waikerie. Craig Carrison worked tirelessly to get the V8 built after Finke and fortunately the parts came from the USA on time. It was a really big effort to get here and I’d really like to thank Craig, Michael and the rest of the team for getting it all together while I was away on business. It just ran flawlessly.”

“We were fourth outright last year and stepped it up to first this year, the truck suits the track here. It’s the kind of place that you need to choose carefully where to push hard, as you could easily tear the truck up. We’re stoked with the truck, and I’m getting more confidence every time I drive it.”

After breezing through scrutineering on Friday night and a frosty start to proceedings during Saturday mornings track reconnaissance, the prologue got the blood pumping at 11:30am. The event organisers introduced a new prologue format, where drivers could opt to take a second crack at the prologue, with the time good or bad standing from their final run.

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“We had two runs at the prologue. We tested the 39 inch Toyo’s on the first run and were happy with them, but for the second run we switched back to the 37’s which loosened the truck up a bit. Unfortunately we ran out of brakes and nearly put it on to the road, which wasn’t ideal. However we still managed to cut some time off and finished fifth and we were happy with that.”

“Sunday morning we started on the 37’s to get a feel for the track on the first lap, it’s always a bit slippery with loose rocks until it is swept. We didn’t push too hard and looked after the tyres. On the second lap we started to push, sending it off the road jump and snapping it through the gears on the fast straights, while remaining cautious about what the rear tyres would be like with the rocks. We came in at the end of the third lap for our 1 hour service and the rear tyres were destroyed. We fuelled it, put the 39’s on and got going ready for the last two laps.”

“We knew we’d need to push with Scott Schiller in front, plus Aaron James just behind. We had to be patient, go fast where we could and be a bit steadier through the thick dust and slower vehicles. The 39’s were great and hooked up really well. We had to make 30 seconds up on Aaron James in the last half of the final lap, but unfortunately it looked like Aaron hit another buggy 3km from home. We were lucky enough to get through and make it to the finish line in first spot.”

“Thanks to all involved who have worked tirelessly to put the event on. The 40th Riverland Enduro was fantastic and we’re looking forward to next year already.”

Greg Gartner Motorsport heads to another happy hunting ground, the Rainbow Desert Enduro, for the final round of the AORC, then if all goes to plan the #410 R&J Batteries truck may head north to Gundy after that.

“I’d like to thank R&J Batteries, Fuchs, Toyo Tyres Australia, CASE IH Agriculture, Hage Tractors, ATI Industrial, Geiser Bros, Craig Carrison Race Engines, JB Irrigation, CJM Attachments, Millicent Tyre Centre, CAPPA Motorbodies, Dirtcomp, Albins and all our crew for their continued support.”

Photographer: Randall Kilner, Dirtcomp Magazine