MALLALA BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN SWIFT RACING
The Hi-Tec Oils Australian Swift Racing Series continued Round 2 on Sunday 15th April with two races at South Australia's Mallala Motorsport Park. Both Races were evenly matched. The only way to separate the drivers were small mistakes that were made as the pressure was put on throughout the field. In every position, the nose to tail action had the racers watching every mirror looking for passing moves as they were waiting their chance to pounce.
The reverse grid race 2 saw Rob Jarvis (BVC #17) and Reece Murphy (MGM #62) on the front row with Adam Brand (Old Mill #5) and Allan Jarvis (Achilles #1) filling the second row and series new comer Brett Stewart (Formula Tech # 73) chasing out of P5. Turn 1 saw five cars fitting into the space of two as no driver was prepared to give away any advantage until the braking into turn 2 sorted out the freight train with Rob Jarvis’s experience and determination winning him front spot.
Allan Jarvis took advantage of the battle ahead of him to set up a passing move on Murphy and then set out to hunt down his father only to suffer a fuel problem when he had hit the lead which caused him to retire from the race. Reece Murphy drove a controlled race and finally moved on Rob Jarvis to record his first race win followed home by Rob Jarvis and Adam Brand.
With tyre management the key to race three the drivers took their places on the grid having improved and developed their strategies to gain the most out any opportunity. The grid jumped as one with turn 1 once again benefitting the brave. Turn 7 and the esses once again provided excitement with dive bombing moves and nose to tail racing with the Mallala crowd expecting trouble at any moment. The Swifts once again proved that one make racing can provide spectators with side by side action and passing move after passing move.
The drivers left nothing in the tank as their last chance for a spot on the podium diminished as the laps counted down. Reece Murphy’s smooth style and control held him in good stead as first Adam Brand and Allan Jarvis took small excursions off track. Rob Jarvis did not let Murphy have it his own way and maintained the pressure with Brett Stewart gaining ground on the pair. Turn 3 also provided its share of excitement which fortunately could be watched, for the first time from the main grand stand via the Hi-Tec Oils super screen giving the crowd and sponsors a new appreciation of the Mallala layout.
Reece Murphy took out the race from Rob Jarvis with Allan Jarvis leading home Brett Stewart and Adam Brand. The podium top step was taken by Murphy with 109 round points from Rob Jarvis 99 points and Allan Jarvis 98 points.