Sunraysia 400: Shannon and Ian Rentsch Win Outright
St. George 399: Travis Robinson & Trent Anthony Win Outright
Outright wins, class wins and podium appearances: It has been quite an exciting month under the equator in Australia.
News from the Sunraysia 400 is not complex: It was the Shannon and Ian Rentsch show, as they won everything in their #33 Jimco. From qualifying in the number one position in prologue, to taking first in the Top-10 Shootout, to a wire-to-wire lead, to a champagne shower at the top of the podium… there was no debate over who’s cliff-notes to look off of at the next Sunraysia race. The father/son “Hog’s Breath” team were truly victorious, bettering the second place outright team by over 7-minutes… and this was accomplished even with 9-minute, unexpected tire change.
Six Jimco racecars saturated the top ten spots of prologue, including: Mark Burrows, Raana Horan, Josh Howells, Chris Wilson and Travis Robinson. In Pro-Lite, Brent Martin qualified his Jimco buggy also in the Top-10. The Top-10 Shootout finishers would include 5 Jimcos in the Pro Buggy class with Wilson, and Horan both bettering their starting positions.
After 6-laps of racing and Shannon Rentsch the obvious champion, Chris Wilson and Blake Clare would finish 4th in class. Wilson was blazing the course with outright podium speeds but a motor misfire slowed there car just enough to be scooted out of contention.
Two Pro-Lite Jimco’s finished Top-5 in their class: Troy Duff in second, less than 7-minutes out of first in class, and Lindsay Foster rounding out that Top-5 in fifth.
Jimco Racecars Take P1 & P2 Outright Podium Spots at the St. George 399
The only thing that may rival the gloriousness of the Robinson/Anthony beards, is that gold medal Jimco racecar that brought Robinson/Anthony to the finish line fastest. The #13 had the fastest time in prologue and carried that momentum through the entire event. Robinson lead the race from start to finish.
Travis Robinson spoke highly of his Jimco, saying that he was “thrilled with the performance.” Robinson also gave praise to his co-rider and team, commenting that, “we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.” The weather was mostly pleasant but very dusty behind the #13.
2nd place outright finisher Bryce Chapman with Mitch Warren felt grateful of their race. The #58 Jimco had to fight with late-mechanical issues and, “…it wasn’t easy,” especially the last lap, commented Chapman. No brakes and dropped cylinders challenged this Jimco. But Chapman also optimistically stated, “We’ll be ready for Finke.”