The last of the QRASA Enduro series was held at Renmark on the 10th October 2010. Nice weather up here means... lots of dust. The track was slightly different to 2009 but essentially the same tight twisted dust bowl because of the land area that had been assumed for green initiatives last year. The old track was a much better fit for Bullet on the awesome Outlander 800R that just eats rough open spaces. The new tight corners and minimal straights would play into the hands of the sports bikes, but this did not deter Bullet from setting the goal to push through as many of them as possible.
After the peg draw, Bullet only had 2 other ironman entrants in front of him for the start. MrsB was among the 5 other ironmen that were going to start 1 minute apart after Bullet. There were more teams entered too, but they would start after the ironman class. Fellow competitor Dominic Santopietro beat Bullet's 09 Outlander by 4 seconds last year on his modified sport quad, and this year Dominic was on a 4x4 Bruteforce 750. So it was going to interesting to see how close the two competitors were for 2010. While Bullets 2010 Outlander is very similar to his 2009 model, this year he is sporting Can-Am's DPS power steering.
Getting away well, Bullet chose a high starting pace with a strategy to naturally wear down to a consistent race pace. Refuelling stress was reduced because Bullet could simply monitor the standard dash fuel gauge during each 15 minute lap. The main issue was not going too hard too early because with the Outlanders range he was likely to be out there for 7 laps before refuel.
A few Team racers had overtaken Bullet by the 4th lap. This was normal in a mixed field. Bullet was now in second place and by the 5th lap, was starting to lap other Ironmen. By Lap 7 Bullet had caught the Bruteforce 4x4 and was continuing to pull away. The Can-Am's Rotax V twin sounded unreal as he poured on the gas after each check point. Nothing beats that big V twin sound.
After 3 hours of racing, and starting 2 minutes off the lead Ironman (Brenton Potts), Bullet was only minutes off first place but never reeled him in. Always threatening first, after 11 laps Bullet flew the Outlander to a strong 2nd place in front of Jarrods 450 Yamaha in 3rd.
"I think the power steering really helped make my job easier in the tight conditions. It was hot, dry and dusty out there and just plain hard work. All the riders need to be congratulated, and I'm really happy with my result for Can-Am and my sponsors. Thanks." Bullet.