Darrell "Bullet" Knight #12 Press Releases
Motard Come and Try / Quad Drift 5th December 2010.
Thirty something degrees and humid, Sunday the 5th December turned out to be a warm one for the last Motard /Quad Drift come and try day for 2010. Jo from Tailem Bend Motorsport Park was keen to sign riders in and crank up the lunch time barby for us all.
Noodles, MrsB and myself were the only quads to rock up for the days sideways action, amongst maybe 20 two wheeler Motard bikes.
Last time i went bitumen drifting i was surprised how much i chopped up my QuadCross MX front tyres. I mean obviously you expect the rear will cop a flogging, but i thought that i could take it easy on the fronts. No such luck. So this time i came prepared with some cheap Leyland mini car tyres dressed on to a set of perfectly straight DWT 4+1 rims from Austraco. We've also noticed that ‘round' and ‘balanced' are much bigger priorities on the bitumen than they are on the dirt. Other than that I left my DS450X MX completely set up for Motocross racing and just went for it.
Quad Drifting is so much fun. And so easy because of how uniform the surface is. Combine that with the DS450s high standard 10,200rpm redline, and big open power slides are a blast. I managed to connect up a few big open sweepers that i could not quite get last time.
The quads were incident free again, while the two wheeler guys had at least 5 or 6 crashes. A couple of those in a big show stopping way on the high side. Our quads generated plenty of interest from the Motard guys, but none of them quite game enough to take up the offer of having a go. Lots of "maybe next time" responses though.
We nearly got rained on with the sky threatening all day but we only got a few drops. I was kinda hoping it would rain, just to see how it would change our drifting. Mrs B gets sideways alright but looks like she is going to manage to get 4 drift days out of a set of 80% tread rear tyres. I can only just get one day out of an old set of MX tyres, but i wouldn't have it any other way J
Thanks to BRP Australia, QuadSquad, Austraco, CRC and 47industries.
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.