Season Revs into Gear
The opening round of the Australian Tractor Pulling Season began with a roar amid the dust and excitement of the Deni Ute Muster. With great weather and a viewing area packed with spectators, it was bound to be a great day out!
Added to the anticipation of the day, were the new tractors that were primed to take to the track. In the Open Mini class Tommy’s Toy and Stone Cold were new arrivals and Black Betty returned with a new owner, Jake Cornfoot.
The mini modified class competition was hard fought with some events being decided by just millimetres. Rotary Hoe, driven by veteran, Bob Blackwell, took out two of the three events, with Little Willey of Tooradin taking out the third.
With the introduction of a new Super mini class last season there has been some shuffling in the ranks. Hitman and Ujack stepped up from the Mini modified class to take on the ‘Supers’ and Aftershock took a step back from the Open class to swell their numbers. Flamin’ Furious, which made a comeback after engine trouble last season, managed to win the 860kg event, before blowing a transmission. Rival and Aftershock then took out the remaining events.
Although the track did not suit all tractors, with the Open Minis struggling to gain traction, this made the event outcome less predicatble. On its debut, Stone Cold was able to take its first victory and Reloaded capitalized on the conditions taking out the other two events. Tommy’s Toy also performed well on its first outing, achieving placings in two events.
On the ‘big’ track the greater horsepower tractors were able to get the power to the ground and there were some great distances pulled. Unfortunately numbers were down on the big track but this didn’t stop some crowd favourites putting on a show.
Shillberite, once again showed it's dominance over the limited modified class by taking out all 3 classes, proving it is the tractor to beat once again this season.
Murray Muncha, roared into gear with a couple of full pulls to entertain the Deni crowd, but missed its rival the Riverina Screamer.
Two-wheel drive truck, Chilli-Town Thunder started the season off with 3 full pulls, winning each of its events. However, this did not stopping Woody in Dirty Deeds, wheel standing down the track, to the delight of the Deni crowd.
Deere Express sent its signature plumes of black smoke into the air as it showed off its shiny new tyres and rims in the Prostock class.
All in all, a strong start to the season, and tractors head north to Barmedman to do it all again in Round 2.