READY TO RIDE: Hotlap competition winner Melissa Nonnenma and Big Rigs editor Carly Morrissey get ready for their turn in a racing truck.
READY TO RIDE: Hotlap competition winner Melissa Nonnenma and Big Rigs editor Carly Morrissey get ready for their turn in a racing truck.

A super weekend of truck racing

MY first time in a racing truck, any truck for that matter, certainly was memorable.

I was nervous waiting for my go in Steven Zammit's purple Kenworth 401.

My driver was Shane Gray who co-drives in Zammit's truck number 40.

When I told Gray I had never been in a truck before, he replied "don't worry either have I."

At least he has a sense of humour I told myself.

I don't really know what I was expecting, Zammit explained the 401 was only allowed to do 160kmh and I felt a little better.

He went on to say the big 14lt Cummins boasted about 1400hp, used an Allison five speed auto gearbox and had an Eaton diff, Daf disc breaks and seven inch drums on the back.

The whole rig weighs in at six tonnes.

When Zammit backed up the story with a win in the first round of the Australian Super Truck sprint series that weekend in the same truck, I was even more impressed.

Big Rigs hotlap winner Melissa Nonnenma was a little more prepared for the ride.

She has been driving trucks since 2004.

Explaining she got into the industry after becoming a polo groom and started to cart horses all around the country, Melissa said she had driven road trains, B-triples and more.

She loves driving.

Her hotlap was a little more eventful than mine.

Gray got sideways a couple of times, but went easy on me by all accounts.

It doesn't matter though I loved it just as much as Melissa did.

The next question is do I want to become a racing car driver or a truck driver?

Zammit is no stranger to winning, his team including dad Charlie who is a mechanic and has built the truck, just came back from New Zealand.

There they have the right to wear the number one on their truck after winning the championship.

And Zammit with fellow Aussie racing truck drivers Rob Waters and Beau Hewat have just won the Trans-Tasman, which was contested in New Zealand over three rounds.

Charlie Zammit said his son had wanted to race since he was four years old, when he watched his dad have a go.

Right now he and other truck racing crews are trying to build the profile of the sport. The next Australian Super Truck round will be held in Winton in September.

Visit the super truck website for more information and pics

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