On the Extreme
Thursday, 09 June 2011
Byron Murfet from Tasmania’s North West coast will make his second attempt at the Tattersall’s Finke Desert Race when he puts his immaculately presented US Corr Truck through its paces in the Extreme 2WD category.
Murfet, who imported the chassis from the US and spent the last few years building it up, debuted the truck at MTQ Engine Systems Griffith 700 last year but electrical issues forced them out early.
He and navigator Steve Watkins returned two months later to race the Teagle Excavations ARB Pines Enduro at Millicent and they were thrilled to prologue in eleventh position. They went on to battle through the challenging conditions until the differential failed and they retired before the finish.
Since Millicent, Murfet said the 5.6 litre Nissan V8 has been ‘fully worked’ by dyno and tuning expert Andrew Lawson of Confidyne Motorsport, taking it from 400 to 600hp.
“This will be the first race for us in the truck since gaining the extra horsepower and we are keen to see where we can position ourselves in our class” commented Murfet.
Murfet is known for his success in the stadium buggy scene some years back when he was the runner up in the National Stadium Series in 1998.
In 2005 Murfet raced a stadium truck at the Finke and was running in the top 15 when a puncture ruined his chances.
Murfet says their ultimate goal is to finish the iconic two day event and a position within the top 10 would be a bonus.
Murfet is due to arrive in Alice Springs in the next day or so along with fellow Tasmanian competitors Hayden Tatnell and Darren Payne who are also making the journey to the red centre again this year.
Byron Murfet is supported by:
Confidyne Motorsports • Spaulding Drillers • Steve Watkins Automotive • Murfets VW Spares
Source: Cara Tatnell, Red Grand Management
Photographer: Daniel Ziembinski (Boof)