Bundy's Phil Allen fails to finish
BUNDABERG’s reborn endurance racer, Phil Allen, returned from last week’s final Oran Park 6 Hour in Sydney a shattered man, failing to finish the race and cruelly missing out on well-deserved spoils.
But Allen was not to blame for his team’s failure.
Selected to be first rider, the former champion feared the worst from the Le Mans-style start, but adrenaline kicked in and he fared extremely well.
“I completed 23 laps in the first session with a best time of 1.17.55min while jockeying for position,” he said.
His time would remain the fastest of the event by any 600cc class bike, a $1000 effort.
“I was pretty happy with that, but I know I could have gone faster with a little more track time,” Allen said. “There were a few corners where I could have picked up a little more, as I hadn’t found the limit.”
Allen returned to the saddle on lap 77 and the team was leading the 600cc class and coming a remarkable 14th outright.
Disaster struck on lap 104, how
ever, after Allen had relinquished his spot behind the wheel to teammate Damien Sutton.
“We crashed out. At that point we were two laps in front of the 600cc field and 11th outright. I was devastated,” Allen said.
“It was a frantic effort to get it going again. It was a huge effort by all involved and a hearty cheer went up from the onlookers when we fired it up again.”
But it was not to be their day. The engine overheated and forced the determined side to pull out.
“So we missed out on winning the 600cc class. We would have finished about sixth or seventh outright and I didn’t get the $1000 because you must finish the race.”
Allen hinted he would return to conquer the six-hour challenge.