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The burgeoning Outlaw Radial class will be a highlight of the 46th annual Goldenstate Championships on November 9 at Perth Motorplex, with Ben Pisconeri’s stunning Ford Mustang expected to be one of the leading contenders.
Pisconeri’s testing pace has been on point, with a personal best pass of 7.62/180mph ahead of the opening round of the WA Drag Racing Championship points series.
“We think there is potential for some 7.5s and if we can do that we would be stoked,” he said. “We’d love to make the finals and to do that we just need reliability. Last season we had a lot of transmission and convertor issues.”
The transmission issues cited by Pisconeri saw a spectacular moment last season when a plume of smoke and liquid from underneath the car almost saw the Ford Mustang end up in the trackside walls.
“It split the transmission cooler and we were just lucky it happened in the first part of the track and not at the fast end,” he said.
Pisconeri’s Ford Mustang is one of the most unique in Australia, running a turbocharged four litre Intech six cylinder, as originally found in AU Falcons. The car itself is a 1965 model Mustang that belonged to Ben’s father Peter, which had been sitting in a shed.
“Dad wasn’t doing anything with the car so we decided to put one of my six cylinder combos in it and have a go,” Ben said. “The car was originally built in America, it is all steel and has all the glass, working indicators, lights and so on but it is not street registered here.
“My Dad used to race back in the Ravenswood days when I was a young fella, and I spent every second weekend at the drags. Ever since I got my licence I have been racing too, starting at the Wednesday night events for street cars.”
The Outlaw Radial drag racing division appealed to Pisconeri because of the ‘Chicago Shootout’ format. The racing is not handicapped, all cars race three times and the first to the finish line wins.
“We like being able to race all night, even if you’re not running so well, and it’s just a matter of taking on whoever lines you up and going the fastest you can,” he said.
The 46th Annual Goldenstate Championships will see sportsman qualifying begin from 10am on Saturday, November 9, with the feature program commencing from 5.30pm.
For more information and tickets head to the 46th Annual Goldenstates Website
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5. Kevin Boulton
Kevin Boulton has been a long time supporter of radial-tyre drag racing in WA and his latest investment into the class should see a major improvement in performance. Boulton’s Pontiac Trans Am now has 572 cubic inches of turbocharged muscle up front, which produced a dyno run of 1434hp in the off season. Those kinds of numbers should see him well into the sevens with speeds approaching 200mph – definitely enough to make him a contender in Outlaw Radial.
4. Danny Rickard
South Australia’s Danny Rickard plans to be a regular part of this season at Perth Motorplex on his stunning v-twin Nitro Bike. Rickard is a former ANDRA Modified Bike champion who decided he needed some nitro in his life and so has moved to this beautiful machine, which is capable of mid to low seven second runs. While Rickard initially purchased the bike in the USA, he is responsible for its current appearance, giving it a radical overhaul when it arrived in the country.
3. Steve Norman
There must be something in the water in SA, because our next ride to watch is another Croweater, this time Steve Norman and his Super Stock BMW. The D/GA-classed Euro coupe is the current record holder, thanks to its performance earlier in the year at the Westernationals. Well engineered inside and out, this car deserves a close look in the pits.
2. Kelvin Lyle
Fresh off a semi final appearance at East Coast Thunder at Sydney Dragway, Kelvin Lyle is hotfooting it back across the Nullarbor to make an appearance in the Blown Alcohol Bracket at the Goldenstate Championships. Lyle qualified second in Sydney with his new car with a 5.73 and then ran a second 5.73 in the semi finals, where unfortunately he lost on a holeshot to Ben Bray. Look out for Lyle to make it into the 5.6s back in Perth!
1. Connor McClure
Are you a Holden or a Ford fan? The McClure family has got you covered (or enraged) both ways with their Outlaw Radial Holden Torana featuring a turbocharged Ford Barra motor! This brightly coloured Torana has been getting a lot of attention on social media but so far has only been seen in the shed. The Goldenstate Championships will be the car’s first time on track and we are all looking forward to seeing what this green machine can do!
Fore Tickets and more information please visit the 46th Annual Goldenstates Website
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Williamson had traded blows with Shaun Bradford for much of the 30-lap feature race and with only a couple of laps remaining he was trailing before his run on the low line paid off, taking the win by 0.288 of a second over Bradford, with Queenslander Lachlan McHugh 3.460 seconds back in third.
It was Williamson’s first major sprintcar win and a clear sign he will be a major championship contender this year after starting from P6 in the main event.
The first round of the season was part of the Shannon’s Powerpalooza in a condensed format that also featured drag racing and burnouts.
Each team only had one heat before going into the feature race.
Jason Pryde and Bradford started on the front row, ahead of McHugh and Jamie Oldfield, with Taylor Milling starting inside Williamson on the third row.
The race was off to a cracking start before Oldfield and Pryde came together on the back straight, ending Oldfield’s night that showed so much promise.
The pilot of the #51 was blistering in his heat race, circulating in the very fast 13.105 seconds and shaving five seconds off the eight-lap track record.
Pryde resumed the battle at the front but he was soon under pressure as Williamson, Bradford and McHugh all made their way by and Williamson held down the lead for a handful of laps before Bradford took the lead on lap 10.
Williamson responded a couple of laps later to resume the lead but again Bradford was up for the challenge and by the time 20 laps were in the book he was back in front and looked fast in traffic.
Williamson was equal to the challenge and fired the telling blow on the last lap.
McHugh dropped to as low as fifth early on but by lap 10 he was in third, and while he was unable to mount a challenge on the leaders, it was a position he held until race end.
This was a good start for the McHugh arrangement with the J&S Drilling team as they prepare for World Series Sprintcar duties later in the season.
He won’t be at the next show but expects to contest a few more shows in WA over the coming month.
Defending series champion Jason Kendrick, who started from P8, got up to sixth early on and eventually clawed his up to take fourth, crossing the line ahead of Pryde.
Mitch Wormall, who started P13 finished sixth, ahead of Milling (who was the other heat race winner), Kris Coyle, Ben Ellement, Ben Van Ryt, Todd Davis, Adrian Haywood, Robert Watson junior, Matthew Cross and Tom Callaghan.
Trevor Jolly and Daniel Harding were the only other DNFs, while Darren Mewett, who took third in an earlier heat race, was a DNS.
Round two of the Maddington Toyota Series will be held at the Perth Motorplex next Saturday night, being the Bonza Bradford race.
Taylor Milling, 2nd Shaun Bradford, 3rd Darren Mewett, 4th Ben Ellement, 5th Lachlan McHugh, 6th Jason Kendrick, 7th Todd Davis, 8th Robert Watson jnr, 9th Trevor Jolly, DNF: Matthew Cross.
1st Jamie Oldfield, 2nd Callum Williamson, 3rd Tom Callaghan, 4th Jason Pryde, 5th Ben Van Ryt, 6th Daniel Harding 7th Kris Coyle, 8th Mitchell Wormall. DNS: Adrian Haywood.
1st Callum Williamson
2nd Shaun Bradford
3rd Lachlan McHugh,
4th Jason Kendrick
5th Jason Pryde
6th Mitchell Wormall
7th Taylor Milling
8th Kris Coyle
9th Ben Ellement
10th Ben Van Ryt
11th Todd Davis
12th Adrian Haywood
13th Robert Watson jnr
14th Matthew Cross
15th Tom Callaghan
DNF: Trevor Jolly, Daniel Harding and Jamie Oldfield
DNS: Darren Mewett.
Story Credit – Darren O’Dea
Photo Credit – Peter Roebuck
What an awesome evening for a short sharp show on the Perth Motorplex Drag Strip for the All sports Power Palooza event.
The Drag Racing action started at 5:00pm with the Outlaw Nitro and Nitro Bike Exhibition passes, then we marched through the various Categories with Qualifying passes from Doorslammer to Super Street.
Exhibition passes from the Beat the Heat Team, the Ride Experience 3-Seater Dragsters and the Firey Jet Dragsters that lit up the Motorplex like nothing else can.
From there we went straight into out A & B Finals starting at Super Street and going all the way to the Doorslammers and finishing the Drag Racing display with the Nitro Bikes, Outlaw Nitro and the Jet Dragsters …
The focus then went over the mound to the Speedway Track and returned back the Dragstrip side of the venue with a killer show from some of out bitumen basting burnout brigade … ripping in and tipping it in on the way over the Snake Pit then returning to finish off their tyres in the smokiest fashion possible.
The next Drag Racing event is the 46th Annual Golden State Championships that will attract racers from all over the country to try and gain so points in Round 4 of the ANDRA Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series.
For more information and tickets visit – The 46th Annual Goldenstates Website Here