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The bracket of Super Sedan might not take the limelight in the same way Funny Cars or Top Doorslammers do, but the competition is arguably the most intense of any category in West Australian drag racing right now.
The championship battle going into this weekend’s ANDRA Summit Series Grand Final is taking place not just at a national level, but also on a local one with three drivers – Mick Fenton, Neil Scott and Matt Gullotto – in contention.
“It has been a bit of a restless week with the championship on my mind,” he said. “Especially when you wake up in the early hours of the morning from just running a killer pass and it’s just a dream!”
Form is currently on Fenton’s side. He has won the last two events, in addition to winning the season opener in November.
“I hope I haven’t wasted all my good passes,” he laughed. “The car has been faultless all year, with even a new personal best time of 8.645.
“The main thing I’ll be concentrating on this weekend is the bloody tree – no reds.
“The championship means everything to me and my team – Corey, Jodie and Matilda. To make it through will be the ultimate.”
“It has definitely been different racing the VN, especially in Super Sedan considering it is a street car,” he said.
“I had to get used to being in a slower car and adjust my driving to suit how the car reacts to the track. But racing is racing and I’m just happy to be back in the driver’s seat again.”
With a season that has already seen Gullotto achieve some goals, including a win in January, he is heading into the Grand Final with a clear mind.
“I came into the season excited to be racing again but never had any expectations of being in contention for the championship,” he said. “I try not to think about it too much and just focus on one race at a time.”
The ANDRA Summit Series Grand Finals take place this Saturday and Sunday at Perth Motorplex. For all event information visit – http://www.motorplex.com.au/andra-sportsman-grand-finals/
Using his third-in-line spare engine, Zappia reached the final of the last Summer Slam at the Nitro Heaven event before a lean condition in one cylinder resulted in a blown burst panel, allowing Mark Chapman to come around the outside for victory.
With the team able to test many different setups on the car at the last few events, Zappia will return at the ANDRA Summit Series Drag Racing Grand Finals with a brand new Noonan engine to combine horsepower with the four speed B&J Transmission.
“We are quite excited to come out with the new Noonan motor for the Grand Final,” he said. “We are starting to get a handle on the four speed as well, so hopefully we can take the next step and aim for consistency and added performance.
“More gears seems to be the way to go but we need to put more laps on it. When we were running for a championship we didn’t want to risk trying the four speed as we hadn’t done enough passes in testing. As we are in R&D mode we want to test as many different things as possible and hopefully we will find something better to take with us to Sydney for Nitro Thunder in May.
“We are really building our parts depth so both our number one and number two engines will be Noonan engines with Noonan cylinder heads. We can also service the motor we ran on the weekend and have it go back to being our third spare, knowing what it needs to be happy.”
Zappia Racing is looking forward to seeing as many sponsors, supporters and fans as possible come out to the Perth Motorplex on April 6 and 7 for the Grand Final event, featuring the finals of the Summit Sportsman Series with many of the top eastern states sportsman racers competing against local racers for the championship.
Don’t miss any of the Grand Final drag racing action this Saturday and Sunday.
As we head towards the end of the 2018/2019 Drag Racing season, the final event will be exciting on a number of fronts!
Not only is this the Grand Final of the National ANDRA Summit Series, it is also the Final of the WA Drag Racing Championship Series.
While some Championship placings have already been decided there are number of Brackets still yet to be decided in the much sort after WA Championship Series and the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series and of course the Winner of the Grand Final event!
Here is a quick run down of who to watch out for in the WA Drag Racing Championship Series …
DIRECT MINING INTERNATIONAL – SUMMER SLAM
|Wayne McGuinness|| WA SUSPENSIONS & THE MOVING MAN – NITRO BIKE
With mixed results from the Nitro Bikes so far this season due to crashes and mechanical woes we have seen 3 leaders come out on top with not many points dividing them. We will see Wayne McGuiness, Tony Wood and Les Holden battle it out at the Grand Final for the final decider.
|Errol Quartermaine|| SUPER COMP
Super Comp will go down to the wire with Errol Quartermaine and Ralph Lewis and at the end of the day one will be Champion and the other taking runner up. Third place will also be a dice between Todd Stacy and Kyle Putland.
| FRIDAY’S SEADOO – COMP BIKE
Comp Bike has been wrapped up already, Phill Paton has a safe hold on the winner title for Comp Bike with Brett Ghedina taking out 2nd and Ross Smith in 3rd place.
|Alan Mahnkoph|| PERFORMANCE TOWING WA – SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS
Alan Mahnkoph travels down from Tom Price for each event and has made it pay off with consistently quick performances blitzing the field all season long and wrapping up his first Supercharged Outlaws Championship. Last year’s champion Jodie Mellitt suffered major engine damage in her Dragster and has enough in the bank to secure second place and Norbert Claite will lock up the 3rd place trophy.
| EMERALD INK – TOP SPORTSMAN
Chris Roe dominated Top Sportsman this season with 5 wins so far this season seeing him clear out from the field, however 2nd and 3rd positions will be fought out between Amanda Martin and Alby Bakranich.
|Angelo Locantro|| JARRAHDALE HEATING & COOLING – MODIFIED
Angelo Locantro has secured 1st place in Modified, however 2nd & 3rd has 3 contenders in the running which include Nic Wroe, Jeff Acton and Rookie Corey Treasure all hoping to get their name on one of the top three places in the Championship.
| ENVIRO EXHAUST – SUPER SEDAN
Six racers are going in all guns blazing this Grand Final with all positions up for grabs, Mick Fenton is in the box seat but he has Neil Scott, Matt Gullotto, Yvette Gregg, Nick Panagopoulos and Kyle Higgins all aiming for his top spot this weekend!
|Chris Moore|| MODIFIED BIKE
Chris Moore has locked in the 1st place position in Mod Bike with an unprecedented 4 wins in a row this season! However the 2nd and 3rd spots are up for grabs with four riders, Brain Hotker, Bruce Jones, Paul Deklerk and Ian Read within striking distance and yet another 3 riders with a mathematical chance at third spot should the riders above them go out early in competition. One thing for sure is they all will all be pushing themselves at the ANDRA Summit Series Grand Final.
| SUPER STREET
The highly competitive Super Street bracket will see Joel Trotman lock in the Top Spot in the points once he qualifies for the field this weekend. Craig Caton, Chris De Bruin and Paul McNamara will be going to war for the 2nd and 3rd places.
|Darryl Maxfield||PERFORMANCE TOWING WA – OUTLAW RADIAL
The Outlaw Radial guys locked up their Championship at the penultimate round with Darryl Maxfield in his Turboed LC Torana taking the top spot ahead of Tim Roads and Wayne Smith.
This was the first season the Outlaw Radial Bracket has run and it is proving very popular with both the Racers and Fans, look out for this bracket in the new season!!!
The Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Grand Finals will be full this Saturday & Sunday from 10am both days – visit the WA GRAND FINALS WEBSITE FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION
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After a successful meeting at the 48th Annual Westernationals in March the WA Top Alcohol Teams will be bringing their high-powered Supercharged machines once again to the ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series Grand Final on April 6th & 7th.
The Grand Final will see the teams return to show the fans at Perth Motorplex that WA Top Alcohol is on the map and here to stay.
The Grand Final will see new comer Brodie Pilkington heading into the challenge, Pilkington has since taken over the reins from dad Rob.
“Drag Racing runs in the blood, dad finally decided to let me have my shot a couple years ago, and after feeling the exhilarating rush to run a 5.96 I knew I was all in” said Brodie.
“After seeing what Glassby and Johnson did at the Westernationals for the WA Top Alcohol bracket, I think there is no time like the present to get back in the hot seat, after taking some time off over the last couple of seasons, I am ready to start fine tuning the car along with my driving abilities” Brodie added.
After his long-awaited return along with taking out the victory of best reaction time of a 0.012 at the Westernationals Aaron Deery will be putting it all on the line once again in his Hemi powered JPP Dragster.
Deery had this to say about the Grand Final meeting “Following up the Westernationals victory I am heading out there with my eyes on the prize, I want to annihilate my opponent’s down the quarter mile and hopefully setting a new PB in the process”.
Shane Weston will be sliding back into his sleek Weston Racing Dragster, Weston holds a PB of 5.47 at 256.83 mph.
Hoping to take that a step further here’s what Weston had to say. “This meeting we are really hoping to go out there and collect some decent data to improve on our 5.58 in the new dragster, the team an I are really aiming to get the car running in consistent 50s. Everyone is out for blood at the Grand Final it will make for some good healthy competition, I think our fastest competition is Glassby”.
The man to beat would be Craig Glassby in his Camaro Funny Car, Glassby is the fastest WA Top Alcohol racer with a 5.38 at 269mph.
“We are really hoping to get back into the 5.30s, but the team and I would be pretty stoked to run 5.40s consistently, but I think if we aim to drive well with fast and quick runs along with having a great time, it will really give us a kick start to getting setup for next season”
“I think this meeting will put out some hard competition all the other boys are running PB’s and driving well, will it be enough I think I have pretty good odds to come out on top”
Nigel Johnson may have to sit the Grand Final out damaging the blower on the final pass at the Westernationals and upon dismantling discovered also snapping 2 rods. Whilst Johnson would strive to be ready in time, he will be setting his sights on the Winternationals in June.
We will see Shane Weston (TA/D), Aaron Deery (TA/D), Brodie Pilkington (TA/FC) and Craig Glassby TA/FC) go head to head with 3 rounds Saturday and 2 rounds Sunday, don’t miss any of the Top Alcohol action plus 140+ Teams from all over Australia at the ANDRA Summit Series Grand Final.
The two day event will start on Saturday 6th April with the Main show from 5pm and Sunday April 7th with racing from 10am til 5:00pm.
Shane Olive claimed victory among the Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods as part of the Nitro Heaven event at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.
Olive, driving the hot rod nicknamed ‘Psycho’, only just missed achieving the car’s first 5sec. pass with a best of 6.01sec.
“It was a great day of racing for ‘Psycho’ and we were very consistent all day,” he said. “We did have a crack at running its first five but wasn’t meant be in Perth.
“Our team were all very happy with how the car performed. We ran 6.05sec. on the first pass and then for our second pass we had a crack at running that five but gave it a little too much and ran a 6.12sec. We came back for the last run and ran a awesome 6.01sec. – so very close to that five.”
Olive believes it will only be some minor adjustments to the car that see it take those precious few hundredths of a second off a pass.
“I think it will happen. This car will run a five with a little more fine tuning and I really hope it happens at our next event in Sydney for the whole team.
“And most of all for my god parents and car owners Graeme and Wendy Cowin. Back in the day this car was their life; it has so much history and meaning to them.”
In other divisions, the Summer Slam Series continued to deliver excellent Top Doorslammer racing, with a new winner emerging at the conclusion of the event.
Mark Chapman drove his Penrite Racing Plymouth Fury to a close 5.94sec. to 5.97sec. win against John Zappia, seizing the opportunity when Zappia’s supercharger backfired off the motor.
“(The final) was very close, I could see (John) right next to me,” Chapman said. “I knew I had him on the start line and knew our car would perform, so when I saw his supercharged pop off I was pretty confident we got the win.”
Chapman’s win was spectacular with a broken wheelie bar dragging through the braking area, causing a trail of sparks behind.
“Besides that and some new tyres which gave us some trouble in the first round everything went smoothly,” he said.
“We were stoked to get our first win in the Fury. With running consistent 5sec. passes we can only see the future being bright.”
In Modified, Nicholas Wroe was able to achieve redemption following a crash earlier in the season, taking out the win from Erin Healy.
Wroe said the team had much work to do following the accident and were glad to put it back into the winner’s circle.
“There was a bit of damage to both the car and my confidence,” he said.
“The car was stripped over the following few days after the crash and we assessed it from then, figuring out what was straight, what needed fixing and what needed replacing.
“A lot of work was done by Dad and I along with help from Geoff and Lauren from Black Magic Race Cars.
“My key to success over the weekend was just to trust in my car and my crew to do what they do best. And there’s always a little bit of luck that helps you along the way.”
It was an emotionally charged first ever win for Luke Seaton in Modified Bike, Luke’s Grandmother lost her battle with Cancer a few days before the race and he knew she would have wanted him to continue to do what he loves … Check out Luke’s Face Book post on his maiden win here.
Other winners for the night included Russell Ladbrook in Top Comp, Errol Quartermaine in Super Comp, Ross Smith in Competition Bike, Alan Mahnkoph in Supercharged Outlaws, Chris Roe in Top Sportsman, Simon Travaglini in Outlaw Radial, Mick Fenton in Super Sedan, Luke Seaton in Modified Bike and Craig Caton in Super Street.
The final event for the WA drag racing season takes place on April 6 and 7 with the running of the ANDRA Summit Sportsman Series Grand Final.
The Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods are burning into Perth Motorplex tomorrow and with them are some of the wildest race cars the country has ever seen.
The recipe is near insanity. Take a 3000 horsepower, nitro burning motor from an Aeroflow Outlaw Funny Car, then put it into a hot rod with less wheelbase, less aerodynamics and less weight and see if the driver can control it!
For Aeroflow series manager Morice Mcmillin, it’s all just part of just another day at work.
“It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny cars or the Aeroflow Hot Rods, we get such a great response from the Perth public. We just love racing in the west,” he said.
McMillin was the winner of last season’s inaugural Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods event in Western Australia, winning a pedalfest final 6.33 to 6.40 against Rick Gauci.
McMillin, who droves ‘Spooky’, said he would like to see a repeat of that luck.
“From a ‘Spooky’ point of view we had an awesome event last time out, taking the event win in a wild crazy entertaining race against ‘Chucky,’” he said. “Fingers crossed we can do it again.”
Keen for revenge however is Gauci, driver of ‘Chucky’s Toy’. If there is one thing the movie villain ‘Chucky’ is known for it is coming back time after time with a new plan.
“’Chucky’s Toy’ is the most unpredictable drag car I have ever driven,” he said. “I swear this Nitro Hot Rod is possessed by ‘Chucky’ himself.
“The only thing ‘Spooky’ about the winner’s circle this time is going to be ‘Chucky’ on the side of our car.”
Mcmillin let slip on a surprise for fans to come at the event, with a fresh Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rod coming along with the team.
“We will have our brand new Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rod ‘Agro’ on display in the pits, so if you ever wanted to sit in one of these wild nitro burning beasts, come down to the Aeroflow pit area and get your photo taken.”
The Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods will be supported by an entertaining program including the Summer Slam, where a full field of Top Doorslammers including John Zappia and Daniel Gregorini will battle it out, and Nitro Bike match racing between Jay Upton and Mark Drew.
The Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods might be based out of Sydney, some four days of driving away, but they say Perth Motorplex is like their home track.
Every time they come to the Motorplex, one of the world’s premier drag racing venues, the show is spectacular and this weekend will be no different as four of the 3000 horsepower nitro burning Hot Rods coming to WA.
Queensland driver Justin Walshe said everything always seems to come together at the Motorplex.
“Perth, nitro and good times seem to go hand in hand for all of us here at Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars and Hot Rods,” he said.
“In a very strange kind of way it has almost become our home track.Which makes no sense when you consider all the drivers come from all over the country including Sydney, Queensland, Perth and we even have one of those Kiwi guys as well!
“We love Perth fans and the venue is second to none, the officials know how to run an event and always look after the racers. The support categories are always great and the local racers put on one hell of a show.
“The fans are in for another killer event.”
Walshe, who has driven a number of very quick cars throughout his drag racing career, will be steering ‘Berzerk’ and hopes to turn up a victory.
“It is great fun and something I thoroughly look forward to every time,” he said. “I think it might be time to school Rick, Shane and Morice on Nitro Hot Rod driving and stop playing the nice guy. Time for three wins I say.”
Joining Walshe will be Shane Olive, who is also tasked with driving the truck containing the Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rods across the country.
Olive drives the legendary ‘Psycho’ hot rod and wants to see a five second run from the car for the first time.
“I can sum this little hot rod up with one word – it is truely ‘Psycho,’” he said. “We’re looking to run the car’s first five second pass.
“We have come close with a bunch of 6.0 second passes but it’s now time for that five second pass to keep up with the other boys.”
Sportsman qualifying begins from 11am with the Aeroflow Nitro Hot Rod feature program commencing from 5.30pm.
Don’t miss out on any of the action this Saturday night, grab your tickets today!