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PUTLAND PREPARES FOR RECORD CHASE AT GOLDENSTATES.

PUTLAND PREPARES FOR RECORD CHASE AT GOLDENSTATES.

28/11/2018, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28186335

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Kyle Putland had plenty on his plate before coming out to race at the Perth Motorplex season opener just over a fortnight ago.

The enterprising 30 year old has been behind the introduction of the Quarter Mile Experience to Western Australia – a pair of three seat dragsters taking people on extreme thrill rides.

Putland also had his own Hydraulic Technical Solutions altered to take care of and prepare for a long championship chase. The workload was added to when his first qualifying pass at the WA Drag Racing Championships went wildly wrong shortly after launch. Water got underneath the big rear tyres and Putland got into the concrete safety barriers.

After the run, the team went into the pits to diagnose the damage and found the car escaped relatively unharmed.

“The incident buckled a front wheel and wheelie bar, which were both changed out at the track on the day,” he said.

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“We made a pass after that and it was turning the tyres. It felt like something wasn’t right so we decided to take it home and check it over. Everything turned out to be all fine but better safe than sorry.”

When he is racing, Putland says his primary focus is on his own trips down the track, with partner Keira able to help fans interested in finding out more about the three seat dragsters that are often on display in the pit area.

“The response to the three seaters has been really good,” he said. “With Al McClure driving the other car and his family getting involved too, it makes the whole day run smoothly. The customers absolutely love it. None of them know how to explain the experience afterwards, it’s something you have to do for yourself.”

Putland has changed his altered to an automatic transmission recently and will be targeting a national record of 7.05 in the A/AA class – with six second times the native habitat for one of Australia’s quickest naturally aspirated vehicles.

“I’d say we have a pretty good chance of going rounds at the Goldenstates,” he said. “I have a totally new combination and with only one pass on it so far we still have a lot of work to do. If we can make it through a few rounds I’d be happy.”

Putland will be competing in the Competition bracket this weekend at the 45th Annual Goldenstate Championships, one of the many divisions eligible for national points as part of the Summit Sportsman Series, which this season has three events in Western Australia.

The event will also see the Beach Bomb and Fun-da-mental Nitro Funny Cars doing battle, plus the second round of the Summer Slam Series for Top Doorslammers.

Qualifying begins from 10am, with eliminations racing from 4pm and the feature program from 5.30pm.

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ZAPPIA CLAIMS FIRST BLOOD IN SUMMER SLAM!

ZAPPIA CLAIMS FIRST BLOOD IN SUMMER SLAM!

12/11/2018, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28077920

John Zappia defeated Daniel Gregorini in the final round of the Summer Slam as part of the WA Drag Racing Championships at Perth Motorplex on Saturday night.

Zappia used a 5.70 pass in his Holden Monaro to get by Gregorini’s Camaro after Gregorini took the early lead.

After disappointing results in the 400 Thunder Series a week previous in Sydney, it was a solid day all around for Zappia who top qualified with a 5.77 second run and ran the quickest time of the event, a 5.66 pass in the first round of racing.

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The honourable mention in the Top Doorslammer ranks had to go to Steve Aldridge, who finally cracked his first five second run after many years of trying. A 5.91 second pass in his Crown Security Plymouth was a fitting reward for his long efforts to join the front runners of the class.

While the impressive numbers wowed the crowd in the Summer Slam, Nitro Harley rider Mark Drew made the spectators hold their breath for all the wrong reasons. Drew scorched to a 6.41 second run at over 350kmh but then went into the sand trap, with both Drew and his bike tumbling hard. With the safety team on hand within seconds, Drew was carefully loaded into an ambulance and taken to the on-site medical center to be checked out

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Top Comp was all about Sam Treasure in the Hemi Express. Treasure notched a new personal best time of 6.03 seconds to top qualify in the class before using a 6.07 in the final round to defeat Al McClure.

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Super Comp saw Errol Quartermaine in career form, running underneath the national record with a 7.62 second pass under DD/Gas classification. Quartermaine defeated Ralph Lewis’ Ford Mustang in the final round.

Competition Bike was short on numbers but big on quality. Reigning champion Phill Paton proved too good in the final, defeating Ryan Learmonth.

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Variety was the order of the day in Outlaw Radial, with everything from turbocharged Holden Rodeos to nitrous-assisted Valiant Chargers taking part. The final round came down to Wayne Smith and Goran Kojic, with Smith taking the victory.

Chris Roe scored a win against Alby Bakranich in Top Sportsman, Angelo Locantro got lucky against Jeff Acton who broke out in Modified, Mick Fenton defeated Laurence Adamos in Super Sedan, Paul De Klerk got by Brian Hotker in Modified Bike and Joel Trotman took out Lee Watson in Super Street.

WA’s fastest drag racers return on December 1 for the 45th Annual Goldenstate Championships.

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TONNES OF FUN FOR LIPPI

TONNES OF FUN FOR LIPPI

08/11/2018, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28052467

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Drag racing typically favours small cars with smooth aerodynamic profiles and light weight, but Super Sedan racer Jason Lippi has gone in the opposite direction, all in the name of fun.

Lippi will be racing the biggest vehicle at Perth Motorplex on Saturday, a Ford Lightning equipped with a 1300 horsepower, supercharged 5.8 litre Ford Mustang motor.

Lippi brought the unique truck out at the end of last season to do some testing, but is intending on running a full season at Perth Motorplex, beginning with the WA Drag Racing Championships.

“I’ve got another Lightning, a street licenced one, that I started beating up on at the track, but I didn’t like beating up on a good car,” he said. “I went to the USA to find another street one and turn into a race car. I sent it to a chassis shop to cut it up, tube it out, put in four link suspension and fibreglass the front end.

“Simon from Extreme Ford Tuning and I put an engine combo together. It’s supercharged, all under bonnet, with a Whipple four litre blower.”

Lippi has run as quick as 8.6 in the truck, and is hoping a few weight reductions during the off season will see it edge further into the eights.

“I never built the car to be the most aerodynamic car on the track, else I would have done a sedan,” he said. “I love the trucks, I love Fords. I just wanted something different and I wanted it to go fast.

“There are no other Lightnings in Australia that are set up for drag racing. Whether it is Chev or Ford fans they want to see the truck, and find out how it does an 8.60 pass.”

With well over 100 sportsman teams taking part in the WA Drag Racing Championships, there is plenty of opportunity for fans to get into the pits and see more unique vehicles like Lippi’s.

And when it comes to the qualifying order for Super Sedan, expect this truck to be up there despite its bulk!
“Hopefully after a couple of qualifying rounds this weekend should have it settled to where we want it and we will have a good year,” he said.

The WA Drag Racing Championships begin from sportsman qualifying 11.30am this Saturday with the main program kicking off from 5.30pm.

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SYDNEY VICTORY HAS LYLE PRIMED FOR SUMMER SLAM IN PERTH

SYDNEY VICTORY HAS LYLE PRIMED FOR SUMMER SLAM IN PERTH

07/11/2018, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28045683

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Kelvin Lyle is Western Australia’s latest Pro Slammer hero, winning East Coast Thunder in Sydney on Saturday – his first ever national victory.

Lyle, who was last season’s Summer Slam Series Champion, is wasting no time getting back to Perth Motorplex to race at the WA Drag Racing Championships and take part in a massive ten car Summer Slam field.

Lyle said he expects the Summer Slam to be just as competitive as Sydney a few days ago.

“You’re going to have John Zappia back again, Daniel Gregorini who ran well in Sydney, the Chapmans, the Moresbys – I love the Summer Slam,” he said. “We are doing all the 400 Thunder Series rounds this year so Summer Slam works well to keep us fresh in the seat.”

Lyle ran a new personal best time of 5.69 seconds in Sydney, before reaching the final round and defeating Sam Fenech.

“It was really great to get the win for the crew, they have worked so hard over the past year,” he said. “They were all pretty excited. We’ve struggled the last six months, we didn’t qualify at the Westernationals and didn’t do really well at the opening round of the series in Darwin, so it was great to turn it around and get the win.”

There’s no doubt that part of the reason for Lyle’s pace was new crew chief Jon Salemi, a veteran tuner from the USA. Lyle said Salemi’s strategy was to work solely on first gear and let the rest look after itself.

“We adjusted suspension and gear ratios until he got what he wanted for our test day,” Lyle explained. “From there we didn’t even touch the tune of the motor, not really all week. He left it how it has been forever, we went out in the middle of the day and ran the 5.69. The track was really good even though it was 38C. I think it surprised a lot of people.

“Then race day we went out and had Michelle Davies in the first round, she red lit, we automatically went through. Against Paul Mouhayet in the second round I went to hit second gear and had nothing, so I just hit top gear and finished off the run for the win. We pulled the gearbox out and replaced the clutches and then changed to another gearbox. Against Emilio Spinozzi in the semi finals the exact same thing happened, except this time I did the whole run in first gear on the rev limiter, which didnt leave things too good motor wise – I just didn’t want to lose. He had a problem, which saved me.

“We did find the problem in the air lines for the shifters and fixed that and went out against Sam Fenech. We ran a 5.8 and we were side by side until he dropped a valve and his burst panel went as well. We got lucky breaks over the weekend but we are happy with how we are heading.

“Jon Salemi has shown this car can get down the track, he is excited about the whole thing.”

Lyle will use the same combination at Perth Motorplex before making a switch to an auto transmission ahead of a new car arriving from the USA.

“We are going to put an auto in it, that is what Jon is used to in the States, so I would be mad not to get him what he is used to. We will test at the Perth events and then be ready with the auto in it for the next 400 Thunder round in Brisbane.”

Lyle will be joined by a star studded Summer Slam field on Saturday which includes John Zappia, Daniel Gregorini, Steve Aldridge, Shane Catalano, Mark Chapman, Wayne Keys, Ryan Moresby, Stuart Moresby and Pino Priolo.

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ZAPPIA SAYS 5.50s POSSIBLE AT MOTORPLEX

ZAPPIA SAYS 5.50s POSSIBLE AT MOTORPLEX

06/11/2018, Kwinana (WA), Motorsport - Drag Racing, Perth Motorplex, Article # 28040498

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John Zappia returns to Perth Motorplex this Saturday after competing at East Coast Thunder in Sydney on the weekend.

Zappia top qualified with a strong 5.66 pass in tricky conditions, but a battery issue with the Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro stopped it from going rounds.

Hopefully there will be no such problems for the famous Monaro come this Saturday. The Fuchs/Dananni Hotshots Monaro will be rested for only a few short days before returning to action at Perth Motorplex as part of the Summer Slam at the WA Drag Racing Championships. Ten teams have entered for the Summer Slam, which provides a domestic series for WA racers.

Zappia is hopeful that the sea level air and some recent knowledge gains will help produce a new Pro Slammer track record.
“We are going to Perth Motorplex to give it a real good shot with the local championship and see what we can learn over the next three meetings before we head to our next 400 Thunder round at Willowbank,” he said.

“We have always struggled to go real fast in Perth, our best is a 5.66 I think. But with what we have learned and the way the car is handling right now we have a good chance of getting into some low sixties in Perth in the sea level air. If it is not too hot it is possible to crack into the 5.5s, but we will see.

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