Slightly cooler conditions greeted this meeting, with the track temperature only reaching around 120F during the day.
The feature was a Nitro Funny Car rematch. The Bailey Bros’ “Chemical Warfare” machine was troubled at the last match race and was out seeking revenge against the Greene Machine. However preparations took an early setback when they damaged a cylinder head in the warm up, necessitating a 45 minute thrash to make the first race. Many hands from other teams were brought in to get the motor together in time.
Eventually they made it to the line and the race was ready to get underway. It was an unusually short Allan Dobson burnout in one lane, as the Greene Machine got a bit gnarly, whilst Ashley Bailey produced a straight 200 ft effort. On the green, both cars were away and hard charging to the finish line. A better start from Dobson kept him ahead as Bailey tagged along at Dobbo’s wing. They crossed the line barely a car length apart, Dobson’s 5.44 @ 280 mph the winner over Bailey’s best ever 5.57, also at his best ever speed of 267 mph. We think that this was Australia’s quickest side by side Funny Car pass. Needless to say the crowd went wild and applauded the teams enthusiastically as they returned up the Quit Lane.
The next race was a bit more one sided. Both cars left evenly, both had a pedal, but the Greene Machine got loose and shut off (for Dobbo to shut off when a car gets loose you know it’s out of shape), as Bailey scorched down track for another PB, this time a 5.56. There was some work to do in the Greene pits, with a blown diff needing to be replaced.
With the night tied 1-1, the last race of the event would decide the victor. Customary burnouts in both lanes, followed by both cars charging down track. Bailey held the narrow lead this time, until the Greene Machine went mysteriously silent, Bailey reaching the end in 5.57 seconds to Dobson’s 6.2. This was the second time the Bailey Bros have defeated the Greene Machine out of their six match races against each other.
In Top Comp, the talk of the town in early rounds was Mark Sheehan. He blasted out a WORLD RECORD 5.75 from the spectacular TA/A. This was after an earlier 5.77. He met up in the A Final with John Zappia. Zappia wasn’t going to go down to anyone though as he flew down the track for his best ever 6.12 at a massive 238 mph, the fastest speed in a doorslammer by anyone other than Victor Bray. Guess the old Whipple supercharger has still got it!
Super Comp saw the Kostecki G/SK Mustang once again the form runner. Kostecki hit an 8.53 during the day for top qualifier’s spot in the small seven car field.
The final came down to Kostecki and underdog Brad Cruttenden in an all G/SK final. Kostecki took the holeshot and was never going to lose with an 8.47 setting a new mark as the quickest ever G/SK run in Australia.
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Comp Bike saw Ray Easson make a return to racing and a top qualifying 7.81 showed he hasn’t lost his form. Gearbox troubles slowed the veteran bike racer in the elimination round and the final came down to Paul Nieuwhof and Gary Arthur.
Both racers left plenty on the tree, Arthur’s .21 reaction time getting out on Nieuwhof’s .27, but the 1500cc Kawasaki of Nieuwhof was able to overcome this and an 8.10 took his second event win in a row.
Matt Treasure lead the field in qualifying for Modified, a 7.70 narrowly ahead of Steve Raven’s 7.71. There is constant competition between these two teams now, not only in ET but also in burnout stakes, leading to plenty of exciting match ups in qualifying.
The final was between Aaron Deery and Andrew Frost. When Deery left a red light on the tree, Frost was free to take the win, preventing Deery’s two-in-a-row.
Charlie Gullotto dropped his PB a notch in the turboed Camira during Super Sedan qualifying, an 8.01 edging closer to the sevens.
The final of the bracket came down to Brenton Baxter, in his fourth final in a row, and Ian Foster in the supercharged Commodore. Foster emerged the victor, denying Baxter a fourth straight win.
Modified Bike saw Julie Nieuwhof record a PB 8.62 in qualifying to lead the field. The final was between Keith Bentley and Rob Stevenson, Stevenson red lighting to give Bentley his first win.
Super Street featured a classic final, with Brian Hanich emerging a popular winner over Matt Treloar.
Junior Dragster saw Rob Leclerq take his first ever win against Matt Johnson.
For qualifying results click on one of the brackets below:
- Nitro Funny Cars
- Top Comp
- Super Comp
- Comp Bike
- Super Sedan
- Modified Bike
- Super Street
- Junior Dragster
For elimination results click HERE.