Race report by Dave Hunter.
Funny Car Fury - Perth Motorplex, December 29.
40 plus celcius temperatures and a scant breeze wasn't the most inviting of weather for a nitro funny car event, but a timely drenching from some rainclouds cooled the hot stuff down and the cool cars just got hotter. But with rain, it's still "that bloody weather".
Nitromethane featured again, Mark Sheehan wanting two out of two this season against a newly weaponed Matt Treasure, the Greene Machine now in Monte Carlo flavour.
All three races would however be sorted out in Sheehan's favour, who never left the 5 second zone with a 5.209 to get things going in a loud way, a faltering 5.984 running out of miles per hour very quickly and a much improved 5.148 sealing the deal.
For the Green Machine, making the car stick would become a tough head scratcher, one that is yet to be solved.
Videos courtesy Gardner Broz
- Comp Bike had Kevin Gummow back on the top, a controlled 7.627 in BB/CB trim kept Daniel Natalotto at bay.
- Junior Dragster Rookies saw Alanah Cope with another trophy win, a double breakout solved by Luke Veersma's overenthusiastic numbers chase. His day will come soon enough though.
- Georgia McSweeney took out the Junior Dragster division, just a nick of a tenth difference in reaction time cost Brayden Naylor his victory speech.
- The big kids at heart would have to be Modified, this meeting seeing Trent Morrison lift the prize with Simon Lekias in the runner-up spot.
- Stephen Anderson was the Modified Bike prizewinner this meeting, Paul McNamara not far behind for second place.
- Supercharged Outlaws went to Donald Freind, a lonesome race as Craig Allison was unable to make the pairing in the A Final.
- Two cool cats in Super Comp's final, but Andrew Katavatis was the coolest of them all, 4 tenths under B/AA to thwart Allen Puglia.
- Martin Mirco and his Camaro held aloft a Super Sedan trophy, but it did take an Yvette Gregg breakout to swing things his way.
- Cameron Lockett was Super Street's victor against James Read, a final round 0.001 putting in a great finish to it.
- No green envy for Daniel Gregorini, an A Final win in Top Comp over Adam Marchant scoring valuable points.
Dave's Save of the Day had a few tries today. A worthy mention for Peter Gardner and his Monaro, unfortunately getting closer to the wall than his last mention in this paragraph and doing some damage to car, pride and bank balance. Ron Crosby had a big catch to do when he fronted for his eliminator in Modified, the altered suddenly snapping on him at half track. Luckily a quick bit of steering work kept things on the tidy side.
But today would all be about the Dart. Darren White and the 1969 Dodge has gathered a reputation for wild times in Outlaws, but today would see a big bar bending wheelstand. Not once, but twice on the rears. A touch of the centreline was the only thing that gave the race back to Frank Taylor in the other lane, who could probably be nothing short of impressed with that effort heading for the sky!