Just on two months ago Jason Grima was competing at the 42nd running of the Westernationals at the Perth Motorplex. This long-running and prestigious event is the biggest event on the Perth Motorplex drag racing calendar and as such Grima put in a huge effort with a two-car assault. Grima was driving the PC Group Ford Mustang while NHRA racer and team adviser Brandon Huhtala was steering the 'Blue' Mustang.
Coming into Perth Grima was on top of the championship with a 35-point lead over Wayne Daley and the Sydney-based driver was looking to extend it further in his first WA race. However Huhtala went out in the first round of eliminations and Grima was defeated in the semi finals.
Daley went on to win and took the lead by just 11 points.
The Nitro Champs this weekend at Sydney Dragway will feature round four of the championship and again Grima will field two cars and see the return of Huhtala behind the wheel.
"I am pretty pumped for this weekend, "said Grima. It's my home track and at the Australian Nationals late last year the PC Group Ford Mustang had a very strong outing, recording my first six-second pass (6.982), resetting both ends of the ANDRA Pro Stock national records and also the track records. We certainly had the numbers and the performance but a red light in the final handed the win over to Wayne (Daley)."
"It's going to be an exciting race for the fans especially with 25 drivers all looking to run their best numbers just so they can make the 16 car field. That's going to be tough and with the Nitro Champs known for it's great conditions it's going to be game on. These cars do not perform well in the heat of summer, but this weekend should see the conditions a lot cooler and provide the atmospheric air that these cars crave on.
"At the Test and Tune on the weekend I was able to put in a few good runs in the "Blue" Mustang. We tried out a new clutch but that didn't work so we went back to a previous one, which resulted in a pair of 7.07 elapsed times. That should be good to put Brandon into the field," concluded Grima.
ANDRA Pro Stock Championship points standings (Top 5)
- Wayne Daley, 216
- Jason Grima, 205
- Aaron Tremayne, 149
- Tyronne Tremayne, 127
- Shane Tucker, 126