Four-time ANDRA Pro Series Top Fuel Champion Darren Morgan says his motivation for success was fuelled by critics who did not believe a country drag racing team would ever win.
Morgan, based in the rural Victorian town of Mildura, was once told he would never succeed in Top Fuel because of his location, but the multiple champ said to andra.com.au it only made him hungrier.
Last month the DMR/American Truck Works dragster took out the Fuchs Nitro Thunder presented by Crow Cams Top Fuel round at Calder Park.
To secure his third-straight title, Morgan only needed to stage the Victorian American Imports dragster during qualifying at Sydney's final round, accept the green light and celebrate.
While he fell short of American rival Tommy Johnson Jnr by .08 of a second, Morgan had still done enough to wrap up the title.
After the event, the four-time champ thanked his crew, paying special tribute to 17-year-old son Will and tuner Ben Patterson.
"Overall it was a successful weekend with another championship win and a successful corporate outing for DMR and the L&H Company," Morgan said.
"I'm very thankful to my crew. I know how hard they work and I am especially proud to be working on the car alongside Will.
"I'm so lucky to have Ben calling the shots, he does an excellent job. We were able to test a few things in Sydney and I can say they definitely worked."
The first outing for the 2014 ANDRA Top Fuel Championship fires up in Perth on January 10 and 11.