Mark Sheehan has claimed the win over Anthony Begley in the WASHPOD Nitro & Fire event at Perth Motorplex overnight, Sheehan recording a best of 4.93-seconds in his Mustang Funny Car in his 2-1 win over Begley.
Sheehan's best run ended early with the blower belt departing, but the incremental numbers were quite stunning, the Mustang hitting 252.5mph at the halftrack markers and 4.12secs at the 1,000ft – quick enough to qualify for most NHRA fields this season.
Earlier, the pair averted disaster when Sheehan's Mustang crossed the centreline and chopped in front of Begley
South African Pieter De Wit also had a scary moment during the evening when a jammed brkae at the finish line caused him to spin Chuck Haynes' Gravity Storm jet dragster and tag the wall following his second round match-up with Canadian Andy Beauchemin.
De Wit and Haynes are still coming to terms with the all-new Gravity Storm, while the Canadian delivered consistent mid-5sec passes.
"I guess we aren't used to seeing roll-arounds like that at the finish line that is for sure," De Wit said.
"The brakes are super sensitive in that zone on the track and excessive brake force will do that to these cars ... it is something I have never done before, that is for sure.
"We are fine, however the car took a bit of a hit"
The cool conditions, with occasional delays brought on by unusual misty rain, produced many personal best performances in the support brackets, Alastair McClure taking out K-Trans Top Comp.
Six-time Australian Champion and local hero, John Zappia again used the opportunity to test for next year's Top Doorslammer series.
"Research and development was the plan [but] it has been more like research and destruction," Zappia said.
"Magneto, clutch, supercharger, driveline, electrical issues, we have had big dramas so far.
"We had to double-pedal the car today but I am happy with our top end speeds which show we are making headway, which is important for what is coming up in the New Year."
NITRO FUNNY CAR
Mark Sheehan d Anthony Begley
Andy Beauchemin d Pieter De Wit
K-TRANS TOP COMP
Winner: Alistair McClure Runner-up: Shane Weston
HARRIS ENGINES SUPER COMP
Winner: Kyle Putland Runner-up: Allen Puglia
Winner: Greg Durack Runner-up: Ross Smith
A1 HI PERFORMANCE SUPERCHARGED OUTLAWS
Winner: Justin Taylor Runner-up: Vince Belladonna
Winner: Sam Treasure Runner-up: Jamie Nelmes
SUPEROO SUPER SEDAN
Winner: Brett Connelly Runner-up: Martin Mirco
PERTH QUAD BIKES MODIFIED BIKE
Winner: Justin Townson Runner-up: Tom Gartrell
SOUTHSIDE ENGINE CENTRE SUPER STREET
Winner: Peter Giles Runner-up: Jayme Smith
GAVIN TRANSPORT JUNIOR DRAGSTER
Winner: Monique Stewart Runner-up: Beau Higgins
Image courtesy Perth Motorplex