Significant rain fall overnight followed by continuing rain today at Willowbank Raceway has forced Jamboree Australia to cancel day two of the Honeywell Garrett Brisbane Jamboree presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge.
“This has been an exceptionally difficult decision, but unfortunately with the weather conditions our hands have been forced,” Jamboree Australia Director, Collin Willshire, said.
“There has been significant rain fall overnight and continuing into this morning. In addition, the weather forecasts tell us that the rain is set to intensify throughout the day.
“The safety of everyone involved in this event from our racers to our spectators is exceptionally important to us. You never want to cancel an event, but unfortunately we have no other alternative in these conditions.
“Our sincere thanks goes to all of our racers, sponsors, supporters and of course the spectators who joined us for a brilliant day yesterday and were hoping to again join us today.
“No one wanted it to end this way but unfortunately the weather is one thing we cannot control.”
Day one of the Honeywell Garrett Brisbane Jamboree presented by Link ECU and Tuners Edge unfolded under beautiful blue skies to the delight of thousands of spectators at Willowbank Raceway.
Qualifying for all 12 racing brackets was held across the day, with Gabriel Rodriguez (Precision Turbo Factory Xtreme), Jay Sadek (Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo), Chris Tait (McKern Pro Compact), Paul Mouhayet (Turbo King IHRA Pro Mod), Quinton Nudd (MTQ Street Compact), Nick Jack (Freight Management Australia All Motor), Tee Jay Graham (Pro Maz Street 289), Nader Nader (NAPA Auto Super Store Modified Compact), Shane Seawright (Option Audio Extreme), Vince Rigoli (PWR Performance Products Modified 10.5), Varum Sharma (Race Car Engineering J275) and Perry Bullivant (Race Car Engineering J315) all topping their classes.
Also smiling widely at the end of today’s qualifying proceedings were Jason Both (Precision Turbo Factory Xtreme), Jason Payne (Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo) and Cory Abbott (McKern Pro Compact) with these drivers each taking out a $1000 cash prize thanks to the PWR Cash Boost in recognition of their consistency across the day.
Titan Motorsports proved why they are a leader in Sport Compact racing with Gabriel Rodriguez taking the Titan Motorsports Toyota Camry to the top in Factory Xtreme.
“Today was a very good day. We had our first qualifying passes and we did 6.04 seconds at 238 miles per hour and I am happy with that," he said.
"To be the first qualifier here is good. Tomorrow is a new day and we will see what happens. I expect ‘five-sevens’. "
"The event is excellent and so are the facilities and the people. The event organisation is extremely good; I seriously love it, it is awesome.”
In Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo young gun Jay Sadek stepped up in the Sadek Motor Group Mazda RX3.
“Our first pass today was 7.0s at 192mph, the second pass after that was 6.94s at 197mph and the car was feeling good, it was going strong. When it cooled down, we wanted to put a bit more power in it. We spun it a bit but I drove through it on the third pass and it went 7.0s at 192mph," said Sadek.
"The car is consistent and we are happy with it, that is what we are chasing at the moment, we don’t want to break records yet as I am still new to it. I am having fun as it is, I still look at the car and can’t believe I am driving it, especially at my age!"
"A big thanks goes to my dad (Sam Sadek) and Pac Performance as well, I am not taking the opportunity for granted. It is great to top qualify in my first race event in this car and my first race event in Pro Turbo. Ever since I was a little kid I wanted to race in Pro Turbo, I saw my dad racing there and I said I would love to race in that class; my thanks to my dad, he gave me my dream come true.
"It was also good today to race against Nick Tsoltoudis, we are all friends here but I have always wanted to get him!”
Christ Tait was the Pro Compact Top Qualifier in his MTQ Nissan 200SX.
“From the start of the day we said we were going to turn the boost down and try and get down the track rather than push a PB. With that in mind we have lowered the boost by at least 30psi. In the first run, we snapped the brake pedal off and we had to fix that, Jamie from ET Chassis welded that up for us," said Tait.
"On the next pass we bogged down off the start and went down 1000 revs and broke the diff centre. We put a new diff centre in, tickled the clutch a bit, took some fuel out of it and then we just left the boost where it was, built some revs on the startline and it did what it did. The best part of the last run was after the skid the dash was showing zero oil pressure! I knew it couldn’t be as it was still running. I said to the boys I needed to practice cutting a light because we can run 6.90s and probably be competitive and not need to turn it up, but I need to cut a light. So I was more happy with the light!"
"To run 6.98s at only 195mph was good too as it still has nothing in it, and only one chute came out too. Tomorrow we are hoping to leave it where it is. We don’t want to turn it up too much, I could turn it up truckloads, we know we can do 6.90s easy without having to push it.”
400 Thunder Pro Slammer champion resumed his doorslammer dominance in IHRA Pro Mod top qualifying with a 5.61.
“We certainly are happy with that. This morning we went 5.63s at 260mph and then the next run we hopped it up a bit more and it went 5.61s at 261mph which was the fastest mph we have ever done. Then we tried to hop it up again for Q3 and it went another half a mile faster but other than that it just repeated what it did the run before," he said.