400 Thunder Pro Slammer stars to feature in new Winternationals $40 000 double header shootout

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400 Thunder Pro Slammer stars from across the country will come together at the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals for an exciting new “Double Header” All Run format and major $40,000 cash prize payout.

The eleven car field will include the current 400 Thunder champion Steve Ham (QLD), multi-time 400 Thunder champion John Zappia who is travelling all the way from WA for this unique event, multi-time Australian doorslammer champion Ben Bray (QLD), plus the ACDelco team of Craig Burns (NSW) and Sam Fenech (NSW), Paul Cannuli (NSW), the only female in the field, NSW’s Michelle Davies, Peter Lovering (NSW), recent Super Thunder winner Russ Pavey (QLD), and Robin Taylor (VIC).

Current 400 Thunder Pro Slammer Champion Steve Ham who is ready to accept the Double Header Challenge said, “The season has so far been full of ups and downs, with COVID-19 issues, weather conditions and
car counts making the events difficult, but 11 cars for the Winternationals is great. Pro Slammer will put on a great show and with $40k up for grabs, the smartest consistent team can take it out the Double Header All Run Format.”

The unique ‘Double Header’ format at the Winternationals will see the Pro Slammer teams on track Friday testing before going to battle on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, for the first time ever at the Winternationals, the Pro Slammers will complete under the exciting 400 Thunder All Run Format.

The results of Saturday’s All Run Format will determine who races who for another totally separate All Run Format on Sunday, with the winner of Sunday’s event being crowned the Winternationals Champion. Leaving race fans to witness more than 40 side by side Pro Slammer races over Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Winternationals this year.

ACDelco Team Owner, Maurice Fabietti has commented, “After the highs and lows of the last meeting in Sydney, the ACDelco team has put an enormous amount of work to ensure a strong appearance at the 2022 Winternationals. The team has rallied together and pulled out all stops to have both ACDelco Monaros at this most important event. It has been a very long time to have such a great entry list, and we would like to thank Willowbank Raceway for the opportunity of enjoying a double header this year, ensuring high competitor numbers and great racing in optimum conditions.”

Gareth and Michelle Davies were extremely excited about the Double Header All Run Format concept when 400 Thunder spoke to them today, “This is one highly competitive field, at the biggest event of the year, we are really looking forward to the new Double Header format giving everyone plenty of race time. With the border restrictions now relaxed, hopefully this will be the return of big fields for 400 Thunder from now onwards.

“We are looking forward to hopefully seeing drag racing’s biggest crowd again appear at the Winternationals, see you all at the track!”

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will be run at Willowbank Raceway from June 9 to June 12, and race fans can expect to see the very “best of the best” competing across all professional and sportsman championship categories.

The action will commence around 9am approximately each day and scheduled to finish by 6pm approximately.

The Gulf Western Oil Winternationals will feature over 365 entries, in 21 racing categories from every state and territory in Australia, and even New Zealand.

For further information and tickets for the 2022 Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, please check out www.willowbankracewy.com.au.

– 400 Thunder

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