Australian Top Fuel Motorcycle champion set for the Territory

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Reigning 400 Thunder Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Chris Matheson and his Nitro Voodoo Team are making their final preparations for the Nitro Up North season opener in Darwin later this month.

With the Northern Territory Government and local community right behind the event, the 400 Thunder seasoner opener will attract a huge crowd that makes the Nitro Voodoo team feel very welcome.

After leading the six round championship from start to finish last season, Matheson is eager to continue the good form, but hoping for a better showing than his last appearance at Hidden Valley.

“We have raced there in past, however, it didn’t end well a couple of years back,” recalled Matheson. “Unfortunately during the first elimination run we blew a spark plug out of the cylinder head at quarter track, which hit me in the chest, pumping 45,000 volts (44 amps) through my body. The shock blew my hands of the handle bars, sitting me up on the bike at 150mph, which nearly resulted in me being blown off the bike. Eventually I got the bike stopped and was taken to Darwin Base Hospital, where I spent some time in the ICU.”

“The bike is set to go, fresh off the back of the rained out Winternationals where we top qualified with a 6.18 second pass. We have been testing new engines and combinations over the last season and hope to improve our National Record of 6.04 at 241.8mph (389.1kph) throughout the 2017-2018 Season.”

The Nitro Voodoo Team will be taking care on the long trip from their Brisbane-base which can be perilous at times. 

“The trek North to Darwin from our Brisbane base is a long haul in the transporter, however an enjoyable one at this time of the year. We only travel during the daylight as night wildlife can be dangerous – kangaroos, camels, pigs, donkeys and stray cattle feed at night during the cooler hours and tend to graze on the roads edge,” said Matheson.

“We normally clock around 12 hours of driving each day, which gets us to Darwin in around four days, all going well.”

There will be a full field of nitro bikes entered for the event, with riders coming from all over Australia – so it will be very competitive event for Matheson.

The 400 Thunder “Nitro Up North” event will be held Friday 21 – Saturday 22nd July at Hidden Valley Drag Strip, Northern Territory.

Matheson thanks his sponsors and supporters: GT Radiators & Machining, Kitten Car Care Products, CRC, Rocket Industries, Performance Wholesale, Great Southern Diesel Service, WebCam, PDS Graphics, Worldwide Bearings, Hi-Side Leathers, Boninfante Friction Inc., Ballistic Racing, Aeroflow, with special thanks to Steve and Larry McBride.

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