Brisbane Jamboree sets big records

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Nothing but blue skies, sunshine and smiles as the 2019 Garrett Advancing Motion Brisbane Jamboree took to Ipswich’s Willowbank Raceway this weekend. With over 180 of the country’s fastest sports compact cars it was the place to be for racers and spectators alike resulting in some of the biggest crowds Jamboree has seen in recent years.

The qualifying action on day one at the 2019 Garrett Advancing Motion Brisbane Jamboree was full of big hits and excitement both on and off track. 

Anthony Briggs had a shocking crash, with a big slide into the left wall, rolling his Ford TF Cortina six times on the back running a personal best straight off the trailer. Briggs is now recovering in hospital but in good spirits.


In Factory Xtreme, Joe Signorelli ran a personal best of 6.099 at 238mph in his 2jz Celica and in Pro Compact Cory Abbott ran his first ever 200mph pass in his Mazda RX7.

Matt Mingay’s Hotwheels Stunt Gymkhana had their first qualifying sessions with 12 of the best drift car drivers in Australia battling it out on the purpose-built course in front of the grandstands full of screaming fans.

At the conclusion of qualifying the PWR Cash Boost was awarded to the racers with the three most consistent runs in qualifying across Factory Xtreme, Pro Turbo and Pro Compact categories. $1000 cheques will be presented to Sam Kiprios in Pro Compact, Jason Payne in Pro Turbo and Mark Jacobsen in Factory Xtreme.

The Jamboree crew also paid tribute to the memory of Darryl Marsh, with family and friends taking his race car down the track one last time and naming the extreme bracket trophy in his honour.

The top qualifiers after day one:

Factory Xtreme – Joe Signorelli – 6.099
Pro Turbo – Jason Payne – 7.028
Pro Compact – Steve Barnett – 6.630
IHRA Pro Mod – Marty Dack – 5.860
J275 – Steve Bezzina – 6.841
J325 – James Horan – 7.329
St 289 – Errol Brittain – 7.812
Mod 10.5 – Rohan Brown – 7.888
Mod Compact – Al Rifai – 7.806
All Motor – Matt Rice – 9.421
Street Compact – Martin Whelan – 9.966

On race day Pac Performance racer Rodney Rehayem in his Mazda RX8 moved straight to the top of the fastest 13b rotaries in Australia with a 6.49 at 210 mph, reclaiming the number one spot once again.

Owner of Pac Performance Rocky Rehayem spoke about resetting the record, “We are happy obviously. We have two pro cars that are extremely demanding and after the first round Rodney’s transmission broke. In 40 minutes, we swapped out the engine and the transmission, and came back out to run a 6.59 in the heat, and then ran a 6.49 when the weather got better. We are super happy with the result.”

It was an exciting weekend overall, with plenty of crashes, wheelstands, records reset, happy fans and off-track excitement.

“The 2019 Brisbane Jamboree has been outstanding. The weather was beautiful, we have had great crowds on both days and the competitors as usual have put on incredible performances with world record times and speeds,” said Steve Bettes from Jamboree Australia. 

“Jamboree Australia is extremely proud of the event, it certainly is a wonderful turnaround from the last years rain out. A huge thanks to the fans, racers, officials and everyone who has helped make the event happen, it has really been one of the best Jamborees.”

Fueltech owner Anderson Dick also agreed on the success of the event, “I am so please I came from Brazil for such a great event. It is similar to events in Brazil, but the cars here, especially Factory Xtreme are next level. It was a great opportunity to see some crazy cars and also meet so many Fueltech customers.”

2019 Brisbane Jamboree Winners:

Precision Turbo & Engine Factory Xtreme: Nathan Hagenson
McKern Pro Compact: Kelly Bettes
Bosch Motorsport Pro Turbo: Tom Bell
Fuel Tech IHRA Pro Mod: Marty Dack
Hurtsville Towing Street 289: Jono McDade
Powerseals Modified 10.5: Karl Herbert
Napa Auto Superstore Modified Compact: Robbie Butler
RCE Performance J275: Andrew Coles
RCE Performance J315: Tanya Thompson
Extreme: Fabian Romanin
Import Cartel All Motor: Nick Jack
MTQ Street Compact: Joseph Freire


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