Super Thunder Day 1 racing setting the scene for an exciting Saturday

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The spectators were eager, and the racers were ready to put on a show for day one of the Gulf Western Oil Super Thunder, but the weather had another plan, delaying the start to Friday’s racing.

It did prove to be a trying night, with most of the racers only just stepping back into their race cars after delays due to COVID, border closures and weather effected events. The track was not ideal after the rain, though still pulling a solid 350-400 on the start line, but needing a bit more rubber out past the 60ft to give the big guns more traction to fully send it. Hopefully after a few hits, and more passes down the track from the sportsman categories first thing tomorrow, the track will show the results we know can happen on the iconic Willowbank dragstrip.

The highly anticipated Top Fuel Funny Cars made their debut with two testing passes ahead of their grudge matches tomorrow evening. Morice McMillan had his first hit in the Aeroflow Performance Funny Car on the Queensland track, and only a few passes in the car showed promise with massive candles lit on the hit before an early shut off.

Tim McCarthy is still getting into the swing of things, and backed off after a flame throwing hit off the start line. Both still provided a great flames up spectacle for the race fans, and big things are expected of the nitro beasts at Saturday’s showdown.

Other track highlights included a huge wheel stand with Adrian Vella on the back bumper in Super Comp.

Benny Stevens on his Nitro Harley who went wheels up for the full quarter mile pass. Stevens, in a defiance of gravity ran a 6.59 at 215mph on one of the most powerful motorcycles in motorsport.

“After running 6.55 in Perth last year we made some changes to the bike, and this was only the third full pass following two initial passes in Benaraby,” said Ben Stevens following his run.

“We did a bit of damage (in Perth) but are happy with today’s run, so tonight we will double check the engine, turn it up and get ready to put it on for the fans tomorrow.”

Following a challenging day for racers and organisers, there is confidence the track will come around to meet the racers and a fantastic show will be delivered.

“After a slow start to the day we were still able to provide a preview for the spectators of what we know will be an exciting show tomorrow,” said 400 Thunder General Manager Steve Bettes.

“If you are looking for a great family day out, bring the kids for a short sharp show tomorrow afternoon. There promises to be plenty of flame throwing side by side action from the pro cars, and heaps of wheel standing action from the sportsman categories.”

Racing will continue tomorrow from midday, with a fully packed race schedule, including three rounds of match racing from the Top Fuel Funny Cars and plenty of runs from both the sportsman and pro categories, giving the crowd a chance to watch some racing while also able to head into the pits to see all the behind-the-scenes action.

Spectator tickets for the Gulf Western Oil Super Thunder are available online at or at the gate. Tickets start at just $35.00 for adults and $25.00 for student/concession card holders with ID, while children aged 13 and under are free.

Live coverage of the event will be available on Kayo Sports at with a highlights show airing on Fox Sports on Monday night.

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