Two years after their infamous crash and in a brand-new Top Fuel dragster, PremiAir Hire Racing has today made a dream comeback to Top Fuel racing by taking victory at the Atlantic Oils East Coast Thunder event.
Driver Peter Xiberras secured victory from defending champion Wayne Newby in the final, with an ecstatic crowd on their feet in celebration of their blazing run.
When all was said and done, Xiberras saw his time-boards light up with a 3.858 second run at 315.86 miles per hour while Harris recorded a 3.880 second effort at 311.77 miles per hour.
Earlier in the event, the PremiAir Hire Top Fuel Dragster was third fastest in qualifying with a double-ended PB (3.853s/320.13mph).
Come race day, Xiberras would take wins from Terry Sainty (round one) and former champion Damien Harris (semi-final) on his way to face off against Newby, with the semi-final against Harris also seeing Xiberras better the MPH PB he had reset the day before to 321.73mph. This equates to a staggering 518 km per hour.
“Wow – what a weekend this has been,” enthused Xiberras.
“This is a dream come true. This is our comeback event, and with a brand-new dragster no less! We were hoping to PB, and we were hoping to run consistently….and of course you always hope for a win, but this is just brilliant.
“The dragster ran so consistently all weekend with four ‘three-eighty’ passes, it was basically a bracket car which is just so amazing.
“We had some fantastic races and it all just went our way this weekend – that final in particular was such a brilliant race all the way to the line.
“While it might be me sitting in the car on the track, this is 100 percent a team effort. There is so much more to this team than me in the car and without my entire team of dedicated and hard-working people we would not be here celebrating with this event trophy!
“I can’t thank everyone who has supported us and been involved in the lead up to this weekend enough and we have also been blown away by the support of the race fans here at Sydney Dragway.
“This really is just phenomenal and we can’t wait to come back and race again at Sydney Dragway for Santo’s Summer Thunder in January.”