Hort to make Monaro move

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West Australian drag racer Ethan Hort is looking forward to some quicker times this season when he gets into the seat of his father Kevin’s Holden Monaro for the coming Perth Motorplex track championship season.

The junior Hort has been a long time racer, having competed in Junior Dragsters and then progressing through the ranks into the Super Street and Super Sedan divisions.

Hort explained that there was a definite succession plan in place for the team.

“Dad always said he would retire from racing when he turned 60 which happened this year, so he’s giving me a steer,” he said.

Not only is Ethan being handed the keys, but it will come with some new horsepower too as the team has spent the off season upgrading the Monaro’s 10.3 litre (632 cubic inch) big block Chevy powerplant. The chassis has been updated as well to make sure the car remains a straight handler.

“Hopefully the changes will see the car propelled into the 7sec. zone for the quarter mile,” he said. Ethan’s partner Jayme, who raced in Super Street last season, will be moving into the Holden ute Ethan formerly raced, ensuring some serious bragging rights will be on the table as they will race in the same category. Like the Monaro, the ute as also been in for some engine improvements.

“We will be missing the first and last event (of the season) due to family weddings and holidays, so this year is about getting familiar, comfortable and confident with the cars and collecting data to make us consistent for the next year,” Ethan said.


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