Inaugural 400 Thunder Champions

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The inaugural 400 Thunder Champions have been crowned in the both the professional and sportsman categories – here is who won what.

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In Top Fuel, Rapisarda Autosport International team mates Wayne Newby and Damien Harris battled it out to the end with Harris just hanging on to claim the title, despite Newby’s final round showing at the Winternationals.

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Gary Phillips ended the season long Pro Alcohol dual with John Cannuli on top. Both racers took their share of records over the season and the renewal of their rivalry next season will be one of the most anticipated of the season.

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It was a carnage filled Winternationals for John Zappia, but that didn’t stop Zap’s Rat claiming yet another title in Pro Slammer. Mark Belleri leaped Grant O’Rourke in the points at the final event to snatch a runner up.

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Likewise Lee Bektash’s Winternationals was one to forget for the team, but the Mopar warrior had amassed enough points to stay ahead of Aaron Tremayne in the Pro Stock title race.

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Mark Drew remained the dominate force in Top Fuel Bike to clinch the championship with Chris Porter the runner up. A number of racers have stepped up over the season which should ensure a tight race for the next championship.

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Glenn Wooster under the tutelage of Trevor Birrell conquered the Pro Stock Motorcycle field for the season, wrapping the title up with a win at the Winternationals. The Top End’s Scott White was the runner up.

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Moving into the 400 Thunder Sportsman Series and West Aussie Stuart Moresby made the trek across the country worth it winning Competition Eliminator with his blown Falcon Ute. 

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Matt Lisle brought some sport compact flavour to Super Stock to win the title in Phil Laird’s Nissan V6 powered RX7.

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Competition Bike was ultra competitive going into the Winternationals, but it was Matt Walker taking his B/AB Hayabusa to the championship.

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Rob Coote was surprised to hear he had won the Supercharged Outlaws 400 Thunder Championship, the blown altered racer jumped fellow Sydneysider Tim McCarthy in the points with a quarter final showing at the Winternationals.

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In a battle of sedan racing titans for the Top Sportsman championship, Neil Constantinou out-gunned Steve Fowler in the points to be declared the champion.

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Simon Barlow just managed to keep a grip on the Modified title after Rocco Romano made a late charge at the Winternationals.

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No surprises to see John Kapiris’ name on the Super Sedan championship trophy, even with an early exit from the Winternationals.

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Similarly seeing Robert Winterburn claim the Super Street title was no shock, the Commodore racer has been the dominate force in the class now for a number of years.

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Ace Edwards took the Modified Bike Championship – the class was easily the most tightly contested going into the season ending event.

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A final round result at the Winternationals ensured Joshua Leonello the Junior Dragster Championship.

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Dale O’Dwyer wrapped up the Super Gas championship after taking the gold in the final at the Winternationals.









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