Lamattina doubles up as Ashelford earns heartfelt win

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It was the Phil Lamattina show once again with the Fuchs dragster powering to an impressive win for his second ANDRA Silver Christmas Tree in as many nights in round two of the ANDRA Top Fuel championship.

Lamattina said he was very happy for back to back wins, particularly in trying conditions, and a big lead in the ANDRA Drag Racing Series.

“What can I say? The car was running consistent again tonight and crew chief Aaron Hambridge showed that he can adapt to different conditions which is great for the Fuchs Top Fuel dragster team. And to come out with the points lead it’s great,” he said.

“The track itself, for how hot the day was, held up beautifully. But you’ve got to take your hat off to the Perth Motorplex crew. They manicure it, keep teasing it and have a look. It came up trumps.”

Lamattina defeated Stamatis in the final who had tyre smoke and could only look on as Lamattina took the win with a pass of 4.74.

Mark Ashelford ran a 6.58 to win Top Fuel Motorcycle while Chris Porter frustratingly crossed the centre line. 

Ashelford said he was more than happy with the win after finishing as runner up on Friday night. Tonight he went one better, dedicating the win to his mother.

“My dear old mum recently passed away so this weekend was for her,” he said.

“Last night I had a shakedown and it was my first two full passes in a couple of years. Tonight I had a hiccup in the seeding round and was lucky to get in the field. I faced Drewy again who I raced last night for the final and then Chris Porter, he’s not the Australian champ for nothing so I really had to put my A cap on.”

Round two of the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship was also taking place.

Adam Marchant posted a quick 5.56 on a 5.82 index but lost to Rob Pilkington’s record setting 5.84 on a 6.21 in the Top Comp final.

Super Comp resulted in a win for Jake Chaisty with 9.50 on a 9.76 index from Colin Mortimore with 8.41 on an 8.55 index.

Ross Smith took the honours in Competition Bike running 8.59 on an 8.74 index against a 10.54 on a 10.26 index for Stan Lisle.

Craig Gerdes found himself on the wrong side of the tree in the Supercharged Outlaws final with Greg James claiming victory with a 7.35 on the 7.34 dial in.

Mike Lanigan was left sitting at the line and could only watch Sam Treasure take the Modified final with a very nice 7.67 on a 7.66.

There was a long pre-stage duel in the Super Sedan final only to see Lorenzo Gullotto red light handing the win to Leigh Fallon posting a 9.23 on a 9.25 index.

The Modified Bike final was won by the consistent Luke Nieuwhof running a 9.64 on an 8.45 from Justin Townson who threw a chain on the start line.

Nicholas Wroe fouled out in the Super Street final won by Craig Caton and finally in Junior Dragster Makenah Begg got the win over a red lighting Jasmine Slamar.

Drag News will bring you our day two event wrap tomorrow.


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