Phil Lamattina turned in a bracket-car like performance to win the opening round of the ANDRA Top Fuel championship while Mark Drew dropped some quick passes on the Top Fuel Motorcycle field to also earn victory.
On a warm night at Perth Motorplex the racing ran like clockwork with Top Fuel turning on a particularly impressive show as five top level cars put on a bunch of full passes.
Lamattina put a lot of the 4.65 to 4.75 win against Mark Sheehan down to his team.
“(We’re) pretty stoked the car is running consistently, Aaron (Hambridge) is doing a fantastic job on the tune up,” he said.
“I’ve got to really take my hat off to Fuchs for their support for the team and always the crew, you’ve got to thank them. They work tirelessly and this win is for them.
“(I’m) pretty excited, we’re in the championship lead and the start of the season is looking pretty good so hopefully we can back it up tomorrow.”
Drew meanwhile expected more out of the nitro twin following his defeat of Mark Ashelford, 6.65 to 6.75, after an earlier 6.48 pass.
“The bike was really good, we ran the 40, but I’m still at a loss as to why we ran a 60 in the last one. I’ll have to go through all the data tomorrow and work it all out,” he said.
“I’ve normally got my finger on it, when something happens I know what I’ve done. I might need a bit more timing and bit more fuel in the first stage. When I got to the end I was pretty surprised we only ran a 60.”
Qualifying got underway for the Aeroflow Sportsman Drag Racing Championship with early leaders including Russell Ladbrook in Top Comp with a 5.863 to be -.517 under the index in AA/FC, Andrew Katavatis with a -.55 7.17 in B/AA to lead Super Comp and Ross Smith who went .430 under on his C/AB Suzuki Hayabusa.
In Group Three top qualifiers so far are Jon Ferguson with a 6.647 in Supercharged Outlaws, Michelle Osborn with a 7.137 in Modified, Lorenzo Gullotto on an 8.104 in Super Sedan, Luke Nieuwhof with an 8.421 in Modified Bike and Bernie Ellerby with an 11.013 in Super Street. Junior Dragster commences qualifying tomorrow.
Championship round two begins for Top Fuel and Top Fuel Motorcycle on Saturday.
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