McClure back in form at Motorplex

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Breaking through for some well deserved success at last recently was Top Comp driver Al McClure, his Formula Tech/Ozzy Tyres Funny Car achieving a runner up spot.

McClure’s BB/FCA-classed machine has been on the back foot all season after some engine damage at the Grand Opening event.

McClure took the opportunity to upgrade his combo to a bigger 480 cubic inch model and he has been slowly been progressing with the tune up.

With a new camshaft and valve train components installed for the last event McClure finally found the performance he had been looking for as he ran a sub record 6.58 second elapsed time at almost 340kmh.

“We decided to take some timing out of the engine in an attempt to tame it down for the elimination round and the result was an 8kmh increase on our previous best speed,” McClure said.

The run put McClure into the A Final against Rob Pilkington but some problems with tyre shake put a halt to his winning intentions.

“Unfortunately the shake returned and a broken input shaft in the transmission put an end to the night,” he said.

“Never the less it was great progress for the team and with the introduction of a 44 amp magneto and adjustable timing controller in coming months, we are gunning for big improvements.” 

McClure will be out at the last major event for the drag racing season in WA – the Grand Final on April 9.

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