The NDRC Top Doorslammer Championship will feature yet another newcomer this season as the class and new national series continues to create more exposure for racers.
South Aussie Mick Mahoney will enter the Top Doorslammer Championship at the Festival State Nationals this weekend when the NDRC returns to the brand new Dragway At The Bend venue in Tailem Bend, South Australia.
Mahoney will be steering his gorgeously turned-out Mustang Top Doorslammer and is genuinely excited to join the NDRC showcase class and run in his home state.
“I think the NDRC will be a good thing especially for attracting new sponsors, mainly because of the All Run format – that’s killer for the sponsor exposure,” said Mahoney.
While Mahoney might be classed as rookie in the Top Doorslammer field, he is far from one behind the wheel. Coming from the sportsman scene driving quick Capris in Super Sedan and Top Sportsman to a lot of success, Mahoney leapt into blown sedan racing with his Mustang initially for Supercharged Outlaws before stepping up to Pro Mod.
“The last time I raced was at the 2022 Winters in which I ran Pro Mod, unfortunately we lost the engine on the third qualifying run,” recalled Mahoney. “I haven’t raced since then with mainly work getting in the way, but also the long wait for parts.
“We decided to run Slammer as Pro Mod aren’t coming to the Bend at all this season, so it was a no brainer really.”
With the repairs completed Mahoney didn’t feel the need for any other major alterations for his crack at Top Doorslammer racing. The Mustang’s chassis was locally built by Walker Chassis in Adelaide but fitted with a McAmis body shell, a new blower was bolted on top of the Alan Johnson 481x powerplant for when the Mustang entered Pro Mod and is backed by a B&J three-speed transmission with a Neil Chance NSX converter and Quick Drive.
“Car-wise we put a screw blower on it for the first time at the 2022 winters so it basically the same as then. We updated the auto shift but other than that nothing has changed, we were really happy with how the car handled last time out,” said Mahoney.
“I’d just like thank all my crew for all the work in the last 6 months getting car back together, without them I’m nothing.”