As Team Bray Racing continues to come to grips with new transmission set-ups, the Brisbane-based team enjoyed a solid outing at Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder at Sydney Dragway.
The event got off to a bumpy start for all involved with rain on Friday seeing the planned test passes for that evening abandoned; putting TBR and their new set-ups on the back-foot heading into Saturday’s race day. Thankfully a test session was held Saturday morning, allowing the team to get some base line data including a 5.985 pass off the trailer for Victor Bray in his Gulf Western Oil supported Pro Slammer.
In round one of racing, Victor would take a win with a 5.870 pass, which was just shy of his 5.86 personal best. Despite his new transmission set-up suffering a solenoid failure in round two, opponent Emilio Spinozzi threw up a red light on the startline.
The team worked quickly to replace the solenoid for round three, which saw him matched up with his son and TBR stable-mate Ben Bray in his own Gulf Western Oil Pro Slammer.
Unfortunately for Victor another solenoid failure – this time due to a wiring harness issue – put paid to any hopes for another win. Ben, who was also running the new transmission set-up in his machine but with different gear ratios, raced through for the victory.
Ben’s round three victory followed on from a round one victory and round two loss to Paul Mouhayet at the event. Joining the crowd and crews on-track at the event was the Canon Collective, who were hosted by Team Bray Racing for the third year running.
“It was a solid trip to Sydney Dragway for Team Bray Racing,” Victor said.
“With the new transmission set-ups we were pretty disappointed when Friday night’s sessions were rained out as we were counting on those to do some fine-tuning to be ready for race day.
“It is what it is though and we did our best on Saturday. While we had some issues in my car, Ben’s seemed to perform pretty well and we come away from Sydney with lots of valuable new information to work with heading into the next event, the prestigious Gulf Western Oil Winternationals at Willowbank Raceway.”
Ben was also kept busy during the event in his Gulf Western Oil TBR Corvette burnout car, performing smoking donuts for the appreciative crowd on the burnout pad.
“It was great to see a big crowd at Sydney Dragway enjoying all of the action on-track on Saturday,” Ben said.
“We were all very pleased also to be able to host the Canon Collective photographers yet again and from what I have seen, they have captured some really great photos from the Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event. We are looking forward to sharing some of these in the coming weeks on our platforms so as many of our fans as possible can see the great work put together by these very talented photographers.”
Team Bray Racing will next be on-track for the 400 Thunder season-ending Gulf Western Oil Winternationals, to be held at Willowbank Raceway across June 7-10, 2019.
- Team Bray Racing Media Release