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With East Coast Thunder set to fire up this Friday, there has been plenty of testing in the professional ranks in the week leading up to the event, as a number of racers grabbed some early data on what is predicted to be hot conditions.

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You can read about Phil Lamattina's return here: https://www.dragnews.com.au/news-all/local-news/5093-phil-lamattina-makes-first-runs-back-in-top-fuel.html

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Peter Xiberras in the PremiAir Top Fuel dragster has made his return to the Sydney Dragway for the first time since a huge accident at the venue, and put down a shut off 3.95 best.

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Pro Slammer will be hot again this season, and with the national champion not competing this year it is open season on the championship. John Zappia put down the best numbers with a 5.71 but battled lots of tyre shake.

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Kelvin Lyle is back too with a brand new car that is proving just as spectacular as the previous Mustang, and carded a 5.76 best.

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Also in a brand new car is Mark Hinchelwood, the team have been hard at work sorting out the new Murray Anderson-built Monaro, and are now making some progress with several 5.90s.

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The Spinozzi Racing Chevelle has been trying to shake some gremlins in recent times, and looks like they have found a 5.9 baseline in testing.

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Several Pro Alcohol cars have laid down some laps, but no serious number have been run, here John Cannuli suffers violent tyre shake, and Alf Sciacca Jr had a pretty serious backfire on one test lap.

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Wayne Daley is looking ominous in Pro Stock with a 6.92 best in a string of six second passes in less than ideal conditions for the aspirated small blocks.

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Clint George is one of the new faces in Pro Stock this season, stepping up from Super Stock to Pro with the ex-Denis Whiting GXP.

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Corey Buttigieg and Glenn Wooster have been the only representatives for the two wheel pro racers this week. Wooster's 7.23 the best full pull.

Some testing action highlights by Fast Performance Videos.