Records under threat

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Some national records could be set to fall in the Modified division this weekend in Perth at the running of the Rocket Allstars Racing Series at the Westernationals.

Rhett Cooper-Fowle and Ian Forrest have both been using six cylinder motors in preference to V8 combinations and are now eyeing off marks in the B/MA and B/MD classes respectively.

Cooper-Fowle has shown he has the performance needed to smash the record, having run as quick as 8.72sec with a national record of 9.83sec, as well as going 22kmh (14mph) over the speed mark.

“I have a target inside the lid of my toolbox that reads 9.82 @ 136mph (marks that better national records). It has been there for two years and I would like claim the record as a way of acknowledging our achievements,” he said.

“We have had to learn a lot about this engine ourselves, as there is no one else running this combo, and to claim the record would be a way of thanking all those that have helped get it to where it is today.”

With just one opportunity for Western Australian racers to reset national records at their home track, Cooper-Fowle wants to make sure it counts.

“It is a lot of pressure to make sure it all happens to plan on race day,” he said. “Any small issue can cost you the opportunity of claiming the record and then it is another year wait for the next opportunity.

“This record has stood for 19 years and it would be quite an achievement to reset it. The added bonus is it would be cool to have an Australian record hanging in my bar at home.”

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