REPORT – Sydney Dragway Winter test and tune

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The Winter freeze abated for the Sydney Dragway test and tune last weekend in favour of a glorious Winters day that delivered a full day of testing.

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The Rapisarda Top Fuel team with Lee Beard in attendance gave the team’s newest machine a shakedown stab in the late evening – the run ended in tyre spin almost immediately. We will see the Rapisarda team debut Top Fuel in the Top End in just over a week’s time.

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Frank Mamone has stepped into a pair bigger shoes – Mr Outlaw 10.5 will be now steering a Barracuda in Top Doorslammer. Mamone took several shots at the track, being a victim of tyre shake each time.

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Jeff Wilson also was continuing to search for that elusive tune-up to go A to B without shake.

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Paul Mouhayet had no such trouble, leaving the big rubber on after last weekend’s record breaking 5.93 pass, the Moits team rattled off a 5.98, 5.96 and a 5.94 in succession – five second bracket car.

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Troy Papadopoulos was not far behind Moits with the team’s best pass to date at a 6.07 – more impressive is the fact the Mustang is a tank weighing over 2900lbs.

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Darren Hubbard is finding out about a few of the not so joyous moments running a blown Doorslammer, the newcomer popped the blower while licensing the ex Joe Cutelli Top Doorslammer.

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Matty Evans’ FED looks magnificent in the Winter sun and had no issue punching out a 6.86 at 202mph

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Meanwhile Evans’ partner Ally-Gator Stewart successfully licensed in Geoff Wright’s “Boss Bullet” Modified dragster with a mid eight second run.

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There was one mishap of the day, Alf Axiak’s aspirated 20B RX7 got away from him after going a screaming 8.60 earlier in the day. Axiak was unhurt and the car looked to have held up surprisingly well.

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On the topic of all motor Rotaries, Charlie Constanzo Datto 13B is quickest in Australia at 9.38 seconds.

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There was a small Victorian invasion, Dom Luppino had no luck getting his Outlaw Radial Mustang downtrack.

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Victorian counterparts Steve Buccella and Vince Raschilla had more productive days. Buccella pushed his nitrous Torana to a 8.07 and Raschilla with a sweet Mustang cracked his first seven with a 7.99.

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Two wheel campaigners from the southern state Edgell Mallis and Jack Scholes also lapped up some track time.

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There were some quick Sport Compact passes made too, Elia Hajjar motored to a 7.11 in his 13B RX3.

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The Dentist – Andrew Maratos – carded a 7.25.

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For Evo fans Ali Kaddour has a flyer, clocking 9.25 at 159mph.

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Speaking of flying, a few guys attempted it. Alex Borg went 7.60 on his no-bar Hayabusa and Vince Rigoli 8.31 in the little turbo six dragster.

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Matt Webber has a pretty serious Falcon XR6 street car on his hands uncoiling a 9.86 at 146mph.

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And what is a Sydney event without some wheelstands.

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