The 25th running of the Brisbane Jamboree has concluded Sunday following a rain-interrupted beginning on Saturday. Racing for the Jamboree was shifted to the next day, with more than 6,000 automotive enthusiasts enjoying the action over the two days.
Taking victory in Factory Xtreme was Archie Kajewski over a rampaging Rod Harvey.
Kajewski’s victory was the first Jamboree victory in 11 years for he and his Mazfix team, and came after three personal best results across the two days for the entry.
“It was 2004 when we won our last Jamboree, so it has been a while!” said Kajewski. ““We have had a great weekend and I would like to thank everybody that has come along and supported the event. Also thanks to Ray Box for keeping this great event going for so long and now Collin Willshire for coming in and helping, and also to my wife and family for putting up with all the late nights, and to the Mazfix boys for all their hard work on the car – without them I couldn’t do this.”
Kiwi Robbie Ward won Modified Compact over David Richardson.
Ward – driver of the quickest AWD drag car in the world – was part of the four-strong ‘Team New Zealand’ contingent that came over the Tasman especially for the event.
“This has been a dream come true – we are here, we did it, and to win the meeting is just icing on the cake, it has been an awesome event,” said Ward. “I need to say thanks to everybody involved, I have had help from so many people from crew to family and friends – a lot of people have taken a lot of time out of their lives to make this happen for us and we couldn’t do it without those people, it has just been a dream.”
Kiprios’ Pro Compact victory over Chris Tait came in strange circumstances, with his Toyota Starlet struggling off the start line of the final while Chris Tait’s Nissan 200SX blazed down the track – however Tait would lose control at the half-track distance – while he would regain control without coming into contact with the walls, he did cross the centre line and hit timing blocks, seeing the win handed to Kiprios.
“We had trouble getting up on the boost all weekend so it was pretty much hit or miss for us, but we thought we would take it out and see if we could get it down and get the win and I guess luck played on our side,” said Kiprios. “We are over the moon with the result, we had just planned to come here to test and see how we could go, came close to our PB on a couple of the runs, so we are pretty happy with that. I would just like to thank Colin Willshire and Ray Box for the event – it was a great event – and my whole crew as I couldn’t have done it without them, and also my mum and dad and MTQ for sponsoring the bracket.”
Jason Payne was victorious in the Pro Turbo class over Phil Penny.
The Street 289 victory went to Rodney Spannenburg over Ben Clark in an all NSW fight.
It was Po Tung conquering the heads up Pro 289 category beating Matt Lisle.
The Extreme class saw Andrew Coles VL hold off Ben Diggles dragster for the win.
Mitch Roselund beat Adam Cruden to take the J trophy win in Modified 10.5
Ben Cavanagh took the win in the All Motor bracket defeating Jason Stoodley.
Tim Donselaar was victorious in Street Compact over Christine Thomson.
Delivering the ‘obligatory’ Jamboree world record breaking performance today was Factory Xtreme racer Mark Jacobsen in the ‘Godzilla GTR R35 Skyline. The Queenslander set the quickest and fastest Nissan GTR pass in the world with a 6.371 second pass at 224.58mph (approximately 361.42kmh).
“I am pretty wrapped with that!” said Jacobsen. “All of the boys worked really hard and we finally got the old girl down the track pretty straight. It had a brand new turbo in it from Garrett Turbos and there was plenty more in it as well, so it is a shame we didn’t get to do more with it, but we really couldn’t be any happier with the result.”
Also eliciting gasps from the crowd were Loues Cosentino and Kelly Bettes in the Pro Turbo bracket with a series of wild rides today, as did Domenic Rigoli during Pro Compact qualifying yesterday.
New South Wales’ Cosentino had the crowd on tenterhooks not once but twice, crossing up across the track before smashing into the wall during his burnout for his bracket’s first round, before enduring another wild moment during racing in the third round against Phil Penny, although this time he was able to keep his Gas Motorsport Mazda RX7 off the wall.
Bettes had the crowd on their feet with a mammoth drive job to avoid flipping her Jett Racing Datsun Ute not once, but twice. When the local racer’s ute came back down from two wheels for the second time, the steering broke to see her unable to avoid making contact with the wall.
“Unfortunately I encountered tyre shake, and then it has gone to the left. I have lifted and then it has started going side to side on me, which I have tried to control but obviously it got pretty hard and then it went up on its side. When it came back down it broke the steering and I had no control over it, so unfortunately we have hit the wall,” said Bettes.
“I have a bit of soreness, but it is a good car and it did what it was supposed to do to protect me, I always feel pretty safe in it. I am not sure of the damage, but hopefully it should be repairable and we will be back out there at some point!”
Earlier in the weekend, Rigoli suffered severe tyre shake to have his Mitsubishi Eclipse careening across the track. While the New South Welshman was able to avoid his fellow racer Sam Kiprios, he was unable to stop his steed coming into contact with the left hand wall.
The Jamboree movement will debut at Calder Park in Melbourne on October 24th.
Drag News Magazine will feature much more coverage in an upcoming issue.