Rachelle Splatt’s team had a few gremlins holding on to her Gulf Western Oil Top Fuel dragster recently at Sydney, but Australia’s ‘Queen of Speed’ found the positives as she prepares for the Winternationals in June.
Splatt’s pre-event schedule was busy, with a display at Davis Distribution in Cameron Park, NSW that featured not only Splatt’s dragster, but also the D&D Land Speed Car Splatt will co-drive next year with Gemma Dunn at South Australia’s Lake Eyre.
“While ‘the salt’ is certainly calling, we were pleased to welcome Gemma’s brothers Kurt Dunn and Mark Dunn as part of our Gulf Western Oil Nitro Thunder event crew,” Splatt said. “The weekend was all about Top Fuel drag racing and as always, we gave it everything we’ve got.”
The team decided to skip Saturday morning’s test session, with their limited resources best put into the three race rounds.
“In round one, we dropped a cylinder straight off the line and another in the second half of the pass, running a 4.15 second ET at 295 miles per hour – thankfully nothing was damaged on the run,” Splatt said.
“We had had the same thing happen on our last run at the Winternationals last year with an electrical issue, so we changed the points box and while in round two we broke a blower belt on the hit and in round three had tyre shake 100 feet into the run, we left on all cylinders so are confident that the electrical issue has now been solved which is great news.”
Splatt and crew serviced the car on Sunday before handing it over to Hozzi Transport to return it back to her Dad’s place in Brisbane, ready for her to visit in a few weeks to unpack for the Gulf Western Oil Winternationals.