Badass Burnouts might resemble a blackout at times as the thick tyre smoke obscures the venue lighting and that’s what Matt Purnell will be aiming for when he takes his [BLACKOUT] on to the pad.
Purnell, like most of the burnout competitors entered for this weekend’s event, said crowd response is what drives him to keep skidding.
“You get to go out and thrash your car in a safe environment, and legally, and you get that buzz from the crowd going nuts,” he said.
“I started back in 2007 and the sport has really evolved, so have all the cars.”
Purnell’s weapon of choice is a Holden HJ ute with a supercharged big block Chev under the bonnet. With mechanical injection supplying the methanol to burn, there is some 1100 horsepower under his right foot – more than enough to melt the rubber at will.
Even before the judges give their verdict, Purnell says a driver can tell if they have given a good performance.
“A good burnout means big revs, driving the wheels off it, blowing the tyres and making sure the crowd is pumping,” he said. “They need to be hanging over the barriers and going nuts for you – and the louder the crowd gets the harder we go. You know when you’ve nailed it, because you jump out and take in all those cheers from the crowd.”
Since his last time out at Perth Motorplex, Purnell has been around the country to play, winning Gazzanats in Darwin, but unfortunately taking himself out of Red Centre Nats at Alice Springs when he tapped the wall.
“I’ve had a few little hiccups along the way. I had an oil pressure issue I have rectified, I didn’t hurt the motor luckily,” he said.
The ute also got a new look earlier in the year with a House of Kolor True Blue Candy now applied, something Purnell said is all for the fans.
“I just wanted to keep evolving, people don’t want to keep seeing the same car go out there,” he said.
Badass Burnouts begins from 6pm this Saturday.